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How to Turn Your Dreams of Living Abroad Into a Reality

October 20, 2017 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Have you decided to stop dreaming and turn your goals of living abroad into reality? According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over 350,000 Australian expats moved abroad between the years 2015 – 2016 alone. That’s over 8% more citizens than the previous year. In fact, new research tells us that over 90,000 Australians permanently left the country in 2016 alone.

If you are planning to take the next step, the next thing to do is to figure how to do so successfully. Making the decisions that come with moving is often difficult. However, with this guide, you will learn more about how you can prepare for the big move.

Here’s how to turn your dreams of living abroad into a reality.

Prepare the Document Checklist

The hardest part of moving abroad is to start your preparations early. Understand that the required paperwork may take some time and will require at least 90 days before you decide to move. You will need to apply and acquire the appropriate visa and work permits and check the regulations of your new home country. Additionally, you will need to understand the tax implications when moving abroad. For some expats, their tax status may change. However, citizens often find themselves taxed twice for their income earned abroad.

Learn the Language

While there are more English-speaking countries than ever before, the success of moving abroad will depend on how well you adjust. Many Australians who move abroad find their new homes in English-speaking countries like Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and the Philippines for different reasons. Most of which are all English-speaking countries.

Make Sure You’re Covered

If you plan to live abroad, you will want to ensure that you and your family are covered when you get ill or have an accident. Having reliable health insurance is the best way to stay in control of your health and overall life. For most cases, foreign nationals will need to have permanent residency to gain access to local healthcare. This process may take months or even years to finalize. As a result, many expats opt for international health insurance to meet their specific needs.

Sell Your Unnecessary Items

Aim to lighten the load of stress by getting rid of the things you don’t need. Sell or donate items that you can’t take with you using online websites like eBay or Gumtree. With the right information, you might be able to sell your items faster than you expect.

Furthermore, never underestimate how much you might be forced to spend before, during, and after you move. Be sure to understand your current financial situation and determine how prepared you are for your big move. Ask the right questions and see if you’re eligible to work in your new location abroad.

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