About this book: (from the publisher) Adventurers Abroad explains in detail who the new American expat generation is, why they are moving abroad, where they are moving abroad and the personal characteristics required for expat success.
But the heart of the book is 14 personal stories told through the eyes of American expats living in all corners of the world. Through their experiences, readers will learn how to move, live and work in a variety of countries, with practical advice and information that is useful for any aspiring expat.
About the author: A long-time expat, Robert Nelson wrote his first book, Boomers in Paradise: Living in Puerto Vallarta, while residing in that Mexican international resort city for seven years. He has also lived in Germany, Turkey and Greece and has traveled to over a dozen countries on three continents.
He also is a co-founder of www.MyInternationalAdventure.com, an online publisher of international relocation planning information and resources.
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Reflection: Both my husband and I lived abroad for a time in our childhoods–he in Korea, I in the Philippines. From the early years of our marriage, we have enjoyed world travel. (After tithing and charitable giving, saving for college, and paying the mortgage, it’s our #1 choice for spending our money). Before and after having children, we have intentionally made world travel a part of our lifestyle. In fact, we consider world travel to be a family value for the way it broadens perspective and nurtures an adventurous spirit. We anticipate that we may follow the path of several friends who have already moved abroad in order to work with one service organization or another. In short, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that expat living could someday become our way of life. Which is why I wanted to learn more.
Of course, reading others’ stories is one of the very best ways to learn, and this book is a compilation of those. It does focus on the millennial experience (not mine and my Gen X), because the author’s research has indicated that this is the expat trend. Though that set me somewhat apart, I could still appreciate the wide range of experience represented in these stories, including not only the expats themselves but their backgrounds, hometowns, current country of residence, and reasons for living abroad. The one exception was the one I was looking for–the expat who works with a humanitarian NGO or service nonprofit like World Vision or Samaritan’s Purse. It surprised me that this experience was not included here as, at least in my circles, it’s the number one reason for wanting to move. Instead, those interviewed valued other benefits to expat living, including the potential for better quality of living, more affordable living, and preferring a different culture.
The last chapter was perhaps the most illuminating: an inventory of personal qualities deemed necessary to live abroad well. It may not surprise you to learn that not everyone would qualify. In fact, according to what I read here, on some days I’m not even sure I would. It certainly helps to bring clarity to the question of whether living abroad might be a viable option for the reader. All in all, I came away with a better idea of what to expect, and how to make it happen.
Thanks to iRead Book Tours for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
After words: If you were to live abroad, which country would you choose? Why?
Stay tuned–next time we’ll hear from Robert Nelson himself on what steps you can take to initiate expat living.
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