We’ve all been there. You check-in to your hotel and spend two glorious weeks basking in sunshine only to dread the return flight home. While for many people, returning from holiday is something of a necessary evil, there are those who choose to stay on at their holiday destination – living and working abroad as an expatriate. If this is an idea that appeals to you, ex-pat and travel expert Niall Dennis tells us his quick checklist of the basics…
1. Find a job
Okay this maybe an obvious one but unless you’re lucky enough to be working remotely you’ll need to earn money to support yourself in a foreign country. There are many websites dedicated to finding work abroad, I use Expatjobs.eu which has positions in 140 countries.
2. Get a place to live
If you’re moving abroad with your work then they may help you find suitable accommodation. If not, then you’ll need to look for yourself. Take as much advice as possible and make sure you consider the security and crime rate of different areas as well as the cost of lodgings and proximity to key attractions or your place of work.
3. Sort your finances
There are many financial considerations to make when moving abroad – whether permanently or temporarily. One of the most important is how you will access your finances while in a foreign country.Opening a bank account in the country you intend to live is advisable but you’ll probably want to keep your existing UK bank account too. Look for banks which offer affordable international transfers and research online banking options that can make financial management a lot easier. You’ll also need to consider things like your UK property. If you are a homeowner then renting it out to cover mortgage payment or increase cash flow is one option but you’ll probably want to appoint an estate agent or representative to ensure everything runs smoothly while you’re out of the country. If you’re a tenant then you’ll more than likely want to give notice on your tenancy and move your stuff out. If you can’t store this with friends or family then it may be worth paying for a secure storage facility instead.
4. Protect your health
Not all countries have a National Health Service (NHS) like the UK so it’s important you think of how you’ll safeguard your health whilst living and working abroad. Cigna expat insurance is a great example of the sort of policy you can get to obtain top medical protection and gives both you and your family access to the best healthcare available.
5. Enjoy it!
Finally, enjoy your new life abroad regardless of whether it’s a permanent or temporary relocation! Take in the main tourist attractions but also wander off the beaten track and discover hidden gems that define an area. Living in a different country isn’t without its potential pitfalls but if you plan carefully you’ll open yourself up to a whole new world, I promise you won’t regret it!