do I find a financial situation overseas that meets my
Assure your financial
working overseas is a real thrill. But the thrill
quickly fades into a day-to-day grind if you can't pay
your bills, can't afford to go out to eat, and are
living just on the edge of financial survival. Or, if
you are making a lot of money, but dating (if important
to you) might get you thrown in jail and deported (Saudi
Arabia, for example).
discussion boards and websites on the Resources page and
ask about wages AND savings.
what people tell you. Some people will exaggerate their
situations both favorably and unfavorably. Make no
decisions based on the information of just one person.
Get as many opinions as you can. And, it is not just
each person's opinion to consider, it is that everybody
lives a different lifestyle.
financial needs/wants with lifestyle issues.
Particularly if you are single and/or gay. You can
earn/save a lot money in Saudi Arabia - but your life
might not be enjoyable. South and Central America,
Eastern Europe, and parts of Asia sometimes have active
dating or "alternative lifestyle" communities, but
sometimes, also, pay poorly.
Go to the
discussion boards and ask about lifestyle. Do it as
frankly as you would ask about wages.
As with most
things in life, find a balance of what fits you best and
will keep you happy.
That you are
just starting out overseas. Sometimes you have to start
at the bottom and work your way up. Networking will
help you find better jobs over time. So . . . don't
assume that your first job will be a template for every
job. In almost every occupation you would tend to
assume that you would start at the bottom and as you
learn more, and network, you would be able to move up
and improve your situation.