If I had a penny for every-time I’ve heard someone say “I could live here” when they’re on holiday, I would be a rich woman! It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re looking over those white sandy beaches out to a brilliant blue sea the likes of which you’ve never seen before.
It’s also very easy to look back at those pretty little mountainside villas that have views to die for, and the pace of life you’re experiencing is laid back to the point of horizontal. However, I have a few words of warning for you.
Remember – You’re On Holiday!
When you go away for your annual break, think about your attitude to life. You’re getting away from all the trials and tribulations of life, and generally just want to relax and forget all your worries for a couple of weeks. You will no doubt also get to see the best of the place you’ve decided to visit.
It doesn’t matter if you like to relax by the swimming pool with a good book, go sightseeing or spend time at the beach. These are all things that come quite naturally when you go abroad, but remember, you’re on holiday! The point I’m making is this. You won’t be thinking about what day-to-day life is like in the place you’re staying. Instead, you’ll just want to get the most out of what it has to offer, and living somewhere is totally different.
Think the Next Time You Say “I Could Live Here”
Moving abroad is something that has to be taken very seriously, especially if you have a family. Where will the kids go to school? Will the climate suit you all year round? And, most importantly will you be able to support you and your family financially if you finally decide to take that “leap of faith”. I’m not saying you shouldn’t consider moving somewhere you’ve been on holiday (after all, I’m living proof you can). However, when you take a look at even the most basic questions above you soon start to realise what’s involved.
Not only do you have to think about the practicalities, but you have to think long and hard about the fact you will be living in a country that’s foreign to you. The language may be an issue, you might not find the right foods you like to eat, and daily life just might not suit the way you’re used to living.
As said, there isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t think about moving to a place you have visited on holiday, but it takes months of careful planning so be sure it is really what you want. Oh, and make sure you don’t just visit once and then make a decision. Research is the key, and you should visit your chosen destination as often as you can so you can get a feel for what life will really by like.
Author: Julie Coburn