July 22, 2024

Jude Genzel

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How to Move to Europe and Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

How to Move to Europe and Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of


Moving to Europe has always been on my bucket list. I’ve dreamed about living in Paris or Rome, and I’ve fantasized about exploring the cobblestone streets of Barcelona and Madrid. Of course, it’s easy to talk about moving abroad—the reality is that it takes hard work, determination and patience. And while there are many things you can do yourself (such as packing up your belongings), there are many other steps that require professional help. It took me several months to move overseas, but when all was said and done, I found myself living in Amsterdam with no regrets!

How to Move to Europe and Live the Life You’ve Always Dreamed Of

Make a bucket list of places you want to see.

If you are planning on moving to Europe, it is important that you make a bucket list of places in Europe that you want to visit. You can use the internet and find out about different cities in Europe and their attractions. You should also include some local spots like parks or restaurants where only locals go because they know how good the food and drink is there.

You should also make sure that your list includes quiet spots where people can relax, like beaches or forests with lots of trees so they can go hiking if they want too!

Scout out potential destinations.

If you’re still not sure where to go, here are a few tips for narrowing down your options:

  • Use travel websites like TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet to find out about the cost of living in different cities. The latter also has an excellent “City Guides” section that offers lots of useful information about each place’s culture, history and attractions.
  • If you plan on using Airbnb as your accommodation option while traveling Europe (and I highly recommend it), then use this website’s filter tool so that only apartments with reviews from previous guests appear on your list–these are typically better than those without any reviews because they’ve been vetted by other renters who have stayed there before!
  • Forums such as Reddit can be helpful if you want advice from locals who live in certain areas; however keep in mind that everyone has different experiences so take what they say with a grain of salt! It’s always best when making big decisions like this one based off personal experience rather than hearsay.”

Get a travel visa.

If you’re an American, you’ll need a visa to enter most European countries. Visas are required for travel to all EU member states except Ireland and the United Kingdom (and those countries have their own version of the visa). They’re also required by several other European nations such as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland; if you plan on spending any time in these places during your trip–or even passing through them–you’ll want to make sure that your passport has been properly stamped with one before departing for Europe.

Visas generally come in two types: short-term and long-term. Short-term visas usually last for up to 90 days but can be extended if necessary; long-term ones typically allow visitors up 180 days without needing further authorization from local authorities after entering their country of choice.

Most travelers need both types of documents because they cover different lengths of time; however depending on where they live or work while abroad (i.,e., whether they hold dual citizenship), some may only require one or two types instead of both!

Figure out your job situation and the best place to live.

Your first step is to figure out what job you want. And as with everything else, there are a few things to consider:

  • What industry do I want to work in?
  • Where can I find the best opportunities for my career?
  • Where will my family be happy? (Note: this may not be the same place that’s best for your health or personal goals.)

Pack and ship your belongings.

When it comes to shipping your belongings, there are several options.

  • You can use a courier service, which will pick up and deliver your items in a timely manner but may not be the most economical choice. If you have many large items or want to ship them directly from home, this may be a good option for you.
  • Another option is using a moving company that specializes in international moves (such as International Movers). These companies often have more experience with international relocation than other kinds of movers do–they’re used to dealing with customs regulations and other paperwork required by different countries’ governments–and some offer other services like packing assistance or storage during transit if necessary. However, this type of service will undoubtedly cost more than others on our list; make sure that any quote given for an international move includes all costs involved before signing anything!

Find an apartment, house or studio to rent or buy in your new city.

Renting or buying a place to live is the next step after you’ve found the city of your dreams. While renting can be cheaper and more flexible, buying offers more security in the long run. If you’re not sure yet which one to choose, ask yourself these questions:

  • How much do I have saved up?
  • How much do I want to spend on rent each month? Do I want to pay off my mortgage over 30 years or 10 years?
  • How much will utilities cost me per month (gas/electricity/water)? Can I afford this amount while still having enough left over for food and entertainment?

Apply for a residence permit (if necessary).

If you need to apply for a residence permit, it’s important to do so as soon as possible. The process can take several months and there are strict deadlines involved. Once you’ve been accepted into an EU country, they will give you a date by which your application must be submitted. If this date passes without your having applied, then the country may reject your application outright or refuse to consider it at all until another opportunity arises (which could happen years later).

If your application is rejected due to missing information or incorrect forms filled out incorrectly, there are options available:

  • You can submit another version of your application with all necessary details included; however, if this happens too often without any progress being made on processing timeframes then chances are good that they’ll reject future versions too!
  • If all else fails then consider simply moving back home instead; at least there won’t be any additional costs involved like flights back home again after being rejected twice already…

You can move abroad without breaking the bank

You might think that moving to Europe is an expensive proposition, but it’s not as bad as you think. You have a lot of options for saving money on travel, accommodation and food–and even entertainment! Here are some tips for cutting down on your expenses:

  • Travel smart. If you’re going to be traveling around Europe, consider taking public transportation instead of renting cars or taking taxis everywhere. This will save both time and money (and maybe even make your trip more enjoyable).
  • Stay in hostels or couchsurfers’ homes if possible; they’re much cheaper than hotels or Airbnbs! And don’t forget about those free sights like museums–they can be just as fun without breaking the bank!


With some planning and research, you can make your dreams come true and move abroad. Whether it’s moving to Europe or another part of the world, there are plenty of resources out there to help you get started. You don’t need to be rich or have special skills–just a desire for adventure and new experiences!