Moving Abroad: Where to Start to Change Your Life

So you’ve decided that working abroad sounds like a good option – and indeed it is! There are many reasons why people decide to work abroad, whether for family reasons, a lack of opportunities at home, or simply for a bit of adventure.

But the problem that many people encounter when they first start thinking about moving abroad to work is how to get started. Here’s a quick look at some of the most important things that you can do when you first start planning how to change your life forever by working abroad.

Consider Your Current Position

First of all, you need to take a long hard look at your current position. Are you happy and enjoying life? If so, what is the primary reason that you want to leave in the first place? Do you have dependents? Will you have to leave your job or will you be able to carry on working remotely?

Try to work out what your motives are for moving abroad before you really start to put a plan together – you might even find that you are rushing into things.

Where Do You Want to Be?

The next stage is to think about what you are hoping to achieve with your move abroad. What is the life that you want to live, the reason that you are heading away? If you are not currently living the lifestyle that you are after, then what is that lifestyle?

Also, do you have any particular countries or destinations in mind? Are you looking for year-round sun, something completely different, or something which is similar to the UK so that you won’t get too homesick? Do you want to travel right across the world or to another country in Europe?

Think about whether you will really be able to enjoy the lifestyle that you are seeking in the destination that you have decided upon. You may be surprised at the cost of living or the quality of life in that destination when you do a bit more research.


There will be a lot of changes to your life when you move abroad, and you should consider all of these before you buy your plane ticket.

You have to look at your responsibilities at home as well as your current job:

  • will you quit your job?
  • do you have savings to get by on?
  • are there some tasks at work that you cannot just leave behind?
  • can you really move your family abroad because you want to go?
  • do you have rent or a mortgage to pay?
  • will you sell up or keep your property, or rent it out?
  • are you tied into a rental contract?

These are all questions that you will have to ask yourself before making the decision to work abroad.

Your Work

This is the big one for people moving to work abroad. What exactly will you do to earn money?

If you have a skill, is there a need for that skill where you are planning to go? Will you be welcomed into the country or turned away? Internet working is another great option, but can you transfer your skills to online work?

Will you be able to carry on working for your present employer from abroad, or is this unrealistic?

You will have to have a good idea of how you will earn money from abroad before you leave because otherwise your trip could be cut a lot shorter.

Getting Started

There are a lot of things to consider before you make the decision to move abroad to start working. Some things you will have to put off until further down the line, but other things you can start doing immediately.

Research is the best thing to do right at the beginning. Research your location, jobs, average wages, the local language and visa requirements to start with. Read up as much as you can on your destination. You may have a misleading preconception about a destination, and you might discover that a work visa will be impossible to attain or that you can only stay for three months in a destination when you want to stay for a year or longer.

Start researching today whilst beginning to analyse your situation and this will help you to start organising things in your mind and working out if this is really the best decision for you at the moment.

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