Thinking About Moving Abroad? Here’s The Ultimate Guide (2024)

Preparing for Your Move Abroad: Essential Information, Self-Assessment, and a Guide to Further Research

Erik Blair
EscapeTheUS | Moving to Thailand
24 min readJan 1, 2023


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Are you thinking about living abroad? Yeah, me too! There’s just something so exciting and adventurous about the idea of setting up shop in a new country, learning about a different culture, and making a new life for yourself. Plus, who doesn’t love the opportunity to travel and see the world? But living abroad isn’t all sunshine and rainbows; it can also come with its own set of challenges. That’s why it’s important to do your research and plan ahead before making the big move.

In this article, we’ll define a few terms, talk about the different types of living abroad situations, provide some general relocation information, and explain why it’s important to do a self-assessment to ensure you’ve done your homework.

We’ll dive into why you need to understand the cost of living and different financial considerations where you want to go; the cultural differences and language barriers; the political climate and safety concerns; and support systems and community resources. It’s a lot of information to take in, but trust me, it’ll be worth it in…