Surviving Earthquakes & Other disasters in Nicaragua

Over the years Nicaragua has been hard hit with many natural disasters.  The most disastrous was the earthquake of 1972 but there have been numerous other disasters to occur in the area including Hurricane Mitch in 1998.  The earthquake in 1972 in Managua hit in the middle of the night killing thousands of people.  The earthquake injured thousands more and left a few hundred thousand homeless.  Disasters like the earthquake in 1972 in Managua and hurricanes that affect the entire country have had a devastating effect on the country.

When traveling or relocating abroad, one of the most important factors to consider is safety. Of course, there is always some risk associated with international travel to areas prone to earthquakes or other natural disasters. With that being said, there are various precautions which you can take to ensure your safety while visiting or for extended living. These include packing a first-aid kit, practicing cautionary eating and drinking, and increasing your overall alertness of yourself and your surroundings.

While in Nicaragua, there are some dangers which may be completely out of your control, such as natural disasters. Therefore, it is important to know whether a region  of the country you are traveling to has a strong disaster preparedness strategy and appropriate preventative infrastructure. Over the past several years, Nicaragua has impressively developed its disaster preparedness infrastructure to ensure the safety of both locals and tourists alike.

Lessons from the Past

In its past, Nicaragua has faced various natural disasters, most notably the Managua Earthquake in 1972 and Hurricane Mitch in 1998. While these events were tragic, they were greatly beneficial to Nicaragua in the long term as far as Disaster readiness.  As a result of Mitch, there was a major shift in the country’s preparedness methods and disaster control.

Now it is common to find anti-seismic buildings, flood prevention mechanisms, repaved roads, and increased water accessibility. Effectively, these improvements have immensely reduced the impact of natural disasters on the people of Nicaragua.

Implemented Infrastructure

Natural disasters happen in all parts of the world, and they are virtually unavoidable. However, with proper defensive infrastructure, the impacts of these events can be substantially reduced. In addition to the physical improvements listed above, there have also been great societal advances to Nicaragua’s disaster prevention plan. Throughout the country, local Red Cross branches and similar foundations have collaborated with schools, universities, and other partner organizations to brainstorm and spread precautionary information regarding relevant natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods.

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A few years ago, the Nicaraguan government instituted a large-scale plan as part of the National System for Disaster Prevention, Mitigation, and Attention (SINAPRED) to educate its citizens on how to effectively stay safe in the case of natural catastrophes. As part of this initiative, thousands of locals have been trained to go door-to-door to educate people on how to prepare for, and stay safe during, potential natural occurrences. Likewise, this plan established escape routes, shelters, and assistance centers throughout the country to offer universal aid in the case of a disaster. Several disaster drills by government officials are conducted throughout the year in different municipalities to prepare personnel and the general population in the event of disaster.

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The red cross has also taken various steps in providing disaster preparedness in the case of an earthquake, tsunami, or fire. Each major city has implemented a comprehensive tsunami and earthquake strategy to ensure the safety of citizens. In the case of an earthquake or tsunami threat,  emergency personnel from the police and civil defense force have been trained to take immediate action to  to ensure the immediate evacuation of all persons from areas of potential impact. There are designated routes assigned to each municipality and most hotels etc have signage with maps of emergency escape routes.

Seven Fundamental Steps of Becoming an Expat

So you’ve decided to move abroad and live in a culture other than your own. Maybe you’ve landed a job in the country of your dreams or you’ve fallen in love and can’t wait to live with your significant other. Whatever your reasons for becoming a world citizen are, you need to make some decisions.

Let’s first assume that you know where you’re going, you’ve done your research about the place, you have your passport and know which type of visa you require to stay there, and you’ve provided for healthcare and insurance needs, necessary vaccinations and medications.

