Moving abroad is an important undertaking that requires a great deal of thought. We have often said that it is not an easy venture. There is a significant amount of planning and organization required, most of which involves moving up and down ensuring everything including documentation and finances are in order. Often there is the small matter – where are you going? Here are considerations.
- Main Occupation
One of the things that often determine which country to move to is the reason for your relocation. It could be seeking greener pastures in the form of employment, business or further studies abroad. It could as well be an adventurous desire to experience life in a new country, which could mean just a holiday trip or a retirement. The bottom line is to match your destination and personal goals.
If for example getting a job is the main reason for your relocation, you will need to research where your skills are most in demand and then seek information about employment opportunities in the destination country. Basically, your other reasons for moving abroad will determine your destination in a similar manner. If you are a student, you may need to check for any available exchange program
2. Political Stability
Regardless of your reason for moving abroad whether business, work, study, and or volunteer, the political and economic stability of the destination country is an important consideration. You will want to remember political stability has everything to do with your quality of living and security as well. Watch out for elections. On the economic front, you will need to consider the exchange rates.
While financial factors may not be your sole reason for deciding for or against a given country, like is your reason for planning to relocate, it is a key factor of consideration. You will also remember that exchange rates are never static; they are depended on market forces and government policies. Another key consideration under political and economic stability is the prevailing rate of inflation.
3. Exotic or Familiar
A good destination should be a country you will be happy living in in the long-term. This means being congruent to your personal interests. It should be a place with the feel of home, where you go to and feel comfortable at without having to adjust a lot. To find such a country overseas you may need to travel a lot for a better understanding how it feels like to live in the options available.
While some people like familiar experiences others are pretty comfortable with new spontaneous living, the exotic. Factors such as language, culture, customer service and a people are all important in the exploration of the above while considering which country would most comfortable. It is important to realize that living in a country that is vastly different from your own isn’t easy – heat, climate, and foreign foods.
It would be important to note that you need to do some research about the country you intend to move to before actually relocating. You may also need to take a language course before moving.
4. Distance from Home
Distance from your home sure is another factor you’ll want to consider. Moving to Mexico from the U.S, for instance, is certainly not the same thing as moving to Argentina. Traveling long distances have time and cost implications. Obviously, you will need to return home occasionally to check on your family and investments. Consider distance also in the event you wish to ship household stuff.
Other than airline and related costs, long distance traveling is also exhausting. You may also need to consider the proximity of your destination city to the capital or major airport. This is important because some countries like the U.S are generally very big and without proper consideration you may have to incur lots of additional unplanned expenses, speaking of which there are your consideration.
What Next after Your Choice
Once you have figured out where to go, you can move on to the next step. Contact the consulate or embassy and find out how easy or difficult it is to get the appropriate visa for your country of interest. There are different procedures to obtain the appropriate visa or residency permit. A good number of countries allow foreigners to visit between three and six months without a special visa.
For university studies, business, and employment, however, you’ll have to apply for a visa in most countries. Beyond this, you will need to find out what the requirements are and how long it takes for a visa and other permits to be processed so you can plan your departure accordingly. Finally, find out how your home country compares to others in areas such as cost of living, security and more.