7 Important Factors To Consider When Deciding Where To Move Abroad

There are so many great countries and cities in the world, that it becomes overwhelming when deciding where to move abroad! If you want to find the perfect place overseas that exceeds all of your expectations, then you have to do your research.

As you probably know by now, moving your life abroad is not as easy as packing your bags and taking a flight overseas. Although it might not be this simple, there are things that you can organise to make relocating abroad relatively straightforward.

One element of the process is finding the perfect location abroad to move to. If you’re able to consider these 7 factors, then you will be living your life overseas in no time.

1. What do you Want to Achieve?

Taking the leap and leaving everything behind to move abroad is a massive commitment. It’s definitely not something to be taken lightly.

In order to make the most of your time away you have to ask yourself what you want to achieve.

Do you want to learn a new language?,
Would you like to master a new skill?
How much do you want to travel?
Is your main goal to relax on the beach, party, work?

By now you probably get the idea of the sort of questions you need to ask. Seriously ask yourself these questions before you do anything else. If you aren’t sure of what you want to achieve then you could end up moving somewhere that doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle and goals.

2. Cost of Living

I use to think that living and travelling overseas had to be super expensive. After living overseas for more than 4 years, I now know that’s not true.

The important thing to do here is a budget.

How much money will you be taking away with you?
How long will it last if you don’t find a job?
How long will it last if you do find a job?

The reality is that not all of us are able to afford living in luxury. In fact, I’m sure that some of you are looking to move abroad so that you can save money.

Living abroad can be quite affordable but you need to do your research! I highly recommend using sites such as Nomad List and The Base Trip to get a better idea of the affordability of different cities.

3. Climate

Different regions of the world offer different climates and temperatures.

Do you want to spend your days relaxing on the beach?
Would you like to work in the mountains and become awesome at skiing?
How about both?

There are two important things to remember:

  • There are 4 Seasons
    The weather is not going to be the same throughout the whole year. There are hot, cold and tropical seasons. Do your research on the different types of seasons for each country on your list.
  • Most Countries Have Different Regions
    Once you have a visa for a specific country, you are able to move across the whole country and generally don’t have to stay in a single city or location.Perhaps you may want to move somewhere to relax on the beach such as Buenos Aires in Argentina. Did you know that during winter you could move to the south of Argentina and go skiing in the mountains?

For more information on the climates of different regions, visit Nomad List and The Base Trip.

4. Language

As you probably know by now, I always recommend moving to a country where you can learn a new language.

Perhaps you want to move somewhere that only speaks english or a country that speaks a foreign language, but the level of english is sufficient enough to have conversations.

Sometimes it’s tough not being able to fully express yourself when no one around you understands english. Although this will ultimately force you to learn the local language, it is definitely something to be considered when choosing somewhere to move abroad.

5. Housing

There are so many different options when it comes to housing that it’s overwhelming.

For cheap and short term accomodation, couch surfing and hostels are great options.

However, for accomodation lasting a few months house sitting and air bnb can be a better alternative.

And if you’re looking for long term living, sharing a flat or leasing an apartment will work best.

The three main factors that you should consider when choosing where to live are:

  • How Much You Want to Spend
    What is your monthly budget on accomodation?
  • Where You Want to Live
    Do you want to live in the main city or in the suburbs? Perhaps you would prefer to live in a small town in the countryside.
  • How Long You’re Going to Stay for
    Do you plan on spending a week, month, year in this city or are you planning on moving there indefinitely?

Once again, make sure you do your research and have a few different options of accomodation that could work for you.

6. Work

If you’re planning on moving overseas then you’re probably going to need to find a job.

Finding a job in a foreign country can be difficult if you don’t have an action plan. If you’re planning on handing out CV’s, make sure they’re ready before you leave. To be even more prepared, get them translated so you don’t have to worry once you arrive.

What skills do you have to offer?
What experience do you have?
Which countries will find those skills relevant?

If you work from the internet, then you will most likely need to move to a country that has an adequate internet connection.

7. Visa

I’m sure by now you have a few different cities in mind that meet your criteria. The next step is to see what types of visas these countries offer foreigners.

If you work online then perhaps you may not need a visa that allows you to work. A tourist visa may be sufficient.

A great option for people under 30 is a working holiday visa. These visas generally allow foreigners to stay in a certain country for a year or two. During that time they are able to work, usually with certain conditions attached to them.

If you’re planning on studying, a student visa may be an option. Student visas generally allow you to stay abroad for a year with limited working privileges, which can be renewed each year under certain conditions. The easiest way to become a student is to apply to a language school.

For more information on visa agreements and different visa types for specific countries, contact the embassy of the country that you would like to move to.

Conclusion

If you’re able to follow these 7 factors, finding the perfect place to move abroad will be a piece of cake!

The main thing to remember is to do your research and enjoy yourself. The whole point of travelling and living abroad is to improve the quality of your life and have new and exciting experiences. This process is the first step, which is pretty exciting.

Before long you will be living the life of your dreams overseas, speaking a foreign language and wondering how you ever lived in one place for so long!

Where is your dream place to move abroad? When do you plan on leaving?

Lewi

Lewi is the founder of MoveYourLifeAbroad.com. For the past 6 years, he has been travelling and working his way around the world. He is extremely passionate about travel and loves sharing his knowledge with others because he believes everyone should have the opportunity to live abroad. In his spare time, he enjoys having a few cheeky beers with friends and riding his bicycle around town.

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