After slow-traveling for the last six years, we’ve learned a few good lessons, some the hard way. We’re sure expats before the age of the internet managed, but connectivity has been our tireless friend. Through local websites, blogs, Craigslist, and city forums on sites such as InterNations, we have found vital information about everything from finding apartments and groceries, to local transportation options, to activities and entertainment.

Now on to the list!

1. Going. Travel arrangements to your destination are the easy part, whether it’s by plane, train or another mode of transportation. Check with your airline! Some countries are picky about travelers with one-way flights and will require you to have a return ticket in order to get a visa. Decide what belongings you’re taking with you, if you’re storing anything or selling it all, and whether you’re shipping a car or furniture. We travel light and don’t have a home base, so what we carry in our two suitcases and carry-on bags is our home.

2. Arriving. Where you’ll be for the first few days and how you get there from the airport, train or bus station is important. You will feel an onslaught of newness, strangeness, and awe at your new surroundings while probably being jet-lagged. You’ll need to know how to find a taxi or local bus to take you to your landing place, be it a temporary hotel, hostel, apartment, rental home or your permanent home. Note: Grab some local cash at the first ATM you find.

3. Communications. Figure out the basics. If mail is a factor for you, consider a mail service company in your home country. We’ve had great experiences with Earth Class Mail for seven years. For cell service unlock your phone and get SIM cards in your new country or purchase phones. Internet connections are available almost everywhere, and most expats agree that staying in touch with family and friends is critical and helps minimize homesickness. Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Instagram and apps like WhatsApp are valuable tools. So find out how you’ll connect to the internet, and don’t forget your country-specific electrical adapters for your devices and appliances!

4. Finances. Whether you have or will look for a job, work remotely, or retire, research banking options in your new home. We work remotely so using a mail service, being able to deposit checks in our domestic bank and using ATMs has been crucial for us. Many expats maintain a bank account in their home country as well as one in their new home. But do your research about what it takes to open a local bank account.Note: Warnings about ATM use abound but you get the best exchange rate and we’ve never had a problem.

5. Connections. How will you connect with other expats, meet local residents, make friends and get grounded in your new home? While immersing yourself in your new culture, other expats are invaluable sources of information and help. Look for social meet-up groups or language exchanges and locate yoga classes, gyms, libraries, book clubs, or other places you can meet both locals and fellow expats.

6. Language. You’ll want and need to be able to communicate with people in your new home. Everything involves language. Gestures take you only so far. Obviously, language schools are everywhere or you can self-learn with CDs, podcasts, or local TV. No matter your ability level, just putting yourself out there and trying is well received by residents. In Buenos Aires for our long-term stay, we advertised on Craigslist and BANewcomers, a local newcomers group, to find our Spanish tutor who also became our friend. However you learn, you’ll be well rewarded for the time and effort you invest in learning the language.

7. Mindset. Enjoy your initial excitement and wonder, and carry it with you as you explore your new world. Jump in, and be open, trusting and patient. Living abroad is a unique exercise in mindfulness, being non-judgmental, embracing change and discovering more about yourself. Have fun, listen, smile! Keep a journal! Make a fool of and laugh at yourself. People are pretty much the same everywhere and they will laugh with you.

Betsy and Mark Blondin have been slow-traveling, living for extended periods of time in Latin America and Europe, for the past six years. They just published At Home Abroad: Today’s Expats Tell Their Stories, a collection inspired by the amazing expats they’ve met. They work remotely while traveling, Betsy as an editor and Mark as a data storage consultant.

10 Ways in which Travel can help overcome Depression

Posted on June 22, 2016

When we are depressed, we hide from the world. So we suffer in silence, hoping that it will go away one day. But we have a better solution for all your depression woes. And it doesn’t exist at the bottom of that pill bottle or in taking opium!

It’s called TRAVEL.

There are various things that can cause depression, and you try many different ways to get rid of it and cure yourself, be it prescription drugs or other conventional treatments. However, one thing you might not have considered is taking a vacation. Often, this can be the best cure for extreme melancholia and misery and can inspire you again. Moreover, it doesn’t have any adverse side effects commonly associated with taking drugs.

