Living in another country: Is it for me? What do I need to do? (pg. 2)

by Lisa on October 5, 2009

A relationship may not work overseas – Are you willing to make the commitment?  You may be able to bring your pet, but will it have to be quarantined for a specific amount of time once you arrive to your country of choice? Will you be in a living space where your dog can roam free? Are you willing to sacrifice the momentum you’ve built in your career for a self-fulfilling experience? Think these things through, and tie it back into why you want to move abroad. 

5. What are possible problems with the language barrier?

    When you are living in another country, there are language barriers you will face. Living in the UK, you may have a few mis-communications with the colloquialism. Living in Thailand, however, you will face much larger obstacles in overcoming a language barrier. It is a good idea to take language courses before you leave or do home study with books or Rosetta Stone. When you do not know the language, be prepared to have difficulty in everything (at least at first). Counting change, asking for directions, looking for the bathroom – any of these things can be challenging.  It is wise to learn some basics before you go, and be prepared to use some heavy hand signage! 

    6.  How much money do I need? /Do I have enough money?

      When answering this question think of flight costs, transportation costs once you are in the city, amount of time you will be without work, and currency exchange. If you plan to find work once you are there, make sure to give yourself a decent cushion of savings to live off of. Don’t forget to also include, food costs, living costs, and any luxuries you may need.  This is basically planning your budget.

      7. What is the lifestyle there like? What is it like to be living in another country?

        You may have an idea of what a place is like, but you may also want to do the research before you go. Search the internet for forums with people who have lived abroad or are living abroad. Talk to friends and family who have had this experience. Will there be conveniences like a grocery store or only local markets? Can you buy name brand products over there? How (click below for next page)

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        Rob Northrup October 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

        I would recommend living in a country for a few weeks to a month before you make any decision to go more permanently. Many parts of the world are extremely intolerant of foreigners when it comes to full-time living there. THey are fine with you as a short-term visitor but not for longer…

        Seize the Day,
        Rob
        Emergency Preparedness For the 21st Century Family

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        Jose Escalante October 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

        There is so much to consider so I agree with Rob’s advice

        Jose Escalante
        http://www.joseescalante.com

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        Steve Chambers October 7, 2009 at 1:00 am

        Best to make the change in small doses. Everyone I know who changed countries changed them back.

        Steve Chambers
        Sales Training Speaker

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        Darryl Pace October 10, 2009 at 9:53 am

        I imagine I would greatly miss the U.S. if I moved to another country. It’s frustrating here sometimes, but I’m not sure a move abroad would help to solve any personal problems I have in this country.

        Health, Fitness for Working People — Darryl Pace

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