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:
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.