What makes Living in Belize The Right Choice Part III
Cost of Living – One of the main reasons I wanted to move from the U.S. was due to the high cost of living. It appeared as if it was only getting worse and would be a while before getting better. Heading into my retirement years, I wanted somewhere that I could “stretch” my dollar.
Living in Belize can be very economical. If you’re smart about your lifestyle choices (no excessive drinking or dining out), the area you move to (inland is cheaper than waterfront), and what luxuries you can live without (air conditioning can be expensive if used excessively), it’s not unreasonable to live on anywhere from $1000 to $2500 USD a month for two people, all inclusive, even on an island!
Safety – Obviously choosing a country that we felt safe in was very important. When you tell people you are moving to a third world country, a lot of them just automatically assume it’s dangerous. But I’ve found Belize to be much safer than where I was living in Oakland, CA.
Sure, there’s crime here, but it’s mostly petty theft due to the high unemployment rate. And just like any state in the U.S., the larger cities have more crime. If you take simple precautions, like locking your doors, and perhaps having a dog, you should be fine. I feel quite safe taking a walk by myself. Rape and murder really are the exception here, and not the rule.
I could go on and on a list a dozen more reasons why I moved to Belize, like access to reasonably priced lobster, scuba diving, or the incredible sunrises and sunsets, but those I’ve already given were by far my most serious considerations before moving to a foreign country.
Now that I’m here, I have absolutely no regrets, except one – I wish I had done it sooner. But one can’t live with regrets, so I’m just glad I did. Do you have any dreams that you’re putting on hold?
Sharon Hiebing is an American Expat living in San Ignacio Town, Belize. She is the founder of Wealth Ships’ and offers Expat Relocation Consulting Services via email, phone and one-to-one at affordable rates. She also owns the only property management company in Western Belize, Red Roof Property Management. She has written two ebooks, writes a weekly blog, and posts tidbits daily about her life and work on Facebook. She’d love it if you came and got to know her.