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Ep106 Transcript: 6 Tips to Move Abroad Permanently – Quick Fix Friday
If you are thinking about a permanent overseas move, stay tuned for this episode of Quick Fix Friday, where I go over some great tips from my friend Suzanne Blons.
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In episode 104, I talked to Suzanne Blons who moved to Cuenca Ecuador permanently. She’s lived in seven different countries abroad, and she had some great tips on what to do to permanently move abroad.
First of all, of course, you want to do your research, do a little homework. You might visit the country. Suzanne actually didn’t visit that location before she moved there, but she had a friend who lived there and was able to really do her homework and research, and she knew that she would like it.
Tip number two is to join online groups before you go. Get some great tips from people who are currently living there, or expats that are there, or people who have lived there in the past.
There’s lots of different Facebook groups or other types of groups that you can find, and people are great with giving you information that will help you. Plus then you’ll be connected to some local people before you even get there.
Tip number three is to research visas and really understand what type of visa you are going to get. Suzanne got a remote work visa, but there are different types of visas for every different type of country, and it really can depend on how often you have to leave the country or if you can actually stay there for longer than a year, things like that. There’s all types of restrictions in different countries, so do that homework first.
We’ll have some links in the resources here for you as well.
You also want to know how you will be working over there, because some places require you to have some type of work visa if you are going to be working locally there versus remotely.
Tip number four is to get an Airbnb to start. Don’t book a place before you get there. Don’t rent a long-term rental because you want to really understand the lay of the land.
Now, of course, if you’ve visited there and you’re there in person, you could maybe set up a long-term rental at that point. But usually what people do is get an Airbnb. Then do their research. Oftentimes, you’re going to get a cheaper rate if you’re there in person versus booking something long-term online.
Tip number five from Suzanne especially, is to sell everything. Don’t bring a bunch of furniture. A lot of places will have furnished apartments, and it’s very expensive to move all that furniture overseas. You can usually get everything that you need there locally.
And tip number six is to learn at least a little bit of the language. A lot of places that you might be considering probably have a lot of English speaking people there, but it is a good idea to blend in a little bit more, learn as much of the language as you can.
Now there are tons of other tips. I’m going to have some great resources in the show notes for you cause there’s a lot to consider, such as banking and things like that really dive much deeper into it.
But these are some of the tips that Suzanne gave to me and it’s a great place to start when you’re considering an overseas move.
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