This is the reason many movies show individuals flying out or moving to new places to get away from the depression and bad memories troubling them back home. Such cases include Rambo 4, where the protagonist John Rambo has moved to Thailand to make tracks in an opposite direction from things, or Beyond Rangoon where Patricia Arquette’s character goes on an outing to Burma (Myanmar) after the demise of her significant other and child.

So in case you’re one of these individuals who feel despondent or know people who do, then here are some reasons why you should try travel to alleviate the pain.

1) Travel helps you get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life

There are many people who suffer from depression mainly triggered by bad circumstances. For example, you had a crappy job or no job, hated your education, didn’t have a good love life/social life, which was bogging you down in life. Take a trip close to nature which will allow you to unwind and ease the pain, and as it happens in a lot of cases, help you find solutions to your life’s problems. Trust us, it can do wonders.

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2) Travel lets you see the real world

Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered. A lot of people travel not only because it is enjoyable but also because it enlightens. There are lots of amazing places, culture and cuisines to explore in the world. Your travel doesn’t have to be limited to where you live or what you read in a book, there are lots of exciting places to experience in the real world. Travelling is worth every penny you will spend because memories last forever.

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3) Travel helps you meet people from different cultures

On these travel journeys, you will discover individuals you quickly connect with. By traveling, you get the chance to meet diverse individuals from different places and varied experiences who can lend a fresh perspective to your life. The connections you build on your travels can stay forever and become your support system. Not only does traveling enhance social skills, it can make you fearless, and help you fight off any demons you have.

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4) Trying new things is always a fun

Try going on a journey full of adventurous activities: trekking, rafting, bungee-jumping, rock climbing, volcano boarding. The world is your playground. Once you will start challenging yourself and overcome your fears, the problem that’s making you depressed will seem small. Getting out of your comfort zone will give you the confidence to take on anything in life..head on!

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5) Travel can be therapeutic, relaxing, and stimulating

There’s something truly therapeutic about leaving home and traveling to somewhere you’ve never been to. To change your life, you would have to change from within. This is where perspective on travel as therapy can begin its application. It relaxes your soul and helps you get to know yourself at a spiritual level.

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6) Travel gives you the freedom to “just be yourself”

Traveling teaches you so many things – not only in a cultural way but also on a personal level. When we’re home, most of us pretend to be somebody we’re not, to fit in and ensure our daily lives go smoothly. We rarely get a chance to be ourselves, perhaps only with a very few people that we’re extremely close to. Over time, we continually ignore those little details of ourselves that really define us and eventually we forget who we really are. Traveling is a great way to know yourself and be yourself, for when you travel, most people you come across don’t know you (unless you’re a global celebrity!) so you can be who you are – no pretenses, no drama, no fear.

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7) Travel inspires you to write and express yourself

Sometimes we can get really bogged down with the issues in our lives, and travel is one thing that can unlock whole new ways for us to funnel our creative energy into something positive. Writing down your travel experiences will help you remember how great that journey made you feel. Why stop there? Start a travel blog and share your experiences with others! The love and appreciation you get would make you feel a whole lot better about yourself and your life.

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8) Food will become your best friend

One of the best things about traveling is being able to try new kinds of food. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as simple as a sandwich. Food almost always tastes different when you’re in a new city or country. And research shows that trying new cuisine works as an antidepressant. The most important thing to remember when it comes to new food is to have an open mind. You never know, you might discover your new favorite friend in the disguise of food!

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9) Travel makes you independent and strong

When you decide to travel by yourself, you already know you can be responsible enough to take care of yourself. You take your life in your own hands and you can live it as you desire. Travel teaches you to take care of yourself in any circumstances.

