I don't much believe in mistakes. I see them only as momentary setbacks and learning opportunities. When a setback occurs, therefore, you always learn from it.
Yes, mistakes can sometimes be costly. And they can be a blow to your self-esteem. But there are always ways around and out…
If there is any single lesson I might share to help you on your expat journey, it would be this: nothing you do cannot be undone.
If you initially choose the wrong overseas community or even a country that's not quite right for you, you can move on. Your feet aren't encased in concrete.
Of course, it's far easier to move on if you're light on your feet to begin with. That's why we always recommend that you rent instead of buy. And it's why I'd suggest that before you ship all your worldly possessions, spend as much time as you can in a place to be sure it suits you.
On a more practical level, here are a few tips for things you can start working on to prepare for your expat journey before even leaving home: