The modern world can get a bit of a bad reputation from time to time. People seem to think that it was better in the past. But this is certainly not the case, not by any metric we’d use to judge the quality of life. Today, we’re smarter, better educated, and healthier than ever before. And we also have more options. If you want to up sticks and move to another country, then that’s possible — and in many cases, relatively straightforward. That hasn’t always been the case! However, while it may be easier, it’s still a process. Let’s run through some details that you’ll need to think about…
Where Will You Move?
It’s a big old world out there! So you’ll need to think about which country you’d like to live in. Of course, this is highly subjective — you’ll know yourself what kind of climate, environment, and so forth that you want to live in. Once you’ve figured out the country, however, you’ll also need to think about which part of the country. You might want to move to, say, Spain, but there’s a big difference between Seville and Barcelona. Once you’ve figured out that detail, you’ll be in a better position to begin planning.
Research the Process
While it’s easier to move abroad than at most points in the past, it’s not as if you can just turn up and begin living. At least, not in most cases. You’ll need to think about how you’re going to move your belongings and other logistics. But the main detail will be the visa. The process of living in a country legally differs from place to place. For example, if you were moving to the UK, you’d need to apply for indefinite leave to remain, at some point, at least. If you don’t know which visa you qualify for, it’ll be worthwhile making an appointment with an immigration lawyer.
You might have hopes of landing on your feet and getting a job as soon as you arrive. However, you never know what’ll happen. You might not find a job straight away, but even if you do, it could be a while before you’re paid. As such, it’s important that you have some cash in the bank to support yourself for the first couple of months. If you have to delay your move to give yourself time to accumulate the money, then so be it — you’ll find that you’re much more relaxed without having the stress of having to earn money as soon as possible.
Give It Time
Finally, remember that nothing worth having in life comes easily. Though you may be thrilled by the move, there’ll always be times when you wonder if you’ve made the right decision, or you’ll encounter difficulties that you were not expecting. Moving abroad requires bravery precisely because you face these challenges. The best approach is to stay patient, do the right things, and wait for the good times to arrive.
If you could, would you want to move abroad! Where would you go?