IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT … Summer’s nearly here and, after a long, cold UK winter, there will be plenty of us dreaming about some sun. But are you really ready for the heat …? When you plan a new life overseas, better weather is perhaps up there on the list of things you’ll really take time to appreciate. You’ll tell yourself it will be great to be able to anticipate long, sunny days in a place where barbecues are not rained off and you can leave the house with confidence without taking a coat or an umbrella. You may.
THE HITS AND MISSES OF A NEW LIFE ABROAD At the moment I have a cold … Not earth-shattering news, admittedly – but, when you haven’t had one for approximately four years, it’s remarkable enough to warrant a note in the diary. But the bug – probably brought specially from England by a visiting family member – also prompted a train of thought about what you may miss when living overseas. So, just in case you’re thinking of making that giant leap and starting a new life in the sun, here are five things you may find hard to do without to.
CONSIDERING A NEW LIFE AS A LANDLORD? Some things you need to know… If you’re considering a new life overseas but you own property in the UK already, you’ll have two options to consider. First of all you could sell your home, releasing a considerable amount of equity which you can either use to purchase a property abroad or invest in a savings account, which – when combined with a pension – might pay you enough in interest to cover your rent and be enough to live on. The other option is to let your current home and then use the rental income to cover your living.
HOW YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE WINNING AS AN EXPAT Ask those who have already done it, and you’ll probably be told that upping sticks and moving to a different country is one of the most exhilarating but scary things you can take on in life. If you’re considering doing the same, some friends and family will definitely call you brave, others perhaps stupid – but most seasoned expats will probably tell you they’re neither; they’re the same person they always were before – just in a different place. And it’s the place they’ve chosen to live which makes the difference. HOW.
MOVING ABROAD? MIND YOUR LANGUAGE… Just for a moment, imagine you work behind the counter in a shop or behind the bar in a pub and someone from another country comes in. They obviously want something and they spend a bit of time looking before turning to you and addressing you in a foreign language. There’s a good chance you’re not going to understand and you may say so – only for them to become increasingly impatient, repeating their question slowly and perhaps in a slightly louder voice. Of course, the language is still strange to you and, even spoken.
GETTING YOUR PETS TO PORTUGAL If you’ve holidayed in Portugal and fallen in love with the country, few would blame you. Sultry nights, sunny days, long sandy beaches and a relaxed way of life can be hard to put down when it’s time to return home. But, for some, it gets under their skin so much they find themselves thinking about making a permanent jump and starting a new life overseas – and, for a few of those, thoughts become plans. There are obstacles along the way of course; finances to extrapolate, health care to consider, perhaps schools to examine for example. But, for.