It’s one thing to decide to take your family abroad. Making it happen is, of course, another story. There are financial and logistical questions:
- Why move abroad in the first place?
- How long can we afford to be away?
- How much will it cost?
- What country would be right for us?
- What about school for the kids?
- Is all of the work involved worth it?
For our family, the answer to the last question is a resounding yes! Our family’s year in Central America is giving us a new family language (Spanish), a fresh sense of what we need in terms of material possessions (not much), newfound confidence for our kids (they now confidently walk to the ice cream shop on their own and order in Spanish), and stories that we will remember together for the rest of our lives (the rainstorm at the base of the waterfall on the volcanic island in Nicaragua).
The other logistical questions are complicated, but in many cases not prohibitive. In the pull down menu above, I explain how we planned and executed our family year abroad, and how you can, too.