Living in the Languedcoc: Things to
Know about living in France: Moving There
If you are planning to move to the Languedoc, or anywhere in the South of France, you should bear in mind that
between a third and half of people who move here to live, go back within two years. Most of them simply never grasped the difference between a holiday and a way of life until it was too late. Here are some of the recurring factors:
- No plan for a new lifestyle
- Cannot or will not learn the language / Cannot or will not make new friends
- Children, generally 12+, are not happy at French school
- House is in the wrong place (too remote, too cold in winter, ...) or bought using the wrong legal structure
- Renovation budget is too small, renovation too traumatic or difficult
- Can't get Social Security/Health Insurance
- Money making ideas turn out to be illegal, have no market, or involve massive Bureaucracy.
To increase your probability of success you should:
- Have a clear realistic vision of you want to do, and why you want to do it
- Start learning/improving your French now - nightschool,
tapes, DVDs, books, TV, Radio, Films, whatever...
- Talk to other people who have done it before
- Rent before you buy and make sure you know the area in all seasons
- Make sure you have enough money (at least double your best estimates)
- Pay great attention to children and their schooling
- Live like the French - don't try to take the UK/US/Ireland with you, and avoid those who do
- Have an Exit strategy ready, just in case, so you can't get trapped
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