My reason is simple. My husband and I are nearing retirement age. We have no pension plans, no 401 K investments. We’ve raised five children, the youngest of whom will start college in the fall. Almost our entire net worth is in our home, and, needless to say, that’s considerably less today than it was worth two years ago. Neither of us do work we love so much that we want to do it until we drop in our tracks.
I’ve always wanted to travel, and always wanted the chance to live for an extended time in another country. So, for me, the prospect of relocating is something I have positive feelings about. I also have an ear for languages (at least, I did when I was younger! More on that another time), and would love to become fluent in a language other than my mother tongue.
My husband, on the other hand, has a tin ear for languages, and has a much lower tolerance for change than I do. Living abroad is something he never considered until I started talking about it.
Both of us have elderly parents in various stages of ill or good health, and, of course, our children and one grandchild. And did I mention our three dogs?
So how will we accomplish such a move, and when? Stay tuned as we work this out. . .
I’d also love to hear some of your reasons for moving overseas, or considering such a move.