6 Solid Tips for Moving Abroad

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If you’re thinking of crossing borders, there’s good news: Today’s globetrotters have a long list of options when it comes to choosing a place to live.

China, Germany and Singapore are among the top-ranked choices for today’s expats, according to HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, released in October 2013. The survey asked more than 7,000 expats to answer questions about living in another country, including finances, quality of life and raising children.

Before making the leap abroad, however, “do your homework,” advised Tim Leffel, author of “The World’s Cheapest Destinations.” The hours you spend planning for the big move will help reduce stress during the transition.

Follow these six steps to prepare for a move abroad.

1. Investigate.
Before buying a one-way ticket to Turkey, you’ll want to be fairly certain you’ll like living there. “Research various places and visit them to decide which ones you resonate with,” said Susan Schenck, author of “Expats in Cuenca, Ecuador: The Magic & the Madness.”

Keep some criteria in mind as you sort through the options. Look for a place with a climate you enjoy, a cost of living you can afford, and at least some expats so you can connect with those who speak your language, Schenck suggested.

You also can use online resources to get an idea of life in a new country. A few websites to try: LiveandInvestOverseas.com, EscapeArtist.com andInternationalLiving.com.

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March 24, 2014
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