Quick question: “How long does it take to leave?” Answer: about 3 months. Three months from decision to your new country.
This is not the same as how long before I board my flight (airlines require you arrive 2 hours before your flight …okay, a small joke)
But seriously, how much preparation time do you think you need? If you already made the decision you want to live abroad, then it takes 3 months, from start to finish. That’s my experience and I see no reason why anyone else couldn’t have a similar experience.
Below is our timeline when we moved from the US to Prague, Czech Republic:
Our Timeline: 23 March: Initial inquiry about a couple jobs 03 April Telephone interview w/manager 02 May Face-to-face interview in Prague 05 May Offer tendered and accepted, to start 3 July 26 May Wife’s last day of work 31 May House on market; luckily sold soon from real estate boom 21 June House sale ‘closed’ 5-11 June Jeff & friend went apartment shopping in Prague 30 June Jeff leaves for Prague 3 July Jeff starts first day at work
Okay, that’s 3 months and a week. But it’s way faster than 6 months. And definitely not two years, or even 1 year.
The next 20 years will fly – don’t you think it’s time you did, too?
Don’t live with regret for not trying, not going for it.
“President” Trump today pulled the US out of the Paris climate accord.
It’s astonishing, even for Trump. Essentially every citizen, business and leader in the world (yes, including the USA) believes saving the planet is a good idea. Not Trump.
Sadly, Trump, the orange man-baby that he is, continues to appeal to his redneck base. The sad little man has become even more isolated, more unstable and more orange since leaving the G-7 summit last week. While in Europe, the real leaders pressed Trump hard for an answer about the US’s commitment to reversing climate change. Unsurprisingly, Trump didn’t have the courage to give his answer then. He waited until back home. His answer: to join Syria, as the only country who doesn’t believe in the climate accord. There are 195 countries who are committed, with or without the US.
Trump Gives Another Reason to Leave, and Live Anywhere Else
Just about anywhere else you want to go, people shake their heads at Trump. He’s insanely naive, uneducated, allegedly unable to read, cowardly, and deeply dependent on praise. Yet, he continues to embarrass his fellow citizens, while the world continues to laugh at him. And while you continue to live there, people are essentially laughing at you. It’s time to make up your mind to act. Either stand up against him, or find a country that fits you and your family.
You must know the TV show “The Newsroom”? The news production parody from Aaron Sorkin (same guy behind the shows West Wing & Sports Night).
First minutes of the pilot episode have news anchor Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels) ranting on about what makes the United States the greatest country in the world (spoiler: “it’s not, but it can be”). If you haven’t seen it, google his rant later.
Before you balk, no – I am NOT supporting Trump (a.k.a. Mr. “Make America Great Again”). No, not in a million years. Nor am I supporting Hillary Clinton. No, not in a million years.
Sure, America could be great again. But I hold no hope, in either candidate.
Hold your breath for 4 years? No, better still, go away for 4 years.
Whatever happens this November, America in 2020 might just be a place to return to. (Or it might not.)
Four years ago, I wrote about Romney vs. Obama, and international poll results for the 2012 candidates. Basically, The Whole World, save one country, overwhelmingly chose Obama. (Revisit the old post to see who chose Romney)
Fast forward four years and we’re at another election. It’s still early, long before the primaries are all done. Plus, I don’t inject myself with the media hype 24×7 (a mental health choice). But from what I gather, there are still a few viable candidates on either side.
That said, if Americans’ frustration is the deciding factor, then the final fight is between the only two anti-establishment candidates:
So, yeah, I’m calling the final fight. Good bye, good ‘ol girl, Hillary. Good bye, long list of Republican has-beens and never-will-bes. The final fight is between the Vermont Socialist and the Center of His Universe.
Contest: putting my money where my mouth is
If you think I’m wrong, throw in your pick for the final fight (comment below).
If it turns out you pick the correct two (and I’m wrong), then I’ll gift you a full year’s subscription to “Gone in One Year” — free.
Get your popcorn – the bet’s on! This gets decided when both conventions decide their pick.
There is no “typical” expat. But I can share who is the typical Expat Yourself client.
Since I created “Gone in One Year” program, I fell in love with building info graphics. Info graphics are those colourful pages of icons and one-liners that speak volumes. Well, here’s a quickie that illustrates my typical consulting client.
Every so often I write a very simple post. Like this one today.
It’s time for you to sail away from the safe harbour. As Mark Twain is often cited, with his full quote overlaid a pretty picture here:
Interaction is Key
I’ve been promising to write a “how-to” guide for you for ages. The trouble is, an “info-book” is not really helpful, not like real interaction. (In fact, I know someone selling such a book – but it turns out to be just a “how to make money online” guide, in a “travel anywhere” wrapper. Little smarmy in my opinion, but that’s his gig.)
Info-books do not help, as real interaction does.
That’s why consulting works well. However, consulting is pricey ($150/hour) for some folks. Finally, I fixed the price problem!
The solution: general consulting, in e-mails. New material sent every few days. Packaged in a full 1-year program: Step-by-Step Expat Consulting. Very cheap monthly fee (Trying it out – will likely raise down the road)
Yes, you, gone in 1 year, guaranteed or money back. The 12-month program is called “Gone in 1 Year” (heehee!)