BENEFITS OF MOVING OVERSEAS AS A FAMILY - AND THE CHALLENGES!


Have you been thinking about moving to another country? More and more people are moving overseas today for a variety of different reasons.Scott and I have had this talk over the years so many times .





Some people move abroad because they want a better life for them and their children. There are then others that move
abroad to take advantage of an amazing career opportunity. No matter what category you fall into, you will want to ensure
that your move abroad goes as smoothly as possible. With that being said, read on to discover more about the benefits of
moving overseas as a family, as well as the challenges and some advice on how to overcome them.

Benefits of moving overseas as a family

There are so many benefits that are associated with moving abroad as a family. So, let’s take a look at them in further
detail…..

Moving abroad can bring you a lot closer together as a family. You feel more connected because you are going on this journey together.

Your child will become more open-minded and a cultural chameleon. He or she will learn how to live and adapt to a new place. This can mean taking on a new language and getting used to new traditions. This can benefit them greatly in the future because they will be able to immerse themselves into new environments with ease.

You, your partner and your children will get to enjoy lots of new experiences that you otherwise would not be able to.

You could all live in a much better house than you would be able to afford in the UK. If you take a look at property for rent suitable for expats, you will see that there are some amazing villas and houses available at much cheaper rates, offering you a much higher standard of living.

Moving abroad can help with your child’s development in many different ways. One example of this is enabling your child to develop superior problem-solving skills. This is something that has been proven with academic research. Not only this, but your child will become more understanding, accepting and mature. This happens purely by the very nature of your life as you embark on your relocation, meet new people, take on new challenges, and adapt to new surroundings.

Your child is more likely to gain a higher level of educational qualification. If you take a look at the research, you will find that there are a lot of countries that are far superior to the UK in terms of education and child development. Furthermore, your child is obviously going to be more likely to become multilingual or bilingual by moving to another country, even if your little one goes to an English-speaking international school.

Plus, if all of the benefits that have been mentioned above were not enough, this is a once in a  lifetime experience for you and your family to go on an amazing journey together and see parts of the world you may have never seen before. You know what they say, life is for living after all!

The challenges of moving to another country and how to overcome them

Now that you are aware of the different benefits that are associated with moving to another country as a family, it is also
important to look at the challenges most families experience when they move overseas. Naturally, when embarking on such
a big life change, there are going to be challenges. The best thing you can do is recognise these so you can put steps in place
to deal with them in the most effective and efficient manner.

Of course, the main challenge for most people, especially children, is coping with the fact that they are going to be leaving
family and friends behind. This can almost be a bit of a grieving process with children, especially for young kids because they
can struggle to comprehend everything. They may feel like they are never going to see their cousins or granddad again. You
need to make sure they are aware of the fact that this won’t happen. You should also make sure everyone is set up with
Skype or any other platform you are going to use so that you can video call and stay in regular contact. In terms of going
back to your home country for a visit, it is advisable that you do not do this in your first year. If you do, it can upset the
dynamics and undo all of the hard work you have done in terms of establishing roots in your new location. It is best to stay put for at least a year to make sure everyone is settled.

Another issue a lot of families face is with regards to buying or renting a property. The key issue is exactly that - should you
rent or should you buy? Most people will advise you to rent in the beginning so you can get a feel for what you like in terms
of the style and type of property, as well as the location. Once you have rented for a while, you will have the knowledge
required to know what sort of property you are going to buy.


I would love to know if anyone you have taken the leap and how it was for you :)


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