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Larry
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Larry from Fort Wayne, Indiana asked

Would you move to another country to make your dreams come true?

Would you move to another country to make your dreams come true, if it meant leaving everything you know behind?

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Brenda from Long Beach

Been off this site because my mom just passed away. My dad is broken hearted and old and will be right behind her. I also have an old dog who is going to go soon. I want to move to Spain. I have friends, a lot of friends in Barcelona. I am terrified because I'm so locked in with a good job but about 10 to 12 years from having a decent retirement out of it. I've worked long enough so that there is something but not enough to live on. If you're in your middle forties, do you sell your house and go? It's terrifying but I'm feeling the pull more than ever. I'm single and no kids so once my wonderful dad and Dog are gone, then it's just common sense holding me back. I really don't know what to do but I would drop everything and go if it were possible and not just a pipe dream. I'm happiest in Spain. It's that simple but yet that complicated.


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Elizabeth
Brenda, go for it. There are no guarantees that even if you make it to a secure retirement that you will be healthy enough to enjoy it. You could easily take a 1-3 month online Teaching English as a Foreign Language course and get a job not to mention private tutoring. Look here, the best recognized degree is something called a CELTA and you could do it in Barcelona: http://www.bridgetefl.com/celta/?gclid=CMjy6NDKt8YCFdgIgQod5i0JRw Crap! Just copy and paste the above link in your browser.
 

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Valerie
Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom :( You're in our thoughts here at Trippy! I say GO. I know there's a lot more to it, but you'll never know if you don't take that plunge :)
 

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Brenda
Thanks you guys. I am a prosecutor and wondering if there is anything I could do/teach worth law degree and background as an LA prosecutor. ....
 

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Elizabeth
Business English. I imagine you could do wonders with prepositional phrases.
 

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Saras
Brenda, you are not the only one :) I have wanted to, however, I am checking it out a little at a time. First time Barcelona was awesome, but on my 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th visits, Barcelona central itself is so so. I still have to check out a little south Valencia. A little out of Barcelona (example Via Augusta) is a nice little area and no smell of the sweage . I recommend making 1 to 4 weeks trips (renting a place for a month) and seeing how it would feel to live there. Also, remember Spain is not doing well economically and crimes (not to scare you) in certain areas of Spain has gone up a little bit, still its very safe since my last recent visit.
 

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Saras
Ah hem, well if you are an Abogada (Attorney) then heck just take the plunge, and try it out of a year or 6 months. There are many opportunities in teaching English. You could get many opportunities were you an Attorney from the UK, thats because many Spanish/Catalonians are wanting training in Languages (UK-English and German) and surely there is market for students in training to become Attorneys to practice outside of spain/Catalan. I met most of the young from Spain in the UK and also in Northern Europe. Good luck.
 

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Brenda
Saras, I have been to Barcelona many times and it is stinky, especially in the summer! I am looking at Alicante, Valencia, Barcelona, or possibly San Sebastian. I do worry that if Greece falls, Spain will not be far behind. I also have to be mindful that the dollar will most likely not remain strong and I have to count that in as well. As of now, it is a dream that I am researching. But I do agree, having just seen a painful death, I don't believe in my final days I would be regretting that I didn't stick around for a bigger pension. I will deeply regret not experiencing the possibilities of living in Spain.
 
 
 

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Valerie from Seattle

I think that if you have the opportunity, and it's not going to cause negative consequences (there's a difference between leaving everything you know behind and burning bridges, ya know?), I would take the opportunity if it means your dreams can come true... even if they're only true for a short time!

I did this to get the opportunity to get my MBA in London, and despite the student loans, the wanderlust that has never gone away, and the fact that I've now moved back to the U.S., it was worth it.

After all, YOLO, right? ;)


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Tiffany from Corvallis

Absolutely. Nothing is really left behind, is it? I've lived abroad before and the most important things left behind are family and close friends, but they visit or email or Skype. There are so many ways to keep those you love close across the miles.

Living abroad is an experience in which you grow as a person, learn, and invariably change for the better. Leaving a career opportunity behind to pursue another will give you experience and space to grow. You'll return a more valuable employee after seeing different ideas/perspectives/and ways of doing things.

Even if not a single dream depended on it, I'd move away again. The only deterrent would be the safety of the location for my children because they'd be going with me.


