Relocating to another country is a big step for any family. Parents have to consider many concerns such as cost of living, finding a job, scouting for a house, and schools to enroll their kids into. You will need to make major adjustments, no doubt, and here are ten important matters you should take note of prior to moving.
Climate Are you or your children used to cold weather? There are varying degrees of that – some places never snow but are so cold you’d think it would. There’s a difference between cold and wet and cold and dry (the latter may be freezing but will still allow clothes to dry on a line if it’s not raining or snowing). There are places where temperature variations happen within 15-20 degrees in both directions in a single afternoon. In tropical countries, most people take the weather changes for granted but everywhere else, sudden temperature drops can run the risk of pneumonia on the walk back home. Are your children allergic to pollen? In Japan, pollen allergies are such an issue that many people wear surgical masks in the spring to reduce irritation. Do your research and prepare by getting the right clothes and gear, and know that you will need to buy more stuff once you arrive.
Housekeeping and babysitting Perhaps one of the biggest things Filipinos take for granted is how easy it is to get people to clean their homes and care for their children back home. Abroad, these services are at a premium and can cost hundreds of dollars, euros or dirhams. Having relatives and good friends you can rely on for these tasks is a godsend, but there will be days when they can’t be there for you. More often than not, you will have to find ways for you and your spouse (and your children if they’re old enough) to help out. However, it sometimes can’t be helped that you’ll need these services so study the family budget carefully to know when you absolutely must hire a babysitter or a cleaning lady.