There are lots of benefits to living in another country and it is something that many of us aspire to, so we can have a more relaxed lifestyle and live in a warmer climate. Before moving to another country, it is best to consider all the pros and cons so that you know what to expect and are confident you are making the right decision.
Cost Of Living
Can you afford to live in another country? Carefully consider what you income will be, either from work or a pension and use a comparison site to see how much things cost in that country. Consider everything from a pint of milk, to travel, clothes and rent, and carry out a full budget breakdown to make sure that your standard of living would be better than that if you had stayed at home. After all, if you are not going to have a better lifestyle, it may not be worth moving.
In the UK we have a national health system where we do not have to pay for treatments, however not all countries are the same. You should consider the cost of medical treatment and cover in the country you are moving too along with the quality levels of healthcare. You should plan for the worst and make sure that your budget would enable you to pay for any treatment that you may need, or that this would be covered by the state or a policy you could take out.
Crime & Safety
Is the country you are moving to safe? Before moving to another country, you should ensure that the crime levels are low and that it is a safe place to live and work as an expat. Check out the country on the foreign office websites to see if there are any warnings, and also read expat forums to see what other foreign nationals are saying.