A blog writers favorite item – a question sent in by a reader of his/her blog.
That is what blog writing is all about.
It is a pleasure to receive the questions, and even better to have some idea of how to answer!
A little insight to the “comment and question’ for the reader, to get a little understanding of what this post is about.
‘Instead of complaining about the state of affairs in the country we live, we have decided to take action!
We have chosen Costa Rica as a practical place to move to, and would like some information from The Big Mozey about:
An area to move to – we like the ocean.
Place to rent.
How can one investigate any of this from the USA?”
Simple and uncomplicated, yet a sufficient amount of questions that will open doors, avenues, that will answer other questions that arise when investigating a move like this.
Here is how the Big Mozey would begin the game plan of a move to another country.
1) Pay attention to Craigslist for the country that you have chosen as a possible place to move to.
A) Craigslist list covers the world. Jobs, places to rent, things people are selling, discussion boards.
2) AirBnB is a site that posts available lodging, for as little as $10 per night, throughout the world. This will give you an idea of lodging costs in the country you are planning on moving to or investigating.
3) I would subscribe to Simon Blacks “Sovereign Man” He puts out a free newsletter about places he’s been and how he is investing in the area or what the investment scene is like.
Also voices his opinion on governments, politics, money, etc. Like most newsletters, there is a “premium” membership that’s pushed rather heavily, but if you can stand the sales pitch, his free newsletter is a good read.
He covers Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America.
4) Learn the language of the country that you are thinking about moving to.
A) This allows you to communicate with the locals and shows respect on your part for them
B) If you want to find good deals on anything, it is not from the blogs you see on the internet.
It’s from a friend of a friend – it is always about relationships, that will lead to good “deals”. So, you have to speak the local language to get those “deals”.
This is true especially on any land deals, but it is true when bargaining for food, cars, etc.
5) All countries of the world have some sort of expat blogs – there is an expat blog for Costa Rica
A) Sign up for the expat blog for the country that you’re interested in.
B) Participate in the forums – ask questions, get to know people.
6) Learn about the economy of the country that you plan on moving to.
A) Go to that countries home page – look into what the government has to say about business.
B) Look at the US State Department web page – They list a variety of subjects about different countries of the world.
7) Look up professional groups for the country – if you are a writer, see if they have a group for professional writers, tourism boards, sports organizations.
8) Read a bit about the politics of the country – a violent past, a relatively peaceful past?
Realize that past problems can quickly reignite.
Socialist tendencies? Are the laws of the country at the whim of the present leader. (think Venezuela or Bolivia here)
9) Contact a bank in the country and learn the banking and lending rules.
10) Get a lawyer that you can communicate with and trust.
I do not tink this covers everything.
If you are reading this, and say to yourself, “Self, The Big Mozey should have added……..”, please feel free to share that idea in a comment.
A fun post to write because it is the act of sharing that makes the world a more enjoyable place.
Cheers for now.