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Stop Talking About Becoming an Expat – Just Get on and Do It!

If I can be an expat – anyone can

We blow the 7 most common excuses for putting off becoming an expatriate out of the water…so stop complaining and start reading.

We, the staff and contributors at EscapeArtist.com, have heard it all before – the hundreds of excuses levelled at us about why a given individual, couple or family would like to lead the life we all love living abroad, but how they just can’t because of the restrictions they place on their own lives and their own freedom of choice and movement.


In the past I personally have pandered to these people, doing my best to swallow their excuses and making them feel better about their inability to cut the ties that bind them to their mundane and restricted outlook on life…but no more!  I am fed up of hearing people enviously lusting after my life abroad, whilst at the same time whining on and on about why they couldn’t possibly be as brave or as adventurous or as bold as me and expatriate to find a better quality of life overseas.

Today I am going to come right out and say it – to all those of you out there who would love to see more of the world, stop making excuses about why you can’t relocate and expatriate, and just get on with it and stop limiting your own life and that of your children and your partner too!  If you feel you’re truly unable to move because of ‘valid’ and ‘genuine’ reasons such as healthcare for you, education for your children or employment requirements for your spouse for example, read on as I blow the 7 most common excuses for not making a move abroad out of the water.

After you’ve read this report there will be nothing holding you back from making your dreams of a new life abroad come true!

1)     “I couldn’t possibly relocate at the moment because I have school-age children, and I wouldn’t want to upset their educational progress.”

Oh my GOD!  Get over yourself – even if your child is a genius or ‘just’ a naturally gifted prodigy there are schools around the world that can accommodate their learning requirements!  There are thousands of international schools spanning every continent and almost every single nation in the world – what’s more, if you commit to a permanent move abroad your child could well settle in to a local educational establishment.  You may even discover that they thrive in a new nation and through the medium of a new language.

The expectations and pressures that we pile on our kids when we’re living in a nation like the US or the UK, where league tables and competitive neighbours and fellow parents make us insecure and pushy, tend to fall away when we’re living abroad, struggling to learn a new language and our children are putting us to shame with their linguistic talents!  I’ve seen it many, many times – children love learning a new language, it’s an adventure, and they love the fact that they can do it better than their parents!  It’s a gift that gives them a great deal of confidence at a crucial point in their lives.

So, if you have school age children I’d like to point out that there are schools around the world that can accommodate them – and I would also like to mention that living abroad, embracing a new culture, becoming steeped in the language and ways of a new people is an education in itself – and one that no amount of money can buy you if you remain stuck in your old life.

2)     “I’d love to retire abroad but I have a medical condition that restricts me.”

I’m genuinely sorry to hear about your medical issues – but remember that there are doctors, hospitals, clinics and drug stores abroad!  What’s more, healthcare and dentistry overseas can be anywhere up to 75% cheaper than in the US for the same or even higher standards of care and medicine!

In countries that the ill informed might consider to be basic and backward such as Turkey, Cuba and Argentina to name but three random examples, you’ll find American, British and European trained medical professionals working with the latest methods and technology for a fraction of the cost that you would pay back home.

In addition to this fact, you can get international medical insurance that will cover you for every single illness or medical mishap no matter where you choose to live overseas.  If you require regular medication or treatment, just research the hospitals in your favoured country before you go – and if you are really restricted, (either by your condition or your own limitations), make sure you live within easy reach of a clinic so that you can have care on call whenever you need it.

A final point to make with regard to this particular excuse is that when you unburden yourself from the ties that you’re allowing to bind you to your old life, when you free yourself up and embrace your dreams, you leave the stresses of your current life behind and you move to somewhere of your choosing where the pace of life is ideally more laid back and the climate is ideally beautiful, you may very well find you feel a hell of a lot better than you did before anyway.  That medical condition that’s plaguing you might ease, become easier to live with or disappear altogether!  I’m not saying that moving abroad can create miracle cures – but I am saying that people with conditions such as asthma, stress-related illnesses and arthritis often all see improvements when they expatriate and begin living a better life abroad for example.

