Living in the tropics
While much can be learned about living in the tropics by studying online, particularly using social media groups of people living where you are considering as your new home, no research will be complete without at least one visit to the country.
Reading and dreaming about what it is like to live in the sun versus experiencing it on a day to day basis are two very different things. I may be wrong, but I bet your dreams do not include a scorpion in your bathroom, so let us agree much can be learned from research on the ground.
Cheap tropical trips
It would be a mistake to seek out tropical vacations or tropical travel packages, it will be better when planning your trip to concentrate on cheap tropical trips for several reasons.
The most important reason to prioritize inexpensive versus a travel package is to remember why you are visiting. While a week spent at a resort by the sea would no doubt be relaxing and fun, you most likely would learn little about the availability of the medications you use, or the process of obtaining a residency visa. The objective of this trip is to meet people who have already retired in the tropics and to tap their knowledge and experience.
Another objective is to see different areas of the country and get an idea of what area best fits your dream. Finally, investigate what day to day life would be like. Go to the grocery store and mini markets, visit a hardware store, go to a pharmacy, inquire about doctors and dentists, visit recreational sites, remember you are investigating your future happiness! A great way to do this is to housesit. We review Trusted Housesitters, the number one site that can help you live like a local and not pay for your lodging while visiting prospective retirement locations.
Personal friends of ours, Clyde and Terry Coles, are avid travellers who have found a way to see the world far less expensively than staying in a hotel, even an economy hotel. They run a wonderful blog named Travel the World Housesitting where they help people learn how to house sit and one of their blog posts is how to take a cheap vacation by housesitting.
Before you visit make a list of things to investigate while you are there, take notes on that same list that detail what your learned and how or from whom you learned it. Record contact information of people who helped you and those who you enjoyed meeting. These notes will be invaluable to you once you return home and collect your thoughts and impressions.
Travel in Peace Protect Your Health
Many people do not realize that when they travel outside of their home country their existing health insurance does not provide coverage once they leave the country where they purchased it.
The consequences of being uninsured in a foreign country are significant ranging from having to pay for medical care on the spot out of pocket to being denied care when you really need it. Fortunately an inexpensive solution exists, and that is to buy a travel insurance policy. You can investigate and purchase a policy by clicking here.
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