Finally I understood what he was getting at. Many people… even many expats… think that moving abroad is a one-way proposition. After all, if you do the research and find that there really is a happier, healthier, more affordable place to live outside your home country… and you actually move there… going back to the place you left while you’re still breathing can only mean you’ve failed somehow, right?
In the evenings, the Spanish know how to have a good time. They stay up late—even the kids. They eat together, listen to music, and laugh loudly.
What makes for a happy expat? This is something I think about often, because honestly…not everyone is cut out for the expat life. The rewards are tremendous and it’s a wonderful, life-changing experience, but there are challenges—and most are easy to get beyond.
My wife and I are new grandparents. And I have to say that, if this had happened thirteen years ago, we may never have left the U.S. and become expats.
Teaching English to students from all around the world by Internet, while based in Oaxaca, allows me to receive a good income in a city with a low cost of living.
One of the best and most popular expat destinations in northern Thailand is Chiang Mai. It's the original mountain retreat, surrounded by some of the highest mountain ranges in the country.
Malaysia is home for me now, and George Town, Penang is a vessel full of inspiration. I have other exciting projects on the boil, projects that I wouldn’t have dreamed possible five years ago.
When my wife and I told our family and friends in 2001 that we were selling the house, quitting the business, and moving overseas, we got some looks of sincere concern for our sanity.
At ages 67 and 72, respectively, we became retirement nomads. We had taken stock of our lives and realized that we were happier on the road than anywhere else.
The beauty is that the more I choose to live life authentically and share it online, the easier it becomes to support our lifestyle. When I soak in the sunshine, enjoy hours of chasing my son on the beach, and then report back about it on my blog, sales always go up and up.