The thing with this expat lark is that you know you have choices. You can choose where you want to live and how you want to live. You’ve already done it, by choosing the expat experience.
So when it’s time to move on, how do you evaluate the greenness of the lilly pad you’re hoping to jump to?
I’ve been thinking about this a great deal lately. I’ve evaluated the lifestyle options of both hemispheres, and no less than four countries in both the north and south, and the lifestyle involved in each of those countries…as much as I can figure out.
And that’s the point. How do I know if the lifestyle in Australia is better than the UK? Or whether the cost of living is less in the US than New Zealand? How do I know?
I’ve asked friends back home, and friends who live all around the world and they have carefully given me their opinions, but the truth is, I still don’t really know.
How do you evaluate the lifestyle ‘plus’ involved in a larger house (in US, Australia and NZ compared with UK) when it’s overshadowed by the potential higher rate of inflation?
How do you compare the fresh fruit juice lifestyle of Australia compared with the abundance of cheap travel to wonderful, interesting locations in Europe, available from your cheap, cramped terraced house?
What’s better? Sunshine or a larger population full of opportunity?
Private schools Down Under or bog standard secondary schools in England’s green and pleasant land?
Truth is, though I’ve lived in all of the countries mentioned (with the exception of the US) I still don’t know. I scan economic outlooks and inflation reports, and I work my way through job listings and Track Me Back websites looking for assurance that my skills are needed.
That we as a family are wanted.
But in the end, we still don’t know for sure, and I don’t know how to find out. Do I need to fly Down Under and try and see? Everywhere in the Western World is suffering from recession but is anywhere worse than other places?
How do you know if the grass is greener?
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