(Closed) Would You Be Willing to Move/Live Internationally?

posted 10 years ago in Home
  • poll: If given the opportunity ... would you be willing to relocate and live internationally with your SO?

    Yes - I'd move anywhere in the world and never look back.

    No - I wouldn't be willing to live internationally away from my family and friends.

    Yes - My SO is not from the same country I am and I plan to relocate to be with him.

    Yes - But only for a short period of time with a known end date.

    Other - explain below

  • Post # 92
    Member
    633 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I spent a year living with DH in his home country. We mutually made the decision to move back to the U.S. given the opportunities were a little bit better for both of us there at this stage in our life. However, I would be open to moving internationally again in the future, if DH was relocated with his company and given a nice living stipend (which is a possibility down the line!) :). There are always things you miss about your home country, but there are great things about other cultures too – the grass is always greener – so it’s definitely something I would do for a couple years OR split time between our two countries if it was something we could do (ie if we both could work from anywhere, I would love to spend six months in the US and six months in his country – best of both worlds!) 

    Post # 93
    Hostess
    7547 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I did. I live in Korea Laughing

    Post # 94
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    YES!! My parents moved my sister and I to Switzerland when I was 6 months and my sister was 4. We lived there for 5 years. It was such an amazing experience for the whole family. We traveled so much and I feel like I grew up to be a certain way because I was exposed to travel. If I had the chance to do it with my own family, I totally would. But neither me or SO’s jobs would offer us such a chance, haha. 

    Post # 95
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    It would depend where we were moving to & how long. Based on what is happening politically in the US, I have told FH that I flat-out refuse to move there. I also couldn’t move to any other country that disrespects women’s rights as much as the US (ex. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, etc.). So, if it was a European country, then OK. I also probably wouldn’t like it to be permanent, because I’m big on family, but I’d be open to a temporary move.

    ETA: The number of Americans commenting on this post saying they couldn’t live somewhere where women are “second-class citizens” is eye-opening. With the War on Women going on in your own country, how much is it going to take until you realise that that is exactly what the GOP views you as? (And yes, I know, there is a kaleidescope of viewpoints, but you can’t deny that in the past two years the individual states have been hell-bent on restricting women’s rights, and have succeeded in many many cases.)

    Post # 96
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    1038 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

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    @Jenniphyr:  LOL what war on women?? 

    Post # 97
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I would, but only to certain places. UAE and the middle east is a definite “out” for me. I feel strongly about adapting to the customs and laws of the place you’re in, and I know that I wouldn’t be able to do so in UAE. I’m not a hoochie by any means, but not being able to out on shorts and tank tops or whatever I feel like wearing is a deal breaker. It seems silly, but it’s the little things like that which cause the biggest breakdowns for people. While I think moving from the US to Europe, I think the middle east is just a whole different ballgame. 

    I’m torn though. I know there would have to be an end in sight. Part of me can’t fathom raising my kids away from family, because I grew up in a tight family. Then again, I think giving them the chance to live somewhere different is awesome.

    I think our compromise comes from the fact that Fiance has a job that requires him to travel international A LOT. He spends 3 months every winter in Mexico and I try to go as often as possible. When we have kids, I plan to spend the entire time there with him and kids.

    Post # 98
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    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I live in the Middle East.  It’s not the way that everyone imagines it.

    Post # 99
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    1377 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    Jenniphyr I do find what is happening to women’s rights (and gay rights and immigrant rights…) in the US to be shameful (one of the reasons I’m considering a move to Europe) but while I may not get free contraception, I’m not going to be jailed for having premarital sex. If I get raped, I may not get my case heard, but I won’t be forced to marry my rapist to avoid bringing shame on my family. And when contraception access is rescricted or political figures spew anti-women bile, I can speak out against those things without fear of being imprisoned or killed.

    Post # 100
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    2819 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

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    @nursemel:  Srsly? 

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    @worldtraveler:  I agree that there are worse places, but I still think that women are “second class” in a lot of ways in the States.

    Post # 101
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    My initial response is “Yes!”, however, there are some regions and countries that I would not want to live even for just a year.  That said, the UAE is not on my list of countries I would want to live in because I don’t like the way they treat women and I would be concerned about terrorist activities.

    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1050.html#safety – U.S. State Department report on visiting and living in the UAE

    Post # 102
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    9129 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

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    @worldtraveler:  My Fiance lived in the UK and attended Exeter in Devonshire.  His Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are from there.  He loved it and was disappointed when his visa ran out and he was deported.

    Post # 103
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    5063 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I don’t think I could move to another country. We have both talked about it and we both feel we couldn’t leave our familiea and we both love our jobs. If SO needed to move due to a job then of course I would go.

    Post # 104
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    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Definitely. Rent out our condo and be gone ASAP. My Fiance and I met working overseas so this is a conversations we’ve had since we first starting dating. Would we do it all again? Would we raise kids overseas? Would CO be our homebase?

     

    yes yes and yes!

     

    Post # 105
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    5107 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Mrs.KMM:  I would love it if we could move internationally. I would do it in a heartbeat! Unfortunately, my husband wouldn’t. He is employed by the state so he wouldn’t even leave our state let alone the country.

    Post # 106
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    766 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @worldtraveler:  

     

    wooohoo!! Peace Corps! Peace Corps Philippines represent! 😉 That’s where I met my Fiance. Cliche, yes. 🙂

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