If you have a loved one who is either planning to make a move overseas, or they have already done it, then one of the foremost concerns might be that they could potentially run out of money and find themselves stranded. In order to avoid that, you might want to be ready to support them financially, but how can you do that when you’re not there with them? Here, we’re going to look at some methods as well as tips to better aid their financial situation.
Save some funds for them
First of all, one of the best ways to avoid the financial dangers of being broke when living overseas is to make sure that you bring some cash reserves or have them available so that you can rely on them as an emergency fund. You can start by helping to save money for them. Whether you do this by making a little extra room in your budget, selling things they don’t need, or taking on a side hustle with them, build up a little money that’s set aside specifically for when they’re having something of a cashflow problem or have to deal with a large sudden expense.
Help them make a budget
Take your time to research the costs of living for any country that you or your loved ones are going to be spending a lot of time in. If you can get the costs of living for the specific city or region, that is even better. Any information you find online is always going to be an estimate, but you have to work with what you have. Take into account their income and start making a budget, ensuring that they are able to cover any rent or accommodation costs, to feed themselves, and preferably have a little discretionary spending money to enjoy their time overseas, as well. Don’t let them live like a tourist, spending regularly on sightseeing and local attractions that will drain their balance.
Find somewhere inexpensive for them to live
If your loved one is moving for a job or as part of their education, then it might be that they will have their accommodation provided or picked for them already. This is likely to come with some costs, still, that you should make sure you factor into any savings of budgets. Otherwise, make sure that you take the time to look up any accommodation options in the area, do your research, and make sure that you find a place that is affordable and that meets their needs. Consider any commuting options they have to reach their place of work or education and the costs that might come with that as well. Sometimes, a place might be a little more expensive, but is at least closer, so the overall cost of living there decreases when taking out commute costs.
Ensure they don’t have any other debts to pay off
Moving overseas, temporarily or for the foreseeable, can be an expensive prospect. You want to make sure that there are no financial shackles that could make the prospect any riskier than it needs to be, already. As such, take the time to look over your loved one’s financial situation and, if there is any debt, start strategizing for a way to get rid of it as soon as possible. Moving overseas isn’t going to stop that debt from being a potential issue. In fact, it could get much worse if it’s allowed to grow without getting paid back while they’re overseas.
Find a way to transfer money over
If you want to be able to get cash to a loved one quickly, then you have to make sure that you’re able to get it to them. When they’re in another country, you might not be able to get it sent to their bank account as easily as you might otherwise, and mailing cash is not always the wisest idea. There are online money transfer services that allow you to send money overseas, however, that you should consider looking into. Take the time to research your options, as some allow perks such as letting you send your first transfer without any fees or costs added on top of it. You might want to set up an account with such a transfer service in advance so that you’re ready to send the money if and when they need it.
Make sure they know the costs of relocating
There are a lot of costs that can come with relocating to a different country. Not only is this going to include any moving costs, flights, or other transport costs, but there are the costs of obtaining a visa, costs for permit documents, and perhaps attorney’s fees that they might have to account for, as well. Before you start helping them plan any move, make sure that you take the time to research the process of moving overseas and the costs that might come with it, and ensure that they have saved enough to pay all of them off. Similarly, be aware of money that can be lost due to changes in taxes on the money they earn, as well as the exchange rate.
Ensure they are insured
Depending on where they are located, your loved one might find themselves in need of a new health insurance policy. As is the case domestically, health costs can be pretty high overseas, and your loved one might find that their own insurance policy is useless when they are in another country. Making sure they have the right policy for the country that they are living in can make sure that they don’t take a huge financial hit if they need medical attention at any point.
With the tips above, you should be able to help your loved one ensure that they’re not spending more than they need to while being able to offer a little help when they need it. Even if they do end up stranded, there is always help to get from the embassy, so keep that in mind.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2018. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.