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How to Choose Where to Live Overseas

The world is your oyster, as they say, and if your contemplating a move overseas but still unsure about which new country is the right one for you, it’s helpful to consider all of the aspects of life and living that are important to you. If moving with family you’ll also have the task of finding that perfect spot to call home that meets the needs and desires of all family members so a fulfilled and happy life can be found by all.

This blog won’t tell you where to move to, but it will help you begin to think about the types of questions you should be considering when moving overseas, to help you decide what it is you’re looking for in your new home. If you’re stuck about how to choose where to live overseas, ask yourself the following questions to help narrow down the search a little, and give you a starting point from which to conduct some preliminary research into your ideal place to emigrate.

What type of climate do you seek?

Is the weather important to you? Are you emigrating in the search of the hottest weather hotspot to settle down; or just warming sunnier climes; or do you prefer a colder climate? Are you the type of soul that revels in the seasons and with this, the changing weather patterns or do you prefer more settled, constant climate conditions?

Activities and local environment

What do you enjoy doing for leisure, health and entertainment?

Do you prefer an ocean scene or an arid desert; stunning mountain ranges or peaceful, green meadows? Or perhaps the city life is the only life for you and you’re seeking a slick, vibrant metropolis overseas to settle in?

If coastal watersports, such as sea kayaking or surfing float your boat, you might consider avoiding a move to a landlocked country. If you enjoy walking and climbing and outdoor pursuits, you may wish to consider a terrain that allows you to make the most of the great outdoors. If music concerts and gigs is your bag, deciding to move to a town or city where entertainment is on offer may be a consideration, particularly for those with teenagers and young adults, or a smaller rural community may suit you better with a slower more traditional way of life.

Consider what it is you like to do in your spare time, be it sports, socially, health and exercise, entertainment; and investigate areas which may offer you this.

Language

Do you speak any languages well or fluently or enough to get by? This could be a great way to narrow down the country you decide to move to. Perhaps you want to learn a completely new language; moving to a country and living amongst a local community is the best way to do this authentically.  If being able to speak and understand a language isn’t important to you, this will also help you to decide where you should settle overseas. You may wish to only consider those countries where your mother tongue is spoken, or at least those countries where speaking the language fluently is less of a need to fit in and get by.

Distance from UK

How close to the UK would you like to be? Is it important for you to be able to make trips back to the homeland quickly and with ease? Or perhaps you would like to really get away from it all and move to a remote island across the other side of the world? It’s important to consider how easy it will be for you to return to your Home country and whether this is an important factor for you.

Employment

If you are planning to work then it’s imperative to look at the employment market in the places you are considering as a possible place to put down roots. What are the job prospects like? How is the local economy doing? What type of work is available? What are the wages like? If you’re self-employed or looking to set up a business overseas, what is the current and prospective landscape like for small new businesses and where is the most likely place to succeed?

Education

If you have a family, it’s important to consider the education system and the education options available for your children. Standard of education and educational opportunities can be researched and this will help you to narrow down suitable family-friendly countries.Expat community

Is being close to or part of a large, established expat community important to you? There are many benefits to living with expats who can help you to settle in, get to know your way around the ways and culture of the area and general it’s a readymade community in your new home. Perhaps, however, you would prefer the opposite and are looking for a genuine local community to belong to. If this is your dream, it’s vital to explore and find the right type of community that welcomes expats and one that you feel you will be able to settle in to with ease.

Research all the crucial factors

Other crucial points and factors to consider when choosing a country overseas to call Home are property prices; buying or rental market; cost of living; transport links; pension/retirement prospects; healthcare options; assistance and support available for expats; the culinary preference of an area; political views; economic outlook; childcare; crime levels; and general quality of life.

The above considerations should give you a good start on your way to researching all of the areas you need to consider to help you make that all important decision of where to move overseas.

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