Moving Abroad: How to Choose a Location (Part 1)

Once you have made the decision that you want to move abroad, next comes the biggest decision you’re going to have to make… where exactly are you going to move to? 

When making your decision, there are myriad things to consider. Let me tell you the most important things I considered when moving to Spain, in the order in which they most mattered to me. Whether or not these apply to you, and the importance of each factor, will obviously depend on your reason for moving and your personal situation.

Regardless of your reason for moving, I think these 5 big ticket items apply in most situations to some degree or another:

  1. Climate
  2. Distance from loved ones
  3. Work
  4. Town/city profile
  5. Social life

Before I delve into each item in more detail, I just want to take a moment to talk about the importance of looking at these items in the context of your reason for moving to another country in the fist place. It may be that your underlying reason eliminates the need to consider some factors (e.g. your job is relocating you); or it may be that the reason leaves a lot of flexibility and the whole of our big beautiful world is open for you to choose from!

My initial reason for going to Spain was to immerse myself in the language and become fluent; but as I thought about things more the potential health benefits of a better climate became the driving force between making my move to Spain a long-term one rather than a sabbatical. Everything else I considered I looked at through the “lens” of these two goals.

Your underlying reason for moving abroad is the big, obvious item that you will keep in mind as you think through all of the other points to consider

Ask yourself:

  • What are my top 2-3 practical reasons for moving?
  • What do I want to achieve while I am away?
  • Will it be a long-term or short-term move?

OK, having said that, in part two of this post I give some questions you can ask yourself as you consider each point, along with details of how those factors affected me.

Now I have a question for you… if you’re planning an international move, where are you going and what’s inspired you to make the change?

Henissi xx

[I decided to make this a two-part post as I realised it was getting a bit too long! Choosing your future new-home is a big deal so I didn’t want to skimp on the detail. You can read part 2 here.]

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