Welcome back, Dear Readers.
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend.
Debt is a funny thing. I think most of us would agree that it’s “bad”, but it can also get far too comfortable. It provides a handy excuse for not getting out there and doing something scary and unfamiliar. Now that The Boy and I are almost back in the black, it’s time to start thinking about where we would like to move in the next few years.
So far, here is our criteria:
- Year-round sun and heat
- Close proximity to ocean or sea
- Running water and electricity, semi-reliable Internet
- English-speaking (not necessarily as the first or only language, but we’d like to be able to communicate and get jobs)
- Affordable medical care of some quality (although coming back to Canada annually to see my doctor and keep our citizenship is not out of the question, though it may be impractical, depending upon where we move)
- Safety (we are adventure seekers, but have no plans to relocate to a country that’s in constant political strife or is right on the hurricane belt)
Some things we will not need, and at the top of that list is STUFF. The Boy told me about a comedy skit all about how we need houses to contain and protect our stuff, and then we accumulate even more stuff, so we need to buy bigger houses…I am so out of that cycle. Enough with the stuff!
But what I do want is room to breathe. I’m from a small town where we had a large yard with only one neighbor, and I miss that privacy. I’m so tired of looking out my window to see into my neighbor’s window, and of being watched by several pairs of eyes as I walk around my garden. I want space. I don’t care so much about the quality (or size) of my house…it’s all about the location. I definitely won’t miss tripping over shrieking kids every time I leave my house, or the neighbor who uses his house as a garage band rehearsal space.
So, the plan is to populate a list of about ten or twenty places that meet our criteria, narrow the list down further with research, and then start visiting the most likely prospects. This is where you come in, Dear Readers. I know some of you are very well-traveled. Do you know of a place that meets our requirements? If so, please tell me about it!
Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?