As Boston’s international moving company, we talk to lots of expats. These individuals have gone on to make lives for themselves outside of the United States, and as such, often feel a responsibility to others who are seeking to make a similar change. When we ask them what advice we should share with anyone planning an international move, one answer comes up time and time again:
Do your research!
“I can not tell you how many people saw Slumdog Millionaire and decided that they had to live in India,” Rohit, who moved to West Bengal after growing up in Boston, said. “And I kept trying to tell them, “No, that is a movie. It is not real life. Before you uproot your entire life and move permanently to another country, spend some time there. Do an extended visit – many months! You may find the reality of the situation on the ground is not what you imagined it to be.”
Items you’ll want to research before making an international move include the culture of the region you’re considering moving to, as well as what opportunities exist for housing and employment. Delve into what health care will be available to you, particularly if you have chronic health conditions. The political situation matters too. “You can not take the life you have as an American and expect to continue that same life when you move to another country,” Rohit said. “You are the one who is going to be changed.” He smiled. “This can be a very good thing – but it is best if you know that it will happen and you are prepared for it!”