You’ve probably noticed me bang on about our love of the warmer weather and our desire to emigrate. Mr T and I have always said we were born in the wrong country. Jumping ship for bluer skies is on the agenda. Life in the U.K isn’t all bad but it isn’t all great either. Brexit, isn’t really helping. I still harbour bitter feelings toward the decision made. For me, I feel as much European as I do British. I was born in an E.U member state and enjoyed all the benefits that has to offer. Including the biggy – free movement of people. Thus far leaving the E.U isn’t shaping up so nicely. Quelle Surprise.
The decision to leave the E.U is a huge practicality when considering emigrating. Nobody really know what it means. Nobody really knows how it will affect the U.K. It certainly makes for uncertain times. especially if you are considering a move during this limbo period. Let’s face it, no one likes uncertainty, especially when it involves hefty sums of money. Is sinking goodness knows much into a new continental home such a brilliant idea?
Of parallel importance is the way in which it may affect your family…your children in particular. I have little doubt that a life that offers greater time outdoors and all that comes with it, without the need for a plastic raincoat or wellie boats will be a great improvement for them and us. My children are outdoorsy children, they love it but they also love the fair weather. Yet, my children are just two and three. They are just learning English let alone a second language. My daughter is due to start school next September, do you send them to a state school where the language won’t be their own? Starting school is big enough when you know what is going on, let alone when you don’t. Or do you pay the high, like €5000 a year high, per child and send them to an international school? A school I have no doubt will be amazing. Where they will learn both languages (and then some), complete the English education system and be offered all the opportunity. An opportunity that comes with a hefty price tag. I mean, I know what I’d like to do, but €10,000.00?!
What about the simple things we take for granted? Our home comforts, the things we know and love about our home. Some things you just cannot replace or buy in another country. What about a car and driving? Chances are you’ll need a left hand drive, driving on the left hand side of the road. In some continental countries they’re not cheap, as much as three times the price. I mean as problems go this one can be solved, there are companies out there that transport your goods, even your car from door to door. Websites such as Shiply allow for businesses to compete for your courier/transportation jobs. So you and your crew don’t have to drive it all across the continent yourself. Thank gawd.
What about your U.K house, presuming you own it? Do you need the equity from it? If so there is very little choice but to sell. If not, well would you rent it out? Keep an interest in the U.K incase it all goes wrong and you need to return home. Not a bad shout after all. Especially an interest that could end up earning you money. With this however comes the question of storage, for all those things you don’t want shipped out. That isn’t free. Then of course renting involves tenants and don’t forget they have rights too.
Another biggy, that really does require some consideration and research is health care. I certainly take the NHS for granted. It is one of the very best things about the U.K (when it works) and something the U.K should be proud of. It is however not something every country enjoys. Attention must certainly be paid to your new countries health care system. Is it free? Do you need insurance? Do you need residence? Registration papers. It is a massive question and often administration exercise that cannot go unanswered or overlooked.
These are just some of the practicalities of emigrating that are swirling around my brain circa 3am, along with some of life’s other quandaries. Have you ever emigrated? Have you faced the practicalities of emigrating? Any tips? I’d love to hear from you.