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ROSANNE KNORR is a seasoned traveler, expatriate, and author of numerous books, including the GROWN-UP’S GUIDE series and Gone with the Wine. Rosanne has been profiled in People Magazine and has appeared on national media including National Public Radio’s Marketplace Money, CNN Travel, CNNfn, NBC Nightly News and ABC Radio Network. Interviews and articles about her work have appeared in Time Magazine, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Bon Appetit, American Express Horizons, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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92 of 95 people found the following review helpful
You name it, she thought of it. Oct. 14 2008
By K. S. Hirschfeld - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I first happened upon this book I was immediately attracted to the title. As a person who had left the comforts of an active career 4 years earlier to see what I could build in Europe, I thought this book might be amusing and thought it might enlighten me about situations I had yet to encounter.

It turned out to be a great deal more than that and I wish I had read it before I'd made the leap. It would have saved me a lot of hand wringing on various subjects and helped me think through a number of topics in advance.

The book addresses those who want a few months' getaway in a different environment as well as those who want to pull up stakes completely for a more `long term' change of scenery. Although written to some degree from an American perspective, the issues and questions raised apply no matter what your departure point.

Knorr raises subjects ranging from how to choose your destination, the family planning that's required, health care and medical coverage, insurance, passports, visas, bureaucracy, safety, financial considerations when operating away from home, what to take and what to leave behind, how to deal with the property you own, settling in, networking in your new environment as well as how to find a home, car, doctor, you name it, she thought of it.

Knorr gives you the facts but also addresses the emotional upheaval that can accompany such a move and helps you think through the permutations that always accompany a big decision! She writes with the wisdom of somehow who has passed this way and wants to save the reader some of the headaches she encountered while navigating the waters of setting up home in a new location. Her style is engaging, straight forward and very well informed .

If this book inspires you to take the leap, all the better, but even if I doesn't, it's a great read and will acquaint you with the adventure and challenges that await those who do. It is an easy read and jam packed with good information on virtually every aspect of making this kind of decision. If she missed anything, I'm not sure what it is.
64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
A Slim Guide to the Obvious Aug. 3 2009
By T. I. Farmer - Published on Amazon.com
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There's nothing in this slim, superficial little book you can't discover for yourself in 30 minutes' focused Internet surfing. If you have genuinely never considered even the most basic issues associated with living abroad, and you find value in pronouncements like "Don't buy a fancy car over there" or a list of 800 numbers for overseas airlines, you might get some value from this. If you've traveled overseas with some frequency, know the culture you want to join, and now need practical advice on tax and money management, visa and residency requirements, property ownership rules, etc., this book is more or less useless. The author quotes a couple of immediate-circle friends extensively about their move to Portugal but appears to have done little serious research... admittedly it's difficult to write a guide that covers every country you might move to, but be warned this book is really an example of "once over lightly."
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Relocation for a career change? Start here... May 24 2008
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a career consultant, I find myself responding to questions about the ultimate getaway: finding a new job (and maybe a new life) overseas. It sounds so romantic...till you get into the nitty-gritty of paperwork, taxes and health care.

This guide gets 5 stars simply because it does what it promises: offers a straightforward guide to those who are considering a move but have no place to begin. However, I would recommend (a) reading multiple guides and (b) talking to folks who have been there. Try to find someone who's been in your situation. A 60+ retiree won't benefit from talking to a twenty-something; a single person needs to understand how a culture interprets her lifestyle.

I spent a few years in Canada on a "landed immigrant" visa (equivalent to a green card) as a business school professor. It's been awhile, but I would say the info here seems accurate and balanced. The author assumes her readers will be concerned about safety and health care. Your beliefs, values, and interpretation of events will influence your own priorities.

But for a starting point, you could do a lot worse.
41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
You CAN run away... April 12 2009
By Cummington Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You CAN run away without buying this book. I did not learn anything that I didn't already know from my own intelligence and common sense. I was intrigued by the idea of chucking it all and starting anew in Europe. I purchased the book and anxiously awaited its arrival. The enthusiasm with which I began reading shortly waned. Do I really need a book to tell me to submit change of address cards to the post office? I kept waiting for the author's secrets to unfold. There are none in this book. If you want to run away from your current life... you need money and courage and language skills. I should write a book !!!
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Superficial and obvious Aug. 31 2009
By Jhs - Published on Amazon.com
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Although well written and easy to read, there isn't much insight or useful information for someone pondering the issue of retiring outside the country, what the living circumstances might be like, what the alternative countries might be like. Instead, the book gives a chapter called "Personal Packing for Runaways" with advice on what sort of clothes to pack for your exit departure. Well, that would depend on where you are going, your wealth, and many other factors. The book's advice is mainly to pack light. The list includes taking a watch, travel alarm, reading material, sunglasses, and camera. Oh, it advises taking "film" for the camera, whatever that is. Once upon a time there was something called "film" that was used with cameras.

The book focuses mostly on Europe, as the author moved to France and gives advice most suited to those with similar interests, which are different from mine.


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