The Plan For Living Abroad

So many of you have asked, “What is your plan for living abroad?”  We often answer this question, but rarely get out the full plan before more questions arise.  What we are doing isn’t common, yet once you are in the family travel world and hooked up to other bloggers etc… you find that it isn’t quite as uncommon as once thought.

After oodles of research, discussions, decisions and more discussions, we came up with “The Plan”.  This wasn’t easy mind you, and even the plan is meant to be very flexible. We learned this rule with loads of travel under our belt. If you make a plan to restrictive and need to follow it to a “T”, well then you are just bound for disappointment and potential loss of opportunities you weren’t even aware of.

Over the years we have become experts at researching many options, to come up with a loose plan. Then we agree to the 50,000 foot level plan and wing it from there. All of our research pays off, because it allows us options and choices while traveling.  If we are enjoying something or a particular place and want to stay longer, we do.  We will write more on this topic of planning later.

We started with the thought of renting or buying an RV and touring Europe.  We loved the idea of going from country to country and not worrying about where we were going to stay.  It also frightened us to have the full family of 4 in such tight living quarters.  So we will put this idea on the back burner for a future dream.  Maybe it will be an RV trip around the USA, Australia or New Zealand?

Then we started to dream about a single location as a home base.  This seemed more reasonable.  With that, here is our “flexible” Plan with back up plans A, B and C in our back pocket. 🙂

The Wagoner Plan for living abroad:

  1. Move to Spain as residents (non working) Rough target for departure is Aug 2012.
  2. Treat Spain as home base for extended travel throughout Europe, estimated 12-24 months
  3. Enroll kids in public school for language immersion and socialization
  4. Supplement kids education with home schooling
  5. Alan and Heidi to take this opportunity for further self paced education and skill building.
  6. Return to USA

As with any plan, it is full of flexibility and room to grow, change and adapt.  Let’s just hope all of us people involved in the plan are willing to do the same.  It will be interesting to see where we go with this and how we change and grow as people.  Who knows, maybe we will be back in the US in a few months, missing our home.  I highly doubt that will be the case, as we are reading to go!

2 thoughts on “The Plan For Living Abroad

  1. So thrilled for you guys and SO jealous, too! I do have one question that wasn’t covered in your FAQ…what about visiting family members, especially those “most appreciated” cousins? I was able to hang with you guys for a short time in London, we would love to come visit your new life in Spain!

    • A Cousin like you, YES! We will be on a fixed budget, so will be looking for a place that fits the 4 of us. That said, we can move the kids around for visitors passing through. Those wanting to stay for an extended period may want to do their own apartment rental. When we were living in London, we had a couple of visitors that stayed for several weeks and that was taxing on the family unit. LOL

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