Whether you’re simply considering leaving America or you’ve already decided, moving abroad is something you should take very seriously. While it is quite exhilarating, you can’t let yourself be swept by the elation and forget the practical side. That is why you need to hold a minute, stop, and consider some of the aspects of moving abroad.
Ask Yourself – Are You Making the Right Decision by Leaving America?
It seems that some quite difficult times have befallen the USA. There’s insecurity left and right and it does seem like a tumultuous time. Recent polls show that a record number of Americans have the desire to leave and settle in a different country.
And really, it does seem like this could be a sign of a great country losing its way. With so many frequent problems that seem to pop up everywhere, you might be considering leaving America.
However, first, You Should Ask Yourself – Is this really what I want?
Dig deep and see whether you truly cannot live in America anymore or if you’re simply going through a frustrating period. Ask yourself what you would gain or lose by moving and see whether leaving America is the right decision for you.
Make a Plan
Yes, making a plan can suck the spontaneity right out of your great adventure. But, you’ll be grateful that you organized everything once you find yourself in a strange country. Spontaneity is all fine and dandy until you’re faced with its consequences.
So, first, you should write down everything that you need to do before leaving America. Don’t forget to include on the list things that you need to do in America and things you should finalize in the host country (like finding an apartment, setting up a bank account in the destination country, etc.). Cross out the things you achieve in the list and keep track of the time you have left. Make sure to leave enough time for everything.
This is the age of the Internet, where a lot of information is available at the click of a mouse. Use this to your advantage. Do research on the destination country before leaving America. As we’ve already said, spontaneity is great, but it is not too useful. Try to prepare as much as possible to stave off the culture shock that may occur. That means you should try to learn as much as you can about your destination country. This will also help you blend in with the local crowd.
Also, one of the most important things you should research is the cost of living, housing costs, average salary, etc. You need to know these things in order to plan your budget.
Decide What You’ll Do with Your Things
There are various options for moving your belongings. You can ship your things to your new place, move them with you or you can even store them in the US. But, before you decide, you should really compare the prices and the feasibility of the options. This will give you a ballpark of the figures you’re dealing with. In case you deem it would be too expensive to move your belongings, you can always sell or donate them before leaving America. It’s important to decide what you’ll do with your belongings;
Get a Visa
When you’re leaving America to live somewhere else, you need to apply for a long-term visa. The type of visa you should get, of course, depends on the reason why you’re moving. Most countries have the following categories of visas:
- Tourist and Business Visitor
However, take note that, depending on the destination country, getting a visa can prove to be quite a feat. Do research on what you need for the country you’ve chosen. It can also cost you a pretty penny if you’re not careful. If you feel like you cannot do it on your own, you can always hire an immigration attorney. This can be expensive, but it is worth it if you’re not sure how to go about getting a visa. However, it is pivotal that you do it right because immigration policies have been a tricky field to maneuver recently.
Get a Health Checkup
Again, this depends on the country to which you’re moving. Some countries have great healthcare systems, while others don’t. There might not be sufficiently qualified doctors to deal with your ailments abroad. So, tend to them before even stepping foot on the ride that will take you far, far away.
These are the doctors you should visit:
- A GP (and ask them about everything)
Another thing that is important is to ask your doctors for your medical records. Also, you need to bring your immunization records with you. When it comes to prescription medicine, find out whether it is permitted in the country or easily accessible. If it is not, you may want to bring an extra supply.
Tie The Loose Ends
You should definitely get an international credit card if you want to avoid transaction fees applicable in a foreign country.
Another thing you should do is also unlock your phone. Once you have moved, it will be much easier (and cheaper) to buy a SIM card from a local operator.
Make sure that you copy all your important documents, such as your passport, your driver’s license, etc. You never know when you might need them.
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