Live better: For a fraction of the cost

How to be a succesfull expat

by Joseph Herbert

Tired of that everyday drudgery. The 9-5,fighting the traffic, paying lots of bills and then having the bill collectors call you at dinnertime. Would you like to start over? Would you like a safer, less expensive place for you or your family? Would you like a little adventure? after all, you only live once.

Here is the answer, do what many people already have, and what many only dream of, become an expat. That's right, move to another country. Preferably one where you will raise the standard of your living, at a fraction of the cost. Its as easy or as hard as you make it. If your loaded, well ,then maybe you will consider Europe, or maybe Canada. Although Canada is not the bargain that it once was because the Canadian dollar has strengthened considerably.

Well several years ago I made the decision to do that, and never looked back since. I've met interesting people, learned a new language, and a new culture. If your like me, your not loaded, so here is the key. Move to Latin America. If you like Miami, you will love Panama. There economy is now booming, with new construction all over. Everything is so much less than the US or Canada, and yet the country is safe, has a stable Govt., and excellent health care for a fraction of the cost.

Here are some other great places to consider: Costa Rica with year round great weather, a longstanding stable democracy, no Army, excellent health care (you can get private health insurance for about $250 per year, yes per year) and the list goes on.

Some other considerations: here is a real sleeper, Cartegana Columbia. Don't faint, its true. It is modern, safe, interesting, great restaurants and you can buy an oceanfront beautiful apartment 2000 square feet for about 40,000. Also Argentina and Chile are beautiful.

There are many things to consider: Are you single? Do you have a family? Are you a retired couple? Mexico has many retirees, but is getting overrun, and of course the bargains disappear.

In all of the places that i have mentioned, you can have full time maids, eat out more often and go to the movies for about $1.80. I live in Costa Rica, have a brand new 1 bedroom 1 bath condo completely furnished, cable tv(2) high speed internet service, all electric and water included for 450 per month, and I'm overpaying. So i have 1 bill per month. that's it, oh yea, eating out the movies and going to the Casino, throw on several hundred more, LOL.

With the internet, there are so many ways to make money by starting some web based business. For just a few thousand you can get something going. I make my living from trading stocks, wagering on NFL, and NBA and that's about it. Everyday i wake up and say, why didn't I do this before?

Leave all the clutter behind, pick a location and just go for it. I highly recommend that you rent your first year. So get ready for the adventure of a lifetime, improve your family's lifestyle and make new and interesting friends, and maybe I will see you there. Buena Suerte

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About the Author

I have been an expat for 3 years, visiting many places and making many new friends. I make my living via the computer trading stocks and wagering on NFL and NBA. Life itself is a gamble from cradle to grave. I also enjoy writing and am in the process of writing a book.

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