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10) Traveling is a life-changing experience

Travel makes you a better person and we are sure you can say the same. It helps young people (many of whom suffer from some form of depression or other these days) find a purpose in life, introduces them to new cultures and broadens their horizons. Travel has the potential to change your life forever by helping you gain new skills and discover qualities about yourself you never thought existed.

10 things to know about marrying a Nica

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10 Lifestyle changing facts when you marry a Nicaraguan

Most men who move to Nicaragua,  agree that Nicaraguan women are beautiful which in some cases can turn into a problem. For some reason women who move to Nicaragua are less able to run away with a handsome Nicaraguan stud, but there are a lot that do and return them to their home country to readjust to a new lifestyle.

Generally speaking there are a lot of good Nica husbands and Nica wives around, but a couple things  need to be pointed out so you can all behave accordingly once you plan a romantic relationship with a Nicaraguan male or female.

The biggest thing about marrying a Nica  are the culture differences, unless you’re Nicaraguan yourself. When you marry a Nica, you will run into all kinds of culture shocks that are lifestyle changing facts like:

  1. No sex before you get married, (Mostly applies to Nica women) even though this is changing fast but if you meet one of the real religious one’s, you’re possibly looking at a dry spell.
  2. If you have any drinking or hang out buddies, kiss ‘em goodbye as soon as you get into a serious relationship, jealousy will not allow for anything but your lover’s attention.
  3. Jealousy is going to be a very important part of your future married life. Jealousy can stop you from talking to anyone when in the company of your partner, from doing things that seem totally normal to you but doesn’t to your fiancée, stop you from going to places on your own or even talking on the phone with people your fiancée doesn’t personally know or trust.
  4. Convert to Catholicism. The Catholic Church is the number one religious organization in Nicaragua, so plan on going to confession before you are even allowed to get close.
  5. Being late will be absolutely normal. In Nicaragua if you still insist on being on time for a party, you might catch the host still in the shower because they don’t expect you to be on time. Not showing up at all is also common practice. When you just start dating, this seems to be a standard way of testing your interest and patience.
  6. You might inherit a child, or more than one. Many women (and men) have children at an early age so there is a high chance your mate will have children from previous relationship.
  7. You will be marrying the whole family. That means parents, brothers and sisters and all family down to the 5th generation. Family comes first, second and third. Forget about your privacy for life, unless your in-laws and family live far away.
  8. Be ready to spend  most Holidays with family. Latinos profess strong family values. SO Christmas, Easter and any other important holiday with your in-laws and other family members will be expected.
  9. Think twice about divorcing your Nicaraguan wife/Husband. Especially if you have any children. If you do as a Husband you might be paying through the nose until you kids are 25 years old (if they study). Nicaragua family law is very protective of children.If you are a wife and have any joint a$$ets, be prepared to shell out half of it as Nicaraguan law states spousal assets should be equally divided in case of divorce.
  10.  Nicaraguans are very passionate . As is the case with most latino culture, when  they meet the right person, Latinos turn extremely passionate. The value of giving everything for the other has been ingrained since early childhood. Yuu will find that most often they  always go the extra mile to please their lovers.
  11. Nicaraguan Men are very Machismo!  This has particular relevance to male sexual culture in Nicaragua. In terms of machismo, males have an “expansive and almost uncontrollable” sexual appetite, and it is their right to satisfy that desire in the ways they choose. In contrast, females are seen as an object over which the male has control. Females are expected to have only one sexual partner, none before or outside of marriage  Machismo sexual behavior is a source of pride for  Nicaraguan males and men  prove their manliness by upholding their sexual dominance.

 Relationship Tip: if you’re planning to get into a romantic relationship in Nicaragua,  better be ready to adapt to each other and go through all the culture bumps and understand that both will have to adjust. Marrying into a  family,a different culture, and  Latin traditions..In the end, just remember that, regardless of all cultural differences, love is universal. Dating  and marriage  with the right person has nothing to do with culture; it’s only about personality, chemistry and character affinity.