3)     “I’m not ready to retire, I still need to earn an income so I couldn’t possibly expatriate.”

According to a well-respected international survey of expatriates conducted by HSBC, a leading bank of the world, expatriate professionals earn on average 25% more than their peers back home.

Do I even need to elaborate on that point?

In case I do, what that means for you my friend is that you can not only potentially find work abroad and extend, enhance and develop your career, you can potentially earn far more if you move abroad than you do now too!  If you couple the chance of a higher salary with the fact that you can often enhance your taxation status when you expatriate – then you add a lower cost of living in to the mix too – you will quickly see that you’re mad to remain living the life you are living and working the job you are working!

If you want to have a better chance of retiring before you’re too old to enjoy your time away from work, you’re better off seeking out a new job, career or employment opportunity abroad now because you can earn more, pay less tax, spend less and therefore have far more cash in the bank to save and invest for your future.

4)     “I’d love to move but I’d miss my family too much.”

It’s a well-known, documented and proven fact amongst expats that as soon as you move abroad you set a trend!  Your family will be watching your progress with concern initially, but as soon as they see you settle in and embrace your new life, and as soon as you highlight all the things that are so much better about your new life, you’ll be surprised at how quickly your family will come round to your way of thinking.

For some people this means that their family eventually move to live near them in their new nation…and so why not consider the thought of moving lock, stock and barrel abroad with your entire family in tow?  It’s certainly possible – what’s more, it’s preferable for all concerned too.

However, if that’s just not going to happen – why not think about the fact that the technologically advanced age we live in means that you can speak to people all over the world for free thanks to the likes of Skype, you can even have ‘face time’ with Apple’s new iPhone 4, and you can basically stay in close touch no matter how many miles you put between you.

Finally, even if your family would never move to join you permanently abroad, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will come and visit and stay for prolonged periods of time and embrace the life you’ve steeped yourself in very willingly.  So, you’ll be able to enjoy quality time with them very single year rather than you all taking each other for granted when you see each other every day as you currently do!

5)     “I couldn’t do what you’ve done, I’d just be so lonely.”

I have never had more friends in my life than since I have become an expat.  Expats stick together, and expatriate friendships forged from a common place of excitement and adventure tinged with some trepidation are firm and lasting – surviving distances of thousands of miles when one or other in the friendship group relocates somewhere else!  So, no matter how many friends you think you have now, I can guarantee you will make more friends, and in some instances much better friends, once you move abroad.

What’s more, because you share many common bonds with your new friends rather than just location, your friendships with fellow expats will be much deeper.  You will also have the chance to meet and befriend local people in your new nation, people with whom you perhaps once thought you would have little in common.  Living abroad certainly gets rid of your preconceptions about ‘foreign’ people as you soon discover that there are common moral and personal values that span continents and religions as well as language barriers.

6)     “I’m a patriot so I couldn’t become an expatriate – I’d be turning my back on my country.”

Expatriates are ambassadors for their nation abroad – they are made up of a mixture of people who truly love and uphold everything about their old country, (people like you), and people who have become jaded or limited by their old country and who complain about it all the time!  But the world is a much richer place for having people of opposing opinions in it!

Just because you love everything about your current country, if you still want to expand your horizons and see more of the world, why shouldn’t you move abroad?  Not living in a country doesn’t mean you have turned your back on it.  Hell, Americans still have to pay tax back to the good old US of A when they expatriate anyway, and how much more ‘love’ can you show your country than contributing to its tax coffers!

You can be a patriot and an expatriate – there are many fine examples of this fact.  Take Madonna and Gwynneth Paltrow as your celebrity examples – both have spent a great deal of time holed up in the UK but both are proud Americans!

7)     “I have too many ties that I just can’t sever so I can’t move abroad.”

