Should add... the country we're going to has high taxes along with high costs of living, so hence we wouldn't want to "retire early" there.
Last edited by Elegiaque; 03-10-2020 at 08:38 PM.
Your husband pursuing his interests is an excellent opportunity. It's not a chance you get every day. Also, if you enjoy your career then keep it.
Being transferred into a corporate job in Europe is no biggie. The job shortages there will only get worse as more people retire and similar future opportunities will crop up in case your husband following his interest doesn't work out.
If you do leave, probably not a bad idea to buy a flat here with the PR stamp duty discount and have a HK mortgage approved before leaving. A few other posters seem to have done that in the past and profited handsomely from such an approach.
Best of luck with your deliberations!
Lack of Western culture (in terms of music/theatre/comedy) also started to grate a little. (I know, possibly a silly comment when living in a Asian country but still a fact)
The SE Asia travelling opportunities were great but spoilt from Feb 2020 on. We did a lot but would still like to do more. I envisage a couple of long term trips to this side of the world again in the next 10 years but strictly on a tourist basis.
I am in a different position to you having now retired completely so out of the career developing stage of my life but I could never see myself in Hong Kong for the long term. A great adventure whilst we were there but done that and enjoying UK life again now.
Will miss November -March weather though!
Think this will come down to your desire to in the long term
1. live in a city that will now more increasingly and rapidly become more "mainlandised" .... Ie do you and family speak mandarin and of Chinese descent?
2. Work for companies that are China Market focused or China originated as HK role as a regional and global hub evaporates
I'm pretty sure the OP was looking for diverse views to help her make her choice... of course there are very good arguments for staying too. I accept that, perhaps you can have the good grace to accept that there are very good reasons to leave too...