even in Italy or
Panama, 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.
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
prefer to stay in their neighborhoods and not 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 and the possibility of personal
growth. Or the ability to live a simpler life without the stress of watching
utility and fuel bills climb and your fixed income purchasing power dwindle.
Not that living overseas is a panacea, life always
has a way of giving us challenges. But those who have made the choice to
the States in friendlier climates with manageable costs always say how
they feel a burden has been lifted off their backs. Many state that if they had known
how pleasant it was to live elsewhere, they would have made the change sooner.
Mexico Guide offers step-by-step
instructions with over 115 pages chocked full of details for your first visit to
this extraordinary area, such as: How to get there and how to get out, where to
stay and what to expect, activities that make this area the largest Expatriate
community in the world and more.
Itís not for everyone
Granted, there is no
place as comfortable or predictable as the
United States. Customs
and perspectives 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. In fact, you could join a
free forum and
learn from other Expats about the ins and outs of living in a different country.