Friday, February 10, 2012

So you think you might like to move to Nicaragua - Part 1

We recently had a conversation with our son Ben and I asked him directly what he thought about our move. He got a strange look on his face and didn’t seem to want to answer. That’s when I knew…. I said, “You’ve been telling the guys at work that we’re crazy, haven’t you”. It wasn’t a question, it was a statement. I can just hear him now – “Do you know what my crazy parents are doing now…..”  He said to us, “Have you researched this? This isn’t like a vacation you know. It’s not like going down there for a couple of weeks at a time. You’re moving to a third world country, you’re leaving your jobs and you have sold everything! If this doesn’t work out don’t expect to come back and live with me!” Ben brought up a valid point in preparing for a move of this magnitude.

We reassured Ben that we have done a lot of research.  There is a ton of information online as well as publications that you can purchase to help give you a sense of what life would be like in Nicaragua.  Personally, we have bought the Moon Handbook – Living Abroad in Nicaragua as well as their book more geared to tourism. They also have a good website and Forum to prepare for a vacation in Nicaragua.  Also, I have found the website Nicaliving to be a huge source of current information. Their forum has a lot of very relevant information on how to get things done in Nicaragua as well as what to expect life to be like.  The owner of the website and his spouse has written an ebook – Living Like a Nica – that we purchased and have found very informative.

So, you think you might want to move to Nicaragua – you have the idea, but what should you do next? In one word – RESEARCH. It will take some work on your part but in the end you will be better informed and prepared for what life will be like.

We have listed only a few of the sources we drew on when we made our decision to move to Nicaragua. Please let us know which books and websites you read.  Of course, book learning will only get you so far – next step – analyse yourself.