The expat population is growing. If the American expat population was one state, it would be America's 13th most populous state.
Moving from the U.S. to another country? Fantastique! Magnífico! You are beginning a great adventure. But of course, first you need to get there with all of your belongings. Whether you are single, or moving a family and pets here are key factors and to-dos to manage when moving abroad.
When I was 22, I moved to Rome on my own. I had fallen in love with the city while on holiday, and had been inspired by meeting a young woman in a hostel. After her marriage ended she'd decided to start a new life in Rome, and she was staying in the hostel until she found a flat, while looking for work as an English teacher. Why shouldn't I do the same?
I'm sorry to tell you, but loneliness and living abroad go hand in hand. You're not going to have tons of friends waiting
So, you're moving to another country! It's most likely for one of two reasons; you need a change in your life and love to travel, or you fell in love. The latter tends to be a little more complicated.
Learning a new language, leaving my career, having to calculate time differences and coordinate Skype calls... that's what I signed up for when I moved to another country. What I did not realize about moving to another country was just how much it would make me question things in my life.
Serendipitous moments have been my life mantra. Some of my greatest experiences in life have come from chance encounters
I wake up every day with responsibilities and obligations to go to work, pay my bills and try to create more of a life here
We recently read that, come November, Americans who are unhappy about the result of the upcoming presidential election will be welcomed to move to Canada's Cape Breton. Beyond Canada, where else could one move?
This doesn't have to be all or nothing. You could 'retire overseas' and still spend part or even lots of your time back home. I make the point in case it hadn't occurred to you already.