8 ways to move abroad cheaply

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Moving to another country can be frightening. However, many of us do this anyway. About 21 million of Polish people live outside Poland. We are moving abroad for many reasons: for the so-called "bread", the prospect of a better tomorrow, greater opportunities, the desire to buy your own home or just for adventure, because we love meeting new cultures and interesting people. In the past, we emigrated mostly for political reasons. Can you move to another country without stress, help from friends or a bag of money? You can! Discover 8 ways to move abroad cheaply.

Moving abroad - first steps:

Almost 25% of Poles are considering about economic emigration in the coming year. However, not everyone will do it. This is not surprising if we consider the risk that such a step involves. Let's assume that for 3-6 months or more we have been saving a lot. We collected 1,500 euro. We are ready to leave everything and move to London or Dublin to get a job that will give us a home in the future and an annual holiday in warm countries.

Cool. The first step is behind you. You quited your work, bought a one-way ticket. It's not that bad, if in 'London' you have family or friends with whom you can initially stay (and remember that you can not infinitely count on the good heart of even your beloved cousin), anyway you have to share the cost of housing or food, which in many countries are not low. Your savings will allow you to survive for 2 - up to 3 months (remember that most apartment owners expect payment for 2 months in advance!). You have a beautifully written CV in English and you set off to conquer the city. Most likely you will succeed. You will get a job in a restaurant, hotel or frozen food factory. But what if not? If you English is not strong enough? If the holiday season has just ended and hotels and restaurants are dismissing some of their staff? We can never be sure. After all, it is a different country and it may function differently than ours ... If you have family or friends in your home country who will take you back without a penny, then nothing really happened. you will swallow doen the bitter taste of disappointment and start living at home again. But what will you do in a sittuation when you don't have anyone close in your country of origin? What if your parents kick you out or died? Or when you just don't want to admit to failure? This is a very simple way to homelessness. Without an address, confirmation of invoices in your name, it is difficult to open a bank account, get a PPS or National Insurance Number. It is difficult to get a job without all of that...

I don't assume that each of us daredevils will become homeless, but burning down professional bridges behind you and moving into the unknown usually involves a lot of stress. However, this does not have to be the case. Believe me - I have a lot of experience in moving abroad. I currently live in a fifth country. After Poland, Romania, Great Britain (more precisely Scotland) and Ireland, the time has come for distant Mexico.


How to move cheaply, safely and stress-free to another country. Here are 8 ways:

  1. If you are a student, think about Erasmus. The European Union will provide you with a semester of free study at a foreign university and add pocket money, which, with good management, should be enough for housing and food, and maybe a cinema or a trip from time to time? Also, if you know the language of the country you are going to, you can try to find a part-time job.

Ask your university what conditions must be met to get such an exchange.

During your studies in Athens or Munich you will certainly meet many wonderful people who could help you in the future to get your dream job in Greece, Germany or Spain. In addition, education at a foreign university will definitely be a strong point in your CV.

  1. If your university time is behind you, but you are not yet 30 years old, then think about European voluntary service (Anyway, I recommend it to try it in as young age as possible - this experience is very enriching and broadens the horizons. I did my volunteering at the age of 29 and it seems to me that if I chose it earlier, I would have benefited even more). The former EVS can now be implemented under the European Solidarity Corps Program https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity_en. You will find here also information about international internships and jobs.

Pros of European volunteering are: great health insurance, lopportunity to learn the language of the country where you work, housing and food provided, and pocket money for 35-40 hours of usually interesting and valuable work (which you choose yourself from an extensive project database), as well as great adventure and building a grid interesting acquaintances. The downside of volunteering is that you cannot take up another paid job while you are a European Union volunteer. However, nothing prevents you from staying in your project country after volunteering (which can take up to 12 months) and work normally.

