Finding Cheap Ways to Live Abroad
If you want to head away from home to try living abroad, one of your first and most important concerns may be for the cost. It probably seems that everywhere but where you live right now is more expensive; however, this isn’t always the case when you take the time to look closely.
First of all, ask yourself if you’ve done careful research into how expensive it really will be to live abroad. You can find a number of cost of living tools on the Internet and via the tourism boards at the various locations that you wish to live. Take the time to sit down and assess what it will actually cost each month or each year to move as well as to live. Try to find someone that you can correspond with in the region to see if you can get a general idea of the cost of living.
What you can do to cut costs immediately is find out whether you will need your expensive car or not. Many times you can find car rentals are much more budget-efficient as well as convenient. Instead of paying to move your car and to use your car abroad, why not sell it before you move and then use that profit toward your moving expenses? Many areas in Europe are either accessible by bicycle or via a good public transportation system, so you really don’t need a car in most cases.
Try to think about the size of home that you actually need. Many of us have large homes that we fill with stuff that we don’t need. Maybe moving is an excellent time to downsize your life. Try to go through what you have and what you really need on a day to day basis. You might find that you can do with a lot less, which means that you need a smaller house than you have now = lower cost.
Another idea to consider is how you’re going to talk with people that are still at home, but not break your budget each month. This is where looking at Internet phone systems can help. There are plenty of broadband phone systems that you can use for a flat rate each month without any long distance changes, yet the quality is still clear on either end.
When you try to be resourceful, you’ll be surprised at how much cheaper it actually is to live abroad when you start realizing what’s really important – being happy and healthy. All that stuff that you have might just be holding you back from the life that you really want to live.