My wife & I have talked about this as a potential goal when we retire, along with some friends of ours that we are very close to. Yes, retirement is a long way away, but by that point our parents are likely deceased and kids (if any) likely grown, which would be the only thing keeping us stateside. The Caribbean or Latin America are the most likely destinations, although I dream of living in the UK.
"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."
- Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)
I did do it a quarter century ago. Not for everybody.
Would I do it now? No, but we are looking at becoming expats, and I'm speaking in a foreign nation in a couple weeks and my wife is coming along so we can look at schools, rents, society, can we make friends, etc. We're doing a trip to France next year to look at a couple cities in the south-ish. A lot easier to make friends when younger, so no guarantee we can pull it off...
Give a man a gun, and he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob the world.
I am much too "rooted" a person to ever happily live far from "home". When I was young, I thought I wanted to wander the world, but I've tried it twice, and I'm just one of those people who's sense of place is just too strong to deny. Part of it is family and friends, but I just can't see myself living anywhere than within about 50 miles of my hometown, and preferably in my hometown.
That doesn't mean that I wouldn't like to travel. I would like to travel to Italy to the town my grandparents left in 1909. I would like to travel to Britain and France and see historic places I've only seen in photos and film. I've toyed with the idea of buying a class C motorhome when I retire and traveling for several months around the US. I'm not sure if that's what I'd really like to do, though. Maybe my dog and I will just go south and be long-term house guests of my numerous friends and relatives who have moved to Florida, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. -- John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961
"He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?" Jeremiah 22:16
I already live abroad
I've always thought about going to live in the UK at some point. My dad thinks I'm nuts, my mum wants to come visit/stay. I've spent the last few days googling possible employers (I have some good contacts there) and places to live.
If it's not the UK, Vancouver is sounding pretty good too. Mrs. Tranplanner hates her job and will happily tag along wherever.
Though I love the Detroit area, and I wouldn't really want to live in a foreign country, I've told my wife numerous times that I would pack up everything and move to somewhere like Santa Fe, Seattle, Portland (Oregon or Maine), or San Francisco at the drop of a hat if she ever wanted to.
"Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan
People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor
When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.
When I "retire" it will likely have to be to a place like Gabon or Sri Lanka to cut down on the cost of living......
"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
John Kenneth Galbraith
We talked about it, after our trip to Scotland in the 1990s. We both loved it there. At the time, though, there seemed to be too many barriers and the whole idea just fell by the wayside. Also, I don't see us even moving out of state while my mother-in-law (who just turned 80) is alive; both of my husband's siblings live thousands of miles away.
It's not out of the question, though, especially now that he's working for a large corporation with sites in other parts of the world.
Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.