Where are expats going to? From millennials to retirees

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Thanks to leaps in technology, social media and the expanded mobile economy, more people are leaving home for good. Estimations made in 2019 say it could rise to 90 Mio expats by 2021. Here’s how they do it.

The rise of online resources. More than 8.5 million unique Facebook users are now part of at least one of the 8,000 active English-language groups devoted to expats. One group, Girl Gone International, evolved into a stand-alone resource for women travelers, with 300,000 members. The site is entirely run by 600 volunteers in more than 200 cities. Anne founded the group in 2010 when, after 10 moves in 10 years.

Today’s digital nomads are dominated by 20- and 30-somethings who are “exposed to other cultures much more than previous generations were, so it’s natural for them to want to travel as a natural part of their career trajectory,” said Katia, an expat transition coach and author of “A Great Move: Surviving and Thriving in Your Expat Assignment.” Taking the digital nomad concept a step further are those who live out of a suitcase full-time.

The semi-retirees are also relocating more than ever. There’s a rare retiree — even 20 years ago — who would just move to a place and lie in a hammock. It’s not just a paradise where you spend the rest of your life buried in the sand, it’s a movement of people who retire and have at least another one, two or possibly three life stages to go through.

Check out the image to see where expatriates live.