3 Easier Ways to Become an Expat

Becoming an expat is as exciting as it is stressful. There are so many things that you have to consider before you move to a new country. But in the end, after you have sorted out all of the challenges you will see that it is a positive experience that will help you grow as a person.

The hardest part is the beginning of the planning process and the first couple of months after moving to the country that will be your home.

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Here are the most common issues that people have to deal with and some tips:

1. Money:

Commonly the first concern will be what about my money? That is when international banking becomes important. It is always a good idea to look for a bank that also works with banks in the country you are going to live in. This will make transfers a lot easier.

If you plan on becoming a long term expat, but also have plan to keep on moving to different countries in the future having offshore savings is a good idea. It makes converting to different currencies a lot easier.

2. Moving:

This can be a bit expensive if you plan on taking too much stuff with you, unless you are moving to a neighbor country. There are many international movers out there that can offer great prices, so take your time to do research. However taking all of your furniture with you isn’t always a great idea, especially if you are not sure about staying in that country for a long time.

Instead you can look around for furnished homes or apartments. It will make the whole relocating process a lot easier, and gives you the ability to keep traveling and moving to different countries without having to deal with that.

3. Don’t leave it all to the last minute:

I know that many adventurers prefer to leave it all and to figure it all out when they get there. But that’s not the best if you are traveling solo, but especially if you are doing it with your family. The best recommendation is to do research, a lot of it! You should at least figure out the best places to live, take a look at the sites of real estate agents and about the culture of locals.

If you can get it all ready before you move, it is be best thing you can do, you will be more relaxed and safe.

Follow these simple recommendations and you will see how the process of leaving your country and making a new country your home will be a lot less stressful.

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Article by Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!
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