One of the great things about overseas travel is that you get to see and experience other people’s ways of life. The world is a wide and varied place, and, although human nature has common elements across all cultures and societies, the way that we live can be vastly different and might be influenced by politics, the geography, or a society’s exposure to technology.
It can be very easy to fall in love with the countries that you have visited. But often, this love will cause you to keep on traveling and experience more of what the world has to offer. But sometimes, you might stumble on a destination that you visit and be presented with all sorts of reasons to move to a new country. At this point, you may consider pressing pause on your wanderlust, and stopping where you are.
But, visiting a country for a short period of time is one thing, actually moving there to live is something completely different. Moving overseas is a logistical challenge that will provide you with a great deal of stress. Managing this type of move will take imagination, research, and above all else, planning.
So, before you pause your wanderlust, think about the steps you need to take to lay down roots in a new country.
Get A Job
There are not many people out there that never have to worry about how they are going to afford to live. You will need a job in the country that you move to. But there are challenges and barriers that might prevent you from getting a job.
Firstly, check out whether you are allowed to work in the country that you plan to move to. This may be a stumbling block.
Secondly, consider any language barriers. How much of the local language do you know? If possible, start learning now by enrolling on a course, of using a language app such as Duoligino. You will be able to learn the language better when you are living out there, but for now, you need to make sure that you are doing everything you can to make a start.
If there are English speaking businesses or ex-pat communities in the country that you plan to move to, it might be worth looking to these for work first. Even if you just use this as a stepping stone until you find something more permanent.
Another option you might find useful is to find a job that you can do from anywhere in the world. There are plenty of employers these days that employ remote workers. As long as the job can be done from a computer via the internet, there is no reason why you can’t work from the other side of the world.
Areas such as IT support, freelance writing, web design, app development, graphic design, and customer support can often be carried out in this way and could be a good option for you. Find clients or businesses back home that are happy for you to work from overseas.
Find Yourself Somewhere To Live
You will need somewhere to live when you move to a new country. Of course, you might be reticent to buy straight away when you move. Having at least a short period where you rent a property will be advisable as this will give you the chance to settle in fully before you take the plunge and commit to buying.
Get online and look at real estate agents in the areas you are interested in. If you are looking for a condo in Pinklao, or an apartment in Tokyo, then you will be able to find one listed online.
If you know anyone who lives locally, see if they can help you by visiting a property to make sure that it is suitable for you as this will save you the need to keep traveling back and forth.
Apply For Any Visas You May Need
Having the right visas or residency permits is important when it comes to moving to and working in another country. Without these, you won’t be allowed to stay.
Find out about the situation with visas well ahead of committing to anything. Make sure that you will be allowed to live there, and more importantly, that you can work when you are there.
You will need to know how long a visa or residency permit will be valid for, and, what you can do after it expires.
To find out this type of information, get in touch with the embassy of the country you plan to move. They will have an immigration page on their website with all of the information that you will require.
Applications for this type of thing can take some time to come back. Make sure you allow enough time for this. You may also be required to attend the embassy in some cases.
Pack Up Your Old Life
You will no doubt have a lot of possessions in your current home. Decide whether you are going to take it all with you. If you don’t need it, you might be able to put it all in storage, leave it with friends or family, or look at selling or donating as much of it as you can.
If you need to put it into storage, get quotes and find a secure lock-up for it.
If you are moving it all, then you will need to find an international removals company, or a suitable shipping container and the means of getting it shipped over.
Overseas moves can be expensive, and your items may take some time to get to you. Make sure you get quotes from all companies, ask questions, and get the right type of insurance to cover your possessions while they are in transit.
Packing to move may require more consideration when the items are traveling thousands of miles. Make sure you wrap up your possessions well and don’t overload any of your boxes. You want everything to reach the destination in one piece.