Have you dreamt of packing your bags and moving your family to another country? Have you acted on it? I’d love to know.
Since returning from France—and perhaps influenced by my constant consumption of HGTV’s House Hunters International—living as an expat someplace, somewhere has been on my mind. I could easily see my family of three enjoying gelato in one of the many parks in our adopted Parisian neighborhood of the Marais. Shopping for fruit in the markets of Thailand. Or truly learning to speak Spanish once and for all in Argentina.
Of course, living in a foreign country would provide a richer cultural experience than my imagined snapshots. It would inspire us to be more adaptable, empathic, open-minded, and adventurous people—I love the idea that we’d learn to see things through a new light. It would promote multilingualism and teach my children to be true global citizens. And it would hopefully encourage us to connect as a family on simpler, but deeper level (I imagine that the rewards and challenges of moving abroad would solidify family bonds in way that we often deny ourselves in the U.S. due to prioritizing work whether by choice or circumstance).
In theory, starting fresh in foreign place sounds romantic. But in reality, I’m sure it’s easier said than done…although Gabrielle Blair and her sister Jordan Ferney made it look natural and effortless. Could you leave your network of family and friends? How would you secure work? What would you do for your children’s schooling? At what age would it be best for kids to live in another country? How long? The questions and what ifs are endless because it’s a hard decision to walk away from what you know in exchange for the possibility of a grand adventure.
While my friends and I have each promised to buy a vacation home in a different locale so we can swap and share (a bucket list goal), this definitely won’t materialize immediately. So if I wanted to move to Paris tomorrow, I would have to quit my job, sell my house, use those monies to find a new home, and cross my fingers that I could land some freelance gigs. Not to mention, I’d have to say goodbye to the family who regularly cares for the Little Dude. And that is priceless. But so is the experience of living outside the United States.
I don’t know when, where, or how this is going to happen. Someday…
Until then, we'd love to hear from you. What would entice you to move to a different country?
~ The Other Sarah