After a long process of deciding what was best for their family, Wendy D. and her husband had concluded that they wanted to move from the United States and start a new life in Ecuador.
Wendy, her husband, and their two sons, moved from small town USA to a modest mountain village in Ecuador.
According to Wendy, in America, there was a magnitude of things that made them consider moving away.
Essentially, Wendy and her husband felt like their idea of The American Dream was all but gone.
They thought a simpler lifestyle somewhere else was the answer for their desires in life.
Upon their move, they no doubt faced challenges of culture shock, but within six months, the family was adjusting well to their new life.
Wendy’s children experienced childhood without viewing the world through a privileged first-world view.
They worked hard and played hard and didn’t have the good or bad of internet shopping and big box retailers on every corner.
In addition, most people celebrated Christmas with a focus on family and church, not gifts.
Now, I love the U.S and personally have no plans to ever leave and live overseas. But, I realize that many Americans choose to move away for a variety of reasons.
In fact, each year, 6.6 million Americans move from the U.S. to another country for reasons such as work assignments, warmer climates, less costly medical care and overall cheaper cost of living.
With this in mind, I want to share with you some nations I would consider moving to (if you really want to) that will still allow gun ownership, along with other basic freedoms we enjoy in the US.
Costa Rica. This nation tends to lean conservative when it comes political issues and is only a three-hour flight from Florida.
Getting a temporary residence visa to live there is a simple process as long as you can prove you have income such as a retirement account.
In addition, you don’t have to worry about converting your money because you can use your U.S. dollars.
Costa Rica has been friendly with the U.S. for over 150 years and a move to this nation would probably be the least amount of culture shock.
Plus, Costa Rica has reliable infrastructure including highways and airports so you won’t be living in a third-world country.
Switzerland. This nation is the perfect home for expats seeking job security, high salaries and career advancement.
You’ll have an opportunity to work hard for your money and rise to the top. As for taxes, Switzerland has 26 independent states and each one has their own tax laws.
The average income for expats is $144,748. Of course, high salaries are necessary because everything is more expensive, including groceries, healthcare, and accommodations.
In addition, travel is very easily accessible. The country’s central European location puts it a short train ride from destinations like France, Germany, and Italy.
Plus, the country has about 2 million privately owned guns in a nation of 8.3 million people. Like I said, this country is expensive, but it’s a great place.
Serbia. I bet you didn’t see this one coming? Serbia is an ideal choice for an expat who wants to save money because it offers a low cost-of-living combined with access to all of the amenities of a developed nation.
You can enjoy first-world dining, shopping and entertainment for a fraction of what that lifestyle would cost you back home.
Serbia is a fast developing and changing nation as a member of the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Central European Free Trade Agreement.
The country has one of the world’s highest per capita gun ownership (right behind the United States,) and there are 75 guns for every 100 people in the country.
Serbia does have a high unemployment rate so you should be self-sufficient if you are planning on moving there. In addition, while Serbia is much safer than it used to be, most expats reside in Belgrade, which is the capitol.
As I mentioned, America is the greatest country in the world and I have no plans to leave.
However, if you have valid reasons to leave, I would consider one of these nations where you will still be afforded many of the freedoms we have.