Maria grew up in Puerto Rico speaking Spanish, but she's been travelling the world since her first adventure attending college in Florida. Maria wants to become fluent in six languages, and received a scholarship to study Indonesia's national language. She tracks down an American friend at her university to help her find local student housing options and learns to budget in a way she's never done before. Will she have to give up her western amenity wishlist to immerse herself in the culture of Malang, Indonesia?
After 14 years of traveling for his job, Ryan and his wife Amie wanted to bring their family closer together. When a job opportunity for a more stable position opened up in Flemish Brabant, Belgium, he jumped at it. Amie wants a home in the suburbs to ensure a smooth transition for the kids, but Ryan wants to make the most of this European opportunity and live in the city of Leuven.
Kevin and Jessica had just gotten engaged when Kevin's company proposed a job transfer to Frankfurt, Germany. Now their young marriage will be put to the test as they comb Frankfurt's competitive market for a suitable apartment. Kevin wants to be close to the bustling city center and easy public transport, but Jessica's hoping for a spacious unit with a balcony and a nice bathtub. Compromise and quick decisions will be key as they search for their first home as a married couple.
John and Jennifer are both teachers who want more time with their daughter Bronwyn. Their busy lives in Washington, DC have made that impossible. John finds a position at the University of Wollongong in Australia, and as Jennifer says, they nearly liquidate their lives, sell everything they own, to make the move. As their house hunt begins, real estate agent Daniel John Norris tells them their budget will not buy them what they want. With each property they see, the balance between wish list and budget becomes more difficult until, with Daniel's humor and guidance, they work through a decision.
High school sweethearts who reconnected later in life, Mark and Tammie have grown a family and business together in small town Canby, Oregon. But with two kids out of the house and their careers winding down, they're looking for a second home that will let them focus on family and adventure for the future. They've selected the Gulf of Chiriqui, in Panama, as the perfect spot for them, but Mark has an ulterior motive. The Gulf of Chiriqui is one of the world's premiere fishing destinations, and he's got his eye on a big catch. Tammie wants to make sure that their Panama purchase is big enough for the whole family to enjoy, but with two kids in college, two heading there soon, and a full-time home in Canby still on the books, they may have to work some financial magic to find a home that will satisfy the entire family.
Keith long ago felt the pull of his Irish roots and eventually persuaded his employer to let him work remotely. Keith, his wife Jami and their two young children have said goodbye to life in Washington, DC, and hello to Dublin. Keith wants something with traditional Irish character, but Jami doesn't want to do without modern American amenities. She's also nervous about urban living, and he wants to soak up the vibe of Dublin city.
Husbands Wade and Phil have been living in Edmonton, Alberta for most of their adult lives. When a scholarship opportunity presents itself for Wade to get his PHD in Wagga Wagga Australia they seize on the adventure and go for it. But leaving a big city for a remote, and small, town will be a challenge. They're giving up their friends and family and will have to adjust their expectations to conform to a new way of life. Will they be able to transition into Wagga Wagga and find a place that makes them feel at home?
After living in Edmonton, Alberta, for six years, Massi is returning to his hometown of Bergamo, Italy, and he's bringing his fiancé Jasmine with him. But while Massi is moving closer to his family and will be starting a new job, Jasmine is leaving her family and career as a pharmacist behind in Canada. Since she's sacrificing so much, Jasmine wants to take advantage of the culture in her new country and live like a true Italian. So when it comes to finding their new home, Jasmine wants a house with typical italian charm. Massi wants to live near his parents and major highways because he has a long commute to work in Milan. But both Massi and Jasmine may give up what's on their wish list for beautiful views of tourist hotspot, Lake Iseo.
Marisa and Rodrigo, both natives of Portugal, leave cold and snowy Canada to find the perfect second home on the beautiful Azore Islands. Marisa, who was born there, looks forward to buying a convenient modern place with no maintenance and close to family. But Rodrigo only has dreams of his grandmother's traditional Portuguese house with a garden and goats. Will this couple agree on a happy medium that can be easily managed from Canada? Or will Rodrigo get his way and convince Marisa that returning to Portugal includes living in the style that their family has for generations.
After many visits to his friend in Thailand, Charlie decides to open a new restaurant business in Khon Kaen, Thailand. He convinced his girlfriend Brittany to move there with him. After a few months in traditional Khon Kaen, Brittany feels a need for a more western type of lifestyle that she saw on a trip that they made to Chiang Mai. Knowing Brittany will be happier there, Charlie agrees to move there with her.
Georgia couple Todd and Nancy spent the first year of their marriage teaching English in Spain, and the excitement of living abroad stuck with them when they returned to Athens. Nancy was looking to relive that excitement when she took a position in Budapest, Hungary. Todd and Nancy both love the cafe culture that Europe offers, but face a dilemma. Do they want to live on the Buda side of the river nearer to Nancy's job and Buda Castle, or should they choose the Pest side near the opera house and vibrant city life?
Although born in England, Bobbie has lived and worked in Hollywood, California for the last forty years as a costume designer for motion pictures and television series. She has worked on films such as Flashdance, Top Gun and Indecent Proposal and is a member of BAFTA and the Academy of Arts & Sciences. Now, ready to be closer to her family in Europe, she's moving to Ostuni, Italy. Once there she'll have to decide between extra space for visitors or being in the center of the social scene.
Toronto natives Danielle and Dwayne have a beautiful young son, a supportive extended family, and jobs that they enjoy, but they want more. So when Dwayne is accepted to medical school in Anguilla, they made a family decision that investing in Dwayne's career now is their best option for the future, even if it means relocating to a Caribbean Island over 1500 miles away. They may know where they're going, but the move won't be easy, especially with a toddler in tow. Anguilla is only 35 square miles, which translates to a very limited property market. They have some savings, but with very little income and mostly student loans to fund the move, the first emergency of Dwayne's medical school career will be finding a family-friendly home on a budget.
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