Based on a combination of research studies (lots of charts, graphs and data) and personal experiences (lots of anecdotes), this book reveals the reality behind moving abroad. The first half, an examination of the most popular destinations for Brits and Americans (Australia, Canada, Mexico, France, etc.) is fairly light. If you want detailed info on these countries you'll want to look elsewhere. However the second half of the book is really strong and more than makes up for it. Paul reveals some of the not-always-nice realities of life abroad from the pesky flies in Spain to being trapped in air conditioning all summer in Southern California. Plus, he talks about healthcare (seems like everyone thinks their country's healthcare system is not what it should be), pervasive overwork, missing your family and friends, sharply rising cost of livings, etc. I'm not saying it's all bad news, but it's far more realistic than most books I've read on the topic. If you're remotely seriously considering moving abroad, I'd recommend this book strongly. Expatriating is too big a decision to make with nothing but stars in your eyes.
This book is a great insight into the 'reality' of migration.
Paul Allen throws off the rose-coloured spectacles and delves into the nitty gritty of moving abroad.
With well-researched information and great personal anecdotes, this book is not intended to make you shy away from the idea of moving abroad, it merely highlights obstacles that perhaps had been overlooked (or that people would prefer to ignore!)
As a Brit who has made the big move; lived the rollarcoaster wave of emotions and successfully made it to the other side, I can whole-heartedly recommend this book.
For those of us who are already expats, the memories of making that first move may have faded but Paul Allen's book, Should I Stay or Should I Go? is a gentle reminder of the sometimes anxiety producing moments that culminate in the decision to make the leap. Often times the opportunity comes as a result of a job offer but sometimes you might just be yearning for a change but don't know where to begin.
Allens' book is the perfect place to start for those with the spark that hasn't quite been ignited yet. Or, even if you have selected your first (or next) expat destination, it helps you step back, take a deep breath and think about all the details of planning your move, taking advantage of those who have gone before you. 'Should I stay or should I go?' is the first and most important question you should ask yourself before launching into a move overseas. Allen's book helps anyone contemplating a move weigh the pros and cons without pulling any punches. He runs you through every possible scenario from working in a foreign country and adapting to new cultures to potential gastrointestinal sensitivities and adjusting to new climates.
If you're planning a move, this book should be at the top of your checklist before you take another step!
If you're thinking about maybe moving to live, work, study, extensively travel or retire abroad - this is a great place to start.
You will be guided in your decision making by the author's wisdom and experience, and come out the other end of the book far more assured of your decision to relocate or remain. The author also explores the most popular places for Brits to live overseas, and looks at what's good, bad, better or worse about living in each of these destination.
This really is worth a read if you're serious about moving abroad - or if your partner or spouse wants you to consider the option. It will help you see whether expatriation is right for you or not...