Keep a base in your homeland, just in case you have to return at a later date. Here in the UK loads of people left for Spain, and now can't afford to return now their circumstances have changed. Rather than buy a place abroad, rent one for 6 months. If you get bored, you can soon go somewhere else. I intend to sell my house and buy two apartments; live in one, rent the other one out and use the income to rent abroad. That way I keep a foothold at home, plus get the freedom to move around.