This post has not been vetted or endorsed by BuzzFeed's editorial staff. BuzzFeed Community is a place where anyone can create a post or quiz. Try making your own!Buzz·Posted on Jul 21, 20157 Things To Do Before Moving AbroadWant to move abroad and make your dreams a reality? Here are a few tips to get you going in the right direction...by viktorhajdikCommunity ContributorLinkFacebookPinterestTwitterMail 1. Explore Your Options Via Flickr: nitin29 Don't just research the most popular cities as they are likely to have a high cost of living. Look to Europe, for example, and find cities with lower living costs and a sizable expatriate population: Lisbon (Portugal), Prague (Czech Republic) and Bucharest (Romania) to name a few. Not to mention, if you decide on a more centrally located city, it will be easy to travel around when you're in the middle of it all. 2. Save, Save and Sell Via Flickr: 59937401@N07 Skip the fancy dinners and restrict yourself to window shopping only... pay your savings forward to your future life abroad, and when you are ready to go, sell everything you can't take with you. 3. Don't Quit Your Job Just Yet Via upload.wikimedia.org Find a new one first, preferably one that can be done remotely, and begin working immediately, if possible. You may think you are taking on too much with multiple jobs and a transatlantic move on the horizon, but it will greatly reduce stress and anxiety knowing your income will not be interrupted. 4. Make Friends in Advance Via Flickr: pepej Ask around your social circle to see if anyone has friends living in your chosen city abroad. If not, start searching Facebook and other social networking sites for local groups you can join... many cities have online support communities for transplants. They can be a great resource for asking questions and making connections with locals. 5. Dwell on Your Dwelling Via Flickr: designmilk Find your landing pad, NOW. Your journey abroad will feel more real and almost tangible once you have your new home locked down. Seasoned globetrotters will recommend getting a room in a flat with roommates so you can more easily assimilate into the culture and surroundings. For some people this works, but for others it can be a nightmare. If the area you're moving to has a low cost of living, think about getting your own place. It is usually not much more expensive, and you're less likely to get scammed and screwed as you will have to sign a contract. Getting a place now makes it easier for your next step in taking that leap abroad. And who needs roommates when you've already made so many friends online? 6. Start Off on the Right (Legal) Foot Via upload.wikimedia.org Start getting your paperwork in order, make sure your passport isn't about to expire and contact an immigration agency in your new city well BEFORE moving. There is a lot that goes into legally living and working abroad, a lot of waiting and a lot of documents. If you run your own business or are a freelancer with the ability to work remotely, you will apply for a trades license and a residency permit (depending on the country, some have slightly different procedures and requirements). Without a doubt, hire an agency or professional to assist in the process... with language barriers and confusing bureaucracy, an immigration agency will take care of everything and usually does not cost very much. It is worth it! 7. Go, Just Go Via Flickr: rstml Buy your plane tickets, give two weeks' notice at your day job, remember to breathe, pack your bags, say goodbye to your friends and family, remember to breath again, get on the plane and begin your new life abroad. You will not regret it, because this is something you really want . It is your dream, and you will make it happen.