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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Wizard1962, Feb 11, 2019.
No further questions, yer Honour!
My folks retired to S.C. (..inland, Anderson and then Spartanburg) and enjoyed their years there. I've considered Asheville in the mountains; beautiful but a bit pricey.
Ah - gotcha - I see where you were coming from now
I've done a lot of traveling in my lifetime. I wouldn't consider living in any other country. As many bad things as can be said about the USA there isn't anywhere else I would rather live.
I feel that way, but more specifically regarding Wisconsin
I think I recall South Park once having the gang all hate on Wisconsin, because it was so clean
Yeah, I don't think I could handle living in many places in the middle west. I'm sure the folks feel the same about living on the water.
My sister lives on the water (in the midwest). And she has to deal with everything that washes ashore, and the smell of that, and the mosquitos, and the high property taxes.
Oh, and flooding, in the season.
Congrats to your wife. Wonderful news.
Interesting perspectives...Personally, if I wanted to retire somewhere with 90% Americans, I might as well stay in Arizona. Part of the benefit to me would be the experience of a new culture. That would include learning a new language, so I could use that skill to travel elsewhere in Latin America.
Whoops! I should have qualified that statement. There are some parts of Canada I avoid, particularly urban areas in some cities. There are certainly parts of the US I would avoid as well. I've spent time in rural areas of Washington state, Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota where the crime rate is low. I've also been to New York (city) twice. If I were to move to the southern parts of the US, the smaller towns of New Mexico, Arizona, or Nevada would be my choice. Crime is everywhere these days whether it be Canada or the US and one certainly needs to be aware of one's surroundings.
And here I thought you guys got inundated with Canadian snowbirds.
Not as many as we used to with the current exchange rate.
My sister and I both have Canadian significant others, so I can’t judge. She lives in BC and I live part time Québec.
Extra points for the accent aigu.
ha ha... my experience is quite the opposite!
then again Detroit, Chicago etc all have high crime areas, Baltimore...
There is no paradise, and ultimately we all die, so the idea is to enjoy our time before it is gone.
for some the quality of life will be better in a country with a lower cost of living, if they are on a fixed income. Its a fools quest to find absolute safety, living requires risk, we can minimize that and try to not do foolish things and make bad decision, but still the grim reaper awaits. So enjoy your time and pursue your dreams, for too soon, you will have neither.
people get kidnapped in Atlanta, it hasn't made me move, though I do keep a bag of ransom money in my car, just in case.....
dual citizenship = north AND south Carolina...
Oh hell, yer from Atlanta?
You're good to go, pretty much anywhere, I think.
Those bad CostaRican dudes be all "Hey, don't mess with that one, I hear he's from Atlanta!"
I have visited both Belize and Costa Rica, and always rented locally and mixed heavily with the locals - try to not exclusively have a "tourist" experience. There are many Americans and Canadians in both countries. Cost of living is cheaper (but only slightly, not like half), but conveniences are fewer (ie, no 24-hr gas stations!). Weather is great, life is simpler. If you search online, there are many great resources with good advice. Take a long visit (a month, not a week), and live like a local and not a tourist. Think about what your daily life would consist of. While real estate may be cheaper, jobs are way more scarce, so figure out where your money would come from. I did not sense that crime was any bigger a problem than is U.S. or anywhere else. Health care is fine. But you need to be more self-sufficient, compared to U.S. where we are highly pampered. I have heard that Ecuador has a big American ex-pat community, but I have never been there.
what did you think of Argentina? I understand they don't tax foreign retirement income a dime.
plus the bag of ransom money never hurts..