I’m Not Like Other Expats…

I have a confession to make. I don’t like the beach.

I know tropical beach is supposed to be the dream of every sensible expat. We’re supposed to want to swing in a hammock on it, listen to the surf gently lapping on it, stroll barefoot on it, drink ice-cold beer under umbrellas on it, and walk out of the front door of our seaside bungalows directly on to it.

But for me, the beach is where they keep the grit, heat, humidity, and bugs. I much prefer to be high, dry, and cool up in the mountains. Sorry, beach lovers, that’s just the way it is with me.

But I have to admit, I don’t seem to be in the majority. Most expats I know revel in the fact that it’s possible to own beachfront or near-beachfront property along some of the world’s most beautiful coastlines without having to be a millionaire. No wonder beachfront living is used over and over again to define the expat experience itself. When you see ads for overseas living, what’s the image you run into the most? That’s right: white sand, turquoise water, blue sky. Beach.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to visit the beach. In fact, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, at least occasionally. It’s been said many times before: they aren’t making any more beachfront. There is only so much to go around. And anyone who owns beach property has something that will most likely be in demand for a long, long time to come.

Which is why most expats I know—even those who don’t particularly like living there—have nothing at all against owning by the beach. There will always be people who want to be on or near a beautiful beach, and if you have a place that fits the bill, you’re probably in pretty good shape.

In fact, some of the smartest expats I know have found locations where the prices are still low enough to allow them to have the best of both worlds… to own the place they love to live AND the place they love to visit.

And when they’re not using the beach place, they’re letting somebody else use it to help defray the costs.

There are lots of places left in the world to look for those bargains, because no matter what anyone says, it’s still a big, big world. And there are still corners of it with incredible beaches that are still reasonably priced—even if you don’t particularly like beach.

Granted, those beaches don’t have shopping malls or four-lane highways or international airports right next to them yet, which is why they’re still reasonably priced.

But then again, many of the expats I know don’t particularly like malls, highways, and airports either.

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