A Family Year Abroad : How to Live Outside the Borders

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Press: Great Potential Press (September 1, 2001)
Publication Date:2001-10
Author Name:Westphal, Chris


Have you ever dreamed of living abroad? And taking your family with you? Chris and Stephanie Westphal wanted to travel, but their responsibilities with jobs and kids kept them at home. 
Finally, they decided to go anyway.
They rented their house, put bank accounts on hold, and moved the whole family to Prague, Czech Republic, for an entire year.
Funny, insightful, and inspiring, this book tells how that year abroad changed their outlook on life, and also explains how others thinking of making a change can do it, too.
TIPS ON: * Picking a country and convincing the kids * What to bring and how to pack * Health and safety concerns * Finding a job and a place to live * Staying connected with home * Managing finances * Distance learning programs * Foreign schools * Culture shock-both abroad and back home * Traveling with children * Customs and shipping * Student and house exchange programs * Plus a step-by-step timeline to help you plan, get organized, and do it right!

About the Author

Chris Westphal is the author of one novel, Echo Valley, and has worked as a writer in journalism, network television, and public relations. 
He lives in Southern California with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Drew and Kelsey.


Travel,Europe,Czech Republic,General,Specialty Travel,Family Travel,Travel Writing

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  •     In _A Family Year Abroad_, Chris Westphal invites us into his experience with a dream many of us have had--living abroad in an exotic foreign country--but which most of us never get around to making real. He weaves together practical tips with a delightful narrative of his own adventures and misadventures as an expatriate family in Prague. Combining detailed, practical tips with insightful personal observations, Chris succeeds in bringing us along on an amazing trip into unknown--an unknown that, with Chris' help, is made known to us vicariously. Reading _A Family Year Abroad_ I really came to feel what it must have been like to "live outside the borders" for Chris and his family. And while not ALL of his adventures--a night at the "opera" that featured a midget pushing a wheelbarrow across a darkened stage, for instance--made me hunger for the expatriate experience, I certainly felt that they prepared me for taking my own family abroad should we be so bold as to try it. All in all, a great read: exciting, funny, helpful, practical, poignant, and witty. It's Rick Steve's _Europe Through the Back Door_ meets S.J. Perelman's _Eastward Ha!_ with a bit of Theroux's_Mosquito Coast_ thrown in for fun. Loved it!
  •     I enjoyed reading "A Family Year Abroad" for both its informative content as well as its witty and humorous interjections. The book recognizes and addresses both practical as well as personal issues that arise during such an adventure. I lived abroad for 18 months and wish that I had had half of the current and relevant information that can be found in the pages of "A Family Year Abroad." I relied on several other travel guides, and while they were helpful I felt that the information was dated. This book is packed with insightful, current, and useful information for today's traveler.
  •     A Family Year Abroad: How To Live Outside The Borders is the story of the Westphal family. Chris and Stephanie Westphal wanted to travel, but since they had responsibilities to their children, the only way they could do so was to travel with the whole family. They rented their house, put their bank accounts in safekeeping, and moved to Prague, Czech Republic for a year. A Family Year Abroad is their story, packed with wisdom, experience, tips, and much more on such things as culture shock, foreign schools, traveling with kids and health and safety concerns. A lively, involving book, A Family Year Abroad is much more than just a family memoir, it also offers practical tips on how to successfully live in a foreign country and deal with changes in the family, health and safety concerns, insurance questions, the management of finances, foreign schools, and the inescapable phenomena of culture shock.
  •     If you are thinking of living abroad with your children, there are two compelling reasons to read this book. First, the author shares his and his family's real-life experiences, both good and bad. He reminds us that life anywhere is just that -- life, complete with victories and accomplishments, as well as mistakes and disappointments. His entertaining story of their year in Prague helped replace some of my romantic notions with visions of reality. I now feel more prepared to face the challenges of life abroad if and when we decide to "live outside the borders." The other reason to buy this book is its wealth of resources and practical tips. Although the organization was at times scattered, the appendices help to make up for this.

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