Here’s a brilliant checklist for anyone thinking of moving abroad, courtesy of the FCO and A Place in the Sun (PDF for download at the bottom):

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Also, not on the list – don’t forget to plan for your pets!

Here’s the checklist summary:
1 – Do your homework
2 – Don’t rush in to buying abroad – something we definitely advocate here, consider renting first.
3 – Be a part of the community – integrate as much as you can
4 – Consider your long term financial requirements
5 – Plan for your health
6 – Read up on tax regulations
7 – Seek independent legal advice
8 – Tell the authorities you’re leaving

Moving Abroad Checklist Final AW PDF