Here’s the thing: Living the American Dream is expensive.

If your income is unpredictable or fixed, as it is for self-employed and retired Americans like my husband Hank and me, the financial weight of home ownership and a rising cost-of-living can feel overwhelming and render travel an unaffordable luxury you once enjoyed. 

For us, home loose living abroad has made leading a fulfilling and worldly life attainable in a manner that’s become increasingly unachievable in the United States. 

What about you? Are you itching to launch a life abroad? It may be easier than you think. Learn how you can fund an overseas sabbatical and live abroad in my latest article for Yahoo Travel: You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Take A Sabbatical: How to Live and Work Abroad

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".