From Thailand to Mexico, from
Guatemala to Ecuador, people known as economic refugees are looking for
a better lifestyle, lower cost of living and fewer regulations than what
they experience in the States. Having cashed out of the housing boom,
some travel abroad where their dollars will purchase estates with maids
and gardeners; others are living the good life on their Social Security payments as compared to
just getting by in their home towns in the U.S.
Either way they are
enjoying near perfect climates and relaxing lifestyles. All these people have
one thing in common; they are not afraid to embrace a new adventure.
The new normal
Having to adjust to what
has been called the new normal up north some folks have turned inward out of
fear and have become less inclined to venture out. Sure, they may have lost a
bundle in either the stock market or collapsed housing market but now they seem
to be once burned twice shy and they have let it define them and their futures.
Out of fear, they are not able to see their options and are afraid to make the
choices required to upgrade their lives outside the States.
Some flat out donít
believe itís possible or that it can be done. Others cite the concern over
health care, the necessity of staying near grandchildren or the safety of their
routine; well-known restaurants, friends, and familiar activities. Some say itís
just too much hassle to up and leave the safety of habit. They fear their new
lives will be topsy-turvy and uncertain and, well, they are correct about having
new and interesting adventures.
These are the people who
stay in their neighborhoods and never encounter locations of more freedom, less
regulation, and a bohemian lifestyle of more opportunity.
Such as the option of
meeting new people from other states and countries, the possibility of personal
growth, the ability to live a simpler life without the stress of watching
utility and fuel bills climb. Not that living overseas is a panacea, life always
has a way of giving us challenges. But those who have made the choice to live
outside the states in friendlier climates with manageable costs always say how
they feel a burden has been lifted off their backs and how, if they had known
how pleasant it was to live elsewhere, they would have made the change sooner.
Itís not for everyone
Granted, there is no
place as comfortable or predictable as the United States. Customs in other
countries can be an issue if you let it, and if you are the type that prefers
the certain, you might not be a good candidate for a move overseas. But if daily
costs seem out of control for you, if you have had it with the weather or if you
just feel that a change is due, moving to a
country such as Thailand,
Central America, or the Philippines could hold some special appeal.
Many have made this move
and have paved a path. What about you?