Should I move my family abroad? Where?
December 19, 2003 7:10 AM Subscribe
Round 2 - On Wednesday I posted a question
asking about living outside the US. In the responses, I got scolded for not providing enough background for people to offer good advice. Here's the original question: "I've been thinking about exposing myself and the family to the salutory benefits of living overseas (we live in the US now). The key question, of course, is where? I've heard some people speak reverently of New Zealand, but have never been there myself. Your suggestions and reasoning behind them would be welcome...
with the crucial [more inside] tag
We aren't independently wealthy, so making the doubloons is an issue. I have been a naval officer and a web developer/config manager/project sheperd, although I am considering a return to university to pick up either a GIS degree or a Forestry degree, possibly both. Neither of us speak a foreign language fluently, although a long time ago my Spanish was passable. As far as climate goes, we live in mid-atlantic region of the US, and we like having 4 seasons. I think we're prolly limited to 1st world since we've got kids and would be worried about medical care.
As far as reasons go, I guess I am thinking about perspective. I've lived here in the US all my life, and haven't travelled all that much. I like to think that there are many good qualities the US has, but also have recently been deeply disappointed in my government and (as I see it) a creeping tendency towards facism (I know that's overstating the case, and I dont want to start any political fights, but I do worry about this kind of thing). I think it would be good to live somewhere else for a while to provide some concrete examples by which to compare the nation of my birth. Ditto for my kids.
As an aside, do you think there is an optimal age range for the kids - ours are young 2 and 6, and I want them to remember this and for it to be a useful part of their upbringing. Since my wife and I are both talking about going back to the university for retreading, it might be a couple of years before this can come together. If it takes us 6 years to get us both through school, the kids'll be 8 and 12, which seems like a good time to me.