Are You Moving Abroad For The Right Reasons? (4 Questions To Ask Yourself)
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
So, you’ve made the decision to move abroad. To dive into the unknown and see the world as a local, not just a tourist. We praise your bravery and adventurous spirit, but here are 4 questions to ask yourself to make sure you are making this move for all of the right reasons.
1. What Do You Hope To Gain?
It’s important to take a moment and think about what you hope to gain in moving abroad. Maybe even write it down. It could be anything from learning a new language to wanting to get outside of your comfort zone. It’s all about what you want out of this experience and how you envision for your life abroad. Be sure to also think about what challenges you anticipate, what you will be giving up, and what you will miss. Having a clear sense of both sides will better prepare you for such a life change. It will also allow you to reflect on if your goals are realistic.
2. Are You Running Away From Something?
Sure, anyone who wants to move abroad is probably running away from monotony, a routine that doesn’t inspire them anymore, or maybe just boredom. Those are all good reasons, but it’s also important to remember that once the excitement and adrenaline of moving to a new country wears off, life abroad could also feel monotonous and routine. Make sure you are ok with this. If you are running from something like financial issues, mental health problems, or even relationship problems, it may be a good idea to rethink your move. More than likely, your problems will follow you, and taking some time to address them before you leave will make for a much more successful journey.
3. Will I Be Ok Without My Family And Friends?
This may be your first time living abroad. And one of the hardest things for expats is missing the support system that they built back home. Although many people will promise to visit, only a few will make good on that promise, and the day-to-day support system that you have back home won’t be close by. Make sure you have some resources on hand for meeting expats and locals in your new country. Building a solid community will be crucial in adapting to your new way of life.
4. Should You Visit First?
If you are moving to a place you’ve never been to before, it may be beneficial to plan a visit first. Spending a few days or weeks will help you with your planning and better prepare you for the transition. You’ll know what to expect when it comes to transportation, cost of living, schools if you have children, and so much more. If you don’t have this option, then try to connect with as many expats or friends and family who have visited before to get a clear picture of what you are about to walk into.