I’m not quite planning to pack up everything and everyone and head abroad to start a brand new life, but I do know other moms and other families for whom this has been a reality they’ve been faced with and they were all kind enough to share some tips with me which I can then pass on to my readers. There are indeed so many reasons why anyone would want to move their entire family abroad, the leading one of which is perhaps that of one of the grown-ups getting a job offer or business opportunity they just can’t pass up on.
Another reason however is that of just wanting to get away and start a brand new life in a place which feels more like your spiritual home than what your current home could ever feel like. There are some couples and families who went away somewhere for their annual holiday and just never came back! Either way, here are some tips for families relocating abroad.
Remember the reason you decided to stay
Obviously this refers to the country in which you decided to stay and it’s important to remember the very reason why you decided to stay in the first place. This is because things can get a bit hard or take a turn in a manner which you didn’t expect, but often that inclination to make a new home somewhere trumps any challenge you may face once you’ve settled in. So don’t focus on the reasons for leaving your current home, but rather focus on the reason why you decided to make a brand new home.
You can never plan too much
The fortunate thing about this thing called life is that at this stage you have enough life experience to be able to iterate through every possible scenario which could go wrong. Laws may be different in other countries and things may just generally work better, but ultimately there are some common challenges in life which are universal and these are some challenges you should plan adequately for. You should have a contingency plan in place for every scenario which could play out, including exactly where you’d go to get the services of some car accident lawyers, just to make what is admittedly a very specific example.
Sticking with the example of the lawyers who would assist you in your car accident case, this is really just an example of how detailed your planning should get, but it’s also an example which demonstrates that planning in this way doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend money on the spot, since you get some car accident lawyers who don’t charge a consultation fee while assessing the strength of your case, a practice which you should perhaps actively seek out as part of your planning process.
Focus on local community integration
While linking up with other expatriates could go a long way in helping you settle in better in your new environment, your ultimate focus should be on integration with the local community. After all, that’s what you came all this way for, not to get more of what you left back home.