Move abroad: You need to know is written by Nicoline Berthy
Move abroad - where to start?
Moving abroad is a huge decision. Whether it's for a few months, a few years or the plan is never to return home, there are many things to consider and keep track of. Despite a burning desire, many are unfortunately scared away in this process. But if you go and dream of changing the safe framework in Denmark out with new, exciting surroundings, so do not despair.
In this guide you will find a wide range of advice, recommendations and considerations that you should do before you move abroad.
First step: Where to move?
The very first question you should ask yourself when moving abroad is where to move to. Do you have a dream of going to school in Stockholm or Sydney? Working from a tropical island with your feet in the pool on Bali or Bora Bora? Or is it a move abroad to work in scenic surroundings in Nepal or New Zealand?
No matter where you want to move, it is important that you do a lot of research of your desired destination and find out if it will be the right place for you to move to. If you have the opportunity, it is also a really good idea to go there in advance, so you can get a good impression of the culture, atmosphere and surroundings.
Isn't it expensive to move abroad?
Before you embark on the big move, it's a good idea to find out if you can actually afford it. There is not much fun about living in another country if you do not have the opportunity to experience what it has to offer. Therefore, be sure to examine the economic conditions in the country and make a budget.
It can be really difficult to know which posts to write on and how much to expect to spend on the various posts, but here a quick google search can often be of great help.
Move abroad with the paperwork in order - visa and rules
Once you have decided where you want to go and have found that you can afford it, the next step is to find out if you can actually get there.
Depending on your desired destination and purpose of moving abroad, there are different visa, you can search. And it is important that you choose the right visa from the start. You therefore need to familiarize yourself thoroughly with the rules of the visa and make sure to comply with all the requirements to ensure that you can be allowed to stay at your desired destination.
The visa process can be confusing and lengthy in some cases, but it is unfortunately central to getting you going. If you are in doubt about anything in the application process, you can often contact the national authorities who can be helpful. Alternatively, if you are going abroad with an organization, ask them for advice before moving abroad.
Pack easily and wisely - move abroad with as little as possible
Depending on where you are going, how long you are going to be away and whether there are any rules for how much you are allowed to bring, it may be advisable to bring as little as possible. If you go ashore, you can buy by far most things, and if you go to a developing country, you will probably find that you prioritize material goods differently.
When you move abroad, you will most likely experience that things do not work in the same way as they do in Denmark. Before you leave, it is therefore a good idea to familiarize yourself with practical things such as working and school conditions, banking, housing, insurance, doctor and transport.
It is a good idea to talk to, for example, your doctor and dentist before departure, so you are absolutely sure to have the right ones vaccinations, that you complete any course of treatment and have the right medicine and braces with you, so that you avoid expensive bills for treatment abroad where they do not know your history.
You probably will not be able to plan it all from home, but you make it much easier for yourself by being well prepared. Also, make sure you know exactly what to do when you land in your new country. You should familiarize yourself with the local laws, rules and norms in advance.
Break down language barriers from the start
If you are moving to a country where you do not know the language in advance, it can be a really good idea to invest in some language teaching so that you know the most basic words and can communicate with people around you from the start. That way, you make the transition phase much easier for yourself when you land in your new country. In addition, you will probably find that you develop linguistically faster because you know fundamental words and grammatical rules.
Wear the yes hat and give yourself time to get used to new surroundings
A move abroad is a big decision and can be difficult - especially in the beginning. It can be a huge challenge to land in a new country and may not know anyone, may not have a place to live and may not know how things are going in the respective country.
It is therefore important that you are prepared for the fact that the first few weeks may not be the funniest and that it is perfectly okay. It takes time to get used to new surroundings, so give yourself a few weeks to a month to land and fall into place. In addition, be aware and accept that it is okay to miss it at home during your entire stay abroad.
One of the really cool things about living abroad is that a lot of other things often happen than do at home, and it can be recommended to be open and say yes to it all in the beginning - especially if you do not know anyone. It is often the best way to meet new people, make friends, learn the culture and norms of your new country.
Find relevant Facebook groups and move abroad with the network in place
For the vast majority of destinations in the world, there are relevant Facebook groups and the like, which it can be a good idea to join. It can be groups for Danes, groups for Scandinavians, groups for people who are interested in one thing. or the other and so on. Many of the groups do various events and get-togethers that can be a great way for you to meet like-minded people and expand your network.
As said earlier, moving abroad is a huge decision that should be carefully considered. But if you decide to take the plunge and follow these tips and recommendations, you will no doubt have an experience of a lifetime!
Good luck and just move abroad with confidence and good conscience!
How to move abroad?
When you move abroad, there are a number of things you need to keep track of
- Find out which country you want to move to
- Examine the culture, custom and norms
- Examine visa rules
- Start learning the language
- Set a budget
- Investigate what you need to pack and what you can leave in Denmark
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