4 things to consider before moving to another country

Moving to a different country can appear to be a farfetched dream. Have you ever visited another country and as you prepared to return back home, you found yourself saying, “I can see myself living here!” Those words typically leave us craving more of what we experienced. Being attached to our comfort zones or what we have become accustomed to leaves us dreaming about what’s possible.Think beyond today, tap into your imagination and spend time working on a strategy that will inch you closer to a life that you love.


Moving to another country often means adapting to a new culture and a new way of life. While most of us have experienced culture shock at one time or another, it is not something to take lightly. Study the culture of the country that you are considering moving too. Are there cultural traditions, things that are considering illegal that may not be in your current country?


If you’re like many people, you can’t afford to accept just “any” job. From student loans, credit card debt, mortgage payments and random debts that have occurred over the years, in some cases this forces us to accept certain lifestyles. As an expat, some individuals have had the ability to shed debt at a more rapid pace than living in the states. There are many career options abroad, be sure to do your research. 


Moving to another country also results in financial changes when it comes to new costs, international and local taxes, wills and insurance. Get your plans in motion, so you can have peace of mind that all of your accounting and paper work is air tight.


If you are leaving the states for a year or less, it may be in your best interest to pack light and leave your furniture as it is. However, if you are preparing for a permanent move, I highly recommend that you consider selling as many things in advance before you depart. The costs of shipping to another country is no where in comparison to the costs of shipping in the states. 

As you ponder a move, here are a few questions to ask yourself. 

  • Where do I currently live?
  • Where do I currently work?
  • Where would I like to live?
  • Where would I like to work?
  • What steps do I need to take to begin transforming my life?

Happy searching! 

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