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The Big Move Abroad – Don’t Burn Your Ships
December 31, 2014
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It’s an interesting concept, the thought of packing up everything you own and moving to another country. There are a lot of emotions, thoughts and ideas that run through your mind. A lot of details to work out before it can become a reality and a lot of the things you will be pondering like:

 

  • What country should I move to?
  • When should I go?
  • How will I produce an income?
  • What personal items should I take?
  • What do I do about Health Insurance?
  • What do I do about Transportation?

 

Weird things will also start going through your head – like: “Who will cut my hair?” – cause you love the way your current barber or hair dresser does it now. Or, “Darn it – I won’t be able to get my favorite ice-cream anymore!” The one thing I have learned is all this gray matter will cause paralysis by analysis. It will stop you from your overall dream or goal that you are already considering or have made your mind up on… you want to move overseas and become an Expat. You will be in your dream location, relaxing and enjoying the good life. Don’t let all these silly things stall you – just do it.

 

The easiest and fastest way I know to do it is by creating action quick. Have you considered making your initial move less permanent? If not, maybe you should before you “burn your ships”. A lot of information online paints a beautiful picture about how glorious the overseas life is but neglects to point-out the challenges. Also, consider that not every location is going to be a good fit for every person. Everyone’s needs and interests are different. You need to experience a location and culture for a period of time before turning your life and your loved-ones lives upside down. I propose making a list of the top 3-5 locations you are considering and spend a considerable amount of time in each location before making it final. Take 4-12 months in a location before making it permanent. If you don’t like, move on to the next location on your list.

 

Live it up and please share your thoughts and ideas with me. I am on my way to making a move like this myself and need all the help I can get.

About author

Lain Livingston

Lain Livingston

Lain is passionate about informing aspiring expats about the pros and the cons of life abroad while exposing as many Americans as possible to the idea of experiencing countries and cultures beyond the surface. Married to a half Ecuadorian – half Italian, with family in Ecuador, Italy, England, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, Lain’s experiences abroad tend to be immersive.

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