Deciding to retire abroad is an exciting choice, but don't be fooled into thinking of it as an extended holiday. There's much more to it than that and some simple steps can make the transition so much easier.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have teamed up with A Place in the Sun to encourage anyone thinking about moving overseas to think long-term and plan thoroughly before taking the plunge.
Spain, Portugal and France remain popular destinations with people either buying a holiday home or planning to relocate full-time. For many people, the appeal of warmer weather, different scenery and a new lifestyle is tempting enough to up sticks and move. But there are many more things to consider.
James Duddridge, Minister for Consular Affairs, say:
This may sound like common sense, but statistics shows that for many, the idea of research is too arduous!
Andy Bridge, Managing Director of A Place in the Sun, says:
"It's no coincidence that people who make the most successful transition abroad are those who are fully prepared and have done their research. Considering long-term financial requirements, learning the local language and seeking independent legal advice are just some of the important things you should think about. The FCO's moving abroad checklist is a good place to start.
Carole Hallett Mobbs, editor of ExpatChild.com echoes the sentiment:
"Successful expats are those who go into their new life with their eyes open, and with a sense of adventure tempered by realism. The grass isn't greener, it's just different grass."
The FCO and A Place in the Sun have produced an infographic called Tips for a Smoother Move Abroad to help with your overseas move.