Comments on: Financing a Move Abroad http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 17 May 2014 17:03:32 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Nicole http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-462067 Nicole Wed, 15 May 2013 05:45:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-462067 I’m curious about your move to Singapore. My husband and I are considering moving there. Do you mind me asking what was the cost for shipping your furniture over? What were you able to bring? (Did you leave anything behind?)
Also, I’m curious if anyone has transported a pet overseas? I really don’t want to get an ID chip because they are expensive and creepy in my opinion. Does anyone have any advice on this issue? She is a very healthy 5-year-old cat who is also spayed. I’ve had her since she was a kitten so I would absolutely hate to part with her.

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-291522 Amy Tue, 23 Aug 2011 04:22:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-291522 Love the blog and I was left wondering how all the people who move to another country do it, from what I know you need a lot of money to invest or have a job that takes care of the visa situation but reading posts from others I see that there are other ways, can anyone help out with links or info? it is my dream to move to Europe, it would be my husband, son and I but I don’t see how. thank you!

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By: Hein http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-290019 Hein Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:05:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-290019 Just got the good news that our long stay visas have been approved so we’re off to France for a year – with our two dogs. Love your blog Gabby and found it very helpful. I’m curious to know how your leasing a car for a year in France worked out. Was that a viable option? I thouht that buying a car would be the only option as our visa prohibits us from working in France.

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By: Marie @etincellestudio http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-282585 Marie @etincellestudio Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:53:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-282585 You are truly AMAZING! I have just found out about your blog, I have just found out that you were Jordan’s sister, I have just found out that you are a mother of 6 and that you guys are spending a year in France . I have only two children and every other day, I am overwhelmed. How do you guys do it?
I am so inspired, so thrilled to have found your blog.
Thank you!

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By: Melisa/Shiny Brite http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-275154 Melisa/Shiny Brite Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:18:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-275154 Such a great post! Helpful and inspiring. I am definitely a pay for an adventure kind of person — a real “move” may not be in the cards for our family at present (will have to live vicariously through you!), but we are going to France and Italy for a month this summer. Exciting! Maybe that will inspire us to make the real move for a year or more in the future…. :)

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By: Eva Centeno http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-273662 Eva Centeno Mon, 06 Jun 2011 18:53:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-273662 I love your photos, large family, great adventure. How does one get to stay in a country for over a year when they have limitations as to how long you can actually visit a country? My daughter was traveling and living in France and had to leave after 6 months. Her boyfriend from Ireland had the worst time visiting the US for more than 3 months. Would love to hear yours or anyone else’s answer. I have wondered about this a lot especially after reading all of those wonderful books of living in Italy and now this. Thanks for your input and have a great year!!!

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By: Julie http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-273618 Julie Mon, 06 Jun 2011 02:55:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-273618 This is great information. However, can you elaborate any on how much more (if at all) it costs to actually live in France vs the US (since that is your experience)? The US$ is so weak at the moment and the Euro so strong….and I don’t foresee this changing in the near future. So, I’m interested about your daily expenses…food, transportation, entertainment, toiletries, etc…and how much more should be budgeted for that. Our family is interested in traveling during the summer months and knowing how much extra to budget for per everyday expenses would be helpful. My husband is Australian and when we travel there, we have to budget quite a bit extra as the difference is significant. Thanks in advance for any info. I am really enjoying reading about (and being inspired by) your adventures abroad. I traveled quite a bit when I was younger, but with kids it’s fallen by the wayside….I’ve got itchy feet now. ;)

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By: Pamela http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-254863 Pamela Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:03:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-254863 Did your kids need any special immunization shots before starting school? Did you need to bring references from teachers in US or report cards to the school your kids are attending in France? Did you need your marriage certificate and birth certificates transcribed into french beforehand? Sorry for the quiz, I’m just curious.

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By: Kristen Duke Photography http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-253796 Kristen Duke Photography Wed, 02 Mar 2011 01:45:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-253796 I want to move abroad so badly! My husband is a physical therapist and we haven’t looked into the possibilities of working abroad. Amazing that your rent is so affordable! Thanks for the details!

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By: Allison http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-252258 Allison Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:30:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-252258 As a fellow designer who (1) grew up speaking french, and (2) whose kid is also entering a french immersion school, I am so envious of you being able to do it! But since my designer husband and I own a business together, i just don’t see how we could pick up the business and leave for a year. :( A lot of our clients prefer us precisely because we are local, so we’d lose a lot of business I think. Perhaps in a few years.

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By: Miss Stovetop http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-251841 Miss Stovetop Sun, 20 Feb 2011 07:59:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-251841 I think moving abroad works differently at different stages of life.

When I was 7, we moved from a small town in India to a then small city called Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman in the Middle East. Obviously I didn’t have a say in that, it was my parents decision and a lot of involvement from fate.
When I finished school, I moved to India for my BA in Psychology and then to England for an MA in Communication Studies. All alone, and totally loved it. Moved back to India to work in two different cities over the next 4 years, in between which I met the wonderful man I wanted to marry. Turns out this wonderful man wanted to take up this chance he got to move to Dubai. So a month after our wedding, I moved to Dubai. It’s not a completely new life to me, since life in the Middle East doesn’t really differ very much from country to country. But moving from the hustle-bustle, rustic, very “real” life of Bombay to the glitz, glamour and often artificial Dubai was a HUGE change for my husband. Took a year for him to get used to it, and now since we have Baby no.1 on the way, moving again just so soon doesn’t make a lot of sense. We have great friends here, and we know our way around better so it’s not as bad as it used to be.

