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This is life today for a huge segment of the population in the United States.

Maybe it's time to stand up and say: Enough.

I did, five years ago. I said enough to the uncertainty and the worries of life in the United States and opted for a new life, in Belize. For me, this choice was all about new opportunities and new possibilities for growth and development and reclaiming the American Dream. Here's what my experience in Belize has shown me: The "American Dream" of a comfortable middle-class lifestyle and affordable home ownership is alive and well in this beautiful little English-speaking country.

Your retirement income, whatever it is, can stretch much further in Belize. If you want or need to, you could easily work via the Internet or start your own business. Specifically, here are 10 reasons to consider relaunching your life in Belize:

Reason #1: The economy of Belize is stable, with one of the lowest inflation rates in the world.

Reason #2: English is the official language. Belize is the only country in Latin America where this is true.

Reason #3: Belize is close by. You can get to it in two hours or less from Houston and many points east. You can easily visit your family and friends (and grandkids) often and vice versa. Living in Belize, you'll be surprised how many visitors you'll have!

Reason #4: The system of law in Belize is based on that of the British.

Reason #5: Real estate is affordable. Belize is not the cheapest place in Central America to buy real estate, but the cost can be amazingly low compared with the cost of comparable property in the United States.

Reason #6: The government of Belize welcomes you. And isn't going to tax you out of your mind. Depending on your situation and where and how you earn your income, you could have zero tax liability in this country.

Reason #7: If you're 45 or over, you can take advantage of a "retiree" program to help you establish legal residency in Belize and enjoy special benefits.

Reason #8: Belize itself. Ahhhhhhhhhh. This is a paradise of fabulous sun, sea, and surf. The barrier reef offshore is second in size only to that in Australia and should be on everyone's Bucket List. Inland are the famed rainforest and Mayan ruins, more for your Bucket List. Throughout Belize you'll find exotic flora and fauna. This is a country where Mother Nature rules.

Reason #9: The joy of family life and community, which are Belizeans' biggest priorities.

Reason #10: The expat community. Belize is a quirky country that has been attracting expats and retirees from around the world for decades. These are like-minded people who want to make their own way and live well on what they've got. Expats bring their dreams to this country, and Belize help to make them come true.

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