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Reasons Why Moving Overseas as an Expat, Student or Migrant Can Change Your Life For the Better

Many people have the dream of living in another country for at least some time during their life. And with good reason. There are so many benefits.

However, many dreams have been on hold these last few years dues to the coronavirus pandemic. Now that’s all changing! With the vaccine rollout, vaccine restrictions are fast disappearing and many countries are opening up to skilled migrants.

So should you consider moving abroad?

Moving overseas can dramatically change your life for the better.  In fact, there are a whole host of reasons why people decide to move to another country. Living overseas can offer new opportunities, new lifestyles, new careers and a new direction.

It gives you the opportunity to leave your past behind and reinvent yourself. When moving abroad everything is different. So why don’t you try something different too?

Here we look at some of the best reasons to hop on that plane and discover an exciting and different way of living.

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Effects Of Moving To A New City Without A Job

Moving to another part of the country without having secured a job first is a bold move that can either prove to be a stroke of genius or a total disaster for you. And yet, no matter how adventurous you are and how much you love real-life challenges, you’re strongly advised against just packing your household and moving to a new location without properly researching its job market first.

Research your options

Failure to research your job opportunities before
Failure to research your job opportunities before deciding to move to a city could get you in a monstrous trouble.

If you intend to move to a new place without a job, you’re going to need additional planning and some good pre-move strategies in order to survive out there. You should at least have a rough idea of what your destination will be like and what kind of job opportunities you’ll be presented with once you get there. It’ll be extremely useful if you have reliable contacts in the new town or city – people who can help you out when you’re making your first wobbly steps in the unknown area. Contacts are even more important to guide you through your job search and later help you sort out your job opportunities.

Mind your budget

Unless you have the hunch that your special skills will get you a good job really fast, you should have enough finances to last you for a minimum of three months, or even six to be on the safe side. If the math doesn’t add up and your initial budget seems rather thin to begin with, then do your best to find employment before the move.

Have a backup plan

And while relocating without a job to a new city in a new state may sound appealing for true adventurers, most people would rather play it safe and secure a job beforehand. Either way, you must have a backup plan and an exit strategy if things just don’t go according to plan. You may have to re-think the whole situation in order to turn the tables in your favor. Keep the communication channels wide open with your old friends and coworkers, and even bosses, and be ready to make a step back in order to move forward.

Conditions for purchasing real estate

Not every people can afford to buy a home for independent living – it is also not an obligatory “gift” from parents for coming of age from foreign youth. Although they usually try to help their children who are starting an independent life – they help with finding a job through friends, finding profitable housing, etc. Compared to the prices of the Russian market (for example), real estate in foreign countries costs more, but if you live there and earn by local standards, then after a while you can purchase a living space. Until this happens, long-term rent is available to visitors.

Effects Of Moving To A New City On Pets

Cats, dogs and birds, as well as some other types of pets, are highly sensitive creatures and a move to a new place will most definitely have an effect of them in some way or another. However, the post-move effects will depend on the breed of your pet and the measures and cares you take to make this stressful period easier for them.

Most pets will understand that something big is about to happen as early as they notice the sudden accumulation of moving boxes in the house. Questions like “What are these rectangular containers for? They don’t seem like toys to me. And what are my owners so excited about? What’s going on? ” will be racing inside their heads and you surely won’t miss their increased anxiousness and confusion. If only you could explain to your pet in plain English what all that fuss is all about! But you can’t, so what you can do is to not neglect their needs and shower them with even more attention and cares than before.

Don’t expect your pet’s trip to your new home to be 100% problem-free. Take your loved one to their vet for a complete medical checkup and don’t forget to take some objects of their old world (favorite blanket, toy, food, etc.) to comfort them while on the road. Moreover, if you’re transporting your pet in your own vehicle, it’s a good idea to have frequent stops, especially if you own a dog, and plan your route well, especially if you’re planning to spend the night at a hotel or motel.

Give your pet some time to acclimate properly to t
Give your pet some time to acclimate properly to the new surroundings.

The acclimatization period for your pet will start as soon as you move into your new home. Naturally, the first few days will tend to be really difficult for them. The post-move period is exactly the time when you need to show your dog, cat, bird or any other pet you may have how much you love them and how much you care for them. It’s normal for them to experience signs of stress, disorientation and separation anxiety at first, so be sure to devote more time to them until they regain their routine and confidence.