I think the primary thought that people should have before they move to a new country is about their priorities. For example, when you move to a place like the Middle East, it’s mostly for the tax-free and often higher income, better domestic life (labor is cheaper so having a maid, driver etc is not uncommon) and the sun! But you should be prepared to miss out on rains, nature and the easy availability of baking ingredients!

If anyone reading this is having thoughts about moving to Dubai or somewhere in India, I’ll be glad to offer any kind of help.

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By: Tammy Baer http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-251626 Tammy Baer Fri, 18 Feb 2011 18:44:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-251626 I think it’s amazing that you took on such an adventure moving across the Atlantic with your family of 8. My husband and I would love to live abroad and fortunately can do it with the kind of work he does. Only problem is we are not done having children. I too have a plan :o) and want to keep my children close in age. So I think we will finish having children before we do it. I do have one question and forgive me if I missed the answer elsewhere on your site. How did you handle your transportation while in France and what is the cost of that? That is the only thing I was unsure of after reading all the other posts. And just out of curiosity, did you come across information about how to move to France on a permanent basis and what that entails? I really love your blog. Thank you for sharing!

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By: Marlo http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-248282 Marlo Sun, 13 Feb 2011 06:33:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-248282 Oh, I totally forgot about those timbres, but the chest x-ray makes me laugh. My husband had his right before school one day, so he had to carry around this giant x-ray all day, as apparently you get to keep it. Unfortunately, he left it at school. Maybe that was fortunate though, bcuase how would I have taken a giant x-ray back to America? I got to skip all the shots and x-ray as I was pregnant. Yea!! Thanks for this memory jog.

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By: shilo sanford http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-248248 shilo sanford Sat, 12 Feb 2011 23:34:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-248248 :)

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By: shilo sanford http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-248247 shilo sanford Sat, 12 Feb 2011 23:33:54 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-248247 great post – Im very interested about your lease … we are trying to get out of our lease right now, and doing research on it. Were you able to get out only because you were moving out of the country? I wonder is CA is different than the US for this? We have an 2009 CRV. Or were they just very interested in buying it?

Love you blog – so envious of your amazing move to FRANCE

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By: Haley http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-248211 Haley Sat, 12 Feb 2011 16:22:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-248211 I also thank you for this post and ALSO the list of sites to find long term furnished homes to rent…My fiance and I will hopefully soon be having a similiar adventure :)….we live under the “buy your memories, rent your recreation standards” so we are good with spending money on our adventure :)

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By: Alisa http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-247886 Alisa Fri, 11 Feb 2011 08:47:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-247886 Just wanted to add something..because we just got ours in the mail today. When you arrive here you have to send in information to OFII – the Office Français de L’immagration. Then 4 months later you’ll get a letter and in that letter you’ll have an appointment for a medical exam in the nearest large city (Paris for you I’m sure), you also have to go to your Tresor Public and get “timbres” (stamps) for this, 55 euros each and you have to buy 5 per person. Then you go to your medical exam, which inlcudes a chest xray to make sure you don’t have TB. Then you mail all that in and you’ll get a notice back and you can go pick up your “temporary” carte de sejour at the local Marie. Then the permanent one will come in a month or so. That’s allowing you to stay in France, not the long-stay visa.

When we first moved her in 2008 – our visa’s cost 350.00 each and we had to go to the local Prefecture within 3 months of arriving to get our carte de sejour. Now they have changed the whole process, our visa’s cost 250.00 for both of us and now we have to pay more through the “timbres” and do the medical exams for the carte de sejour.

Gotta love France.

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By: Miss B http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-247573 Miss B Thu, 10 Feb 2011 22:54:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-247573 So, so envious. The costs don’t really matter to me, as I have monthly medical expenses averaging around $9000/month pre-insurance, and even with a legal job in a foreign country…I still wouldn’t be able to work out the medical care that I need. I highly encourage everyone who _doesn’t_ have extreme medical expenses/insurance needs to move abroad for even a short while if they possibly can.

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By: Prêt à Voyager http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-247505 Prêt à Voyager Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:52:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-247505 Just as a heads up, Paris is a very different story. When Jordan and I were looking at apartments, it was very normal for apartments to require 6 months to 1 year down payment (well, money locked that can’t be accessed until the term is up) + 2 months security deposit for furnished apts. It is definitely a renters market here, because Paris apartments are hard to come by.

Anne

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By: Cindy J http://www.designmom.com/2011/02/financing-a-move-abroad/comment-page-1/#comment-246967 Cindy J Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:14:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8951#comment-246967 This was so interesting! Thanks for taking the time to break it down for us. Would love to have done this when our kids were young. But maybe once we’re empty nesters. Oh, and btw when we bought our first home in 1991, our down payment was $5,000. :)

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