We all have moments when the idea of annexing ourselves from the United States seems like a really good idea, but it’s not a decision you should make in the spur of the moment. As irritated as you might get with the federal, state, and local government from time to time, you should realize that there are countries that are much worse. You don’t want to align yourself with one of those.
The first thing you need to think about before making yourself an ex-pat is where you intend to go after you leave the United States. It won’t take you long to realize that relocating yourself and your entire family is a great more complicated than you might first expect. Not only do you have to deal with the logistics of relocating, there’s also all the different rules and cultures other countries have. Relocating to another country, even one like Mexico or Canada, requires time, research, extensive planning, and substantial amount of money.
Will You Fit In?
You don’t want to live anywhere that you don’t fit in. Before you officially settle in a new country and declare yourself an ex-pat, you need to visit the area first and make sure you can be happy there. Are you able to adapt to the different culture? Will you be able to find people who share your interests? Don’t forget about the rest of your family, will they be able to settle into life in a different country?
Don’t forget to consider what might happened to you if your new home becomes troubled. If things fall apart will your American background or ethnicity or religious views make you a target during difficult times. You don’t want to find yourself a victim of a hate crime, especially in a country where the government doesn’t care about your situation and won’t be willing to provide any assistance.
How Will You Communicate?
Language can be a major problem. You don’ want to settle anywhere until your fluent in the local language. Even if you’re hoping to live a life of solitude in your new country, there will be times when you need to interact and communicate with locals, such as when you need new supplies or are in need of help. If you aren’t as fluent in the local language as you should be, settle in an area where a large portion of the population speaks English.
How Will You Support Yourself?
Leaving the United States will eat up a large portion of your savings, so before you make yourself an ex-pat, you need to think about how you’re going to earn a living. This also means applying for a local work visa and following other rules the local government has created for non-native taking jobs.
Will Your New Life be Stable?
You might not trust the stability of the federal government in the United States, but you have to ask yourself if there is another country that seems to be more stable. You might be surprised by the answer. Not only are there lots of countries out there that are far closer to a government collapse, many of them have a much higher crime rate. In addition to crime rates and political unrest, find out what the odds are of you getting caught in the middle of natural disaster if you relocate.
Will You Be Able to Arm Yourself?
Granted, there are lots of problems with the United States current gun laws, but at least you have the right to bear arms. When you start to explore other countries, you’re going to find that this isn’t a right you should take for granted. There are lots of countries where being able to legally carry a gun is nearly possible to arrange.
Leaving the United States and settling in another country is not a decision you should take lightly. You need to sit down and really think about all the pros and cons. One of the best ways of learning whether becoming and ex-pat will be good for you is contacting other people who have settled in a country you’re considering and finding out if they would make the same choice a second time.