For a while the world seemed a significantly smaller place for a lot of people. A strong economy, good job markets and cheap flights meant that that trying your luck abroad was so easy that you didn’t have to be too adventurous to give it a try.
Taking a cheap flight and looking for a job in somewhere like Spain or France was an exciting option which you didn’t have to feel overly bold about trying. In the worst case scenario you could simply come home and look for a new job here, a few pounds worse off and with a nice tan.
Now things are a bit more serious when it comes to planning your future, so let’s look at the factors involved in deciding whether to stay at home or make a move abroad to live.
The Job Market
There are really two factors to look at here; how easy it might be to find a job abroad and how easy it would be to get one back home if you have to return after trying your luck in a foreign country. The situation is definitely less promising in both cases than it was just a few years ago. Many people are now less willing to give up a steady job than they would have been when there plenty of other opportunities around.
The Housing Market
There is no doubt that in countries like Spain the housing market has basically collapsed, due in part to the reduced influx of foreigners. This means that finding a place over there probably isn’t going to be your biggest problem. If you are thinking of buying then prices have dropped considerably in several other mainland European countries as well. Back in the UK, housing demand is as high as ever. There are still plenty of rental options around if you need to come back and start again here though.
Cheap travel deals are thinner on the ground than they used to be. This means that going abroad to look for a new life is a bit riskier than it used to be. If you have a decent budget saved up then this isn’t going to be a make or break factor but if money is tighter you might decide to stay at home.
Anyone who has adventure in their blood is unlikely to be put off a move abroad because of the economic downturn. However, if you are less convinced about the move then you might consider that waiting a bit longer could be your best bet.
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