I’ve transplanted twice, and will keep some explanations here.
In 2008, Shannon and I left St. Louis for Seattle. Like many ambitious St. Louisians, we had both fantasized about living elsewhere, but we did expect Seattle to become our permanent home.
Our lives there, though, offered a tremendous amount of travel opportunity. So we became much more familiar with the larger world and eventually settled on Amsterdam. It is also worth considering this move as an intentional emigration from the United States.