Yes. I made an international move about 7,000 miles away from my hometown. And yes, it was a start of a new life. Of course, just by moving doesn't mean that one will escape problems entirely. However, the change of pace and scenery (and in my case - culture) did wonders for my outlook on life. Besides, getting rid of "excess baggage" in simplifying when making this international move was part of the plan as well as my life style now provides me with freedoms beyone what I had imagined before. And speaking of career changes, am I ever grateful for the step that I took. It's great that you are making such an attempt. You will not have any regrets at all. Not many people can do what you are planning. Some may even envy you!
Advice = Simplify, simplify, simplify. Sell what you don't need. You can get anything else wherever you are going to fit your lifestyle at your new location.
Alligator Wisdom (aka Brother NOT Exerting Vigorously)