And I get paid to walk around barefoot, hop on and off boats, and high-five people to celebrate their accomplishments. What is it I do? I manage a water sports company in Roatán, Honduras, offering scuba diving, snorkelling, sunset cruises, under-water scooters...the works.
First, because you’ll certainly not be alone. Thousands of singles, women as well as men, have already moved abroad. Every expat haven I know—in Ecuador, Mexico, Panama…in many parts of Asia…in Europe and beyond—has plenty of singles.
“Sundays begin with family. They arrive early and, before long, we’re on our way to the beach. We swim, eat, swim…and eat again. It’s a pleasure watching people enjoy the simple things,” says expat Paul Whiteway.
Finally I understood what he was getting at. Many people… even many expats… think that moving abroad is a one-way proposition. After all, if you do the research and find that there really is a happier, healthier, more affordable place to live outside your home country… and you actually move there… going back to the place you left while you’re still breathing can only mean you’ve failed somehow, right?
In the evenings, the Spanish know how to have a good time. They stay up late—even the kids. They eat together, listen to music, and laugh loudly.
What makes for a happy expat? This is something I think about often, because honestly…not everyone is cut out for the expat life. The rewards are tremendous and it’s a wonderful, life-changing experience, but there are challenges—and most are easy to get beyond.
My wife and I are new grandparents. And I have to say that, if this had happened thirteen years ago, we may never have left the U.S. and become expats.
Teaching English to students from all around the world by Internet, while based in Oaxaca, allows me to receive a good income in a city with a low cost of living.
One of the best and most popular expat destinations in northern Thailand is Chiang Mai. It's the original mountain retreat, surrounded by some of the highest mountain ranges in the country.
Expat Steve Quinn is living his dream running a beach bar overseas in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. As a busy carpenter and contractor in his native Canada, Steve Quinn relished his regular trips to Costa Rica to relax and unwind on the beach.