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Elizabeth from Boynton Beach

Absofreakinlutely!!! Make no mistake, I am a proud US citizen who has lived in France, Italy and Mexico and three of our 50 states. We have a rich history of amazing presidents--well, maybe about ten of them--the rest, not so much--who had a Jeffersonian vision of what this country could be. On the other hand...I am deeply ashamed of some aspects of North American culture such as racial intolerance, gun craziness, and our national worship at the altar of the almighty dollar.

So would I move to make my dreams come true? Yes. I've always felt at home in Scandinavia.


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Josh from Baton Rouge

I think if you need to move to make your dreams come true, then by all means move.  You have one shot at this thing we call life; go for it! 


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Cherie from Bay Area

Totally! I think the question I'd ask is, "Why wouldn't you move to another country to make your dreams come true?".

I taught English in Japan years ago with the JET Programme, something I had wanted to do ever since graduating from college. I'm so thankful that I was able to spend 2 years in the Japan countryside soaking up the culture while also sharing some of my own culture. I was also fortunate enough to have my partner join me in my adventures. While there were challenges, the time abroad was mostly blissful. Even now that I've been back for several years, I always think about those days fondly.


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Maria from Dublin

I love Ireland and it has so much to offer in terms of culture, community and decent people. Even the weather has its charm (that said after spending 4 days in Nevada where the temp was scorching) I also love Italy and spend as much time as I can there. I know that I could happily move there and it's a 2-3 hour flight from Dublin so I would never be far from family. Seriously contemplating a move....


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Ross from Fort Collins

Its a no brainer for me..... Yes! 

You did say in the title "make your dreams come true"?


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Dawn

I most certainly would. The problem is getting my husband to agree to it. I have broached the topic of at retirement moving to Europe for a year. I'm working on him.


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Rosemary

I did this over 40 years ago. Although I miss my homeland, my new country has been very good to me and I have no regrets


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Johnny from Las Vegas

Absolutely!  I think everyone should live in more than one country in their lifetime!


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Kishor from Kathmandu

Yes why not. For you dream will count the most on your life.


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Morringhan from Sao Paulo

I would and I did and do not regret it


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Bill from Detroit, Michigan

No place like home. The USA is still the land of opportunity. You can dream in other countries if you have about 5 million dollars when you go there, but if you need to earn a living, there's no place like home! I have been in 9 foreign countries and 39 states. I would never consider emigrating to earn a living, even with a Master's Degree from Cal Tech.


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Hiba

Yes without a doubt that is the beauty of life


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Dylan from Seattle

I'm not sure I follow the question...

Why wouldn't you try to make your dreams come true, regardless of the "what" it takes to realize them? You only got this one life...


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Chad

Yes! You can do it.. Live!


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Laura from Buenos Aires

I'd love to try living in another country but really I don't think my dreams could come true anywhere but in Buenos Aires because this is my place in the world.


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Estefania from Guadalajara

I would go to the place that makes me feel better than how i am in this momment, everything will change, im gonna know people, have some friends. But i'll have to start from the bottom


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Azra from Baltimore

FOR SURE! My dream is to travel the world, and I just got an unbelievable opportunity that's moving me to London!  I can't wait!


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Sue from Daytona Beach

Making plans to do just that. Selling the house and moving onto a boat once our oldest graduates high school. Already making steps so financially it is more secure but that is us. Plus, we are hoping to only have to pick up jobs here and there if needed. We are researching places and depending on where the boat we buy is, that is where we will start but we have plans on exploring places like The CaribbeanThe Tahitiand the rest of the South Pacific, and then over to the Mediterranean SeaI agree the question for things like this is "Why not?"


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Sandrine from Auvergne

yes, and I'd pack right away to leave asap and spend the rest of my days in Oregon.

But immigration is tough these days, and unfortunatly, living abroad is not that easy anymore when it's about a long term stay :( :( :( :(


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Maja from Stockholm

I would in a heartbeat! 

This day in age with technology it's easy to stay connected with friends and family no matter where you are in the world AND nothing says that you can't travel back for visits. (And no reason why they can't come visit you in your new location!)

Life is to short to be not be living your dreams!  

If you truly have a chance to make your dreams come true (we all do, but sadly to many people don't follow through!) then DO IT!! Have faith that by following your dreams that it really will all work out!

I know this all to be true because I am living proof that by following your dreams, that it really all does work out!

Life is pretty darn amazing and well worth taking chances!!


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