This is the underlying restriction that really limits every single person, no matter which excuse they choose to voice about why they couldn’t possibly move abroad.  ‘The ties that bind’ us are an illusion – you are not physically tied to any one object, commitment or person, (unless you’re kinky), but if you choose to think of yourself as being restricted in life by your life, that is exactly what you will be.  You will be restricted in your choices, your opportunities, your happiness and your chances in life…and the only person placing those restrictions on you is you.

If you walked out of your life tomorrow the world would not end.  Now, whilst I do not advocate turning your back on your family, a job, financial commitments, your children etc., my point is that you are not so critical an individual in any one person’s life that you cannot have a choice about how you lead your life!  Even the president of the United States knows this, which is why he has a Vice President just in case!

Stop limiting your own path in life.  If you truly want to move abroad you will move abroad.  If on the other hand you’re a lily-livered, timorous beastie, (i.e., a wimp), why are you even reading this article?  Accept your lot in life, try and be happy with the choices you have made, stop blaming others for your position and stop judging or envying people like me.  I have chosen to embrace my dreams – and I am no one special – in other words, if I can do it, anyone can do it.  You just have to want to do it.  If you don’t want to expatriate, stop pretending like you do – if you do want to expatriate, EscapeArtist.com shows you everything you need to know to make your dreams come true!

About the author: Susan Beverley is a writer and editor for Escape From America Magazine and also writes for and maintains Expat Daily News – the expat news blog for EscapeArtist.com.  She traveled extensively before becoming an expat herself having found a place to call home in South America where she has lived since 2005.  She understands the concerns, needs and difficulties that expats face from first-hand experience and is dedicated to supporting and encouraging anyone who is looking for a new nation to call home.

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34 Comments

  1. Elaine June 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Excellent article! I am making a job related move in August to the Middle East, which is a prelude to my permanent move in 2011 to another country. I decided to leave the US in 1998, but it took me some time to find a way to do it. English teaching (a new career) was my answer. After three years in South Korea, I found that I genuinely love teaching English, and decided to make it my 3rd career after music and writing. My ultimate move will be to a country where I can use all of my skills to create rthe kind of life I want. I say to all who want to expatriate but are having doubts, make up your mind, do your research, then plan the work and work the plan! Start now.

  2. Mike June 30, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Regarding

    Stop Talking About Becoming an Expat – Just Get on and Do It!

    May I ask what country in South america you live in?

    And can you explain how one might be able to earn more in countries that are located in South america?

    I would like to live oversees If I was able to make a living, but I currently work in construction as well as painting and I know those types of jobs don’t pay well down their.

    What would you reccommend to be able to have a good career, say in a country in South america?

    Thanks

  3. pamela logan June 30, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Please send more information about the process. I have a passport with no stamps and would love to know what life would be like living in another. I have been in america all my life. Its time for a “change”. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

  4. Alan July 4, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Okay–sounds great but I think this is more geared towards the higher level professional and not the reality for everyone reading this. I am a German Teacher (Levels 1-AP) in Florida. I stayed here originally due to my Mom’s health issues and having lots of family here. Finding work here as a German Teacher was hard enough and therefore I cling to my job of 12 years knowing I am fortunate to have found regular and ongoing full-time work in my field. I hold a Master’s in Education with German as my teaching area. I guess I am a bit limited in that respect but I fell in love with the German language and culture many years ago after traveling there.

    Friends recommended teaching English abroad but it simply does not pay well enough and most of those jobs are temporary on top of this. I own a nice home in Florida and though I would love to leave the USA and work, I have been unable to find anything else job-wise that would enable me to pull up stakes and leave. I even tried the federal job route, but it seems that German Teachers, other than the rare job listing for US military high schools overseas don’t have any skills that fit too many career changes. I should also mention that I have an older brother who has a form of autism (he is on SSI and only allowed to work for a vet’s office as a tech so many hours a week to keep his benefits–I am ultimately responsible for watching over him and he does need some supervision–no one else can do this now that our Mother passed a few months back) and my chances of living a new life outside of America seem even further away. I simply would have to take him with me as a dependent. He is capable of holding a job long term as a vet tech and even lives alone is a small apartment nearby. However, it is my understanding that in many countries he could be looked down upon and possibly even be taken advantage of more that in the US. Also, what about heath care for him as well as for me?

