About this time three years ago, we were ready to move our little wanna-be free-flowing family abroad for a family gap year that has now turned into 3. That's 3 years without work! Can you imagine? It's actually more like 3 years of working at home and from home, at least for me as the … Continue reading Where to get the money for your family gap year abroad?
"How can you stay here [in Spain] for this long?," Chris, a fellow American, asked during a break in our flamenco guitar session. I was teaching him some Bulerias--that fiery style of flamenco with an infectious groove that was born of the gypsies here in Jerez. U.S. citizens can stay here (or in a lot … Continue reading How to stay in Spain for a year-without-work (for non-EU citizens)
One of the many benefits of moving your family to another country on your own dime (you know, when your work is not paying for it?) is that you get to downsize, declutter, donate, and sell as much as you can to make a little cash for a family fun gap year abroad... with kids. … Continue reading OPERATION SPEED-CLEANING: Downsizing to Make Money for a Family Gap Year Abroad
Our family plan to take a year off work and live abroad needed careful long-term planning. To convince my wife that I was not "finally at the CRAP END of CRAZY," I first needed to think about several important questions to make a family move abroad, with two young kids in tow, possible. Then, I … Continue reading A family gap year without work. . . Thinking about taking a career break?
This can help you make it happen for your family. This is part 2 of the questions that I needed to address in order to persuade my wife for us to quit the job and life in the U.S. and move to Spain, two young kids in tow, three summers ago. "Tata!," my seven-year old, … Continue reading Thinking of moving abroad with your family for a year without work? Yes, you can! We did.
So we decided to change our lifestyle, quit the job, clear out the house of too many accumulated things, and move the family (with 2 very young children) to another country. Reaching that decision point was not easy. When my job was no longer a go for me in July 2016, I was ready to … Continue reading What to ask yourself before moving your family abroad
We are free electrons family -- a traveling, semi-nomadic, roaming family. And this is about our little family's search for a happier life. So, we finally did move to Spain from the United States. How did we do it? We'll write all about it here. Ok, OK! We are not exactly like the electrically charged … Continue reading Quit the job, clear out the house, move to another country and live your dreams! . . . But wait, wait! What about the kids?