The Truth About Living Overseas

I had always dreamed of moving to another country.

About five years ago, while in my mid-20s, I got the guts and actually did.

But I don’t live in a tropical paradise… I don’t have an ocean view… and I’m not steps away from pure white sand.

Instead, my little piece of “paradise” is smack-dab in the heart of the 17th largest city in the world: Buenos Aires, Argentina.

As a copywriter, I can work from anywhere. A couple weeks ago I was at my family’s summer lake house in upstate New York writing about Warren Buffett… this week I’m in Austin doing a piece on the turmoil in the financial markets… and in October—since my wife is from Argentina—we’ll be headed back to her home city of Buenos Aires for five months, where I’ll write from either our downtown apartment, a local bookstore, or a nearby café.

Most expats will tell you that Buenos Aires is a great place to live because the people are beautiful, the prices are still cheap, the wine is incredible, and the steaks are the best you’ll ever have.

All of this is true.

But what few people realize is that this bustling city—with its 13 million population—is actually a great place to relax and escape all the “noise” of U.S. living.

As crazy as it sounds, life can be a lot simpler here.

For example…

  • You don’t need a car in Buenos Aires, so you don’t have to worry about insurance, gas, parking, or repairs. Instead, you can either walk or cheaply take a train, subway or bus to get anywhere you’d like. Even the taxis are cheap. A 15-minute ride will only cost you about $5.
  • You can turn off the TV too. But it’s not because most programs are in Spanish, it’s because there are better things to do—like shop in a boutique, sip some mate yerba in a park, scarf a homemade empanada, catch a tango show, or party at one of the many clubs that stay open until daylight.
  • You don’t need to be on time. You’ve probably heard that in South America, people are “always late.” From our North American perspective, that’s true. But in a country like Argentina, to arrive 30 minutes “late” to a engagement is actually “normal.” If you’re on time, YOU are the strange one!

These are just a few examples of how living and working from a city as hectic as Buenos Aires can be so tranquil to an expat like me.

I think it all comes down to something my wife once told me…

“In the U.S.,” she said, “it seems like the people live to work. But down here, we work to live.”

The more time I spend in Buenos Aires, the more I realize how right she is.

That’s the truth I’ve found about living in Buenos Aires.

If you’re the least bit curious about moving to another country, but you’re worried about what you’d do for work, consider starting a career in copywriting. It’s one of the few careers I know of that gives you this kind of opportunity.

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