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How to move abroad: Practical advice for anxious Americans

A totally non-partisan guide to taking a four- to eight-year trip.

An estimated 3 to 9 million U.S. citizens live abroad, according to wildly varying estimates. But based on the anxiety and angst surrounding this year’s presidential election, where polls show Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump neck-and-neck, those estimates may soon rise after November.

It’s common for political partisans to say a particular electoral outcome may force them to make a dramatic move and head to another country. While nobody is advocating any post-election exit, if it’s a move you’re seriously considering, it’s worth doing right. After all, there’s a rich tradition of Americans living as expats, from the literary journeys of prominent authors to post-collegiate explorations of life on the other side of the globe.

Curbed spoke to three experts with experience moving overseas—Marylouise Serrato, Executive Director of American Citizens Abroad; Alexandra Talty, a writer and world-traveler who has spent time in Beirut and the Dominican Republic; and Ben Tyrrell, head of MoveHub, an international moving service—to pick up tips and advice about relocating to another country. Here’s some timely advice on the exigencies of becoming an expat. (And, if you decide the election has left you no choice but to bail, make sure you register to vote the next time around).

Figure out where you want to go

Seems pretty basic, but a little research can go a long way towards picking the right country. Community sites and resources such as InterNations and TransitionsAbroad are filled with engaged members and useful articles. While numerous travel blogs, such as Nomadic Matt, paint a rosy picture of life overseas and the world of digital nomads, but they do give you a sense of culture and the real issues that come with adopting to a new country. Talty suggests that, once you’ve narrowed down choices, consult Numbeo, a site that provides information on cost of living across the world, to help figure out a more realistic budget.

Start building your network now

After choosing a country and consulting local resources, make sure to start building up contacts. As soon as Talty knew that she wanted to move to Beirut and become a journalist, she started reaching out to anybody with even a passing connection to Lebanon and the Middle East, and networked with any one with a connection in Lebanon. By the time she left for what would become a two-year stay, she had dozens of contacts on the ground in Beirut as well as apartment leads through the expat network. "You have no idea how big your network is," she says. "It’s a great way to start reaching out and make sure you arrive with lots of friends and contacts."

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