Hi all, it's Liz again. (That's me with my husband Matt in Patagonia, near the Strait of Magellan. You should put it on your bucket list, if you have one.) Thanks to all of you who have tuned in as I've blathered on about my life in Chile. This is my fifth of five guest posts, but I'm sure it felt like more for some of you!
When my family had the chance to move abroad, we studied it out, we talked to people, and we fasted and prayed, but I knew from the start we would do it. We had always talked about living outside the US but never dreamed we'd have a chance, and here it was.
I loved hearing others' reactions to our impending move -- they varied from excitement (even jealousy!) to total shock. A couple of people were so surprised we would move our family so far from home, their reactions bordered on rudeness.
I want to mention that our move abroad was pretty low-risk. We're here working for a big international company, which took care of many of the legal and logistical (and cost) details. I doubt my husband and I would have taken a leap and moved abroad on our own -- we're pretty cautious people -- but we know several families who have, with varying results. If you are considering actually doing this, whether on your own or with a company, please do plenty of research (that sounds obvious, but you'd be surprised what people do). It is more expensive than you might expect, and depending on where you go, getting the appropriate legal status can be difficult.
But if you could throw caution to the wind and go anywhere, just for fun, tell us, would you move abroad? And what would be your dream locale? (Only please don't say Paris. We all want to go to Paris. Let's just assume that's on your list, and come up with a more creative answer.)
As for me, I would be willing to go literally anywhere there was a good job, and we could ensure a reasonable level of safety. We have friends who have lived on nearly every continent -- imagine the possibilities!