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Relocating To Another Country

You Could Do This On Your Own, But…

“I read something you wrote on Thailand several months ago and decided that that was the place for me,” explained an attendee at this week’s Retire Overseas Conference in Orlando who approached me during the Welcome Cocktail Reception. 

“So I bought a ticket, and I went to Thailand.

“But, then, when I arrived, I realized that I had no idea what to do. I didn’t even know where to turn for help. I didn’t know anyone. 

“I went to a real estate agent’s office and asked him if he could tell me how to establish residency. He said he had no idea what I was talking about. 

“I wandered around for a couple of weeks, and then I returned home. I didn’t know what else to do. 

“Then, just a few weeks ago, I read about this conference you were having here in Orlando. I didn’t want to give up on my idea of moving overseas, so I signed up… and here I am,” the attendee continued. 

“I can’t get over this,” he said looking around the reception room where we stood amidst the hundreds of like-minded folks. 

“I had no idea you had this much reach or all these resources. I just had no idea that all this help was available…” 

As I’m explaining to the group assembled for this week’s event, there are many ways to make a move overseas, some more efficient than others. 

a tuk tuk driver as seen from the back seat of the tuk tuk
What works for one person might not work for you, visiting the location you are considering for retirement is a great idea

The least efficient strategy is to take off for a new place unprepared and without a plan. 

That’s why, this week in Orlando, we’re arming all our Retire Overseas Conference attendees with a plan. The program for this event was built around a series of panel discussions on each of the critical issues the would-be expat or retiree overseas must address—namely: 

  • Getting Your Finances In Shape (that is, figuring out how much money you have to make your move on)…
  • The Nuts And Bolts Of Getting Established Overseas (such as shipping your household belongings, opening a bank account, accessing cash, paying bills, installing utilities, buying a car, etc.)…
  • Top Options For Residency (if you intend to live in your new home full-time)…
  • Understanding The Tax Implications Of Going Overseas
  • Navigating The Property Question (that is, either renting or buying a new home)…
  • Health Care And Health Insurance (with the help of the top industry expert)…
  • Funding Your New Life Overseas (how to earn an income or start a business to support or subsidize your new life anywhere in the world)…
  • Settling Into Your New Life (making friends, becoming part of the community, learning a new language, volunteering, and getting to know your new hometown)…

I applaud the attendee who made a false-start in Thailand, because that detour hasn’t deterred him. He is still pursuing his dream. In Orlando with us this week, he is re-launching his go-overseas adventure… this time with a clear-cut plan and a whole lot of support.

Kathleen Peddicord