Things to consider before moving
No new location will tick every box, so it’s worth spending time thinking about what you need from a new place and prioritizing. Doing your research will reduce the potential culture shock you’ll experience during, and after, relocation.
If you’re moving to a country where the language is unfamiliar, try and learn some of it before you move. Or you might thinking about looking for somewhere with a shared native language to smooth the transition.
What makes you happy? If it’s the beach, find out if there’s a coast or inland bodies of water nearby. If seeking the seaside means travelling further afield, find out about nearby holiday destinations
Know what’s important to you. It may be that you enjoy the theatre or music. You can do some research into cultural amenities before you move. Maybe you’re someone who enjoys a particular sporting activity. Will your needs be met where you’re going?
Will you want to connect with other expats? You can find out about expat groups online before you relocate. Try looking for groups of, for example, "Mexicans in ..." within Facebook or through blogs, for example: expat.com, mexperiencia (for Spanish citizens interest in moving to Mexico) or expatsinmexico.com, if that doesn’t convince you search for rankings of the best expat blogs.
Is public transport vital to you, or are you happy to drive? If you’re someone who enjoys driving, is there a particular car you want to take with you?
Entertainment and sporting life
Entertainment and sporting life – for many the proximity to good shopping, leisure facilities such as swimming pools or even a simple park for dog walking can make all the difference
What sort of environment suits you? Are you looking to move to sunnier climes or someone who doesn’t do well with too much sunshine? This may have a bearing on the type of property and its amenities you will need. It may influence the type of vehicle you buy in your new home, or you may need to ensure that you have the right sort of clothing; walking boots and hiking gear, for example.