- THE EX-PAT DREAM
- POPULAR COUNTRIES FOR AMERICAN EX-PATS
- 1. USVI- Virgin Islands
- DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
- COSTA RICA
- PREPARING TO TAKE THE PLUNGE Depending upon where you are going, there are quite a few things that you must do before you move abroad. Here are the Top 5 Must-Dos that will make or break your experience abroad.
- Kill Debt.
- Be Healthy.
- Smile. Go with the Flow
- Avoid Analysis Paralysis.
- Prepare for the Unexpected.
THE EX-PAT DREAM
What is an ex-pat you ask? Well here is the actual definition: An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing, as an immigrant, in a country other than that of their citizenship. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”).
Being an ex-pat means being an adventurer of sorts. You are packing up you and your family and leaving everything that you know and are familiar with to travel & live abroad in another country. Whew, that was a mouthful!
Have you vacationed somewhere like Belize and thought maybe you could just pick up and move there for good? You aren’t alone. The dream of living overseas is sought by many but few actually make it a reality in comparison.
The lure of tropical landscape, turquoise water beaches, warm climates year round, friendly locals and living on “island time” is almost too much to ignore. It is a welcome change from living the American rate race. Everyone is the US seems to be racing from point A to point B at all times and never slows down. The desire to live simply is a conscious decision to alter your lifestyle and quality of life for the better.
POPULAR COUNTRIES FOR AMERICAN EX-PATS
There are a few countries that hit top of the list for ex-pats coming from the USA and around the globe.
1. USVI- Virgin Islands
The Virgin Islands are a very popular landing spot for Americans looking to live on “island time” and have a higher quality of life. USVI is made of 4 islands but only 3 are well known. We have the largest, St. Thomas. Secondly, there is St. Croix. Thirdly, the less inhabited is St. John. Lastly, there is little known Water Island. Water Island isn’t typically included but it’s worth mentioning for those that would love to live a very secluded, tropical lifestyle. The language is English here and their currency is USD, making this a much easier transition than some of the other destinations.
The gorgeous blue waters of the Caribbean await you in the Dominican Republic. You can not imagine just how beautiful this water is until you see it up close and personal. Dominican Republic shares their island and borders the country of Haiti. Close by is also Puerto Rico. Living in the Dominican Republic is very affordable, with some smaller cottages renting for just a few hundred dollars a month. If you are looking to live simple, your Spanish is decent and you love living with the locals, the DR just may be for you.
Costa Rica is an ex-pat dream! Super laid back, slow and simple lifestyle of living here makes life ever so lovely. There are large ex-pat communities in different parts of Costa Rica and they have a tendency to be very close. Costa Rica is a very stable country to live in for Americans too. They have no formal army and have a very stable government, making it one of the most secure places to live as an American. Spanish, of course, is the native language but the locals are very friendly even to us Gringos. As with anywhere you live, you want to be mindful of your surroundings. Don’t think that because you are in a friendly country that crime doesn’t happen. It still does, just not as often as you think. All in all, Costa Rica is a magical place to live your life of adventure.