Could You Live In Another Country?

Sometimes, we may find ourselves stuck in a rut. We find our jobs monotonous, our routine is boring, and we aren’t seeing or experiencing enough new things. We want to break free. For some people, this means travelling to new countries to immerse themselves in new cultures, meet new people and enjoy new experiences. Getting your wanderlust kicks through short vacations or more extended sabbaticals can help you get more out of life, recognise how small the world is, meet new people and break free from a boring routine. On your travels, you may find that you make a special connection with a particular destination. For a fleeting moment, you may consider living in a new place, finding a new job and putting down roots somewhere new. It’s a big decision to make, but could you live in another country?



While it would be ideal to select a country and move there, the geopolitical world isn’t as free as we would like. For most countries, you will need to research and investigate the sorts of documentation and visa requirements you may need to fulfil. For some nations, tourist visas are relatively easy to obtain but working, or more permanent visas can be nigh on impossible to acquire.

If the visa requirements are too complex to understand, you should hire a professional. Also, be prepared to probably send some serious cash becoming a permanent resident in most countries.


Learning a New Language

Depending on where you’re moving to, you might have to learn a new language, which is the best way to learn by immersing yourself in the culture but don’t fret about learning it the moment you arrive. For example, if you move to Portugal, you can take classes and use a learning app, but until then, you can also use a Portuguese translator online, which will help get you through the first months of wrapping your head around a new language and asking basic questions along the way.


Emotional Ties

Whether moving to a neighbouring nation or halfway across the planet, relocating can tug on your emotions. Yes, you may be excited to meet new people, start your new job, and put down roots, but you also need to consider the long-term emotional impact of leaving behind your family, friends, and everything you know. Loneliness and homesickness can kick in for even the strongest demeanours when travelling or making a new home halfway across the world.

It’s vital that you can launch yourself into your new lifestyle to keep yourself busy. Enjoy meeting new people, joining workplace events and keeping yourself active. If the thought of changing your lifestyle so much is daunting or terrifying, you may need to reconsider your decision to move to another country.


Practical Realities

There is always a set of practical things that you need to sort out before moving to a new country. There may be some chunky outgoings, like a car, rent or a new TV! Yes, visas are vital, but so is accommodation, setting up a bank account and becoming a citizen of your new country of choice. It will also pay to have enough readies in your bank account to ease your transition into your new life.


Moving to a new country needn’t be permanent. You could choose to take a year or two out before returning home. The temptation to experience a new environment, meet new people, learn a new language and immerse yourself in a new culture can be too much to resist.



Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!

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