I have one thought for those currently living in their home country dreaming of living in some perceived foreign paradise:
"Your problems, your fears, your flaws, and all of your positive traits are always with you, no matter where you go. They follow you forever. Going abroad may be the answer for some or it may be the beginning of a string of problems. But make no mistake, if you’re not in paradise at home, you will never find paradise abroad."
Don't let me stop you from doing what you want. But I moved to Thailand because I wanted to see the world. Sure, I was stressed out, and wanted a change, but the main reason why I left the United States was because I wanted some adventure in my life! Even now, I want more. But working for the weekends, struggling, wondering what came next, that just wasn't me.
Quite a few people email or message and tell me they want to move to Thailand. Think long and hard before doing so. Not to say it's the wrong decision, or a bad decision, but think of the reason or reasons you want to move. Perhaps a year-long sabbatical would do the trick. Perhaps a summer off or a vacation between jobs would work. I traveled to Thailand six times before I decided to move here for one year. A year turned into 18. First came the permanence, then came the wife, then the kids, and before you know it, save for the scenery, life is pretty much the same as anywhere else.
Also, moving for a woman you met online without ever meeting in person is one of the, most idiotic, Beta-male moves you could possible make. So don't even think about it dummy.
Once you leave your country, you will see, learn, and gain a great deal. But you will also lose touch with your friends, your family, and even your country. When I was a kid, I could tell you who won the NBA playoffs and the Super Bowl. Other than boxing, I couldn't tell you a thing about American sports. Nothing. So there is a tradeoff. Moving abroad might seem like the answer and it just might be. But eventually the dust will settle and life will get back to normal. It did for me long ago.
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