Moving anywhere, whether across the street or across the ocean, requires considerable planning. The below checklist was written by Kathy Dorf of Clements International as a helpful international moving checklist for moving overseas.
Most people live theirs lives day to day, by a routine.
Waking, working, eating, sleeping – by the clock. Sure, some people extend their daily routine with weekly or monthly ‘extras’ (swimming practice on Wednesdays, book club on the first Monday), but those quickly become routine life, too. Days, weeks, even months pass – we become robots in life -and we look back at a year asking yourself some questions:
Where was the added value? What will I remember about this year?
How would I do this year over again? Is it too late to do it now?
How will I possibly find my one, true love?
After a couple years of asking yourself (or your friends/partner/spouse) these questions, you feel a growing desire to make a change. “I need a Big Change in life.” Your answer below.
We hear this question from friends, family, friends of family and some family of friends…
Anyway, the point is, there are people who are amazed a person would become an expat (or want to become an expat). I do understand why there are such people. And that’s one of the big reasons for this website – to inform you why, and more importantly how you can be an expat, too.
So, How Hard Is It? Will I Fail?
The hardest part is not doing it. I will tell you that Regret is a bitch. It’s a whole lot easier to just try. Regardless whether you live abroad for 1 month or 10 years, there is no failure in becoming an expat. If you uproot yourself and live abroad for 1 month, you have still lived abroad – hence, Success.
Need a reason to become an expat? Here are the most popular:
• “I have no job. Now what?” – There are countries begging for English speaking workers.
• “I want to retire cheaply.” – Go retire for cheap in a country with a low cost of living.
• “Looking for adventure and whatever comes my way!” – Plenty of adventure abroad.
• “Wanted by the Man.” – “I understand extradition from Rio is very complicated.” (Fletch, 1984)
Other popular reasons for US citizens:
• Broadening children with new cultures, new languages, new sights.
• Making your first $92,000 tax-free from the US government (for 2009 tax year)
• Speaking of taxes, you get an extra 2 months to file. April 15th – No. June 15th – Yes!
• Finding that special someone.
“What is an expat?”
This is a fair question to ask, isn’t it? After all, we had better know who we’re dealing with before we set off talking at length about it.
Quick definition: An expatriate, or simply expat, is a person who moved away from their native country and adopted new residence in a different country.
Examples can be a Canadian teaching English in Korea, an American executive working in Czech Republic or a German retired in the Philippines.
Most importantly, this can be You. Any expat would agree – the experience makes for a more exciting, meaningful life. Visit here often and you will expat yourself.
For more definitions, Wikipedia and Merriam-Webster are glad to help.