I see frequent posts on here about “is this a good package for X country” and they come back with a salary that someone else says is terrible. And I look at it with envy. So, my question is this. Of course cost of living in a particular place is important - and other people’s advice is important too and always appreciated. But one thing I don’t often see factored in is the salary the person is earning back home and what kind of job they are in. For example, I’m quite high up working for a training provider. I take home, including expenses, around £2K a month but have to drive over 1000 miles a month to achieve that. Three days a week I dont see my young children because I leave the house before they get up and get back after they go to bed. On the fourth day I have to haul them out of bed, protesting, at 6 in the morning to take them for a 12 hour stint with the childminder as my partner does a 13 hour shift on the wards of the local hospital. So to me, when people talk packages, and schools, and what’s on offer - people say it’s horrible and maybe wrongly I would jump at it. But the present situation of the poster doesn’t seem to take this into account. Maybe I’m being naive? When I taught abroad before, I worked in Doha. I had shared accomadation, I had no medical insurance, but I loved every minute of it and had amazing experiences. But are people like me, who are setting their sights lower, spoiling it by accepting lower offers? All I’m saying is that there’s so much more than money. There’s quality of life, location, travel opportunities. Of course, I’m not that carefree young man any more. I have to think of my kids and saving money. But some of the packages that people are saying are rubbish seem pretty good to me. Does the international teacher have too high expectations? Or are mine too low? Or is the truth somewhere in between? Or am I making no sense whatsoever?