You Could Always Leave Your Spouse At Home (Just Kidding)April 1, 2014, Panama City, Panama: What can you do when you want to retire overseas but your significant other doesn’t.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
A spouse who's not in favor of the idea of discovering what life might be like somewhere else can be a deal-breaker for the idea altogether. You can't very well pack your better-half's suitcase for him (or her), take him by the hand, and lead him out the door (as we did with our then 8-year-old daughter when she made it clear, on the eve of our planned departure for Ireland, that she was not on board with the whole moving-to-a-new-country thing).
No, a significant other who insists he wants to stay put is a way bigger challenge than a child who's opposed to a move.
Years ago, walking down the street in Paris, a colleague remarked, out of the blue, "You and your husband sure are lucky. You both seem to have the same ideas about how you want to live and where you want to spend your time.
"My wife and I are struggling with this," my associate continued. "I've been trying for years to persuade her to move here, to Paris. This is where I'd like to spend our retirement. I've dreamed of it for decades. But she'll have no part of it. She doesn't want to leave the grandchildren. I can't even get her to agree to spend part of the year here. Do you have any suggestions?" he asked.