  1. For many countries' citizens aged 18-30 there is also a possibility of getting working holiday visa to the USA, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. It is a wonderful opportunity to travel, which you will finance from your own work in one of these attractive countries. However, not everyone gets such a visa, which is associated with numerous requirements, e.g. you can stay in a given country for only 12 months, have health insurance purchased, you must prove that you have certain financial resources for initial expenses (in the case of Canada it is a minimum of 2 500 Canadian dollars and a return ticket or funds for its purchase).
  2. Or maybe you're under 25/30, you like children and would like become a nanny? https://www.aupairworld.com/en - here you will find more information for future au-pair about available countries and pocket money which you will receive for your work. You can also count on a language course in most host countries.
  3. Or maybe you dream about learning the language and culture of exotic Indonesia? Are you 27 years old or younger? Would you like to learn Indonesian language, batik or Balinese dance? Take a look here and enjoy sun of Bali or Java for a year https://darmasiswa.kemdikbud.go.id/
  4. What if I'm too old or just don't want to be a long term volunteer, student or nanny? I also have a solution for you. Invest 20 euros on helpx.net (premium account is valid for 2 years) or 42 US dollars and create an account on workaway.info (1 year). Helpx is cheaper, although in my opinion the webside of workaway is more readable. Create an interesting profile, describe your experience, travel, skills, add smiling photos, and then contact several hosts you are interested in among thousands available around the world. Usually, for about 25 hours of work per week (e.g. in a hostel, on a farm), you will receive a place to sleep and board (or half board). Note: there are no age limits!

If you are serious about moving abroad, I advise you to go to a country which language you already know or, for example, work for 6 months with different hosts in a given country and learn a local language. Give yourself a minimum of one month to explore the country, build valuable relationships with people, and look for a job.

This is a much more free way, usually you do not sign any contract. However, this also involves less privileges - insurance, travel costs, possible problems with the hosts - everything is on you. This kind of job exchange for housing and food is also a great way to just travel cheaply.

In Scotland, I found an additional part-time job after 2 days (and I was looking for it in October after the end of tourist season), in Ireland I had a full-time job offer the first day after reaching Lisdoonvarna famous for the Matchmaking Festival, however, due to my commitment to helpx host and willingness to learn about work in an ecological center, I decided only for 10 additional paid hours of work in the restaurant and for the next 2 months I was looking for something different.

Thanks to helpx and working in the hostel, I easily moved to Scotland, and interesting work in the ecological center allowed me to live in Ireland without any stress ?.

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  1. Of course you can also search for a job while still being in your home country. It is definitely easier for all kinds of specialists whether in European countries or United States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. These distant countries are announcing the lists of professionals they need at the moment. Maybe you will find your profession on one of them?





  1. Or create an account on one of many international dating sites or download the app on the phone and find boyfriend or girlfriend from another country and move in with him or her?. Of course, this is a matter of chance and I do not advise anyone to do it by force.

You already know your options. So nothing stops you from fulfilling your dream of living far away from home. However, I have some a last few tips for you.


What to do after arriving in the new promised land?

  1. Buy SIM card with local phone number. Your future employer must be able to contact you quickly. You can also give your number to your new friends. Walk around the city and leave a printed CV (with your new number) at potential employers (especially those who have job listings posted in the windows).
  2. Write a diary. At first you will probably feel lonely. For many people, breaking ice is difficult. We don't always want to worry our family members left behind, so we don't tell them everythingOr maybe we would even want to tell them about our problems but we are in a different time zone and we have to wait a few hours... The diary will become a confidant and friend. In addition, it is a great reminder of your adventures.
  3. You could write a diary, but you still want to talk to someone in the real world. Look for different hobby groups (language exchange groups, runners, photographers, cavers are already waiting for you!). For example, you can download the app Meetup and check what groups operate in your new area. You didn't find anything? Go to a local cultural center and check it out there or sign up for salsa, drawing or comedy improvisation classes. Every idea is good - just go out to meet new people.

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Maria Inspires
My name is Maria Durczyk. I love traveling, illustrating, people. I travel to near and distant countries and towards health and inner peace.


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