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What would it actually look like to live abroad?
When you imagined what life as an empty nester might look like, did you think about retirement in a warmer state, or perhaps traveling more often?
What about actually living, for months or even years, in another country? Steeping yourself in a different culture and history while learning a new language? Staying there for good, or moving to yet another exotic locale after a few months?
It’s easier (and less expensive) than you might think and there’s even a free program to get you going.
Traveling as a tourist can be an expensive proposition.
There’s the airfare, hotels, meals out, excursions, souvenirs you have to buy for everyone you know …
The beauty of actually moving to a new country is that most of these costs disappear or are greatly reduced. Rental in the city of your choice is far less expensive than staying in hotels and you likely will prepare most of your meals at home as you do now.
Being a resident means that a daily walk will bring you to sights and discoveries you might never see when you have a limited time on vacation.
There are times when staying in place is the best choice as a parent.
When your child goes to a state university, leaving means they may incur out-of-state fees. You might not even want to put that much distance between yourself and your children when they are still in school.
But once they have launched their lives and don’t need you to be present, the world is wide open to you.
Are you ready to live abroad?
Or even just to shift to another coast?
A wonderful new tool – The Earth Awaits – provides a complex and sophisticated tool to help you select possible new destinations to call home.
You could even use it for long vacations if you want to just spend a month or two settled in one place.
One of the really lovely things about The Earth Awaits is that you can also find potential homes right in your own country. If you know your budget, you can limit the search to your continent (as an example, if you are in the US, you’ll also get results for Canada and Mexico but these can be excluded in the advanced search function) and see which cities provide you with all of your requirements and in your budget! I’ve never seen this level of detail on any travel website, not to mention to the customizability of the filters in arriving at suitable choices.
But beware: this site is seriously addictive. I have spent hours trying out various combinations of budget, family size, desired (city center or suburb) location, lifestyle, language spoken, climate, and more. Here is a video of me doing just that and showing you only a few of the features. I picked $2000 as my total budget in the video but there are dozens of wonderful destinations for budgets of $1500 a month and less.
When we were young and carefree, before the responsibilities of family and work took over our lives, a dream of living in some romantic country seemed entirely possible.
Why not dream again? And then make your dream come true?
It’s easier than you may think.
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