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How you can live abroad

Ever wanted to experience living abroad? If you have no commitments holding you back, now could be the time to give it a go. Living abroad allows you to travel whilst earning money making it suitable for people on all budgets – getting there and back may be the only cost you need to save up for. One of the biggest factors to consider when living abroad is where you will stay. You ideally want accommodation that’s inexpensive allowing you leftover money to spend in your free time on exploration. Here are just a few alternative ways to experience the thrill of living abroad.


Stay with a local family


Homestay accommodation is growing in popularity as a way of experiencing life abroad. It involves staying with a local family in their home. You may have to pay for your stay, but this is likely to be less than rental costs and you may even get meals included. By staying in a family home, you get to experience first-hand how the locals live. Not all families will be looking for long-term lodgers – some may only want to house travellers for a couple weeks max. Search online for long-term homestay options.


As you will be staying in another family’s home, it’s likely they’ll want to have some kind of vetting procedure in place. They may want proof of income, a criminal background check and credit check. It could be worth talking to them over Skype first. This will not only be for their benefit, but for yours – you don’t want to stay with a family for weeks that you may not get on with.


Work for an employer that offers accommodation


Another way of living abroad affordably could be to work for an employer that provides accommodation. For example, if you’re working as a holiday rep assisting guests in a hotel, it’s possible the hotel may provide a bedroom for you. Not only this, you may even be able to enjoy free food. This could allow you to spend your earnings in other ways or even send money back home. Such work may only be seasonal such as working at an Alpine ski resort in winter or a beach bar in summer. In some cases you may have to share a room with other staff members.


Live out a camper van


You may be able to combine accommodation with transport and live out a camper van. This is a cost-effective form of travelling that can prevent you having to rent hotel rooms, however it could also be suited for temporary work abroad. You may still need to pay for a campsite space to use bathroom facilities and charge up electricity to your camper van. However, campsite fees aren’t likely to be too expensive. It won’t be as luxurious as other forms of accommodation, although it will be more luxurious than staying in a tent.


Your biggest cost could be buying a suitable vehicle for staying in. Ideally you want a motorhome or a caravan that has a comfortable bed and some living space. Roughing it out in a car might be okay for rugged travelling and for freedom of moving around, but not for living for months in abroad.


Rent a furnished property


If you’re staying abroad for a longer period than a few months, you’ll likely want somewhere a bit more stable and private. This could mean having to rent a place abroad. The best rental properties to look out for are furnished properties as these could save you the costs of having to ship over furniture. You can find furnished properties on sites such as Airbnb.

Many people dream of living abroad and sometimes this can work if you think outside the box. I hope that some of the above will fill you with ideas and inspiration. If these are not ideas for you, you can always look at working online and travelling on a budget.


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