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About Us | Moving Abroad With Children: Advice on Moving Overseas

Our Moving Abroad With Children Experts:

Moving Abroad Experts Trey Morrison and Coley Hudgins

Trey Morrison Coley Hudgins

Trey Morrison

Trey Morrison - Moving Abroad With Children Expert

According to my wife I don’t think outside of the box.  She says I have no box at all!  So I drive her crazy with my unusual approaches to everything.   I love solving problems.   I am happiest when I’m going 100 miles an hour on a snowboard, surfboard, mountain  bike, guitar, or in the chaos of a new business adventure.  On the other hand I get depressed, and am not much fun to be around when I feel like I’m not doing something new and exciting.

I was raised in Georgia where I jumped bikes and skateboarded in backyard half-pipes until I turned 16.  After that I spent my time slam dancing to punk rock bands in Atlanta…

Me at Soundgarden copy

That’s me on top of the crowd with the silly skeleton soles on my shoes

and learning about true sustainable living from an old man in the North Georgia mountains.  “Pa” Jones plowed his own fields into his 90s!

I went to college in Sewanee, Tennessee  where I studied Psychology and Religion, but mostly I mountain biked and played in bands.  My very first gig was opening for The Flaming Lips.

After college I helped IBM market their main-frame computers.  Corporate America was a strange environment for me.  Being competitive by nature I figured that the goal was to get paid well, have the biggest office, and to do the least amount of work.  So I systemized my work, devised reasons why I should have the largest corner office in the building, and generally worked the corporate system.   Accomplishing this left me literally hung over, sleeping in my high back chair with my hands on the keyboard, bored out of my skull, and 35 pounds overweight.  And the worst part was that I was embarrassed to tell people what I did for a living.

So I quit.  I moved to Key West, lived on a boat, and became a SCUBA instructor and on the side I worked on a fishing boat.

Key West

Me “hard at work” on a deep sea fishing boat.

Now I had no problem telling people what I did.  I brought joy to people’s lives and introduced them to a new world.  I also learned a ton about people in general.  I learned about how they learn and deal with very unusual environments.    I taught rich Atlanta real estate developers, tough Chicago police officers, shy Korean women, joyous newlyweds from Bahrain,  British factory workers, suburban American housewives, Japanese teenagers- you name it!  It was a great time, but it couldn’t last forever.

I have worn a lot of hats since then.  I’ll skip all the failed businesses and stupid harebrained ideas I’ve had and stick to the good stuff.  I’ve traveled to 27 countries and have rental properties in three.  I have a pine tree farm and a burrito restaurant.  I speak Spanish.  I’ve designed and engineered  neighborhoods,  managed commercial and residential construction projects, and created a beautiful resort-style property in Panama.

Panama property with pool and bohio

My property in Panama

I have a truly diversified portfolio with investments in 12 different currencies.  I even met Donald Trump at his house.

Most importantly I’ve gotten out of the rat race!  At 30 I set a goal to get out of the rat race and on my 40th birthday I was in the house that I designed in Panama with my wife and kids drinking rum with a bunch of new friends.  I learned to surf and enjoyed “doing nothing” for as long as I could.  Now I’m diving in again.

My intention for this website is to get back to the days in Key West.  I want to bring joy to people’s lives.  The best kind of joy I can think of is to have a family that is not a slave to the consumption-based lifestyle that is sold to us in the US.  There are lots of resources out there for changing your life in this regard, but very few that focus on families with kids.  Having children creates unique challenges that need to be addressed.

Quito aerial view

Me and the Family in Ecuador

With that in mind I have partnered with my friend, Coley (who uses words like mercurial, what the hell does that mean?  I had to look it up), who I met in Panama and who is crazy enough to be raising small children there.  Together we hope we can make a difference in your life.

Coley Hudgins

Coley Hudgins - Moving Abroad With Children Expert

I can be mercurial (that’s “unpredictable” for my hippie friend above), impatient, and temperamental.

On the other hand, I’m passionate about stuff I like, creative, non-traditional and love taking risks.  I’m a self-confessed adrenaline junkie who will jump feet first into things I know absolutely nothing about and will either sink (often) or swim (occasionally). Fear of failure has never really been an issue for me.

In other words, I’m pretty non-linear, with several failures and a few big successes under my belt.

My day job consists of running a consulting business from Panama while traveling hither and yon building my investment portfolio with completely non-traditional investments that drive my wife bananas and cause great spasms of eye rolling.

Meet Plan Go Conference Washington DC

Meet, Plan, Go Conference – Washington, DC

I sincerely believe that the best investment, life and family opportunities right now are completely outside of the United States in the developing world and consequently have moved myself, my family and almost all of my investments and net worth offshore.

Most of what I learned in college has been long since forgotten or proven false by experience, although the lessons I’ve learned in my personal and professional life have left deep and lasting impacts to this day.

For this reason, I tend towards the view that higher education is often a waste of time and that a a lifelong commitment to pragmatic education — “learning by doing” — will usually pay higher dividends.

I believe that by the time my kids are college aged, the world will likely have changed so radically, that a traditional U.S. college education followed by a corporate job may not be the best option anymore.

I lived and worked in Sierra Leone in the ’90s in the middle of a civil war where I ran a commodities business exporting coffee and cocoa to Europe.

The guy with his shirt tucked into his grandpa shorts? That's me.

I lost a lot of money.

I once ran a roadblock in Liberia manned by drunk, well-armed soldiers, traded cigarettes at the end of a barrel of a stoned teenager’s gun for safe passage to a coffee farm, and was arrested and threatened with a severe beating by a Nigerian solider for taking photographs at a military landing strip. The $100 bill I kept in my sock for just such an occasion saved the day.

The guy with the AK-47 above my left shoulder below? That was my bodyguard. Cool guy… Loved Tupac.

Sierra Leone '98The entire Sierra Leone experience taught me two invaluable lessons: Getting outside of your comfort zone to explore, discover and dream is the key to personal and professional growth and family happiness. And the world is not nearly as dangerous or intimidating as you’ve been led to believe.

I was a partner at a public affairs firm in Washington DC until 2006 but chafed under the authority, routine and mind-numbing boredom of the corporate world. The daily grind of wearing a monkey suit, the TPS reports, and the griminess of the political scene didn’t help — existential crisis ensued, and I sold the house, car and most of the family’s possessions and moved to Panama with wife and two young children.

I enjoy surfing, mountain biking, running and playing guitar and can often be found on a Friday evening in the hammock on my patio writing what you are reading here.

surf

We started MovingAbroadWithChildren.com because the world is changing rapidly. We believe that it’s not only possible for you and your family to live, thrive, invest and succeed abroad, but that now — more than anytime in recent history — is the best time to do so.

My goal is to instill in others the excitement, confidence, and peace-of-mind that comes from living abroad with their families.

Most importantly, I’m a father of two (soon to be three) three and a husband who wants to prepare my children and family to take advantage of everything the world has to offer.

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