This economy is enough to give anyone a desperate tone, and I’ve certainly had my moments. I know I’ve sounded desperate when talking to my in-laws, parents and other family about our possible plans to move abroad. Since I got my pink slip in March, we’ve made tentative plans that would involve renting out our house here and moving down to Mexico for a while just to stretch our limited funds a bit farther.
Trouble is, when I tell people with that wobbly tone in my voice, they don’t take me seriously. They tell me I should work for ¼ of what I need to live on here because, “it’s better than going to Mexico.” Or they skip over it entirely, assuming it won’t ever happen. They don’t understand that living in another country is something I want to do, and it’s a question of how and when, not if.
So how do you tell people who are important to you that you plan to relocate, not just in another area code, but another country code?
If you’ve successfully navigated those rapids, I would love to hear from you. How did you announce your plans, and how were they received? Click on the comment link below to share your experience.
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