- Does it offer what I'm seeking?
- Who do I know?
- Can I afford the flight/transit?
- What is the cost of living?
- Do I need to know the language ahead of time or can I learn it there?
- Am I comfortable with the cultural expectations?
- What are the travel requirements (visa, documentations, medical records, etc.)?
Then I consider who in my network might be a resource for what I'm looking for. A network is a powerful tool which can open up safe opportunities. Plus it's a fun way to keep in touch with people.
Next, I look at places that are the most affordable so that I can sustain myself long-term in order to focus on my studies without needing a job.
After I narrow down those main points, I consider the language and culture of the potential destination along with the country's travel requirements. Can I fit in well enough to stay long-term?
Making such a big change gets mentally overwhelming from both the logistics and the excitement. I feel like I'm pulled in so many directions. It helps to write a list of "thought priorities" to keep my mind on what is most relevant to my decision.