No matter how much you might enjoy spending time in a certain country on holiday, adapting to living abroad is not as easy as many people imagine. Whilst on holiday, one rarely has to consider the issues thrown up by simple day to day activities or the hassles of dealing with bank accounts, the purchase of major assets or even taxation.
Administration is one of the biggest hassles that people moving abroad face, whilst interesting customs might be far less fun or quirky if you have to abide by them day in and day out. As such, the easiest way to adapt is to prepare and to know what to expect once you are out in a given country for the long haul. The more you are aware of before you go, the easier it will be to traverse the bumps that are likely to crop up along the way, and the easier it will be to work out exactly what to expect.
From talking to other ex-pats living in a region to simply doing your homework, there will be many ways to prepare yourself for the move, and in many ways the long and complicated process of applying for visas, renting or buying property and moving your belongings across the sea will be the easy part.
To start with you will wish to stop (or slow) the process of the eccentricities and quirks of a country from becoming annoying. To do this, you will need to try to look at them in a different light, and be aware that the charm can wear off anything given long enough.
Being prepared also means ensuring that you have the right international healthcare sorted out before you move. Whilst certain things may become slightly annoying over time, the differences between healthcare in one country and the next can be vast and the results of not getting the treatment you would hope for are going to be more than just irksome. As such, having access to the right level of healthcare will ensure that you are one step closer to an easy transition from one country to another.
Once you have finished all the prep and you are finally all moved in to your new home, in a new country, it will be important to make an effort to adapt to the culture and to integrate yourself into the community. Not only will doing so help you to improve your language skills far quicker, but it will also ensure that you do not feel alienated, finding solace only in other ex-pats (who will often be people you would not choose to spend your time with in other circumstances).
In some countries, as many as 50% of ex-pats will be considering moving home at any time, and in the majority of cases, this is simply due to the fact that they were not prepared for the move and do not try to integrate themselves in the right way. From choosing appropriate international medical insurance to simply making sure that you know all the pros and cons of a move to a certain area, the right preparation and a will to embrace a new culture with both be vital in making the most of a move abroad.