I’ve been hosting conferences in Belize for 30 years.
And I’ve noticed a pattern among those who make their way to Belize to join me and my team for these events…
A common denominator that gives an important insight into the opportunity that Belize presents.
Most people considering a move to Belize share a big-picture agenda to take back control of their lives.
Again and again, the attendees in this country I’ve spoken with have echoed the same concern…
“I feel as though the power to direct my own destiny living in the United States has been drained away over decades,” they’ve all told me in their own ways.
One guy I remember in particular was a 69-year-old gold prospector from Alaska. He’d had it, he told me, with government in the United States. He wasn’t anti-Democrat or anti-Republican… he was anti the whole mess.
“Both parties,” he told me, “have left me feeling disenfranchised and resentful. I just don’t believe in my country anymore. I love it… but I don’t believe in it,” he said.
And then he explained that he is thinking about giving up his U.S. citizenship.
I asked him why, at his age, he would go through the formal expatriation process.
“It’s not about the taxes or the money,” he told me.
“I just want to take a stand before I die against the country I’ve loved but that has changed so much I can’t handle being part of it anymore.”
Many of the good folks who come to spend time with us in Belize are looking for a place where they can live the kind of lifestyle they remember from decades past in the United States… a life of independence and self-resilience.
Another common theme among our Belize conference attendees has to do with adventure.
One lady I met at a recent event, a successful attorney just about to retire from her practice, was as excited as a child might be about the idea of heading off into the big unknown. She, like many I’ve spoken with at these conferences, was ready to clear her slate. She wanted nothing getting in the way of the adventure she was imagining.
“I’m selling everything,” she told me. “I’m kicking out my son. He’s in his late 20’s. It’s time for him to make his own life.
“I’m giving away my cat… and I’m heading to Belize.”
Another couple, in their 50s, still working and doing quite well for themselves, told me they were in Belize for the adventure straight up. Where else could they enjoy so much like-minded company and so many outside-the-box investment ideas…
More than one attendee has explained that they’re looking for a bolt-hole… a “quiet, secure spot” for vacation, for permanent escape, for their children…
One recent attendee bought a “tiny house” for his 20-something daughter to use as a studio for her online graphics business. Costing less than US$70,000, this turn-key home filled a need for both his daughter and himself. Now he feels like he has somewhere to go should he decide he’s ready to take the leap.
I seem to connect best with the attendees interested in Cayo, as that’s the part of this country that has always appealed most to me.
The folks heading to Cayo are doers with hobbies and sometimes very unconventional business ideas. One I met spoke to me about moving to Cayo to open an alcohol distillery; another had an idea to start a free sewing school for local girls.
At our Belize events—as at all Live and Invest Overseas conferences—I meet readers who’ve attended other programs with us in other countries but also a lot of newbies. These LIOS conference virgins always seem a bit blown away. Reading some online articles and following the free e-letters doesn’t really prepare you for what you encounter when you begin exploring Belize on the ground.
I enjoy meeting and speaking with Belize first-timers. I have to admit that I feel a little personally gratified seeing their recognition grow… watching as they come to appreciate the diversity, the beauty, the wide-open welcome, the open-minded perspective, and the independent spirit that is this country.
It makes me a little proud to have had a little to do with helping to spread the word over the past three decades.