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1. Posted by RisRit (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

My family and I currently reside in the USA. Due to many factors, we are considering moving out of country as soon as my husband finishes his graduate studies in a year. I've tried to do some research into moving to Europe with a young family, but I cannot seem to find any concise answers. If anyone could help me, that would be appreciated.

Here are a few facts about us, our situation, and what we're looking for:

Both husband and I are late 20s and college educated. I have a bachelor's degree in English Literature and he is finishing his graduate degree in Psychology (specifically Industrial Organizational Psychology).

We have a son (he'll be about 10 when we are actually looking to move) and our daughter is on her way currently (so she'll be under 2). We're looking to put him into an international school. We'd love to learn another language (our son already can count in several languages, my husband speaks a little Korean, and I understand slowly spoken Spanish and Italian), but still we need to be somewhere where English is understood at least as a secondary language until we can catch up.

We're looking for somewhere with a lower crime rate, good healthcare, and a good international school within easy (30-60 min) driving distance. Somewhere with more warm weather than cold (around 20 Celsius or 65 Fahrenheit) on average. We'd love to be near a body of water.

Prefer a country that is part of the EU for ease of traveling from country to country.

(We also have a dog and three cats, so also somewhere that is pet friendly)

Thank you!

2. Posted by ADAMYAMEY (Respected Member 45 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Looks like you need southern Europe for the weather. Italy??? Or Cyprus - English spoken!

Depends on your language skills as well.

3. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 383 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

A lot more depends on your nationality which you are not mentioning, and how you intend to settle the issues concerning visa, residential permit, work permit. Do you and/or your husband hold EU citizenship? If yes, fine - if no, you have a big problem which has to be solved first of all, before we even start discussing more details.

4. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting RisRit

. I've tried to do some research into moving to Europe with a young family...

(We also have a dog and three cats, so also somewhere that is pet friendly)

Thank you!

Don't forget to do your research about taking pets out of the USA & into another country .. you need to do that research well in advance of the move. Do not leave it til the last minute.

The USDA site would be a good place to start

Steve

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Mar-2017, at 14:10 by hasbeen ]

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 942 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Kathrin above has made a good point. If you are USA citizens, you have a lot of work to do to move to another country if you plan to stay more than 90 days. I'd suggest you pick a country and contact their embassy nearest you and start to find out what you need to do to accomplish your dream.

It's not impossible, but it takes a lot of advance work. However, if you are already EU citizens, let us know and we'll be better able to help you.

You might think of Nice or Aix-en-Provence. Lots of English speakers there and especially Aix has excellent international schools. The weather can't be beat and you have mountains and the sea.

Good luck.

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2188 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

"My family and I currently reside in the USA."

Are you US citizens or from a different country attending school in the US?

Is there a demand for a Psychology major in Europe? Or will you just accept any old job that comes along just as long you are not back in the US? If you are US citizens sometimes the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence!

If one or both of you are independently wealthy and work employment is just a time passer you might have a little more flexibility in career paths and choose something you really want to do even if the salary is lower.

Have you or your husband ever been to Europe? If not perhaps visit first and see some potential work locations in person.

You have a lot of research ahead of you. Visas for the time you will be away, work permits, school transfer information, rabies shots, any special medical requirements, drivers license requirements, insurance, etc. If you plan on shipping your household effects keep in mind that any appliances that only run on 120 volts leave them in the US.

Have you thought about Canada? You can just drive there! (Forgot - too cold!) I lived/worked in Sicily for two years a long time ago. Weather was not very cold in the winter and I had a good time.

Cost of living sample link:
https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings_by_country.jsp

Good luck.

7. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1127 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

See this link: http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/

Immigration -- legal and otherwise -- is a hot topic on both sides of the Atlantic and elsewhere. Without employment already in hand, and/or ample resources, the road ahead is likely to be difficult as many already have discovered.

8. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1260 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting RisRit

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We're looking for somewhere with ... a good international school .... .

Thank you!

Wikipedia gives a list of international schools perhaps you can work your way back from one of those to get to where you would like to be.

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Mar-2017, at 16:55 by hasbeen ]

9. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1127 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Something new:

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/2017/0302/Why-the-EU-Parliament-voted-to-require-visas-for-US-visitors

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1386 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The basic conflict I see is jobs - the areas of southern Europe with temperatures that would suit you are all, I think, suffering high unemployment.

I'm thinking Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, France.

Australia, on the other hand, is warm, English speaking, and celebrating 25 years without a recession.