"Kathleen, Here's What I'm Looking For..."
Sept. 2, 2014, Baltimore, Maryland: Live and Invest Overseas’ Retire Overseas Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, helped hundreds of would-be retirees figure out where to reinvent their lives overseas.Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
I spent a lot of time in Nashville last week trying to help the 400+ in attendance figure out where, exactly, they might best think about reinventing their lives overseas...
"Kathleen, I'm thinking about Ecuador and Nicaragua...Cuenca and Granada. Here's what I want...
"Well, first, here's what I don't want. I don't want hot, hot or humid. I want a cool climate, and I want a city. I'll be making this move on my own, and I want easy access to things to do...museums and art galleries. Things like that. What do you think of my choices?"
Take Nicaragua off your list. Its climate isn't what you're looking for. Cuenca could be a good choice—cool and comfortable year-round plus an established community of expats to tap into. That would help to make the transition for a woman on her own much easier...
"Kathleen, I'm afraid I've made a big mistake. I've put down a deposit on a house on the beach in Belize..."
Why do you think that might have been a mistake?
"Well, I've ever been to Belize..."
"But I know that Belize is what I want."
OK, let's start there. Why do you believe Belize is the place for you?
"I want the beach. I want to be right on the beach, right on the sand. And I want low-key. I don't like resorts or tourists, or people, really. I'm kind of kidding but not. I like quiet and solitude. And I don't want to learn a new language..."
Great. Yes, based on all that, Belize is a great choice for you. Still, you should go see it. A place can seem ideal on paper but just not feel right once you've put your feet on the ground. When that happens, you want to follow your gut...go with your instinct. So, while, based on your checklist of criteria, Belize seems like the place, before you commit in full, you need to get on a plane.