Have you ever moved abroad or considered it?

@fizzytom (759)
Maribor, Slovenia
June 24, 2007 12:43pm CST
Have you ever moved to live and work in another country? Or have you considered it? What were your reasons for doing so? What were the most difficult things? What were the best things about moving? Do you regret your move?
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7 responses
24 Jun 07
I moved abroad to Canada but only for nine months as it was only ever planned for that long. I had nowhere here ot take all my stuff so I had to get rid of my apartment and all my belongings except for what i could fit in a suitcase. I relaly struggled with all sorts of things when I moved. I was homesick for the first three months are cried my eyes out that everyone had different accent, different humour, different food, etc. Everyhting was horrible but after that initial 3 months everything was fantastic and I loved it loads. I still miss Canada even although I have been home for almost a year and would go back there in a gasp. Funny how something so different can suddenly become so normal. When I came home I went through all the devastation of missing all my friends, not having many belonging and just missing their beautiful country. It certainly was a test of my character but I am so glad to have experienced it. What I found really horrible while I was away was when I was ill. I took really sick and was making no earnings because I physically couldn't make it out my bed. I was having to pay for medical expenses and of course missed all my family in time of need but I did get through it and even although all the bad stuff I would have still done it if I could have went back in time.
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@fizzytom (759)
• Maribor, Slovenia
24 Jun 07
That's kind oa bitter sweet story; I guess just as you were getting over missing home and starting to enjoy it, it was time to think about leaving again. A great experience though - one that many people only dream of and never get to do. Thanks for your comment
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24 Jun 07
So are you going to do it? I think life as a whole is often just bitter sweet or maybe that is just the way I perceive it.
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@fizzytom (759)
• Maribor, Slovenia
24 Jun 07
I want to move from England to Slovenia but my partner is less sure. He doesn't speak any foreign languages and he has done the same job for a long time so he thins his chances of getting work are slim. If we can we would like to start our own business as this is easier than finding employment within an existing company. I think we are going to buy a small apartment there for the moment and have our holidays there and get more used to the country and the language before we commit to moving.
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@crazy1 (480)
• New Zealand
24 Jun 07
I've been planning a move to Switzerland from New Zealand for some time now, admittedly I'm only planning on a couple of years there. I've heard the cost of living is quite high there, so that concerns me a lot. Hopefully it'll work out though, especially as there's a special someone there waiting for me. I'm hoping I'll enjoy the experience, and when I come home again, I may well appreciate it more.
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@fizzytom (759)
• Maribor, Slovenia
24 Jun 07
Yes, the cost of living is quite high there - but salaries are generally higher there. Switzerland is beautiful place but I can't imagine I would leave New Zealand if that was my home. Love is a strong pull isn't it? i hope you get to carry out your dream
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@crazy1 (480)
• New Zealand
24 Jun 07
Yes, it is a good place to leave, but it's time for this old guy to get out of his comfort zone and experience the world. Love is a weirf but wonderful thing, something worth taking a risk for I think. I'll sure be back home in a year or two, I'll miss home too much otherwise I think.
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@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
25 Jun 07
Seeing how my dad is retired Air Force. Yes I have moved abroad. I was born in Germany. Then we lived in Texas, England, and then my dad retired here in Florida. I have been Florida now for the past 20 years. I was a kid when we did the moving so I guess the hardest part for me was leaving my friends and having to make new ones.
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@fizzytom (759)
• Maribor, Slovenia
25 Jun 07
I imagine I would have found that fun - but I know not everyone enjoys moving around so much. Thanks for your response.
• Philippines
24 Jun 07
When i was younger i wanted to live and work abroad. Everybody seemed to want to work outside my country mostly for financial reasons. Dollars converted to local currency is quite big. I thought why not go work abroad. But luck was not on my side as i didn't get the opportunity leave the country. I tried several ways to go but the closest i went was getting a passport. Something would always happened that cause postponement of my plans. So i decided to give up going. Well, i've no regrets i have a happy life now together with my 3 kids and a loving husband.
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@fizzytom (759)
• Maribor, Slovenia
24 Jun 07
It sounds like things still went well for you even though you didn't get your dream. Thanks for your response
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I've done that, and love it. I've also considered getting dual citizenship. I grew up traveling as well due to my father. It was so much fun. I do wish to have one place that is my "home" though. All that travel can get tiring. But! The way the word is these days...I just can't say as yet. We'll see though.
• United States
9 Feb 08
Yes, I lived in Europe, Asia and Mexico..for business reasons..it was all good..but i retired and came back to the US but have also a home in the Philippines..as my wife is from Bacolod..Sum=ag
@Mickie30 (2633)
31 Dec 07
Well I am from Britain and if I moved to another Country I would find it strange to adjust at first then I would get used to it. You might have to get used to a new language and that would scare me if I couldn't pick it up and whether I would be able to make friends. I like living in the UK but, my brother has just move abroad and maybe one day I might. I have moved a lot from my home Town but, always come back to it. Because although I complain about it whilst I am away I miss it because it is my home. When you live in a place you always see the bad things and think the grass is greener somewhere else. Then you move and realise what you miss is home. You have to be asolutely sure this is what you want because otherwise you will be unhappy. I also have a daughter to consider and how well she would fit into a new life sometimes it can feel good to run away somewhere, but when you get there you start to see the faults. I think if we moved then we would regret it and not be happy because I feel home is where the heart is.