Opting to buy a property overseas as you split your time between rainy home shores and sunny foreign climes is a big step - and there's a lot to consider as you go about taking the plunge.

And whether it's the most effective holiday home insurance policies, the accessibility of the location or the price of paying for regular flights from the nearest airport, making sure you make the right choices is imperative if the investment is going to prove a sound one.

But as well as the wide array of factors that have to be taken into account in terms of destination, practicality and cost, Jennifer Stevens, executive editor at InternationalLiving.com, explains that there are a range of other important considerations that should not be overlooked.

"Practically speaking, things you need to think about before you go is what you are going to do about your health insurance," she says. "Another thing to consider is banking - what is the best way for you to bank when you are in another country.

"What do you want to do about having your mail forwarded is another very practical thing."

While we may want to lose ourselves in the excitement of finding our ideal holiday home on the perfect coastline, it seems important that we do not get too carried away if we're going to avoid any long-term complications that could potentially ruin our enjoyment of the experience.

So - much like when moving home within the UK - taking everything from finances and health to property size and location into account is just as important when deciding to invest overseas.

Yet despite the long list of check boxes that need to be ticked off as you go about securing that foreign paradise, it is sure to be worth it in the long run as it means you are far less likely to experience any possible stumbling blocks that could throw the move into doubt.