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Relocating tips: how to choose a new country to live in

16/05/2021

Are you looking for a change? Are you bored of your country and ready for a new challenge? Moving abroad means starting a new chapter, getting a new job, meeting different people, growing and learning new things. It is scary, exciting and life changing. It might be the best decision of your life! Here are five tips to choose the right country for you to live in.

My villa in Ubud, Bali

My villa in Ubud, Bali

5 Things To Think About When Choosing A Country To Live In

Every year, many people move and work abroad for many different reasons. It might be because of a job offer that’s too good to refuse, to reconnect with your partner or family, or simply because you want to change your life. Whether you stay there for one year, five years, or even make it your home for the rest of your life, moving abroad can be an amazing experience.

Personally, I find it incredibly exciting and rewarding. Even after moving abroad six times in two decades (my last relocation was to Wroclaw, one of Poland’s best kept secretes), I am still not tired of it! I thrive from the challenges of learning a new language, creating new meaningful connections, exploring the surroundings and immersing myself in the local culture and traditions. To move abroad with ease, I follow a few smart tips, for example: I always research my destination, get myself a travel and health insurance, build a safety net, and give myself time to settle down.

Rynek, the Market Square in Wroclaw (Breslau) in Poland

The old town of Wroclaw, Poland where I moved to from London

Often, people move to a country because they have some connection with it (friends, relatives or ancestors); or because they have always wanted to go there. In fact, that was my motivation when I moved to Ubud Bali a few years ago, even though I had never been there before. I knew it would be the best decision for me and I loved every minute of it! But you might just want to make a change from your routine and are open to any destination as long as it has good job opportunities and an easy visa process. If you are free to choose where you will go, then the world is your oyster! It’s a big decision, so where should you start from?

You will need to research destinations, connect with digital nomads to share insights and think carefully about a number of factors before you take the leap.

1. The job market

Unless you’ve got a lot of money in the bank, you’re going to need to pay your way in your new country. Take a look at the market for your skills. Will you need a company to sponsor licence application in order to work there or are you skilled in something that you can do from anywhere? The digital nomad lifestyle is a dream for a lot of people, and though it’s not often quite as easy or as glamorous as they make out, you can still maintain a good work-life balance if you know what you’re doing. One of the things I miss the most about living in Bali is working at Outpost coworking in Ubud, surrounded by fellow travellers and nomads like me!

Mondomulia, Outpost coworking, Ubud, Bali

Life as a digital nomad at Outpost coworking in Ubud

2. The climate

If you’re from a country with a less than perfect climate, like in Great Britain for example, then you’re probably dreaming of being somewhere hot. A few day in the sun when you’re on holiday is one thing, but living and working in a hot climate is another. Some people thrive in the heat, others wilt. Do a bit of research into what the weather is like year-round in the country you are thinking of relocating to. How hot are the summers, and how cold and rainy are the winters? If you are going to be there 365 days per year, you need to know what you’re letting yourself in for.

St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London, England

3. The laws and culture

Wherever you live, you are going to be subject to the laws of that country. Something that seems completely normal to you might be considered rude or even illegal in another country. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t go there, but it’s sound advice to research all of the laws on things like alcohol, drugs, LGBT, human rights, as well as tax regulations and local employment rights.

4. Transport routes

If you love to travel, then basing yourself somewhere that is practically inaccessible isn’t the best idea. It’ll make it difficult for you to travel on weekends and bank holiday, and for your family and friends to visit you too. You will grow increasingly more isolated, which can be hard for your mental health and general wellbeing. Look at main travel routes within your country of origin and the city you want to relocate to. Check out the cost and frequency of flights, train connections or ferries. Are then make the best choice for you.

The city centre of Rome, Italy, view from the airplane

Rome, Italy is well connected to any destination in the world

5. Stay there first

If you’ve not spent much time in the country before, try and spend some non-touristy time there. Rent an apartment away from all the tourist hotspots and see what life is actually like for locals. Where do they like to hang out, what time they like to eat, what events they organise etc. Stay away from all of the sightseeing spots and you will discover the true soul of the city!

There are so many amazing places to choose from, each with its own unique culture and identity. Whether it’s for a few months or for good, moving to a new country is an amazing adventure. Do you research choose the right place to go and you will be rewarded with a memorable experience!

Red scooter in Trastevere neighbourhood in Rome Italy

Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.

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