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miramushi4
5/8/2018 11:06 EST

We are planning to move to Croatia. I am an English teacher and I am hoping that I will be able to find a job teaching English as a foreign language.
My husband will be working in the job he has now as he can be based anywhere.
I am wondering if cost wise it is worth it for us. We are thinking we will need to buy a home as we need something permanent for us and our 3 dogs. We also need something with an annexe for our Mum. Lots of questions. Tax, VAT, Medical care and general cost of living. All feedback would be really appreciated. BTW we are looking to move to north Croatia near north Italy. Thanks in anticipation.

ponymalta
11/14/2018 09:07 EST

I just returned from trip to Croatia. First the good news on costs- the average net wage in Croatia is around 1000 euros a month, with which a couple can live a basic comfortable lifestyle. And if one looks at the style and quality of the lifestyle, hard to beat Croatia along the Adriatic.2000 euros net per month-except see below- will be very comfortable in most parts of croatia.

On the other hand if are looking to live near the border closer to Italy ( i.e. the Slovenian order) because of the ongoing tourist boom , to find let alone afford rentals is an issue, and crowds in some cities are a pain. The more inland you live, or if you live nearby in Rijeka, the easier and more cost effective it is.

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skillett
11/12/2018 08:52 EST

We intend to move abroad ourselves but in the Fall of 2021. We have made three trips to Italy and Croatia in the last three years and are preparing for this years monthly trek in March. I tell you this because we too are asking these questions and doing the research.

I take by your referencing of your mother as mum, you are British. We are Americans. I am not familiar with things British besides football, tea, and music.

However, our discoveries have led us to realize a move to Croatia or Italy will require answers many of the same questions all "ex-pats" have. We will be retired unlike yourselves. I own a business and will remain somewhat involved but only remotely. So while our situations are a bit different what I'm sure we have in common is our sense of adventure. We cannot wait to embark.

We subscribe to "International Living". It is amazing how much good solid advice is available in that little magazine. There are frequent offers for different publications. These publications range in information from healthcare to purchasing property and everything in between. It is a great resource. We look forward every month to it. We also subscribe to weekly emails.

Forums like this are also good and there are a lot of blogs very similar. Just keep digging on the internet and you will be able to answer these questions for yourself. I think that is what I'm trying to say. Try "International Living" if you have not done so. Good luck in Croatia!

ponymalta
5/23/2018 17:10 EST

On cost of living in the area closer to Italy ( I assume you mean Istria near Slovenian border) in the inland areas is very affordable- though usually better to rent for six months at least and then get to know area. ( I assume you are moving from UK so no visa issues).
Getting a job at a school teaching English may be a challenge though, and salaries are very low in Croatia.

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