Greg Miller spent decades in the San Francisco area, starting up businesses ranging from an audio products rep firm to a Thai restaurant. But last year, at 63, he decided to leave the United States and become an entrepreneur in his wife’s native Thailand. Today, Miller and his wife run a fashion boutique, a travel business and a restaurant in Chiang Mai, their new home. “I enjoy the culture, the food and the friendliness of the people,” says Miller, who also relishes the Asian country’s lower cost of living and more relaxed lifestyle. “My experience in Thailand is of having a great amount of freedom that I do not have in the U.S.”
Maybe you, too, have a yen to pick up and work abroad, either temporarily or permanently. You might yearn to embark on a new adventure and discover another part of the world — and learn a little about your own resourcefulness. Or perhaps you think job opportunities would be greater in another country, making it easier for you to find work you love, whether you’re looking for full-time employment, volunteer activities or a part-time gig suitable for your retirement. If the life of an expatriate appeals to you, go for it. Just be sure you do the requisite homework before you relocate.