In my new book, “Adventurers Abroad: The New American Expat Generation,” I point out that the 21st century is creating a new class of American expats, world citizens who are at ease living abroad and often move from country to country to find new adventures, experiences and opportunities.
This new wave of Americans is lead primarily by the 18-34-year-old Milllennial generation and younger Gen-Xers, mainly under the age of 45. And, the new American expat generation could grow much larger, much faster.
Younger Millennials – those between the ages of 18 and 24 – often are constrained by the amount of money it takes to move abroad. But an increasing number of them are packing their bags and hitting the road, often teaching English in other countries and developing a taste for the expat lifestyle.
Did you know that over 10 million Americans consider or actively plan a move abroad each year? That over 7 million Americans currently live abroad, excluding government employees and the military? And that over 80 percent are non-corporate movers?
In previous MYIA research, we found that the strongest motivation for moving abroad centers on a desire for a sense of adventure and a need for new experiences. Much like the “Lost Generation” of the early 20th century, the new American expat generation is looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
That’s not surprising, since it is mainly Millennials who are driving most of the growth of this new expat generation. In my new book, 14 members of the new American expat generation share their unique and personal stories about life lived abroad. Everything you need to know about moving, living or working abroad is told through their experiences.
What does it take to join the new American expat generation? Both experts and expats agree that being open-minded tops the list of traits needed for success living abroad, but many more characteristics are explored in the book. Each of the 14 expats interviewed has his/her own point of view about what is most important for success as an adventurer abroad.
If a new land is on your agenda this year, I think you’ll find this book will help prepare you.
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