    I have traveled to Europe with students and parents, as well as alone, several times and therefore am familiar with being overseas. However, I do feel I am indeed strapped to the USA and any job I might find outside of it either would not pay well enough, or, would simply not make it possible to bring my brother along since I cannot leave him here on his own. I am 47 years old, though I am always mistaken by others to be a few years younger. I would like to make the changes I read about on these forums and in these articles but feel they are beyond my realm of reality. Excuses–I think I probably have many valid and realistic ones, though I do still have my dreams (though most likely unattainable under the circumstances. I’d love to live in the Germanic countries, especially Switzerland or Austria. I would consider locations elsewhere in western Europe. But for now, unless some readers out there an enlighten me to solid possibilities I have not found, it looks like I will have to read about every one else that got out of this country while the “gettin’ was good”.

  5. WannaGoNow July 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

    What about those of us with pets? Can’t just leave them behind. Info plz.

  6. Steve July 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Responding to excuse #3: I think this data is very skewed. Expats likely make a higher salary, because the majority of expats are people who own their own businesses and not people leaving a career in their home country to get another overseas. I think it is very misleading to lead people to believe they “are mad to remain living the life they are living and working the job they are working.”

  7. Kate July 5, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    What do you know about how the disabled are treated overseas, specifically in SE Asia and India, where I would likely move to? My 7 year old son is autistic – how well, or poorly, could I expect him to be treated socially and academically abroad?

  8. Zon July 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    But you didnt cover the “countries are very restrictive to immigration unless you have a college degree and/or 600k plus sitting in the bank” one. Because that one is actually legit. If you are like me just a 20 year old worker with little money, expatriation is not an option.

  9. Mrs.Norris July 5, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Oh dear. Please stop writing articles like this encouraging people to expat.

    I am an expat because I wanted to get away from America and Americans. The last thing I want is to have them around me in the country where I now live!

    And speaking of that, I can think of nothing worse than being in an expat ghetto (#5 reason). I absolutely go out of my way to avoid any and all Americans where I live and do not socialize with any.

    So what if people don’t want to expat? I’m glad. Let people stay in America. I don’t want them here.

  10. Alan July 6, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Great article but misses a very crucial point – the decision is not yours to make.

    With the dubious exception of Somalia there’s no country on Earth that doesn’t also have a government, complete with arbitary immigration requirements and procedures.

    Many people in the UK would immigrate to Australia in a heartbeat for example – but Australia won’t let them.

    Me, I’m an ex-pat from the UK, living in Malaysia. I’m a freelance copywriter so can work anywhere, I have my own house, my own car, my own boat, have been married to a Malaysian for about 6 years now. I STILL have to go, cap in hand, asking for my visa to be renewed on a regular basis, as I’m not a “permanant resident” yet. Typically the process takes up to 15 years, IF you ever get it.

    Had I not met my Malaysia wife my original choice was Thailand. On a fishing trip there I met a guide, also from the UK. He’s lived there for 4 years, has a regular job that helps their tourist industry, his own apartment etc. He also has to get his visa ‘chopped’ regularly, leaving the country every 2 months so he can return and have it extended.

    So yes, it’s possible, though it takes a lot more than a plane ticket and deciding you want to live there. You’re also heavily reliant upon them wanting you to.

    If you’re a high-level aircraft engineer the world is your oyster perhaps. At least until your employment contract runs out, at which point owning property or even marriage is no guarantee. I know of a local oil worker forced to leave after a 5 year contract, despite being settled and wanting to stay.

