The notion that uprooting one’s life from North America and moving to a Latin American country somewhere in South America is somehow going to make our life better is unlikely, for everyone. Let us tell you why we think this way.
Why it’s Unlikely
When we look at history of expats that have moved to Ecuador or anywhere else in Latin America it clearly shows that many of them decide that permanent living abroad is not for them. Now, there’s nothing wrong with these feelings and there is nothing wrong with moving back to your familiar surroundings, after all that is your home; it’s actually quite normal.
In short, the emigration pattern shows that life abroad is not for everyone.
To elaborate on this a bit more, we can say that reading the hype the pumpers continuously print can mislead us into believing a certain way about a place until of course, we experience it for ourselves. Along with this buildup of how great somewhere is, comes certain wording and adjectives that writers use to heighten a positive awareness in the reader; such as calling a city magical or whimsical or ideal or paradise or eden or….well, you get the point.
This propaganda for pumping certain cities to death is designed to delude the reader to such an extent that they can’t wait to be entertained in this new magical, paradisaical city and so what do they do? They uproot their entire lives to move somewhere they only visited for 3 weeks while on a vacation.
We’re not at all saying that some of this stuff is not true because it is but there has to be a balance, otherwise the reader gets sucked in to a realm that isn’t. Deluding retirees into believing so much greatness from so many different media outlets about one city on the map is ridiculous to say the least. Did we mention overblown, out of proportion and just plain out of this world weird?
We have fully recognized over the years the people that fall for these glowing reports are the people who usually only read the positive pitches about a place because they do not want their dream of moving to an exotic foreign country crushed. They don’t like people who "tell it like it is” and some of them become hostile over it.
People Do Not Want Their Dream Crushed
Even though there are some bloggers that do talk about the negatives of a place, it seems that readers shy away from the REAL TALK or SCOFF at it or JUSTIFY reasons why they will be able to deal with that negative aspect. So, in reality we allow ourselves to be sucked in rather than carry a sensible head on our shoulders and half of the expats leave after a year or two. Okay, we get that.
We also understand that no one wants their dream crushed! We don’t want our dreams crushed either but at the same time we don’t want to waste money or our time going to a place that we’ll not fit in. We have to fit-in otherwise we’ll feel disconnected and lonely for the familiarity of home. So, what that means is our dream might be crushed for that particular place.
What really helped for us is that we came to Ecuador with our whole family. We would never have moved to Ecuador had our three sons not been on board and that is because we are very family connected and is the main reason why we chose Ecuador. Ecuador is very family-oriented and family-connected and that connection helps us to fit-in.
The health care can be great, the weather perfect, the landscape beautiful and the food abundant but if you feel disconnected, none of it matters…do you see? Where and how do you fit-in?
There needs to be a foundational part of your life now that will help you to fit-in wherever you decide to move. Moving somewhere because it is touted as cheap is not a good enough reason to move there.
Ok, we reiterate again that moving abroad is not for everyone… but then who is it for?
Who is Latin America Better For?
Latin America works better for people who have a sense of adventure over sense of materialism.
It’s a better fit for people who DO NOT have the need to show off their apartment or house to their friends and family back home.
It’s better for those people who want to live next door to the local people rather than seclude themselves in a private gringo subdivision.
It’s a better fit for people who have the “live and let live" attitude rather than the “it must be my way" attitude”.
We have observed that usually it is those people without a strong family connection to back home that love living and traveling abroad. Solo travelers also fit in to this category.
It’s better for people who feel they want to learn the language because they need and want their interaction enhanced with the local people. There has to be a strong need to learn the language or it will not happen.
Living in Latin America is better for people who love to walk, be outdoors and are healthy, energetic, and active.
It’s better for expats that live in Latin America who understand what being respectful of other peoples and cultures is because it does make life easier for you and for the locals.
We don’t have to change our beliefs to move to Latin America but we must be tolerant and accepting of others, otherwise Latin America will not work for you.
Latin America works great for retirees who understand the behavioral changes they will need to have to stay safe and secure, not just from petty crime but home invasions and robbery.
Moving to a Latin American country is better for those people who have a humble persona rather than a flaunty one.
And lastly, Latin America works better for those expats who understand the financial differences in Latin America and respect those differences with their own lifestyle.
Is Latin America a good fit for you? Only you have the answer to that. Whatever you do, do it with thoroughness.
To end this, we say to you, the world is a big place, step outside of the few countries that the RAM magazines so much love to pump every year over and over again and take a look around. Open your minds, study, research, travel, explore and learn.
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