Moving abroad is a massive, life-changing decision for every member of your family. Whilst everyone’s personal circumstances are different, there are a few major things to consider to help you work out if it’s the right thing for your family.
Of course, money is a massive driving factor of any move. Countries vary in both with average wages and also with the cost of living. So, after you have chosen a destination that suits the needs of your family and that each family member is happy with, be sure to calculate how much better off you’re likely to be financially.
Here we will look at three main areas to consider when planning your move abroad.
Quality of life
Depending on your family’s preferences, moving to a country where there is a preferable climate for your favourite hobbies can really increase your quality of life. From surfing enthusiasts to those who enjoy skiing and snowboarding, having tropical beaches or snow-capped mountains on your doorstep instantly provides more incentive to spend more time outdoors doing the things your family loves.
If you move somewhere with a lower cost of living, you’re likely to be better off financially and can therefore provide a higher quality of life for your family. With improved living standards, optimal weather and exciting new landscapes and wildlife surrounding you each day, it’s easy to see the allure of moving abroad.
If you have children, it’s imperative to seriously consider the educational system of your chosen destination. In some countries, traditional school begins at a later age than in the UK, and each country has a unique way of teaching that may or may not suit your children. It’s important to speak directly to the schools of the area you’re thinking of moving into, to ensure that there is adequate support in place for international students and that your children will be made to feel welcome.
Consider also the further education and employment opportunities within the country, and whether the area you’re thinking of would benefit your children in the long term. Whilst you may be dreaming of a remote home in the middle of picturesque nowhere, your children may struggle to travel to school and college and may not appreciate the solitude in the same way you might.
Family and friends
Whether you’re moving back to a country where your family are, or away from your roots in search of a better life, relocating can affect your wider circles of friends and family as well. Whilst connections can be maintained worldwide these days, there is a sadness that comes with leaving behind people you’re close to that shouldn’t be underestimated.
Consider how far away you are planning to move from your family and friends, and how often will you realistically be able to see them before committing to a move. Whilst other people shouldn’t hold you back if the relocation is something that is best for your family, be sympathetic with your extended family who may worry about missing out on your children’s childhoods.
Naturally, moving somewhere with a lower cost of living means you should be able to save some money to be able to fly to and from more frequently if you so wish. Be sure to support your children and validate their anxieties, and encourage them to keep pen pals, or stay in touch with their friends digitally, which is easier than ever before thanks to the internet and use of video calls.
Talking openly to your children, family and friends is the best way to ensure that the relocation is the right decision for everyone. Of course, make sure to visit the country and area you’re considering moving to plenty of times before you commit, to get everyone excited and thinking about the future.