Jonathan has just won a Fulbright award to teach in Guatemala City and is relocating his family from the Midwest to Central America so they can experience a different culture. His wife, Collette, wants to find a home in historic Antigua, Guatemala's old capital, but he wants a view of an active volcano. For a Midwestern family, everything is new and everybody gives up something for their surprising decision.
Dan wears his freewheeling nature on his sleeve, so when he'd had enough of the cold New Jersey winters, he decided to run his construction business remotely from the sun and surf of St. Thomas -- and will spare no expense to make it work. His wife Carrie, on the other hand, is already on edge about moving away from her native Garden State for the first time, and isn't sure the move is worth throwing their savings into jeopardy. Will Carrie's voice of reason keep their budget from going overboard in the U.S. Virgin Islands?
Brad and Susie love their home in Texas, but trying to find some peace and serenity stateside is becoming impossible. After a visit to Panama, they've fallen in love with a remote area on the Pacific coast called Boca Chica. It's an endearing rural town, but thanks to a championship fishing competition, word is starting to get out. They know they've got to buy before prices start to rise, but Susie wants to live by the beach while Brad wants to be near a golf course.
When Tim and Eric adopted Ignacio and Eva, they made a commitment to connect the kids to their Latino heritage. After an exhaustive search, they decided on the coastal country of Uruguay and the beachfront resort town of Punta del Este. Eric wants to live right on water, but Tim is a bit more reserved and wants a family-friendly home that is set back from the surf. They've got to compromise if they want to find something in the city known as 'the Pearl of the Atlantic.'
Jeff and Glenn met over 20 years ago in San Francisco, and they've been a couple ever since. After years of spending time together and apart due to work, they've settled on Porto, Portugal, as the place where they'll purchase a home and grow old together. They've never been to Porto before and have moved there on the suggestion of a close friend, so there's plenty for them to figure out in their new city. Jeff wants to live in the heart of the Porto near the vibrant waterfront, but Glenn is more concerned with finding a good value and sticking to the budget.
A job opportunity in New Zealand will give Texan Andrew the chance to spend more time with his wife Amber and their two daughters. To maximize their time together, he wants to live near the city of Hamilton and close to work, but Amber is focused on a family-friendly neighborhood with safe outdoor spaces. Amber and Andrew will have to come to a consensus on what's more important in a home as they hunt in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Ever since his grandparents returned with photos of the fabled Monaco Grand Prix, Benjamin has dreamed of living there. For years he's saved every penny in hopes of one day making it to the Cote D'azur, so when an opportunity to study in Monaco presented itself, Benjamin was ready to take it. His mom Rosemary thinks he could save money by living just across the border in France, but Benjamin refuses to settle for anything that doesn't have a Monaco zip code.
Bob and Indya have grown tired of cold Oregon winters, and these outdoor enthusiasts are looking for some fun in the sun. After visiting San Jose del Cabo, they decided it was time to invest their hard-earned savings in a second home for their family. San Jose del Cabo is an authentic colonial city filled with culture, fantastic restaurants and a vibrant art community, and these snowbirds are excited to make their dreams of warm-weather living a reality in Mexico.
Lawyer Phil is relocating his practice to Florence, Italy, after Venice proved to be too inconvenient and expensive. Since he specializes in art and intellectual property, this metropolitan art mecca is the perfect location for his work. Phil has upscale tastes but a tight budget, so his assistant Natasa is helping him find an affordable home with office space. Can he see the light and agree to compromise, so this move won't end up as a costly business mistake?
Mark, Melani and their daughters are moving from Arizona to Brighton, England, after Mark got a job transfer there. Melani is excited about the change, but Mark worries about their kids adjusting to a new environment. The home search is proving to be another lesson in compromise for this family. Melani hopes to find a smaller home close to their girls' school, while Mark wants a larger house near the sea. Can they find a place that meets everyone's needs?
Julie, Andy and their five-year-old daughter Genevieve moved to Munich, Germany, but they don't know anyone there or speak the language. They sold everything they own to fulfill their fantasy of living in Europe, even though Andy's never left his hometown before. Well-traveled Julie definitely wants to live in the heart of the city, but she and Andy will have to agree on location.
Alex, Jocelyn and their two children settled down in Calgary, Canada, to be close to Jocelyn's family. Yearning for the life he left behind in Perth, Australia, Alex got a job transfer there and is excited to go back. Jocelyn wants to live in the hustle and bustle of the city, but Alex is determined to stick to their budget and be close to his family's home. Can they compromise and find peace for the entire family in Perth?
Paleontologist Mike and artist Pip met in Australia while Pip was visiting from her native Scotland. In time they were married, and they've now decided to get their first house together. Pip prefers the artist-friendly haven of Phillip Island, but it's far away from Mike's work, and the seasonal nature of the island makes him concerned about practicalities. However, Pip is determined that it's island life or bust, and the two may have to duke it out if they want to find a perfect first home together.
Holiday Special! Dec. 16, 10p|9c