By Jerry Mooney

You’re someone who loves trying new things and exploring new places. Ever since you can remember, you’ve loved to travel. Because of your passion for experiencing new places and cultures, you’ve decided that you would like to move abroad. Or, at least, you’re considering the idea. However, although you love to travel and enjoy nothing more than seeing and exploring new places, you’re not sure whether living abroad is right for you.

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With that in mind, below we’ve listed some of the pros and cons to starting a new life abroad. So that you can determine whether upping sticks and moving away is the right choice for you. (This type of decision can be hard to make, so hopefully, the below tips will help.)

The pros:

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You’ll get to see and explore new places. If you’re someone who loves exploring new places, then moving abroad could be perfect for you. Moving abroad will be the biggest adventure that you ever go on. Because, unlike when you take an extended trip, you’ll know that you’re never coming back. (Or, at least, you won’t be coming back for a while because you’ll make wherever you’re going, your home.)

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You’ll meet lots of new people. One of the most popular reasons for travelling is to meet new people. So, if you opt to move abroad to another country, the chances are that you’re going to meet lots of new people and build new friendships.

The cost of living may be lower. In many countries, the cost of living is lower than in other places. Meaning that by choosing to live abroad, you’ll save yourself money.

You can make a fresh start. If living where you’re living now has become a little dull, then perhaps it’s time for a fresh start? A lot of people love the freedom that moving abroad gives them, and feel like it allows them to make a truly fresh start.

The cons:

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There’s a lot of paperwork to do. One of the cons of moving abroad is the fact that there’s a lot of paperwork to do. It’s one thing getting a holiday visa; it’s completely another getting approved to move abroad for good. You’ll need the help of immigration lawyers, there will be various forms to fill in, and you will need a range of identification documents. Although this is a con, it’s not really a deal breaker is it?

You may struggle to find work. Another con of moving abroad is that you may not be able to find work right away. Obviously, this depends on where you choose to move to and what your skills are. However, it’s still something that you should be aware of.

So, there you have it, the pros and cons of starting a new life abroad. Admittedly, upping sticks and moving to somewhere new is always going to come with some upsides and some downsides. But what you need to do is weigh them up and work out whether the pros outweigh the cons or whether the cons outweigh the pros.