 

Moving abroad for love: being an expat spouse in Nicaragua

Moving  can be challenging at the best of times, but moving to a new country to be with your foreign partner can present a whole host of different challenges

Surprisingly, moving overseas to be with your significant other can be an isolating and distressing experience.  Cutting ties with your home country, packing up your life and readjusting to a new culture, language and city are all huge life changes. Often the true impact of your decision only hits after you move, when the excitement wears off and you’re left to decide what to do next.

Here’s some advice to help you prepare and cope.

Before you move

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It’s easy to tell yourself that everything will fall into place when you arrive in your new country, but the only way to secure a smooth move is to plan for every eventuality before you leave. Sit down and make a list of all your worries and concerns and all the things you’re going to need and miss when you move.
Once you have your list, you can start planning how you’re going to cope. If you have a strong support network of family and friends at home, set up a regular communication schedule. Services like Skype and Google Talk make international phone calls a breeze, not to mention free, and can be synced to a web camera.  If you like the idea of being able to pick up the phone and call home, invest in a VoiP (voice over Internet Protocol) phone. They’re cheap and work just like a landline, except they use your Internet connection instead of the phone line.
The ideal situation would be that you have already spent some time in your spouse’s hometown in the years before  moving permanently. If that’s not possible, the next best thing to do is get some books on Nicaragua and start researching online. Pick out the biggest hurdles; usually that’s speaking Spanish, healthcare and finding a job.
If you don’t speak Spanish, get lessons. There’s nothing more isolating than not being able to understand the people around you. Get your head around the healthcare system next. What are your rights as a non-citizen? Are you immediately entitled to citizenship or do you need to apply for permanent residency?  The process can take a long time and you can’t apply for anything, be it a healthcare card or a job, until you have permanent residency. In Nicaragua, a couple has to be married for 2 years before you can apply for residency based on Marriage to a Nicaraguan citizen.
You should consider arranging your international drivers’ license before you leave.   Getting out and about and running your own errands will help you assimilate a lot faster and reduce the burden on your partner.
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When you arrive in Nicaragua

Make finding a job  or other community activity your first priority. It’s not all about the money. You’ll be surprised at how easily a job or doing volunteer work can boost your confidence and sense of independence.  It’s also a great way to make new friends and meet with  people other than your partner.
Friends, or at least acquaintances, can make or break your move. A lot of people who move overseas to be with their partners can become clingy and jealous. After all, your partner still has their old support network, while you have no one. But it can be hard on your relationship if you want to dominate their attention and get antsy when they go out without you.
There is always the question of  whether you should make friends with locals or other expats. It is good to have a mix of both. In the beginning you may find it’s comforting to meet someone who understands your culture and your romance.
The same goes for you. Cultural activities are a great way to meet people with similar interests and can give you the mindset you need to survive those first few difficult months.

 The first year is the hardest.

It can be incredibly reassuring to have an idea of when you’ll see your family, friends and home country again. Whether it be a month, six months or a year down the road, make a plan and stick to it. It will give you something to look forward to and make the adjustment period easier to handle.
It’s one of the things that set expat couples and people who move for love apart. Expat couples struggle and adapt together, while a person who moves abroad for love can feel alone. It’s likely your partner doesn’t know what it’s like to adapt to a new country. You need to speak up and express your feelings with them.
It’s inevitable that those cultural quirks that once seemed cute will become annoying.    But the only way to avoid culture shock is to understand and accept.The more familiar you are with the Nicaraguan way of life, the better your chances are of adapting.
Living abroad does not mean abandoning your cultural identity. It’s especially important if you have kids to keep your heritage alive. Share your food, culture, history and language with your new friends and family. Living in Nicaragua, where your first language  may not be spoken, it’s important to take a break every so often.  If your partner doesn’t speak your first language, they should get lessons in English. Your language is a huge part of your identity and you need to be able to share that.
And finally, the hardest but most important thing you must do is find your own reason for living in Nicaragua. Your partner cannot be the only reason that brings you here to live. If you hate everything about your new country and are only here to make your partner happy, you may become bitter and your relationship could falter. You need to accept that you’ve moved and you need to make your own ties and your own peace with your  new surroundings That might be in the form of friends, a job, hobbies, food, shopping or sights. Learn to love your new home and you’ll find life will become a lot easier.

