The decision to move abroad can be overwhelming and with lots of emotional investment. All sort of questions pop up in your head and you find yourself on the edge of this series of interconnected decisions.
It is essential that you follow all the steps before the big decision. Taking shortcuts is not an option when you are dealing with your future.
An essential first step is a realistic appreciation of your motives and goals that lead you to move to another country.
When considering your reasons to emigrate, start building a list of goals and put them in a priority order. You will be able to see more clearly what you can achieve and what will be impossible to accomplish.
The main points that you need to have in mind before moving abroad
A better life for your family
I am sure that more than half of the people who move abroad wish for a better life for their family. We want to achieve a better work/life balance and increase the time we spend with our kids. We hoped to improve the quality of our kid’s education and secure their future with better opportunities. If your children are very young, they probably won’t understand the transition and things will be easier for them. However, if your children are teenagers, it is very important to involve them in doing their own research and set their own goals.
Even if career progression is not one of the top reasons to emigrate, a significant number of people consider this to be one of their priorities. It’s possible that you will find that a second language is vital for you to know. You must consider whether your language skills will be sufficient for your new job. Prepare yourself to put a lot of work in to reach the knowledge of a native speaker. Put in balance the work you have back home and what kind of job will you be able to find if you move abroad. Will that job secure your family living cost?
When you move abroad, you almost certainly won’t be earning the same salary level for that country. You must do your research properly and plan your finances for the realities of immigrant economics. Many immigrants find that their money doesn’t go quite as far as they had hoped it will. They underestimate the cost of relocating. You must keep in mind all the following costs before moving: flights costs for you and your family, accommodation on arrival, property rental, car rental, health insurance and also contingency fund in case of unemployment.
Lifestyle and climate
Choosing the right destination where you can enjoy your favorite leisure activities is also linked to the right climate. Even if your goal is to enjoy life under the sun, your choice may still need you to compromise more than you anticipated. Try to consider a country that will suit you and be appropriate for your health and life aspirations.
Culture and language
Besides the possibility of using a different language on a daily basis, you will also face cultural differences overseas. Do not underestimate the effort required to adjust to all these differences. your ability to adapt to a new life will influence your everyday life and will determinate the success of your immigration.
As a general advice, ask yourself if you have both the practical and emotional qualities required to complete this process. Besides an ability to understand and organize everything, you must be able to anticipate and manage different emotional situations.
Regardless of whether you plan to emigrate with your family or on your own, it is useful to talk and analyze your findings with your friends and relatives. They will give you an honest and constructive answer that will help you evaluate all the things I told you above.
The most important and vital thing is that all family members must reach the same conclusion.