From deciding on location and finding the ideal property to securing the necessary finances and actually signing on the dotted line, there's an endless list of fun factors to take into account when buying a second home overseas.

But once you've decided on the perfect place - be it a Spanish villa or a French apartment - there's also the slightly more boring yet just as imperative aspects to consider, namely the likes of holiday home insurance, registering with the authorities and securing all the relevant documentation.

However, when that's out the way and everything's good to go, there's the exciting task of adjusting to a new country whereby the culture, language and approach to life may be completely different to that which you've grown used to back home.

So in order to acclimatise quickly and ensure you make the most of your move, Lindsay de Feliz, marketing manager at Expat Focus, says that keeping an open mind is the best way to embrace your surroundings and get to grips with local life.

"It is vital to have an open mind and not to constantly compare the way of doing things in your new country to where you came from," she said. "Try and understand why things are different."

And as part of immersing yourself in the new culture, learning the language could also be a good idea to make integrating with your neighbours that little bit easier.

"The most important thing to do when moving to a foreign country is to learn the language if it is not English," Lindsay added.

Indeed, whether it's learning the language, adapting to the culture or even picking up new habits, there's plenty of fun to be had when moving overseas, and keeping an open mind appears to be the best way to take full advantage of the experience.