Moving abroad can be a stressful process, but following these 8 tips can help ease the tensions and make the move overseas as easy and straight-forward as possible.
A whopping 1 in 10 British people have fled the UK for a new life abroad, with some of the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia and the United States. If you are hoping to join the lucky 1 in 10 and emigrate abroad, read our 8 tips below to hopefully make your move a little more organised.
- START LOOKING FOR YOUR HOME ASAP
You should start house-hunting as soon as you chosen which country you would like to emigrate to, this will allow you to really take your time and do some research when considering neighbourhoods, proximities to schools and work opportunities, where to get the most for your money etc. so you can really get the best property for you.
- FIND OUT WHAT PAPERWORK YOU’LL NEED
Whether you are moving within Europe or relocating further overseas, there will be a handful of documentation that you will need to complete. As a UK citizen you are within your rights to move to and working within any European country, but you will still have life admin you need to complete such as banking and pensions. However if you are moving further afield, you will have to apply for visas to even enter the country and also complete customs forms. These can often be longwinded and may be sent back to you if errors are present, so it is important to sort these as soon as possible.
- TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR FINANCES
When moving abroad it is crucial that you manage your personal finances well, this includes figuring out the cheapest way to transfer money from the UK, tax obligations, what will happen with your pension and anything else you might not really pay close attention to in the UK. It is worth contact larger banks with a global presence for their advice, as they will often have accounts catered to expatriates.
- PLAN HEALTHCARE
As you might already know, permanently moving from the UK means you will no longer be entitled to NHS care in the UK or in your preceding home country. Healthcare requirements differ from country-to-country and there is absolutely no set procedure to follow. It is crucial that you research into how healthcare works in the country you are moving to and finding out the most reliable and best health insurance providers for that country.
- HOW MUCH WILL THE COST OF LIVING BE
Whether you are choosing a country to peacefully retire, heading to find a new home for your family or moving abroad as an individual for a new life, the cost of living will play a big part in the life you lead in your new home country. It is important to discover what the average living costs will be in your chosen town, as this will determine how far your pension will go or will determine what kind of job you will need to look for to live the life you want.
- WILL YOU RECEIVE YOUR PENSION?
Living in the UK means you are entitled to and will receive pension increases every year to keep up with the rate of inflation and general increases in the cost of living. Moving from the UK means you might not be entitled to these increases any longer. It is important that you look into what pension you are entitled and ensure you are receiving necessary increases.
- MEET FELLOW EXPATS BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
Making friends in a new town can be hard enough, let alone a new country. However, thanks to the power of the 21st century and the internet, there are many forums and chat rooms that allow you meet fellow expatriates and locals to the area before you even travel to the country. Upon arrival you can keep a look out for meet ups and you can meet new likeminded people on a weekly basis.
- SPEAKING THE LINGO
If you are moving to a country that doesn’t share the same mother tongue, it is important that you start to learn the language if you don’t already speak it. When moving to Spain or France for example, you will find a lot of people can speak some English, although not everybody is fluent and some people can’t speak English at all. Not only will it seem polite and courteous for you to learn the language, it will also remove any limitations when looking for a new job, making new friends and ordering in restaurants and shops.