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Recordings From Our 2019 Belize Conference Now Available

Goodbye Rat Race—Hello Healthy, Active Living

Rob Burrows and Tony Lauria—two of the expats who joined us for our 2019 Live and Invest in Belize Conference last week—were both in similar circumstances just a few years back.

Life was too busy—and not in a good way.

As a management consultant in Ohio, Rob was working 60-hour weeks, mostly on the road, staying in one hotel room after another… dreaming of his next vacation in the Caribbean.

Meanwhile, Tony worked for an international firm as a trainer and instructor and later in corporate sales. Caught up in the bustle of New York City life, he longed to escape to simpler, country living.Continue reading

tractor parade in belize

Money Making Ideas And Much More At Our Belize Conference

How These 7 Expats Are Funding Their New Lives In Belize 

“An entire country with a small-town feel” is how one expat in Belize describes his adopted home.

And that is my experience of Belize, too.

Before I settled into my job at Live and Invest Overseas in Panama City, some friends and I spent a few weeks exploring Belize… from the wild nature of the Cayo (where we hiked, swam in waterfalls, explored Maya ruins, and sang karaoke in the bars of San Ignacio) to the warm water and white-sand beaches of Ambergris Caye (my best snorkeling experience ever).

It was pure adventure—with something new to see or try every day. But what still stands out to me most about that trip was how my friends and I didn’t feel like tourists. While we lugged our backpacks from place to place, everywhere we showed up, we were welcomed as part of the community.Continue reading

What Everybody Ought To Know About Belize

How I Discovered A Whole New World In One Weekend… 

My first adventure in Belize was the bus ride out of the airport in Belize City and into the Cayo district.

The old American-style school bus was bumpy and overcrowded. At every stop—none of which appeared to be scheduled—more locals hopped on, and my friends and I were squeezed between kids and men in clothes from another age. Less than three hours in the country and we were already discovering its many secrets.Continue reading

Laughing Bird Caye Belize

Appreciating All That Belize Has To Offer (Even Its Quirks)

This Is Where You’ll Know You Have Arrived

At our Live and Invest in Belize Conference last year, Belize resident and developer Phil Hahn opened his presentation with some important advice from the world’s favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow:

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.”

Undeniably, you will encounter setbacks on any new adventure overseas. You’ll wonder if everybody else is completely crazy—or it’s just you. These are times when you have to do a reality check and remember that you are a guest in your new country… and it will take some time to adjust. If you can just wait out the panic period, you will be rewarded. And, in Belize, the rewards far outweigh the quirks of day-to-day life…

For a start, Belize is a natural wonderland. Just as the Mayans chose to settle along its impressive network of rivers some 4,000 years ago, a strong Mennonite community works the land around the town of Spanish Lookout in the Cayo District today. For a country of its size (22,966 square kms), the diversity of Continue reading

When you start receiving income from you self-sufficient lifestyle, you'll know you've achieved true self-sufficiency.

Real Self-Sufficiency: The Kind That Will Provide You Income

Self-Sufficiency Can Make (And Save) You Money

Last week I was in San Ignacio, in the heart of Belize’s Cayo District, for our first Self-Sufficiency Seminar.

I’ve been to this part of Belize before… but this chance to explore more of the self-sufficient way of living was truly mind-opening and a lot of fun…

We were delighted to have brewing instructor Rick Prondzinski join us. Because he’d been traveling, Rick had been unable to take me up on my initial invitation to speak. But, Thursday morning, in walked Rick… home brew in hand. No complaints from attendees on the last-minute schedule change—or the opportunity to taste beer at 10 a.m…

But this is life in Belize. Schedules—and time in general—don’t hold much sway…

If you’re at all interested in this part of the world… or in living more independently… enjoying more freedom… and earning an income from your backyard… it would be a shame for you to miss out on all the ideas and opportunities we shared last week.

So, as always, I’ve arranged for you to get access to our full set of recordings. Right now, you can grab a Continue reading

Caye Caulker, In Belize. A Great Perk of Living the Self-Sufficient Lifestyle in this country.

The Secrets Of The Self-Sufficient Lifestyle Explored In Belize

Paradise For The Quirky Expat

Last week, as we opened up registration to our Self-Sufficiency Seminar in Belize, I shared with you some of the benefits of the self-sufficient lifestyle.

While we’re basing this event in Belize, it doesn’t mean that you have to be entirely sold on Belize to join us. This is just as much an opportunity to discover these life-changing (and potentially life-saving) practices—and how you can implement them back home or anywhere in the world you may be thinking about spending time—as it is about an adventure into “the breadbasket of Belize.”

That said, there’s a reason we chose Belize—and particularly its Cayo region—as our base for this one-of-a-kind event.

For a start, the Cayo region is rich in resources—both natural and manmade. It has more protected land than any other district… it’s the top eco-tourism destination in the country… and it boasts the largest underground cave system in the western hemisphere.

Its landscape is dominated by fields and pastures, trees and jungle, rivers and livestock. Here and there, you’ll see a small house of concrete block or timber, and, in the distance, the Maya Mountains. Farmers tend corn and sugarcane, watermelons and citrus. Here, in this land of escape, life revolves around the land and values independence above all else. Continue reading