Top 10 Expenses to Consider When Living Abroad

Top 10 Expenses to Consider When Living Abroad

Just as living anywhere, there are plenty of ways that you can spend your money when you're living abroad. However, when you're planning to move, it can help to keep these expenses in mind in order to accurately calculate what it will cost for you to move away from Canada. Here are ten expenses that you might want to think about:

1. Phone calls home - You're going to want to talk to your friends and family who are back home, so be sure that you plan for this expense or choose a phone plan that's able to help you limit these costs.
2. Mailing costs - Just as with the phone calls, you're going to want to send things back and forth, but it will add up.
3. Actually moving - The cost of moving your life, or even part of it, overseas can be quite expensive. Be sure to look into a number of movers to see who offers the best rates.
4. Looking for a place to live - Unlike moving across town, you need to plan for the times when you are going to be looking for a home. And that means plane tickets and lodging while you're doing so.
5. Buying that home - The housing costs may be comparable, but you will still need to spend a lot of your money on a nice home.
6. The cost of upkeep for your ‘old' home - If you're not planning on selling your old home, you will need to figure out how to pay for the maintenance and the utilities.
7. Various taxes and fees - Be sure to get into contact with the local authorities to see what kinds of taxes or fees you may need to pay on the way to becoming a part of the country.
8. Buying everyday items - Because you probably won't want to pack your glass cleaner or your dish soap, you will want to factor in the costs of buying these products once you arrive. And don't forget about food too!
9. Transportation - You will need to figure out how you will be travelling from place to place in your new country - and what costs this might entail.
10. ‘Adjustment fees' - The fact of the matter is that you're going to have to spend some money learning languages or just settling into your new home in order to feel comfortable. This might mean that you have some creature comforts sent to you, or that you need to spend money on local clubs in order to meet new people.

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