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Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Move Abroad

Thinking about moving abroad? For many people, moving to a new country is the start of a new adventure. For others, it can end in disaster and a quick return home. To avoid the latter from happening, there are some simple questions you should ask yourself before you move abroad.

What are my core values?

Before you move abroad, it's important to be clear on your core values. This is because they will help determine which countries are good for you and which ones aren't. For example, if you value freedom and outdoor activities, then you should move somewhere with good weather and plenty of stuff to do outdoors.

What do I want to get out of my life abroad?

Moving abroad can be a great escape or a mistake that you will have to live with. Before you move, it's important to know what kind of life you want for yourself and how moving abroad could help you achieve this. For example, if you're looking to make new friends then your destination country should be friendly towards expats and have plenty of people that speak your language.

What lifestyle do I dream of having?

Dreaming about the new life you want to have is one thing, but planning it out with a location-specific plan is another. The place where you choose to live will determine what kind of life you can have. For example, if your dream is to be in an English-speaking country then you should move to Ireland or Canada.

In which 5 countries could you lead that lifestyle?

Asking yourself this question will help you find the best place to move abroad. You should start by narrowing down your dream lifestyle to the five countries you would be most happy living in and then find out which one of these is possible for you financially – this will determine which country deserves a place on your list.

Have I checked out important things like medical care?

It’s not always simple to access high-quality medical care abroad. This is why it’s important to check it out beforehand and get yourself organized. Companies like provide medical care for expats.

Does the move fit in with my career?

Moving abroad will impact your career in a number of ways. For example, if your goal is to have a job that involves traveling then you'll want to find somewhere with visa-friendly travel policies. This will make it easier for you to go on business trips and get promoted faster than if you had stayed back at home behind a desk. Alternatively, you could consider a remote working career that allows you to work from anywhere.

What are the top 10 companies I would love to work for and in which countries are they located?

If you want to move abroad in search of a job, then it's important to ask yourself this question. If the company you want to work for is based in Ireland and doesn't have any offices in New Zealand, then moving there would be pointless unless there are other things that interest you about the country.

Would my direct family be impacted by my move abroad?

Moving abroad is not easy for everyone, especially if you have a family at home that you're moving away from. If a big part of your life is centered around the people who are close to you, then it's important to consider how they might be impacted when you move abroad – this will help you avoid making any rash decisions and ensure that you have a plan to prioritize family life.

Does my family support the idea?

It's important to make sure that your family is on board with the idea of moving abroad. If you're bringing them along then they should be willing to support your decision and be happy about it, not just because they have no other choice – if this is the case then there will likely be some resentment about the move, which can put a huge amount of stress on your relationships.

Who else supports me in my dream to move abroad?

It's important to make sure that your friends are happy with the move because they will be there for you when things get tough. Support from people close to you is invaluable, especially if it means that they're here to guide you through the process of settling into a new country.

What are the external obstacles to moving abroad? How do I plan to deal with them?

Before you move abroad there will be a number of obstacles that you have to deal with, both personally and professionally. It's important to think about these things now so you know how to manage them when they arise. For example, if you're planning on leaving your job behind then it's crucial to plan your next career steps in advance.

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