Alden Wicker is a freelance journalist living in Brooklyn. She covers sustainable fashion and living, personal finance, and other curiosities.

11 Costs (and Savings) Tips to Moving Abroad

11 Costs (and Savings) Tips to Moving Abroad

Instagram makes moving abroad look so easy and carefree. Just close your eyes, leap, and your life will instantly become more glamorous and interesting. You will be untethered from worldly cares, free to find yourself among the bustling crowds of an Asian market or surfing on a golden coast…

Well, except for the taxes you still have to pay. And the visa you need to secure. Don’t forget about your prescriptions, and how that pesky exchange rate will affect your savings!

The age of expensive phone cards may be over, but even if you’re hopping to the kind of country where you can buy lunch for a buck, there are still a lot of unexpected costs to moving abroad.

So before you decide to seek your destiny on another shore (or just over the border), consider these 11 potential costs and savings, and whether you’re financially prepared to follow your wanderlust.

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