Moving Abroad-A Checklist

Every week the travel magazines publish more and more of those best places to live polls/surveys and quite frankly it could drive you crazy. If you have been thinking about new places to visit or even to LIVE this year it can be quite overwhelming to see so many places and hear so many good things about all of them. then you join the expat groups in FACEBOOK and you find a whole array of folks from all over the globe who are loving (and often complaining) about their choice of destination.

Nicaragua is getting a lot of hype lately from travel magazines and Tourist billboards promoting it as the next “it” destination. But what really makes a destination “cool”?

If you are considering a complete relocation, Home is where the heart is, but what if your heart doesn’t know where it should be? To help you make this important decision, here is an analysis of the most important factors to help you find a home that suits the needs of you and your family.

1. Affordability

No matter what your monthly income is, living comfortably and within your means should be your major concern. Affordability means more than just housing expenses;  it also takes into account the prices for consumable goods, like groceries,  which will vary greatly from town to town. The price of gasoline, utility services including electric, Internet services water, and taxes, can also vary.

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2. Real Estate Values

Since buying a home is a large investment when considering a move abroad, you will probably need to seriously consider this factor. With real estate in a constant state of upturn, especially here in Nicaragua it’s important to research current home prices, the  the resale values of homes, and probable long-term value estimates based on the area you would consider purchasing. Do you have the opportunity to buy a home in an area where prices are at an all-time high, perhaps representing a bubble? Is the local town or city in the process of being further developed by tourism and therefore may become more attractive to future home buyers?

3. Crime Rates and Statistics

Keep in mind that just because an area is safe today does not guarantee that it will be safe in the future. Nicaragua has consistently ranked as one of the safest countries in all of Central America, however with a tremendous influx of outsiders coming in, The long-term stability for a neighborhood can be a determining factor in how safe your surroundings are. Also, consider the future development of a particular location as you narrow down your choices.

4. Proximity to Family and Friends

Do you have a large extended family? Do you like to spend the holidays with your family and friends? These are important factors to consider when choosing where to live.

If extended family and friends are important to you,  you will need to research a place  within a reasonable distance by plane. Cost of flights is also a huge factor to consider when considering a move. Will you be able to find cheap last minute deals should you need to travel back home unexpectedly.

5. Proximity to an Airport

If you travel a lot, you may need to live within close proximity of an airport. If you live more than an hour away from the closest airport, traveling to and from the airport can become very time-consuming and expensive. If you spend a healthy amount of time traveling, definitely consider the distance to the airport.

6. Climate

The climate plays a large role in our lives as it impacts our hobbies, behavior, and sometimes even our lifestyles. Living in the climate in which you are most comfortable in will contribute greatly to your mental health Living in an area that is constantly hot and humid may not allow you to enjoy many day activities and you would opt to only venture out during evening or periods of low or no sun. Consider how your long it would take for your body to adjust to climate change.

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7. Culture

If you love constant cultural stimulation, you definitely want to choose a place that has a lot of cultural offerings. Depending on where you might choose to live in Nicaragua Now  the options for cultural experiences could be more limited if you live in the country But The bigger cities may provide you with an exciting cross cultural experience..

Many people need to gravitate toward a vibrant music scene or the theater. If you have a favorite hobby or recreational activity, make sure that you can continue to pursue these interests in your new home. Finally, if you enjoy being around a specific religious or ethnic community with your same beliefs and interests, this should be a factor in where you choose to live.

8. Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare facilities are important at any stage in life, but they are especially relevant if you have children or if you are nearing or at retirement age. Easy access to good healthcare can increase your quality of life tremendously, so be on the lookout for places with  hospitals and good medical clinics. In Nicaragua there is a correlation between cities and the quality of the healthcare.

9. Town or City Size

If you enjoy a friendly wave from everyone you pass while driving to the grocery store, then a smaller town is definitely for you. If you wish to remain relatively anonymous, a larger town or a big city is better suited to your personality. But keep in mind that being a foreigner no matter where you go, you will always stand out to locals so anonymity won’t always be guaranteed.

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10. Food Options

If you’re a foodie, you may want to try to find a place to live near the ocean or near a major city. Grocery stores, while plentiful in Nicaragua can’t replace the quality of fresh fish from the ocean or fresh produce from the farmers’ market. If eating locally and sustainably is important to you, you will definitely be able to pursue this lifestyle in your new home.

The ability to grow your own food year-round with a home garden is a determining factor for choosing where to live. Especially the fact that living in a Tropical climate you  won’t have to shut your garden down from October to April. However, if  you are into trying new, diverse cuisines a bigger metropolitan area will offer more choices.

 

 

 

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