When newlyweds Rachel and Vince got married, she was sure his traveling days were over. So when Vince asked Rachel to move to Lisbon, she was shocked. Rachel has never lived outside of Chicago or her comfort zone, and while Vince loves the fish out of water experience of living like the locals, Rachel wants an apartment with the modern look she's used to. The only thing this couple can agree on is space for a ping pong table.
Derek has always dreamed of living in France. After traveling to Paris with his wife Sonia and getting engaged in the 'City of Light,' now Sonia has gotten a promotion at work that will allow Derek the chance to finally live out his dream in Lyon, France. Sonia has her heart set on the hip and trendy 6th arrondissement, but Derek wants authentic French charm and is willing to live in whatever arrondissement can deliver the lifestyle he's been dreaming of. With only Sonia working, getting everything they're looking for might push Derek out of his budget comfort zone.
Deb and Darcy are hardworking entrepreneurs looking to wind down their workload by shifting their family business to their kids. While they aren't ready to move permanently, step one of stepping down is buying a home in their version of paradise: Puerto Penasco, Mexico. They love the area so much that they previously bought a condo there on impulse, but a subsequent visit with the kids revealed that the space was too small to fit the family. With the pressure to sell their old place fast and very little room for mistakes, Deb and Darcy are looking to do things right the second time around to make their first international home a success.
Floridian Whitney met Damian when she was living in Australia, and after they married and had their first son, they moved to Miami to raise their family, including 2 more sons. Now they've decided it's time to expose the boys to their dad's culture and family, and they're moving to the Gold Coast of Australia. Without jobs lined up right away, Damian and Whitney need to keep expenses down, but they have their hearts set on a big yard and being close to the beach to get the most from their new family home.
Urban planning professor Jeremy and his wife Leslie have decided to move their family to Spain while Jeremy writes a book about Barcelona's breathtaking architecture. While Jeremy thinks that his research requires a traditional Catalan-style apartment, Leslie isn't as interested in history as she is in a roomy, modern place near the water where she can introduce their kids to a beach lifestyle. However, with a rental budget that will need to stretch, Jeremy and Leslie might need to throw out their old blueprints and go back to the drawing board to find the perfect home in Barcelona.
When Jon gets a job transfer, he and wife Eliza pack up everything in Chicago, including pets Remy and Winston, and leave for Greater Manchester, England. Eliza wants to live in the countryside with lots of space for their dog to play, while Jon would prefer to live in town. Will Eliza be able to convince Jon that they need a change of pace from city life, or will Jon's commute force them into town?
Travel-orientated school teachers Josh and Kalie are stoked to make one final move to Singapore. After living abroad for several years, they're ready to commit long term and find the perfect home for themselves and their dog Pincho. In one of the world's most expensive cities and upscale rental markets, Josh is determined to stay on budget. Kalie is ready to unpack their suitcases, but she also wants to live close to their work.
Julie loved her life in Kansas, so when her husband Ben received a call to return to Asia, she wasn't immediately sold. Ben wants to find a traditional Japanese home and totally immerse the family in the local culture. But with a new baby on the way, Julie is focused on comfort and familiarity, so she's looking for a Western-style home.
Doug and Rande Barrowman met by chance on an airplane twelve years ago. Since then they married and have lived happily in Las Vegas where both have thriving careers. Now Doug has a job opportunity in Somerset, a county in the south of England where he lived for many years. Rande imagines a quiet country cottage while Doug wants the more modern, open home design he grew to like in America. Three houses spanning the 1800s to the 1960s give this hunt a truly English feeling.
Rob and Nadine were working 12 hour days in Linden, New Jersey, but dreaming of a different life with fresh fruit, sandy beaches and howler monkeys. So they bought a plot of land in Costa Rica -- only to find out that building permits were impossible to get. As a result, they lost of a substantial chunk of their nest egg. Still committed to moving to Costa Rica, Rob and Nadine have decided starting a bed and breakfast is the way to go. But first they'll need to agree on just how much of a fixer upper they can handle.
Jody is burnt out from her high-pressure tech job in Seattle, so she decides to risk everything and head to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica, to open a bed and breakfast. She must find a place that is comfortable for her 2 dogs and keeps the funds rolling in while she establishes her new life as the hostess-with-the-mostess.
Natalie is a PhD student and musician extraordinaire at the birthplace of the Kodaly method for music education in Kecskemet, Hungary. Prices are low, especially compared to her hometown Chicago, but she's living on an extremely limited budget, and it will have to stretch a full year. Her good friend Zack is there to help her navigate the small town Hungarian housing market, but in the end, she may have to overspend to get enough space for her loud best friend, the French horn.
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