There are 252 countries on the planet, and you need to try 5-10 locations to find the correct place to retire.
Moving Abroad it is Accept the Choice or Go Home for 90 Percent.
I enjoy moving to a new country, or city on the planet, to me, it is the fountain of youth. However, whether nature or nurture, I sense that the human animal wants to squat, create a homestead, and die in one location. Therefore, when planning to move abroad, they only make plans to move one time. The put all their eggs in one basket, they bet the end of their life on one location.
My estimate, after 14 years, and 90 countries is 90 percent will move back home.
It was a lottery, the tried on one of the 252 countries, and failed. However, the ones that succeed probably visit 5-20 countries before they settle down, and choose the best on for them.
Moving is incredibly stressful for the all or nothing group.
Wow. I never actually verbalized or thought of travel in that way. But it is so true. My siblings have all opted to not travel. They have created little emotional and physical havens and consequently feel no need to travel at all. This is a very psychologically pleasant and perhaps necessary position for them and I applaud them for it. They are happy well adjusted people.
I continue to amaze them with my constant need to travel the world and see what is over the next hill, the next horizon, or the next wave crest. And I dearly love my life. It is cheaper for me to travel than to settle down. I can stay in a hotel in Spain or on the island of Boracay for less than rent on an apartment.
I think I am kind of genetically programmed to travel as a result of my lineage. And perhaps my very early exposure to travel as an infant influenced my love of seeing new sites, meeting new people, and enjoying new experiences.
I just realized that I look at travel in a totally different way than a tourist does. They go for one or two weeks. They run around frantically trying to do everything, one upping their friends and neighbors, and getting ready to go back to another year of working at a job they hate for a boss they detest. I physically cannot help but laugh at this approach to a vacation. I have to agree with you, Andy, three months is the correct time to allow per move. In one week I cannot even find the best place to get a good cup of coffee or meet people for a good breakfast chat.
Then too, my very early entry into that exciting, amazing and dangerous, and total travel experience the us navy really settled it for me. I cannot stop traveling. It is in my blood and my psyche so deeply that I would emotionally shrivel up and die if I could not travel. I would probably have a nervous breakdown.
Thank you for helping me put my feelings into words. That said, I will tell my short list of places I love. Guatemala's beautiful Lago Atitlan and Panajachel, the Philippines, the island of Malta, Maui Hawaii, and the island of Hawaii. I will be going to Spain and Portugal and am guessing that I will love both places.
say hello to me and I will buy you a cup of delicious breakfast coffee
When I left the States I thought I would end up in Africa, but here I am in Nepal. For me it was only 3 European countries, India and then Nepal. When I saw the beautiful Himalayas I cried like a baby and knew I was home.
But just like my original home, I had some crazy family members. Yes, I got beat up, tossed around and came out a bit tougher for the experience.
What we don't realize is that European tourists get pretty beat up in America, too. I remember back in the early 90's so many tourists were getting car-jacked that they had to make the rental car license plates the same color as privately owned cars.
So, the first couple years was making friends with a bunch of users, with few exceptions. So I prune my friends occasionally and go on. Although my friends seem to change from month to month I have good friends that have been with me for over a year. I love to blog about living in Nepal and helping others who are coming here. My blog is FrugalTravelsNepal.blogspot.com
I love all your post, they are very helpful. I'm currently getting rid of my stuff here in the states. I have traveled across the country, but I was still working,now I decided to spend most of my time traveling. getting beat up was kind of bad and scary. I'm not a fearful person or timid person and will fight back tooth and nail, LOL! I just want to enjoy the rest of my life traveling and living abroad.