The vision of living & working in an overseas country when you want and living life instead of letting your life slip by is possible. It only needs that you take necessary activities and just get started. So many dreams never come true only because the dreamer rejects to take the initial step. I hope that it will motivate you to take those first steps to living how you desire to live.
Before start, spend a month or two deciding where you want to live & work. Considerations such as language, visa requirements, quality of life and cost of living should be tops on your list. You may also want to consider weather, crime rate and any friends or relatives you have in the country when you have narrowed down your country selection, try to come across the city that attentions you the most. Are you a big city person? Or maybe you like the quiet rhythm of a country life?
Make sure not to rush your decision as it will affect your life abroad.
When you have decided on a country and city, go there as a tourist it. Explore the city, talk to the people. Can you imagine yourself living here? Can you speak the local language or are you willing to learn it? Are there available jobs for foreigners? Do you feel safe and happy in the country?
Applying for a Abroad Job
If you plan on working for an employer abroad, it is best to find a job from your home country and let your future employer handle the visas and housing for you. You can find many web sites that offer overseas jobs. Two good web sites are Transitions Abroad and EscapeAmerica.
Looking for work in the new country gives you flexibility, but is risky. You will have to handle your visas and accommodations yourself. You will need much more money in reserve. Finding work abroad is a good option if you speak the local language or have friends or relatives that you can stay with when you arrive.
Arranging to Move
Once you have settled on the country you want to live in abroad and have found a job or business that can support you, it is time for the big move.
Depending on which country you want to move to, you need to decide if you want to bring your stuff with you or buy new stuff when you get in country. It is much easier and cheaper to purchase new things abroad than to bring your stuff with you. But if you are set on bringing your things, you will have to arrange shipping and plan for custom charge that can range up to 100% value of the imported items.
I suggest you simply bring the essentials when you travel abroad: clothes, a computer and maybe some comfort items. Remember that you are going abroad to experience a new life, not just take your life to another place.
Setting Into Your Life Abroad
When you arrive in the new country, take it easy. Know that you will experience culture shock and that you will feel more stressed just doing the necessities of life than you did at home. Your first week living in a foreign country may overwhelm you.
Use your first month to learn your job, meet people and start learning the language. Expect frustrations. Don’t take anything too serious. Enjoy your experience abroad. At the very least you will change your life.