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This guide will help prepare you for life abroad | © lassedesignen/Shutterstock
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Useful Things To Know About Moving Abroad

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Travel Editor
Updated: 27 September 2017
Thinking of packing up and moving to another country? Check out this guide to relocating your life abroad.

Do it!

Living abroad opens you up to so many new and life-changing experiences. It’s an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, make new friends and create lasting memories.

It’s not always easy

First off there’s the language barrier to deal with (unless you’re moving to an English speaking country). Then there’s picking up on all the little things that make that culture unique. They might be frustrating at first but once mastered will have you feeling like a local.

Make friends with locals early on to get the most of your experience
Make friends with locals early on to get the most of your experience | © Africa Studio/Shutterstock

Get out there

A lot of your experience while living abroad comes down to the people you meet. So while it might seem daunting at first put yourself out there and make friends with people in the first couple of weeks. Not only will they help ease the transition but they will likely know cool places to hang out.

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Location, location, location

When picking a place to live remember that until you’ve decided to settle, forego luxuries for a place that’s right at the centre of what’s happening in you’re new home.

Spend time thinking about where you want to live in your new city
Spend time thinking about where you want to live in your new city | © Brian Kinney/Shutterstock

It’s nothing like a holiday

Don’t think that living abroad is anything like an extended holiday. A wise person once said that you can’t run away from your problems, eventually they’ll catch up to you. Make sure you’re relocating your life for the right reasons.

Go explore

While it’s important to be smart with your budget, moving abroad is also a great opportunity to experience all the amazing places around your new home. Take a trip every few weeks and take advantage of cheaper flights to nearby countries.

Use your new home as a base to explore other exciting destinations
Use your new home as a base to explore other exciting destinations | © Neirfy/Shutterstock

Upgrade your cooking skills

Another great thing about living abroad is that you’ll be exposed to loads of great new recipes. Take in as much as you can. Who knows – you might discover a new favourite dish and wow your friends back home.

Keep in contact

Leaving friends and family behind is never easy. Sometimes moving to a new place can be an isolating experience, especially once the early excitement wears off. Remember to stay in regular contact with loved ones back home for moral and emotional support.

Preparation is so important when moving abroad
Preparation is so important when moving abroad | © AnastasiaNess/Shutterstock

Preparation is key

This is perhaps the most important thing to remember. Do your research and everything will be fine. Better than fine – living abroad is one of the most rewarding things you can do so what are you waiting for!

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