When it comes to packing up your bags and moving country, we’d probably all be lying if we said we hadn’t considered this once or twice in our lives.
For many people, this has become a reality, with around a quarter of a million expats now living in Australia, and close to another million living elsewhere.
If you’re thinking of doing it and you’re single, it can be somewhat straight-forward, although nothing is 100% simple. If you have children, however, then things can get a little trickier.
Here’s a few things you should know if you’re thinking of moving yourself, and your family, to another country.
So, the first thing you have to look at is; is the whole family moving together. If this is the case then great, you can move on and look at jobs, houses, schools etc. However, things can become much more difficult if only one parent is moving and the other is remaining in the UK.
This could be down to divorce or separation, and you could be moving due to a job or to be with your family. In this instance, it would be highly recommended to consult divorce lawyers to see what the laws are, and what your rights are, before even looking into anything else to do with the move.
Again this is a big one for people moving to a new country. Things such as medical systems, toilets and even how you greet and interact with people can all be different. Brushing up on different customs will greatly help you beforehand, as will trying to factor them into yours and your children’s lives before leaving.
The most important one of all. You’ll need to make sure you talk to your children and prepare them months in advance before moving. It should take at least six months after moving for them to settle, depending on age, so remember to be patient and help them, while also discussing their fears and concerns before the move.
There will obviously be a lot of these, but there are three you should consider from the very start; area, schooling, and languages. Of course, the area could be one you grew up in or where your family live, but do the research into crime rates etc. before leaving.
Schooling will also fall into this as you’ll want to ensure there are good schools in the area. Language barriers could also be difficult when moving to a country where you have a different first language, and you should look into what the expat community is like there.