Nicaragua-Turn your dream life into real life

Maybe this is your story . You have lived for years working from paycheck to paycheck and by most people’s standards you feel you are doing well. BUT, something doesn’t quite feel right.

Having made the leap myself, I now understand why so many people feel trapped in jobs they don’t enjoy. Often it’s because people have misconceptions about the stage they need to get to before it’s ‘safe’ to quit. Your dream lifestyle may not be as far off as you think. I also thought long and hard about giving myself the permission to start living the life I really wanted.

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An ideal lifestyle is more than a salary: it’s about what you want to experience and who you want to be around, What did I see myself doing on a daily basis that would bring me joy? Did I even have to be living where I was living?

 

In the 4 Hour WorkWeek, Author Tim Ferriss encourages readers to price out the costs of designing their ideal lifestyle. If you want to live in Nicargaua,  research the living costs in terms of accommodation, food, extracurricular activities, and traveling around the region.

 

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 So know that a better lifestyle  means making more money. We make money to have a better lifestyle anyway. So instead of focusing on the big number, let’s think about what an ideal lifestyle would really cost.

What you really want on a day to day basis may not be as costly as you think. For example, I like to travel but I don’t need to take a trip a month. And it’s possible to travel and live abroad more cheaply than to stay put in a major city.

Determine the non-negotiables that you must have in your lifestyle. Then ask yourself whether you can realistically access these in your currently location? Are there any parts of the world where you might be able to access these at a lower cost?

 

Understand the costs of moving abroad

 A great place to start your  research   is at how much it costs to do the things you love. And how much it would cost to live abroad. Nomad List is a great tool that can help you with lots of basic information about the cost of living. Switching to a low cost destination like Nicaragua  will lower your costs substantially, for example. Nomad List estimates the living cost there to be $917.00 a month.

 

Be prepared to have less money

The first year of business won’t be easy, and most likely  you probably won’t make the same as your normal salary. Time is an asset to you in your first year of business, because you’ll be immersing yourself in learning new things, figuring out how to market yourself, and what to create. You’ll make mistakes, and you need room to do that.

So the last thing you want to do, is feel pressured to make money right away. Living abroad buys you time. You aren’t spending so much to live, so you can experiment and build your business comfortably.

 

Envision the details of your new life

Thinking about my ideal lifestyle gave me more motivation for finally making the move. What does your ideal life feel like?  It could be about getting more freedom, or living a more joyful existence. Or getting the ability to create something that is truly your own.

Getting clear on why you want to quit the rat race, and what you want your future to look like will help you to dream bigger. You have to keep those images and feelings alive because they help your brain to imagine the future and make you more likely to follow through on your plans.

Dive below the surface for a scuba or snorkeling adventure… Get up close and personal with howler monkeys… Learn to surf or fish the world class waters of Nicaragua… Accept the challenge – and rewards – of some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world… It’s all yours in Nicaragua.

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Imagine what it could be like. No boss. Your time is 100% your own. Pursuing your recreation of choice, surfing, fishing, hiking, bird watching or fine dining are just a few of the ways you can spend your time in Nicaragua. You can have a business and work as much as you want or as little as you choose. Perhaps working less days and taking it easy for a few days a week is more your cup of tea? You can relax in a hammock, tour a coffee plantation, sunbathe, get a massage or enjoy some spa treatments. Let Nicaragua be your personal oyster to open up and discover the riches within.Experience a new world filled with opportunities for creativity, fun, friendship and the opportunity to live the life of your dreams.

excerpts from Lydia Lee Business Creator Coach & Freedom Instigator, Screw The Cubicle

Investing In Nicaragua-Things you must know

The headlines said it all in the great recession. Many developed nations saw their markets fall into recession as housing and stocks dip in this challenging climate. The United States saw record drops in housing starts, commodity prices and consumer spending. The situation was not much better in Europe.