    Great article and I hope it does spur some to take that plunge but please, don’t belittle the very real obstacle of local red tape.

    Local officials are the ones who truly decide if you’re gonna live there – or leave.

    AC

  11. Nancy Cleveland July 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I LOVED your article and couldn’t agree more! In fact, for most of my life I’ve expounded upon exactly the seven “commone excuses” of your example…perhaps more. I am an ex-pat (born and raised in the UK) by virtue of having married a career Navyman. Fortunately for us all his career-field was 95% land-based which meant our daughter and I accompanied him to each duty station. This allowed us to live on Guam, In Italy, Spain, back to the UK and I could happily have lived this life until the end of mine! We chose not to live on the military bases but, rather, “on the economy”….among our host nationals. My daughter didn’t attend the local schools except for when we were in Scotland but she learned the language of each country, her friends…besides those in the DoD schools she attended…were predominantly local children (friends and neighbours) who spoke no English. At least when she met them they didn’t…soon they learned English as she learned their language. We spoke the host language(s) at home and we did everything possible to blend and assimilate into the host culture. Children..if we need an excuse to travel, become an ex-pat, to live and enjoy another country…are the best possible and certainly not an excuse NOT to. They become polyglots with practically no effort; they develope a more compassionate and understanding thought process through non-”cookie-cutter” association. And they appreciate the diversity, making them well-rounded members of the human race…not of an ethnic or cultural race. We moved every two to three years and never once experienced problems. You did mention the UK…I can’t be sure but seems to me more Brits are willing to adventure into the ex-pate life, here or…well, pick a country around the globe. They are everywhere either operating or managing businesses, raising their children or in retirement. At now 65yrs. of age I’d do it all over again if I didn’t have sixteen animals who would have to go with me! Great article…thank you.

  12. Robert July 7, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Do you have an answer to this simple question?

    I am 76 years old and gay, living with my 77 year old partner, both retired for many years. What chance would we have living comfortably overseas and which country would accept us?

  13. Hugh July 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    My reason for not expatriating: I have to work for a living. How would I do that in a foreign country, even one in which English is the official language?

  14. need help! July 10, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Susan,

    thanks for the article. i just returned from a month in switzerland, germany and france. i enjoyed the experience and would like to learn more about working abroad, but I have a special dilemma that was not covered in your article. I have a masters degree in finance, will that make it any easier for me to get a work permit? Please email me so that I can ask you about a dilemma that may keep me from ever leaving the U.S. to live abroad. thanks again!

  15. Richard R Proulx July 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    What about those of us who are on medicare. I can pay for my own routine medical care and I’m sure it would be less than even my medicare co-pay. But what major and chronic medical situation arises requiring ongoing expensive treatment. What do I do? move back? It’s likely to happen sooner or later.
    Dick

  16. John July 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    My reasons are: none of the above.

    I can’t move overseas because I don’t have a college degree and I am basically an unskilled worker. No country is going to take a college dropout with few skills, especially if he’s pushing 50, like me, and might become a burden on their social security system.

    You got college? You got experience? And you “can’t” move? Sure. You’re a trained expert in your field—you can find work anywhere. If you can’t, you can build a business. You’re a trained expert.

    I learned too late that you don’t just “become a grown-up, then get a job.” And, even though I finally figured out what I want to do with my life, with the economy the way it is now, it’s all I can do to find a job after over three and a half years of unemployment.

    So, much as I want to travel the world and never come back, for me, it’s all just a pipe dream. And, it’ll probably be that way for the rest of my life.

    • facundo July 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      Hey! man, come on! If you can have a basic unsderstanding of how society work, without buying the lies of the establishment, I will bet that you can fin a garbage job at first and eventually make some many doing some comercial stuff. And if you have time, you can be skilled in what ever you want, it is about practice and time, a couple of years and you will be ready to fly to whereever you want!
      Bests :)

  17. Jim July 14, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Right there with ya John… “None of the above”

    No college education, although that hasn’t slowed me down any.

