The Expat Friend Blog

Posts from August 2019

Choosing a School Overseas?

One of the hardest things about moving overseas is how it will affect your loved ones, but especially children, if you have them. It was the one thing that I spent the most sleepless nights on. There are many issues to consider, including how they'll adapt to their new lives, whether they'll make new friends and how best to continue their education. If you plan on sending them to school, you'll have to think about whether your children will do better in a private, local or international setting. 

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Emigrating

If you're in the thinking about, or planning stages of emigrating, and want some real-life advice, you've come to the right place! Our own adventures first began 6 years ago in South Africa and continued more recently in Mauritius. We've made lots of mistakes, and learned how NOT to relocate, mainly by inadvertently doing it the hard (and expensive) way. In order to save you time, money and heartache, I've compiled my top 3 list of the questions you should consider before emigrating.

The fact is, there's nothing easy about moving to a new country, especially if you're doing it without support from an employer or immigration agency. There's such a lot to organise and think about, and so much preparation involved that it can often become overwhelming. By breaking it all down, in these early stages, you'll hopefully have a bit more clarity about what you want to achieve, why, where and how.

Moving to a new country is, for better or worse, always going to be a life-altering experience. Before I start, I just want to make it clear that, on the whole, I've loved living overseas. Moving to new countries, with totally different cultures, has felt a lot like experiencing childhood again; everything seems new, exciting, confusing and without reference. It's permanently, and positively, shaken up the way I now think about the world, and my place in it.  

If living abroad is your dream too, don't give up. Get ready!