With 78 million baby boomers set to retire in the coming years, hedging against inflation is more important than ever. The average Social Security monthly check sent out to retirees is just $1,007, or a meager $12,084 a year. With runaway inflation becoming a real concern, what are the chances these small Social Security payments will increase at the same rate?

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With the large amounts of federal stimulus money that flooded the United States and similar stimulus programs in many other countries, you must have a powerful inflation protection or you will not be able to live the retirement lifestyle one hopes for. Those hoping to retire in comfort need to accumulate income-producing assets. It is the only way to hedge against the corrosive effects inflation can have on your portfolio. One of the best income producing investments is real estate. When such real estate is located in undervalued but inherently desirable countries, it becomes even better—giving investors the possibility for stratospheric returns.

There is a projected deficit of over 5,000  hotel (guest rooms) in Nicaragua by 2020, which will keep rental demand high and rental returns steady. The growing baby boomer market is expected to exceed 78 million and many of these retirees will be looking for warmer climates and countries where their money goes further. This country fits the bill perfectly. Furthermore, this country has iron clad laws that ensure foreigners can repatriate their profits, which is a crucial part of any sound investment strategy.

Nicaragua is an unpolished gem that is just starting to become known on the world stage and many prominent publications have recently featured stories about the investment opportunity. In the last few years, favorable articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The NY Times, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, The International Herald Tribute, The BBC News, Newsweek Magazine, Adventure Magazine, and National Geographic Magazine, among others.

Nicaragua has been praised for its impressive safety ratings. In fact, it was rated as having the lowest crime rate in the Americas, according to Interpol, with only 12 crimes for every 100,000 citizens. The Harvard affiliated research group, INCAE, rated it as one the safest country in the Americas. These kinds of safety ratings are a crucial aspect that potential investors look at when choosing a place overseas in which to, own a business, purchase a second home or retire.

Nicaragua has many other attractive features that appeal to investors not only for the future of the country but for the investment portfolios of those who have been wise enough to invest early. It is the largest country in Central America and is closer to the United States than Costa Rica. This country has rare fresh water lakes with volcanoes and freshwater sharks—the only of their kind in the entire world. Among numerous other attractions, this country also has charming and well-preserved colonial towns and expansive and unspoiled beaches that line the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts.

Further adding value to one’s real estate investment portfolio, Nicaragua is one of the most business friendly countries in the region. Nicaragua has implemented highly favorable laws that attract and protect foreign businesses. Nicaragua has also passed some of the most comprehensive and attractive laws to entice tourists and foreign retirees. This bodes well for all investments in the country.

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When planning an investment portfolio and deciding invest in, smart investors know that not all investments will return lucrative results.

Nicaragua has redefined itself over the last 20 years so that it is now becoming a destination country for people looking for the next big thing. The numbers of people visiting Nicaragua and the number of people who have invested in the country have been on a dramatic upward trajectory. The New Nicaragua has emerged as the must see destination in Central America.

In uncertain times, people head for shelter. They are attracted to a haven where they can ride out the storm, which in this case is international economic upheaval. Placing resources in a country like Nicaragua places you a world apart, yet convenience and luxury is never far away.

From a global investment vantage point, every indication is that the investment climate in the country is outstanding and continuing to trend upward. The New Nicaragua is emerging on the world scene with a growing and strong economy, fueled by substantial foreign investment and increasing exports. And the steady increase in business travelers and tourists is providing additional exposure to the country and all it has to offer. The result is growing interest in the promising investment opportunities available here now and in the future.