    Skills I have, just not an over abundance of them in any particular area…

    Still, the move will happen… the nest egg is building… I’m less than a month from 45… hoping to be living abroad before I see 55… sooner if I can…

    • John July 21, 2010 at 11:38 pm

      Good luk, Jim. I hope it works out for you. And let us know how you did it so we can copy your success.

  18. Jeff W July 14, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Susan,
    It all sounds wonderful, picking up and moving to another country, living and working and traveling. But…..I don’t have any money. I mean none. I just got a part-time job at minimum wage after being out of work for 18 months. This job will pay for the bare minimums: rent on a tiny room in a house, food, bus fare to get to work, and hopefully a little bit to pay for my meds. While unemployed, I used up my savings, and committed the ultimate sin: I spent my 401k. Well, it was for a good reason; rent, food, bus fare to look for work.

    So, here I sit, mid-50′s, underemployed, not even any money to go to school to get retrained, suffering from several chronic illnesses that wouldn’t hold me back as long as I can obtain the necessary medications to keep going, and crying every time I read an article in Escapeartist.com, because I feel I am being left behind and can’t do anything about it.

    So, Susan, what advice do you have for someone like me? Is there any chance for me to escape? What steps should I take to get to the exit door?

    Thanks for any advice.
    Jeff W

  19. Duncan July 24, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Why not come to Australia!

    Our immigration numbers per year are higher than any other country.

    There are so many loopholes in our immigration system.

    You can come here as a ‘student’, but work while you ‘study’ – and end up as a resident!

    It happens all the time.

    There are so many people originally from China and other Asian countries that did this.

    So why shouldn’t Americans get in on the act.

    If you are Hispanic or African American, with a good work ethic, you will not be a second class citizen in Australia!

    You just have to love this country as your new home.

  20. Aussie & Proud July 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Hey Jeff did you get an answer??

    I’m still laughing at you Americans!!! I live in the BEST country on earth… I can go to the doctors for free, have surgery on my knee twice for free, get paid money from the government just for having a child & is in addition to my salary, and my son gets the worlds best school for only a few thousand dollars a year so why the hell would I go anywhere???

    The good ol’ people of the US of A made their bed so I say lie in it, don’t go to other countries just because yours is messed up from your own stupid mistakes!!!

  21. GypsyKingAdventures August 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    From my experience the number one killer of ex-pat dreams is debt. It may take years but if you want to leave and visit/live in another country, and know you could come back but can always choose not to, you need to get all of your finances in order and manageable down to almost none, or no debt. It does sound easy to dream about leaving but it does take serious work and yes, sacrificing, to pay off car loans, pay off your credit cards, pay off any other debt, sell your house (talk about feeling free!!) and then buck up and refuse to take on anymore debt. Eventually your shoulders will begin to lighten and the world will look like a much more open and friendly place as your dreams get clearer and more focused.
    Of course you also have to have a solid plan for how you are going to live once you get to your dream destination. But I’m sure there are plenty more articles about that here at EFAM.
    Good Luck and Yes, You Can Do It!!

    • Risamay August 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      I am debt-free, but am afraid to move without either a job lined up or plenty of money in the bank in case the move is a bust and I have to get back “home” to the States and start again there. My general plan, at present, is to work for another 5 years (at the ripe old age of 40) and continue to save as much money as possible and then quit and travel for a year or so before deciding where to expatriate myself to (will most likely be somewhere in the EU).

      I’d *like* to think that the delay isn’t about making excuses so much as it is Girl Scouting – getting/being prepared!

      :)

    • John Hunter November 5, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      Having school aged children is the best reason to go (or close to it). I went as a kid (age 3-4) and age (9-10). Now I want to go again as an adult. And hopefully I am moving out of the procrastination stage into action next year. As a kid it was a great experience that offers move “education” than sitting in a classroom.

