How Long Does It Take to Move Abroad?

Quick question:How long does it take to leave?
Answer: about 3 months.  Three months from decision to your new country.

This is not the same as how long before I board my flight (airlines require you arrive 2 hours before your flight …okay, a small joke)

But seriously, how much preparation time do you think you need? If you already made the decision you want to live abroad, then it takes 3 months, from start to finish. That’s my experience and I see no reason why anyone else couldn’t have a similar experience.

Below is our timeline when we moved from the US to Prague, Czech Republic:

Our Timeline:
23 March: Initial inquiry about a couple jobs
03 April Telephone interview w/manager
02 May Face-to-face interview in Prague
05 May Offer tendered and accepted, to start 3 July
26 May Wife’s last day of work
31 May House on market; luckily sold soon from real estate boom
21 June House sale ‘closed’
5-11 June Jeff & friend went apartment shopping in Prague
30 June Jeff leaves for Prague
3 July Jeff starts first day at work

Okay, that’s 3 months and a week. But it’s way faster than 6 months. And definitely not two years, or even 1 year.

The next 20 years will fly – don’t you think it’s time you did, too?
Don’t live with regret for not trying, not going for it.

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Jeff

An American who likes to move around.
I now live on the eastern Canadian seaboard. My job? A stay-at-home dad for two cute but demanding bosses. My wife? Also cute; not so demanding.
My wife and I both love travel. We met in South Korea, travelled across Australia, India, Europe and beyond. We lived in Czech Republic for four years. Many stories to tell and experience to share. If you let me, I will help you travel as we do.
Enjoy.

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