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10 Essential Factors If You’re Thinking of Living Abroad

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Are you dreaming of living abroad? 

Maybe the kids have moved out and left you with an empty nest. Perhaps you’re looking for a warmer climate, a lower cost of living, or you just really want to live somewhere where everyone speaks Italian…

Many people dream about living abroad, either on an extended sabbatical or permanently, but turning those visions into reality can be tough. 

There are so many things to consider and plan for, but that’s also part of the fun

Today, we will outline 10 practical tips for those considering living abroad. 

Let’s get started.

10 things to consider when planning your life abroad

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If you have an idea of where you want to live, put your plan through this 10-point checklist to see how close you are to taking the leap.

1. Cost of living

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Assess the cost of living in your prospective country compared to your home country. Consider expenses such as housing, healthcare, groceries, and utilities. Many seek destinations where their savings or income stretch further without compromising their lifestyle quality.

2. Healthcare system

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Investigate the healthcare infrastructure, availability of medical services, and whether your health insurance will cover you abroad. Some countries offer high-quality healthcare at a fraction of the cost in the U.S., but accessibility in rural areas can be limited.

3. Visa and residency requirements

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Understand the legal requirements for staying long-term or permanently in the destination country, including visa types, residency permits, and any financial requirements (such as proof of income or mandatory health insurance).

4. Safety and stability

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Research the country’s political stability, crime rates, and general safety. You should look for peaceful environments with low crime rates to enjoy your time without undue stress.

5. Language and culture

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While not a deal-breaker for many, considering the language and culture of the host country can influence your overall experience. Learning the local language can enhance daily interactions and integration into the community. Cultural differences can also impact your lifestyle and social activities.

6. Community and social integration

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Look for expat communities or local social groups that can help ease the transition. Being part of a community provides emotional support and helps with adjusting to a new environment.

7. Accessibility and transportation

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Ease of getting around is crucial, especially if you choose not to drive. Look into public transportation options, the walkability of cities, and the proximity to amenities like grocery stores, healthcare facilities, and recreational activities.

8. Climate

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Climate can significantly affect your comfort and lifestyle choices. Consider whether you prefer a tropical climate, seasonal changes, or something in between. Think about how the climate may impact any health conditions you have.

9. Tax implications

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Understand the tax implications of living abroad, including any taxation treaties between your home country and the new host country. Consider how your savings, pension, retirement accounts, or income will be taxed.

10. Estate Planning

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Review your estate planning needs, including wills, power of attorney, and healthcare directives, ensuring they are valid and enforceable in your new country of residence.

If you’re looking at this list and thinking:

Wow, that’s a lot of work…

You’re right! 

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