Friday, December 8, 2017

Ultimate Guide to Moving Abroad: Intro

Every so often I get a call from an old friend. They just got a big job offer/divorce/new boyfriend/fed up with life and they need to know how hard it is to move to a new country.

I’ve moved around a bunch. From the US to Spain, Ireland, Thailand, Cambodia, China, and now the Philippines. After all those international moves, I’m not an expert, but I have learned some things. I hope what I’ve learned can help you too.

The truth is that moving countries is not hard. You can do it tomorrow--all you need is a passport. You can literally pack one bag, fly around the globe, step off the plane, and simply just stay there forever.

Let that sink in for a moment.

You just...go.

There is a Thai saying: อย่าคิดมาก or “Don't think too much.” If you don't over-analyze moving to a new country, it can be easier than moving across town.

Once you understand this, the real question is about how to do it well.

Making it Stick

Moving to a new country AND doing it well simply means making it stick.

If your idea of your new life doesn’t turn out as planned, you will turn around, and go home. It's an easy way to end the misery of a bad move.

Going home is a lot of people’s Plan B. There are plenty of blogs out there about people who “moved” but returned home within 6 months or less. I’ll leave those stories to other bloggers.

double rainbow over the Amazon means you can do it!

With a little planning, you can slide “going home” down to Plan G/Plan H territory, and your move will stick.

Based on my experience, there are 5 things to consider about your life. Once you have those 5 things figured out, you are golden. If you are reading this because you are contemplating a big move, I hope these posts help you to make it happen.
Let’s get started!

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