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Old 04-07-2014, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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It's been my experience that most Americans should simply find another place in the USA to move to (if they're looking for a change of pace). Most Americans I ran into abroad simply couldn't cope with small (or large) differences in lifestyle, living standards, or even food offerings. I always wondered why they decided that India or Russia was a good idea for them -- when all they really wanted was the same lifestyle as they'd had in the USA.

This, of course, is not true for all Americans (including, I hope, the OP); I'm simply offering from my perspective and experience.
That's because many Americans who do choose to do that go abroad without any real experience travelling out of the country. They have a whole set of unrealistic expectations of other countries, and also a hatred toward the US that is probably not quite justified. Add those two together and it really spells disaster.

There are some people where it does work better for them being out of the country. However, those people who do move out of the US and are happy in the other country probably didn't move out because they hate the US. Complainers will be complainers no matter where they live.
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Old 04-07-2014, 10:06 AM
 
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[quote=burgler09;34257388]That's because many Americans who do choose to do that go abroad without any real experience travelling out of the country. They have a whole set of unrealistic expectations of other countries, and also a hatred toward the US that is probably not quite justified. Add those two together and it really spells disaster.

There are some people where it does work better for them being out of the country. However, those people who do move out of the US and are happy in the other country probably didn't move out because they hate the US. Complainers will be complainers no matter where they live.[/QUOTE]

My sentiments exactly
Another related thing I might add: Moving to another country to get away from one's issues (or to get away from oneself) isn't going to make things better; in fact, it's far more likely to make things worse. Changing location doesn't change who a person is.
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Old 04-07-2014, 12:08 PM
 
Location: north central Ohio
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It's been my experience that most Americans should simply find another place in the USA to move to (if they're looking for a change of pace). Most Americans I ran into abroad simply couldn't cope with small (or large) differences in lifestyle, living standards, or even food offerings. I always wondered why they decided that India or Russia was a good idea for them -- when all they really wanted was the same lifestyle as they'd had in the USA.

This, of course, is not true for all Americans (including, I hope, the OP); I'm simply offering from my perspective and experience.

I don't think I can agree with what I bolded in you post. From what I've read from American ex-pats... they left because of the government and lousy economy/lack of jobs,and for National Healthcare.
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Old 04-07-2014, 02:20 PM
 
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I don't think I can agree with what I bolded in you post. From what I've read from American ex-pats... they left because of the government and lousy economy/lack of jobs,and for National Healthcare.
Sure, there are as many motivations for moving abroad as there are people. However, judging by the dozens upon dozens of Americans I met and knew while living in other countries (Ukraine, Mexico, Argentina, India, and Russia), I'll stand by my observation that more than half -- when it really got down to it -- wanted "things" to be basically how they were back in the USA.
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