Ok so easy might be a little ambitious, but I managed to rustle up a country move in just one month so there’s definitely some method to the madness here.
I had a house, car on finance, dog, two cats and a full time job – not exactly the easiest life to walk away from. Well that’s what you would think from the outside… However now I look back and remember the stress, it actually seems like I made it happen pretty quickly with as much ease as possible. So here is my guide to moving countries in five easy steps:
Register with a recruitment agency in the relevant country and get a job – I got really lucky with this, I had two interviews with two different companies and then got the second job I interviewed for. While it won’t be as easy for everyone, registering with a recruitment agency abroad is the first step. Remember, their job is to find you a job.
Hand notice on house and pack up and put everything into storage – This isn’t the most cost effective but it gets you moving pronto. After checking out the cost of shipping everything it seemed easier to just store. Unfortunately the reality of this means that 12 months later I am still paying for a storage room, but it gets you moving quickly and gives you a cushion to fall back on if things don’t pan out as planned.
Sort out the animals travel and living arrangements – I explored many different scenarios for the animals, but first we opted to let them live with family until we were secure in our new life abroad. Once this was sorted we brought the dog over via ferry, with my family driving my car. Two birds, one stone. Done. Sorted.
Find a house in Spain – As for our living arrangements, we joined an expat group on Facebook and had our rented house a couple of weeks later. Never underestimate the power of friendly expats! Our recruitment agency were also really helpful with the relocation process, signing us up for regular newsletters with all the latest rented accommodation in the area.
Get on the plane – The moral of the story is that once you get that ball rolling and the first piece of the puzzle falls into place, you kind of see a domino effect occur. Don’t get me wrong it’s stressful, but once it’s all sorted the pay off is huge.