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23 October 2017
Half an hour later, you’re undergoing a deep case of envy because he’s finally realized his dream and left his managerial job at the car dealership, opening an artisanal coffee shop with his wife and kids as his staff. They all look so happy as they say “howzit” to you for a moment.
Your heart is thudding and saying, “I want to go!” but your head is throwing seven shades of misery at you because of the costs and the logistics.
Where do you start? Do you want to go to Australia? New Zealand? Canada? Oh, and you’ve heard that Europe has some interesting opportunities for South Africans who have money to invest.
Here are some of the things you need to consider – remembering that you have a family to include in this move, and aren’t a young single who can throw everything in a backpack and head off Italy on a whim.
Any move is stressful, even if it is from one side of a city to the other. An overseas move takes extra planning and – most importantly – a time budget, allowing you to keep up with your daily routine as well as your bureaucratic obligations and logistical tasks. If at all possible, set a deadline for completion of all the details ahead of your actual move. This will allow a cushion of time to deal with an unexpected crisis or administrative train smash. Unless you have vast funds at your disposal, you will not be able to “pop back quickly” to fetch a forgotten item or sort out a legal problem.