The Most Common Expat Complaint—And How To Avoid It
“In my 15 years of living overseas, I’ve never met anybody who hated their new home so much that they packed up and went home,” Latin America correspondent Lee Harrison told the audience at last year’s Retire Overseas Conference.
“What almost everybody has admitted to me, though,” continued Lee, “is that they wish they had done this sooner… that there are now precious years of their lives wasted that they won’t ever get back.”
We hear this from our readers, too. Often, it’s only when people fully understand what’s on the other side that they realize they could have done it all a lot sooner…
After 15 years of traveling to Nicaragua, Darrell Bushnell and his wife Amy finally settled in the colonial town of Granada.
“We bought a 160-year-old colonial house with a large patio, and we knew right away that this was the place for us,” Darrell told us. “Everything in Granada is within a short walk of everything else. Vendors come to our door selling fruits, vegetables, soap, animals… just about anything you could imagine. We enjoy the unexpectedness of it all.
“You tend to reinvent yourself when you make a move like this. I never wrote before in my life, but now I write a lot. Amy has always been in art, but she never taught before. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s something here for you to do.
“We love it here… the only regret is that we didn’t move down here sooner.”
Canadian expat Michelle Bradshaw found her paradise in Tulum, on the shores of the Mexican Riviera. Michelle continues to work part time, long-distance for her old Calgary-based company. But she’s also tapped into the opportunities in town to boost her income. She started by offering a house-sitting service, then later trained as a yoga instructor. Today, she leads her own yoga classes.
“If you want to do something, it will come to you,” says Michelle who appreciates all the natural wonders on her doorstep and the casual atmosphere around town. “When I wanted to take a yoga course, it was right on my back door. My sister who has moved here, too, became a diving instructor.
“Things get done… but it may take some time. The fast city pace is not here. It’s very relaxed and very comfortable. My only regret is that I didn’t make the move sooner. Here, I feel like I’m getting younger by the day.”
It’s inspiring to read these stories… but it’s nothing like the fire that will be put under you when you get to hear our expats speak, live and in person, from the podium at an event… and connect with them over coffee or cocktails, when they can answer your own questions…
I already sent you notice that doors have opened on registration for this year’s Retire Overseas Conference, Sept. 8–11. Yes, it’s a long way off—but there’s no time like January to lock in your travel plans. And, if you get in this week, you’ll be able to snap up one of our last VIP Packages.
If you’d like to let go of any confusion, worry, or self-doubt that can hold you back… and finally start to make a plan (and get an introduction to the 21 top overseas havens you should consider today) then this is the event for you….
Best of all, it happens Stateside—in Las Vegas—so you can spare yourself the expense of a long-distance flight while you whittle down your options with the help of our team of live-overseas experts and expats.
Whether you want to retire, reinvent yourself, or are craving a new adventure, I hope you’ll join us at what will be our biggest and best Retire Overseas Conference yet… where, together, we’ll make this the year of no regrets.
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Editor, Live and Invest Overseas Confidential