The Abundance of International Living
International living opens up a whole new world for people who are not happy back in their home countries or for anyone who wants to improve their financial position. You can live the type of life you dreamed of for a fraction of the cost back at home.
We are in exciting times.
People are starting to realise that the old 'patriotic' and 'tribal' mindsets are just worn out cliches used by governments to keep you obedient so you will gladly hand over your hard earned cash. International living offers a very real and exciting alternative irrespective of whether you become a perpetual traveller or retire to only one country.
The cost of living is much cheaper, climate more pleasing and mindless bureaucracy at a minimum which means you can lead an international lifestyle of freedom, wealth and happiness. International living is a must for childrens' education these days and of course they adapt much quicker to new situations than adults do.
Just think about it.....working your business from a laptop, playing with the children when they need you, doing what you want when you want and of course family and friends will only be too happy to visit now that they have 'free accomodation' overseas.
Living abroad is invariably about finding a better quality of life. So the most important decision you should be making is deciding which criteria are most important to you. Next, create a short list of countries which fulfil those criteria. The best way to do this is to go to the 'The Quality of Life Index' which rates and ranks the quality of life in every country in the world. You can also go to the 'The Global Retirement Index' which ranks and compares the world's top 30 retirement destinations.
Although much research can be done on the internet it is important that you actually visit the countries you are interested in. You must become familiar with daily life in the particular area you want to live in. Mingle with the locals if you can, get a feeling about international living in the area you have chosen, the culture, customs, cost of food, internet access, other necessities and the overall cost of living.
Can you speak the language?
Is it mainly English speaking?
Get in touch with a few ex pats and ask them for their opinions. They will have a much more accurate picture of daily life because they live there.
International Living requires you to start thinking 'out of the box.' If you have lived all your life in one country you will have a set of beliefs related to that country. Beliefs about religion, education, government and so on. It is now time to start becoming truly 'international' and perhaps more open minded about life as you know it....
It is therefore very important that you rent somewhere and actually live in the community before you commit yourself to living there permanently.
Another important issue is safety. It is important to have a balanced view of any potential safety issues. Investigate the economic and political situation of the country.
Is there a large number of very poor areas?
Is crime high?
Is there any political unrest?
Remember that many countries are still developing and although there may have been problems in the past there may now be a different economic and political structure.
Would there be any bad feelings towards you because of the country you are from?
For example... many Americans have to be careful about going to the Middle East.
Remember it is very natural to feel apprehensive so it is important that you visit and get some hours in the country under your belt.
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International Living Inspiration
"True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness."
"Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages."