If you were born and bred in the UK, and you’re looking to leave, then you’ve got an incredible journey ahead of you!
Living in the UK comes with many benefits, but if you’ve been offered an exciting new job opportunity, or you’re just in the mood for adventure, then there’s so much to look forward to overseas.
There are, however, many things to prepare and consider before you go, so let’s take a look at some of the essential steps in your journey.
The UK is famously proud of the NHS, and for good reason! But, you most likely won’t be so lucky overseas!
Leaving the UK does generally mean saying goodbye to free health care, but if you’re ready to take that plunge, then it’s time to check out your health insurance options!
There are plenty of insurance policies specifically designed for UK Expats abroad. These policies will cover you against any health scares, unexpected illnesses or nasty surprises.
The last thing you need is to get caught ill in a new country without the means to pay for it, so don’t leave it to chance. Get yourself well covered now.
The Property Market
Property in the UK is becoming more expensive by the day, so if you’re a homeowner, you may be in luck!
Selling your property in the UK could mean that you get a huge injection of cash that you can put towards your dream home overseas!
Check out the property market in the country you’re planning to move to. You’ll find that property in many countries is far cheaper than in the UK, so be prepared to take advantage of that!
Use the money from your UK home to find the home of your dreams, and you may find you’ll have some left over to help with the move!
Learn the Language
Unfortunately, British Expats have a reputation overseas for their insistence on using English no matter where they are.
It’s true that in many countries you can get by with English, but if you’re planning on making this new country your home, you need to show them some respect and have the decency to learn their own language.
Use an app or a website that will help you out with the basic phrases and sentence structures, then get in touch with a language tutor to help you finalise the art!
Learning a new language seems like a daunting prospect, but it can be very fun and incredibly rewarding, not to mention it’ll make your life so much better when you’ve moved away!
Bringing your Things
Moving abroad could be like having a fresh start, but you could always take some home comforts to ease the transition.
You’ll probably leave most of the big items such as furniture, and simply buy more when you’re there. But for sentimental and specialist items, you’ll want to have them shipped over for you.
Check out the options for international removal services that specialise in moving homely belongings overseas.
You’re going to be putting a lot of trust into these companies, so make sure you do your research and find the best one for you. Preferably choose one with plenty of good reviews!
Getting into the Community
There is a long history of Britsh Expats moving to sunny and warm climates. There’s no reason why you can’t join them!
Some countries have such a storing population of UK Expats that they have bars and cafes specifically branded towards them.
You can make a head start in your new country by befriending some of your fellow Brits.
They will be happy to help and they can show you all of the sights while giving you the local’s knowledge about the area you’re calling home.
Take on First-Hand Experiences
Still not sure whether the move is right for you? It’s perfectly natural to have doubts about such a huge step in your life, so maybe what you need is some advice from the people who have already made the journey.
There are plenty of British Expats out there, and most of them are more than happy to share their experiences.
There are even services online where you can get in touch with your fellow Expats before you leave. You can use this as an opportunity to have any questions answered and squash any doubts about the move!
Moving your life abroad from the UK is a major step, but it could be one of the most exciting things you’ve ever done!
The experience is likely to be stressful at first, but once you’re settled into your new life you’ll be able to look back on the risks you took and feel proud of the adventure you’ve been on. So follow these simple steps, and begin your journey today.