I left the U.S. a little more than 2 years ago to live in the Philippines. I am not currently a resident (I am still too young to apply for the Special Resident Retirement Visa at the lower rate). I am living here on a tourist visa, but that does allow me to lease a house and have a local drivers license.
Why did I become an expat? It's complicated. I am retired military. I spent a lot of time on deployments here in the South as part of the "War on Terror". During that time I met a woman and we now have 3 kids (the youngest at about 3 months). So part of the reason I moved here was for my family. The lower costs of living is another reason. My primary source of income for the moment is my retirement. I support my family here on about $2000 USD/month. I could never do that in the States. The government is terribly corrupt here.....but it is in the U.S. also......its just easier to tell when you are being hustled here. And a final reason for moving here is that I spent so much of my adult life overseas/deployed to dangerous places that I really would not be able to adapt to living in the U.S.
All my good friends have moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania; does that count?
As a Pennsylvanian I approve this message.
Moving from California to Mississippi can feel like a trans national move at times.
I moved to from the U.S. to Canada 2 years ago to do a MSc. I met a girl and am currently staying in Canada on a work permit. Newfoundland (where I did my MSc) was a big cultural difference but Ontario (where I am now) is pretty similar to the U.S.
Would you proffer enjoyment for such a sojourn of the Kingdom of Canada?
Ontario is basically the same as the midwest United States. Newfoundland was a hard place to live but it had gorgeous scenery, unique culture, and kind people. I am glad I had the chance to experience living there.
"A hard place to live" in what way?
So what is the non-PC term for mainlander?