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Internal need for change

If you have thoughts that life is boring and predictable, a radical change of place of residence will help to add variety. Moving can make a tangible difference in life: it is a good opportunity to gain new life experiences, make new friends or meet love. If you feel that it's time to change something in your life, you can change your country of residence. Just do not cut off old ties so that you can come back if something goes wrong!

Go to the gym

Exercise feels good, and you know what else feels good? Getting out of the house. Going to the gym kills those two birds with one stone.

“I relocated four years ago and it’s very daunting. My saving grace was joining a gym,” says PR consultant Rae Radford, who lives in London. “I’ve made one amazing friend who is now my gym buddy.”

The same can definitely be said for other sports clubs, running groups, cycling teams, etc. “I turned to running when I moved from Barbados to a small town in Northern Ireland,” says communications manager Clare Hiles, who currently lives in Belfast. “I did it alone, and I did it with people — really helped me to cope!”

According to Kamara, exercise is a genuinely good way to fix your mood by putting your happiness-inducing neurotransmitters to work.

“When you’re feeling a bit low, exercise can feel like the last thing you want to do,” Kamara says. “However, exercise can help boost a low mood because it releases endorphins, which triggers positive feelings within the brain.”

A 2018 study of 1.2 million Americans, conducted by researchers from universities Oxford and Yale and published in the Lancet Psychiatry, found that just 2 hours of exercise a week can have a positive impact on your mental health.

Cons of Living in a City

People who routinely visit or work in a big city know that they can be a hassle.  Major cities have more people, traffic, and neighborhoods that can make navigating through the city more difficult.  The following are the main disadvantages of big city life:

1. High Cost of Living

The higher cost of living is the first disadvantage that people typically think of when considering moving to a city.  Major cities always have a higher cost of living than the surrounding suburbs, and cities like San Francisco and New York routinely have the highest costs of living in the U.S.  Normal living expenses such as rent and utilities tend to be higher in big cities and you may have additional living expenses you wouldn’t have in the suburbs such as parking permits and laundry.  Food, drinks, tobacco products, and gasoline are also more expensive in major cities.

2. Noise

Downtown areas in some major cities like New York In general, the noise level in major cities is higher than in the suburbs.  Cities have more people and more traffic that contribute to the noise, as well as trains and nearby airports with loud planes flying in and out.  Special events such as concerts and ball games can also make a neighborhood louder and more congested.  Downtown areas in some major cities like New York are loud and busy almost 24 hours a day.  However, it is possible to find city neighborhoods that are almost as quiet as the suburbs.  Chicago has plenty of neighborhoods throughout the city that are relatively quiet.

3. Lack of Space

Moving from the suburbs to the city almost always involves downsizing your living space.  Most people in major cities live in apartments and in some cities, the apartments can be very small.  It is also rare to have an outside space like a yard or patio.  There are homes in major cities, some with decent sized yards, but they are much more expensive than in the suburbs.  If you want to move to the city, you must accept that you will be living in an apartment building with neighbors on the other side of your walls.

4. Lack of Parking

The parking situation in a major city is a huge hassle compared to the suburbs.  In the suburbs, people can park in their driveways or on their residential streets and most businesses have parking lots for their customers to use.  In big cities, parking is not a guarantee.  Some residential streets are permit parking only which means you need to buy a permit, and streets with free parking fill up fast.  It is rare for an apartment to have a designated parking space, but there are apartments that do.  It is also rare for businesses to have their own parking lots which means that you will most likely have to pay to park somewhere on the street, maybe even a couple blocks away from your destination.

5. Higher Auto Insurance Premiums

According to ValuePenguin, drivers report paying aIf you live in the city and absolutely must have a car, congested city living will lead to a higher risk of accidents. This will then yield a higher insurance rate when living in the city compared to the suburbs.

According to ValuePenguin, drivers report paying almost $1,000 higher on their insurance premiums when living in a big city than their state’s national average.

6. Higher Crime Rates

Some cities will have higher crime rates than other, but you can definitely count on these urban areas to be more dangerous than smaller towns. More people = more crime.

Higher crime rates also raise auto insurance rates, due to car theft and damage, burglaries and vandalism, according to QuoteWizard.

