Americans Don and Angela made some big compromises when they decided to emigrate, forgoing the opportunity to retire early if they had stayed in the U.S. But they decided the quality of life in New Zealand more than made up for lower pay rates and the fact that and they would have to work for longer.
Right from the outset they were clear about the pros and cons of shifting countries and Don says that’s an important factor in settling successfully. “It’s paramount that both partners want it and understand why they’re doing it.”
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