Thinking of moving abroad, but not sure where? Don’t worry, you are not alone in this confusion and indecisiveness.
You probably have several potential destinations in mind and this is normal, because nowadays our options are endless. Which is exciting and also scary, I feel you!
I will suggest a structured approach, which will help you narrow down your options and help you make a conscious and informed decision about this very important aspect of your life: where to live.
The decision about where you will live is probably the most important decision of all, because it influences everything that happens afterwards. This is why, you need to do it right and... do it right the first time!
OK, but how?
The first step, even before starting your research, is to identify 3 must-haves of the location you are moving to, i.e. 3 essential and non-negotiable criteria you are not willing to compromise on.
It’s the same as with dating: deciding on these will help you prioritize, will make your choice easier and will eliminate some options from the get-go.
What are the 3 must-haves of the location you are moving to that you are not willing to compromise on?
Here are some examples to inspire you:
… and the list can continue forever. Our Moving Abroad Master Guide: The Essentials contains all.
What are your 3 must-haves of the place you want to spend the next period of your life or... the rest of your life in?
My friend Laura from Ireland moved to Vancouver, Canada, with her husband, Nick. Their 3 must-haves were:
Your first step is to decide on your 3 must-haves. The following steps will come so much easier to you once you’ve done this exercise. Advance to the next step only when you have them written down and you feel good about them.
So, what are your 3 must-haves?
Well done, your first important step is completed! Let's move on ;).