Whilst the majority of people have their eyes set on Australia as a place to relocate to, there are many Australian people that relish the chance to live overseas for an extended period of time – whether that’s to somewhere exotic like SE Asia or somewhere more cultural such as Europe.
That said, the logistics of this can be pretty taxing to the point they are off-putting, in fact anything from transporting your life overseas (Jayde Transport are a good option to look into) or arranging visas, can feel daunting to the point we tend to put our plans to relocate overseas on the backburner of life.
Of course, there’s a lot to consider when relocating overseas, especially if you have children or pets, but where there’s a will there’s a way and this article highlights five of the key things you need to think about in preparing to take the plunge and relocate overseas.
Here’s a simple checklist of some of the things to think about (presuming you’ve worked out where it is you wish to relocate to):
You’ll want to find out what paperwork you need well in advance, as there’s a good chance you’re going to need a specific visa which must be applied for in plenty of time.
If you have an existing business, life can be made a little simpler by applying for a business visa – though sometimes the easiest route is to have your visa sponsored by a company that is wanting to employ you in that country. Of course, this is made much easier if you already work for a company and they are simply relocating your position from one office to another.
If you’re travelling to some faraway tropical land then you’ll want to ensure your vaccinations are up to date, and check out any specific health concerns within the area, as you might be required to take treatment against mosquito bites, prophylactically.
It pays to start learning the local language well in advance, as even though you will tend to find the immersive learning experience of being in the destination a much faster way to learn, your progress will be catalysed by mastering the fundamentals beforehand. There are apps such as Duolingo that can greatly help with this.
- FIND A NEW HOME
It might feel tempting to live out of a suitcase for a few weeks or months whilst you find your perfect home, but it pays to head out prior to departure and secure your new home so that when you move – you are moving straight into your home rather than being in a state of limbo for several weeks or months.
In summary, relocating overseas can be an incredible opportunity that provides personal growth for you and your family, but it needs to be planned well in advance and considered carefully – particularly in terms of the financial and family aspects such as education, pets and healthcare.