1 – Take momentum
Choose the right destination
First of all, you have to determine the most suitable location for you to relocate according to your profile, line of work and personal abilities and interest (languages that you speak, your experience in terms of relocation or living abroad, cultures you see yourself fitting in, and the ones that you don’t!). On that particular note, I’d say it’s important to really consider your experience of mobility (not going on holidays) and adapt your project to that. In other words, if you never moved abroad, try to choose a country on the same continent than your homeland. This way, you will limit the stress that you may feel being alone, far away from home.
Look out for a spring box
Once you have a pin on the map, take some time to look for programs that might be available to you, again depending of your profile and situation. If you are a student, there are probably plenty of options for you to live an experience abroad. Also if you just graduated from university, look out for professional development and bi-national internship programs. These are quite interesting as some of them will introduce you to some organisation and can provide some grant and some benefits (travel insurance, support…) for your life abroad. Another option to consider are the working-holiday programs, giving you access to a work-permit to sustain your life during your time abroad in countries like Australia, New-Zealand, South-Korea, Argentina, the United Kingdom and so much more! The main advantage of that is that you don’t need to put in a big amount with your visa application as you’re supposed to be working (as you are entitled to) to sustain your lifestyle abroad. This while acquiring international working experience, which always comes out very well on a resume.
Educate yourself about your destination
The third step of preparation for your living-abroad-experience is gathering knowledge of the country you are about the relocate to. Browse wikipedia and Google about its economy, history and demography. This will help you in figuring out which area you should land into: sometimes the capital in not where everything happens! That’s particularly true for North America, Germany, Australia and many more countries in the world!
You should also document yourself as per what the culture and the way of living are like in the country that you are interested in. For example, I know for a fact that Germans and Scandinavians have kind of their own way of doing things like relationships, or even traveling (don’t be witnessed crossing the street on a pedestrian red light in eastern Berlin… Don’t bypass a queue in the UK either!). Most important, use websites like expatistan.com to figure out what your daily budget should look like for your expenses. And yes, you will have to do a budget.