When someone is new to a country, they do not know how to shop properly as per the markets and people demands. They do not know the definition of a good deal and the places that offer them. Hence, they end up overspending in their first few months for the sole reason that they do not know any better. Therefore, to avoid upsetting your budget and yourself it is best to assume that you will need more money than you had estimated.
Language can be the greatest barrier in your day-to-day life in a foreign country. You may have heard stories about expats who move to a new country with the thinking that they will learn the language along the way. There are others who assume that everyone understands at least basic English and therefore, think they will do well in the new setup. But the fact is that even though people do this, moving to a new country without having familiarity with its language, it is not recommended.
Learning the basic language before you move to the country will help you in multiple ways. It will help you in official requirements and documents, in fixing problems that may arise and in networking with your new community. Taking advanced language courses after you move will also help greatly in networking.
Even though every country has its own rules and regulations regarding entitlement of costs, free care and insurance needs, many people overlook it. Find about these regulations and add them in your calculations. The EU benefits of reciprocal health care for non-English EU nationals are still there after post-Brexit and should be considered too.
Getting a Job
If you are moving abroad to live solely on your investment assets and pension, you should make sure that they are enough to buy you a lifestyle that you imagine. But if this is not your case, you should analyse the local job market before moving. You need to search about the work permits, average wages, your qualification equivalency, and the job market for your qualification. You should also see the job trend for your area of experience and expertise. This trend is difficult to analyse as the employment figures from different websites may or may not be true.
The best way is to connect with the people working in your field in that country and build good contacts with them. You can share your C.V. with them too to get an opinion as they will be able to tell you what additional qualification, training or skill you need.
Distance from Friends and Family
Even though you plan to visit your family and friends back in your home country frequently, it is not possible of reality basis. Therefore, you need to think carefully about moving to an overseas country as the time difference will be large and it will be difficult to move to and from your country. Just as calling on your family becomes difficult this way, so does calling them. You should get used to not being able to contact your loved ones in time due to the time difference. You will have to adjust your time in order to make a Skype call and use another clock that shows your home country time so that you do not miss important birthdays and holidays.
Of course, the atmosphere can be clean, the grass can be greener and the climate can be the one you like. But just as there are highs, there are lows of every foreign country. Therefore, before committing do proper homework online and in real life. Visit your destination before moving to it so that you can get to know some hints of how it would be to actually live there. Go beyond the guidebooks and discuss your decision of moving with your family, friends and colleagues. If they or anyone they know have visited or lived in that country, then you can discuss it with them. Ask that person about the cost of living, lifestyle and other important things that you think you need to know. Stay realistic and do not hold high expectations and your experience will live up to them.
Basics: The British Embassy Website is a great place to know about visas, healthcare and legal regulations and work permits.
Money Matters: Movehub and Expatistan provide detailed price guides and comparisons for many cities. Wagonersabroad is an expat blogger which offers a comprehensive breakdown of everything the spent in their first few months abroad and the regions where they overspent. Global Ta Navigator will help you with local tax information.
Languages: In the UK and abroad, many companies offer extensive language courses. Local educational institutions have language classes too. Look into them and join a language course to get a head start in the new country. Free apps and websites like Memrise and Duolingo can greatly help you in this purpose too.
Expat Advice and Forums: Many an expat forum, the likes of Expatforum and Internations and Britishexpats.com, have friendly and helpful international communities. Facebook expat community groups give advice and advertise about accommodations too. Meetup.com holds expat social events in various areas too. You can look up when they are arranging an event near you.