Taking the plunge into expat life as a young couple can be one of the most exciting and thrilling things you’ll do in your adult life. The prospect of moving to a fascinating new country to live and work can be understandably thrilling.
Of course, there is a plethora of things you’re going to have to consider before you make your final decision: you have to think about the future of your career, whether you’re going to be comfortable living abroad for such an extended period of time and how to map out your return.
But as a couple, there are also extra things to consider. Figuring out how expat life can potentially affect your relationship is something that warrants a lot of thought.
Make sure both of you are invested in moving
First and foremost, you both need to be clear and upfront about what you want to achieve from moving to a new country. You should both be aiming to benefit from this new life, even if it’s just one of you that’s going to be working.
All your concerns need to be expressed and discussed thoroughly before you go. Moving as a couple to a new country will definitely change your relationship dynamic, so this is something you need to anticipate and deal with in a mature way.
Be open with each other after the move
Regularly assessing how things are going after the move is essential. Don’t ever let the fact that you’re busy cloud underlying problems that you or your partner may be experiencing. If you do this, you run the risk of having small problems become larger ones over time.
As soon as some kind of issue arises, whether personal or financial, you need to be able to discuss it openly. For instance, if you’re considering taking out a personal loan in UAE, make sure your partner agrees with it and is on board. Emigrating will be a pretty big change in your life, so you need to be able to deal with the way it affects your relationship effectively.
Give it some time
No matter how much you prepare, nothing can prepare you for the culture shock that comes with emigrating to a place you’ve likely never been to before. The company you’ve applied to may not offer orientation classes and you may not be living in a place where you’re close to other expats.
Before you pull the plug, it’s best to see where things go after a few months. Life in a new country always takes time to get used to; you should use the opportunity of being in there to fully explore it before you make a final decision.