From Country Life to City Life

Before I get to the point-by-point comparison, I wanted to quickly give you a little background on our jump from country life to city life.

I also want to define what we mean by “city life” by comparing urban vs city.

Today’s realities have caused people to reconsider city living.

Cities experiencing large scale protests in the US are feeding into it.

Prepping and bunker interest seem to be hitting highs. YouTube has been feeding me unsolicited videos on modern-day in-ground bunkers.

A recent post from Mrs. Frugalwoods elicited a little envy from me, thinking about the advantages of rural life.

She did a great job of being balanced and honest about the different positive experiences they’ve had as a family in a rural area as well as the pitfalls.

While Jenni grew up in Virginia, I’ve lived across the country.

My entire childhood was in traditional middle-class American suburbia; total ticky-tacky.

I didn’t have much of city life vs country life experiences as a kid to draw comparisons. That changed pretty quickly when I wound up in the hills of Appalachia for undergrad.

Country life vs city life: Looking out across the
Country life vs city life: Looking out across the hills of Appalachia. Country life gives you space to enjoy in nature!

The college had a student population smaller than the high school Jenni and I attended. I lived on campus for the first few years.

By the end of my sophomore year, I moved off campus into a small house a few miles away with three other friends.

That’s right, that made four of us, who divided a $600/month rent.

Add in the occasional romantic interest and a Saturday night would routinely have eight of us sleeping there. Cramped quarters for sure! There were countless nights of bonfires, outdoor parties, and work on cars in the grassy “driveway”.

I’ll never forget the first time my parents visited that place. Even as a pair of old hippies—I think they were mortified by the living conditions.

But, I had a blast!

The old house I lived in during undergrad with thr
The old house I lived in during undergrad with three other guys out in Appalachia. Note: I had to do a little editing to cut people out of the photo.

We had space to have a good time, and generally no one to bother you. It was a stark contrast to campus living or the suburbia I grew up in.

Jenni and I made the jump to our current city in 2013.

What would seven years of experience in urban Virginia offer as a counterpoint to the Frugalwoods’ rural Vermont love?

Defining City Life: Urban vs City

There’s a big difference between a dense city center with skyscrapers where everyone takes public transit and the urban life we lead. We don’t live in Tokyo, London, or NYC. Our city has an improving bus system, but aside from Amtrak, there’s no local train system.

We own an attached townhouse-style home. We have a little porch and back patio. There’s parking for Jenni and a garage for my toy. But, we don’t have a yard to speak of.

Within our neighborhood, yards are small enough that many people just turn them into rock gardens or brick them over for a larger patio. There’s a five-story apartment building every block or two.

It’s not “downtown”.

I’m not suggesting that a high-density downtown experience is better or worse. It’s different.

There are key differences between downtown and urban city life as I see it:

  • While the roads have a low speed limit here, traffic isn’t much of an issue
  • There’s plenty of trees and greenery in the right-of-way or sidewalk medians—it’s very green
  • Parking can be a pain to find, but it’s typically free, and usually just on the street shoulder
  • Typical middle-class career workers can afford a multi-bedroom row house, townhouse, or condo
  • While lawns are very small, they’re big enough for many people to have lovely front and/or rear gardens—it’s not a concrete jungle
  • The air remains reasonably clean and breathable
  • While you routinely bump into people (edit: in the days of a pandemic, avoid people by walking in the right-of-way), sidewalks aren’t so packed that you’d have any trouble going for a jog
  • Noise isn’t so bad that you have trouble sleeping due to traffic, neighbors, or industry

Having access to your heart’s desire within a short distance is easily one of the greatest benefits of city life vs country life.

Whether you’re looking at the true urban core of a city or the outskirts of that urban core like where we are, you won’t have any trouble finding all the things you could possibly need.

Of course one of the biggest components of city life vs country life comparison is cost. While we can’t get quite the value for our money in terms of square footage and land as a suburban or rural person could, we think we’ve managed to keep our housing costs relatively low.

We bought our current place which has 1,250 square feet plus a 300 square foot finished attic for about $230,000 in 2013. That’s not something we could find in two miles down the road in the heart of the city.

We’ll talk more about cost of living between city life and country life in point twelve below.

What are your reasons for moving or living in a different country?

So these are just some of the benefits we’ve had from moving and living overseas. But how about you?

What are your top reasons to live abroad? And where do you plan to go?

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