The Grown-Up's Guide to Running Away from Home: Making a New Life Abroad Paperback – Mar 1 2008
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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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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.
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.
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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