Why This Couple Of "Normal People" Retired To Nicaragua (And Wish They'd Made The Move Sooner)
Nov. 26, 2014, Granada, Nicaragua: Darrell and Amy Bushnel retired from North Carolina to Granada, Nicaragua, to enjoy a reduced cost of living and a rich, full, and active life.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
We're just a couple of normal people. I used to be an operational manager for a large finance firm. My wife Amy was a rep in real estate. Like many people our age, we've traveled overseas quite a bit. However, unlike many people any age, in 2006, we moved from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Managua, Nicaragua.
Now, about nine years later, we are permanent residents of Nicaragua and are considering becoming citizens. We like the idea of having two passports, plus that'd mean we wouldn't have to renew our residency every five years.
Why Nicaragua? Like everybody, we checked in on all the usual suspects. We looked at Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Panama, but we kept coming back to Nicaragua. Over a five-year period, we stayed in Nicaragua several weeks at a time, and we liked it. I don't know what else to tell you. We just liked it here. Beautiful country, diverse, low cost of living, which is a big factor. Plus we felt there were opportunities here for us. We knew we weren't interested in a sunset-and-drinks-on-the-patio retirement. We knew we wanted to stay busy.