No, that is not true. This isn't possible with student loans. Jim Rodgers was rich WHEN he moved to Singapore. Yeah, he's still rich. If you're a mechanical engineer there may be some good paid work in Asia. Some hightech skill involved with transporting goods via ship? That aside, there's always teaching English. Doesn't pay well, but, your kids could learn a new culture and language. There's not a lot of highly paid jobs waiting in China for Americans if that's what you're thinking. A soft life in Thailand may be possible if you can come up with something they want and need. Remember there are LOTS of westerners in "Asia" and have been for 400 years. They militarily colonized the entire region not long ago.