Could You Live in a Developing Country?
In these troubled economic times in America it is tempting to give up on the American dream and to emigrate to a foreign country. It is not something as commonly done in the USA as Brits who move to Australia; but it is increasingly becoming a tempting option fro some Americans. Whereas many Americans fled to Canada to avoid the Vietnam draft, the parlous condition of many Americans lives have made them think about seeking their fortune elsewhere.
Whereas developed countries in Europe as well as Canada, Australia, Japan and New Zealand are often expensive to relocate to, they offer more security and perhaps better career opportuniities. Or do they? Traditionally, many Brits went to Hong Kong until the reunification of the island with mainland China. There they made their fortunes and better lives for themselves then they could have done at home.
Many young people go traveling and they find a country and a culture that they truly love. They get a job, learn the language and end up staying permanently in a different country. These people often sacrifice material possessions for what they percieve as a better quality of life.
Today visa restrictions are tighter than ever, and as a consequence it is not always easy to start afresh in a new country. In some professions such as diving people are continually evading the law moving from one country to the next. They do this because they love diving.
A popular place to start a business is Thailand. It is a country blessed with great weather, a good standard of living and cheap living costs. People go to Koh Samui, Phuket, Changmai, Koh Lipe, Khao Lak and Koh Phangan often with the intention of setting up a small bar and living the rest of their lives in a tropical idyll. Other than running the gauntlet of continually applying for non-immigrant visas the only solutions are retirement visas or marrying a Thai. There are many success stories in Thailand of ex-pats making a new life for themselves, there are more horror stories of being cheated in business and even being posioned by their spouses.
The risks are high relocating to a developing country, but the dream remains. Maybe more so than the American dream.