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Moving to a different country is something that really should be experienced by everyone at some point in their life. There is a whole world out there and moving within the EU is so easy now that you can move to an apartment somewhere new and move back with very little hassle.

But what’s it like to live in Bulgaria I hear you ask… Well, great so far! Those of you who browse our little site regularly will know that we are a couple with a young baby, two dogs and a cat that have chosen to live in rural Bulgaria.

Our motivation for moving wasn’t that we hate England or anything like that. We actually started the process of buying a property but unfortunately the deal fell through. Then we realised that for the same amount of money that we were going to use as a deposit on a small semi-detached house about an hour from London with a postage stamp garden, we could buy a detached house with a big plot of land in rural Bulgaria with no mortgage, lower utility bills and in our opinion a better quality of life.

There are of course downsides! If you do choose to live in Bulgaria or any other country that isn’t your home land, the chances are you will be leaving friends and family behind. We each have three siblings who we are close to for starters so the decision to move is not one to be taken lightly. If you can’t stand your family then maybe it’s a good idea to move abroad as you will certainly see them less (at least until summer and you get your swimming pool and tennis court built).

Not only will you be leaving your friends behind but you may also find it hard to make new ones when you arrive. If you move to a community of Brits then you will have no problems but if you move to a rural area without speaking the language then it will be harder without a doubt. Everyone we have met has been very welcoming and kind so we are really working hard on being able to communicate better as it’s annoying not being able to say what you want more than anything else!

Another thing to think about is cash… Yes that’s right, the C word! If you are retiring to Bulgaria then hopefully you have a pension and something tucked away to live on. I know a lot of people are investing in properties to supplement their income as well. If you are moving out here with a job, what’s going to happen if you lose it? Are you going to be able to find alternative work? The sensible thing to do is work out roughly how much you’re going to spend per month and set aside a “rainy day” fund. When I worked in finance there was a stat doing the rounds saying that most people in the UK are only three months from bankruptcy if their income were to stop tomorrow. Scary isn’t it, but certainly believable when you think of the amount of debt in the UK. We thought that if our money was to stop we would want a year or two so that we could re-group and work out what to do next without having to move back to London to get a job. With that in mind we waited a year after we bought our house to save enough for refurbishments and for our rainy day fund.

There are all the things you normally need to think about when you’re moving to a new area as well. Schools, shops, traffic and so on, and I’m sure there are other things that I’ve forgotten I was even worried about since we’ve started settling in!

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 October 2009 00:38