  22. bob August 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    What a farce. So the answer is there ARE good schools some where in the world beside where you live. Big revelation. But meaningless unless you know the quality of the schools in the country you with to move to.

    A final point to make with regard to this particular excuse is that when you unburden yourself from the ties that you’re allowing to bind you to your old life, when you free yourself up and embrace your dreams, you leave the stresses of your current life behind and you move to somewhere of your choosing where the pace of life is ideally more laid back and the climate is ideally beautiful, you may very well find you feel a hell of a lot better than you did

    Oh you MAY feel better if you move. LOL on that one. You may feel great if you don’t move.

    According to a well-respected international survey of expatriates conducted by HSBC, a leading bank of the world, expatriate professionals earn on average 25% more than their peers back home.

    OK which country did you survey and which professions? You can’t make more in Panama than you did at home. You probably will not be able to get any job. Unlike the US other countries do not like ex-pats taking jobs away from locals.

    Finally, even if your family would never move to join you permanently abroad, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will come and visit and stay for prolonged periods of time and embrace the life you’ve steeped yourself in very willingly.

    DEFINITELY NOT SO.

    “I couldn’t do what you’ve done, I’d just be so lonely.”

    THIS MAY BE THE ONLY ONE I AGREE WITH.

    Stop limiting your own path in life. If you truly want to move abroad you will move abroad. If on the other hand you’re a lily-livered, timorous beastie, (i.e., a wimp), why are you even reading this article? Accept your lot in life, try and be happy with the choices you have made, stop blaming others for your position and stop judging or envying people like me. I have chosen to embrace my dreams – and I am no one special – in other words, if I can do it, anyone can do it. You just have to want to do it. If you don’t want to expatriate, stop pretending like you do – if you do want to expatriate, EscapeArtist.com shows you everything you need to know to make your dreams come true!

    I AM ASSUMING YOU HAVE A GOOD PAYING JOB THAT ALLOWS YOU TO WORK OUT OF YOU NATIVE COUNTRY?

    BOB

  23. Anthony May 13, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Hi Susan,

    Thanks for the great article. I am one of those people who believe that there is a whole new world out there if you’d just venture out. Most people around me are either discouraging or pessimistic when they hear me talk about working overseas, but having read your article, I finally see their comments as what they really are: mere excuses! Thanks for giving me more courage.

    But I do have a favor to ask: can you give me some advice as to how best to start? Do you really, like they say, take a plane to wherever you want to work, get the local papers and start searching for jobs? Coz’ I’m not exactly the richest guy around, and I find it hard to imagine taking my tiny amount of savings and flying overseas, only to end up penniless and jobless, maybe even with no money to fly back!

    Most pleased if you’d offer some advice, thanks in advance.:)

  24. emma September 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    okay, I’m retired and I don’t want or need to work. I want to expat, but all the hype seems to be for those who are looking for employment. When you check into it, if you don’t work you cant expat. Any ideas as I’d like to get out of here and have a nice adventure for a few years. I’m thinking of Europe, I would love NZ or OZ but I’m already aware of the difficulties in the process. thanks

  25. Jeff August 19, 2012 at 1:12 am

    I stumbled across this today and thought “there is bound to be some relevant advice here.” Unfortunately none of the 7 excuses are on my list. In my life there are 2 “excuses” that keep me from going. #1 What am I going to do there? When I look at jobs overseas I only find two categories. A) skilled professionals (ie engineers, or geologists) B) teaching english. which seems really hit and miss and rarely seems like it would pay enough for me to even consider it seriously. #2 debt. I can barely make payments as is. That is with living far below my means. If I can’t make payments now, how could I possibly consider taking a pay cut to teach english somewhere?

    Let’s face it if I thought I could find a job in a different country that would allow me to still pay my bills, I would be applying right now. Susan, if you have any advice for these matters, please let me know.

  26. Kevin February 14, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Several people have posted asking how they would make money and how they are paying off current payments.

    How were these issues not brought up or responded to? These are the bigger ones.

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