Joanna was born in Poland and is bi-lingual. Her family immigrated to the United States when she was 15. She is now a US citizen and lives in Arizona with her husband Tim.
Tim was born in a small town in OH. He spent time in Korea while he was in the army and now lives in Arizona with Joanna.
We are a couple of GenX Gypsies, and we love roaming the world. Until two years ago, we were both IT directors and worked for a major public university in the Mid-west. We lived the normal, stress-filled, 8-to-5 lives, with majority of our time revolving around work.
But we loved to travel and had dreamt of traveling and living abroad, for years. Ideally we wanted to live somewhere warm and beautiful – gotta tell ya, the mid-western winters got really old!
As many other GenX-ers, we were also very worried about retirement in the U.S.A. Our prospects did not look good. The Social Security Administration says this on their website:
“Currently, the Social Security Board of Trustees projects program cost to rise by 2035 so that taxes will be enough to pay for only 75 percent of scheduled benefits.”
Now that’s scary!
That combined with cost of healthcare in the USA made us very concerned. And so, we did some research and decided to combine an “early retirement” with moving abroad; somewhere where life is simpler and less expensive. We were also hoping to gain one major thing: TIME. Read our post on Why We Want to Escape Abroad.
Unfortunately or fortunately, we were only moderately risk tolerant – not the types to sell everything and move to a new country tomorrow. We also were not the types that have “nothing to lose” and just pick up and go. We had great respect for those that could do that, but that just wasn’t us. So, we decided to do this our way. We planned it out over a 5-year process and began this blog. AbroadDreams.com served as a record of our steps, plan, choosing a country, and actual move aboard. We hoped that it would help us to realize our dreams and help you do the same along the way.
Something happened about 2-years into our 5-year plan, we had a series of bad things occur, family members becoming ill, jobs taking a turn for the worse, death in the family, and our own health issues. We went back to the drawing table and decided it was “now or never”. And so, we chose a country – Puerto Rico – and pulled the trigger.
Today, more than 2 years later, we have lived in Puerto Rico, Spain, and Poland and are back in USA. We still have that “travel bug” and are now planning even more abroad adventures. And, we have truly become the GenX Gypsies. We own nothing, we are tied to nothing, and we live for the adventure and experience of traveling the world. While in Arizona we are exploring the American Southwest and working on building our online business. Our goal is location independence.
We have lived much and we have learned even more over the last 2 years, see post What I Learned After I Quit My Job And Moved Abroad.
And so, we continue to document this adventure and our progress on making this lifestyle come true. We hope we can help you do the same.
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Our Blogs and Websites:
- AboadDreams.com: All about moving and retiring abroad
- LuquilloPr.com: Everything you need to know about Luquillo, Puerto Rico
- LuquilloFarmersMarket.com: A local farmers market that we helped to start. The first of its kind in the eastern Puerto Rico.
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