Early retirement in general and retiring overseas specifically may be part of the formula for living a longer and more fulfilled life. There is something invigorating and a bit challenging about making a major transition to life in a foreign country. Most people find that it changes their perspective on many different fronts. You are more likely to want to get up and out of bed in the morning just to see what the day will bring.
In our series of video interviews with Akaisha and Billy Kaderli we get a peak into how your life can change for the better when you step off the “job” treadmill and head out to explore a lower cost but more exciting life in foreign countries. They dropped out at age 38, about 25 years ago, and they say they never looked back. They have learned to welcome each day with open eyes and an enthusiastic curiosity that keeps them young and vital.
Have you ever imagined what your life would be like if you bit-the-bullet and got off the treadmill?
Do you still have a little of that sense of adventure and curiosity that we all had as young kids before being molded into what we were expected to be? Just as yoga and many other types of physical exercise build flexibility and endurance, I like to think that living offshore does the same for “mental” flexibility and endurance.
In this Part 4 of our 5 part video interview series with Akaisha and Billy Kaderli of the Retire Early Lifestyle blog, they explore some of the following topics:
- Can an expat expect to find work overseas
- What types of businesses work well for expats
- Where are the world economies headed
- The benefits of viewing from the perspective of “opportunity”
- Where does foreign investment fit in their portfolio right now
- Is it essential to speak the local language
- Why learning some local language will improve your stay
- Why you want to experience the local culture
Billy acknowledges that they are “perpetual travelers”, but he likes to say that they are “perpetual travelers at a snails pace”. They have traveled to and lived in more counties than most people even see, yet they approach these travels with mental flexibility. If they get there and they like it…. they stay for a while to experience the local culture. That is one of the benefits to not being a slave to a job.
My earlier years were pretty footloose as an underwater photographer, yet I was still somewhat on the schedule of my publishers. In recent years, once we settled down on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic in this little village of Cabrera we truly gained an appreciation for discovering life on our own schedule. Waking up each day is a treat and we welcome whatever comes our way. I do believe this lifestyle has added and will continue to add fulfilling years to our life.
In our Part 5 of this video series, coming up in a few days, the Kaderli’s will discuss the following:
- Can you get by without a car when you retire overseas
- Why should you interact with and befriend the locals
- What is your best security measure as an expat
- The GREAT MYTH… locals hate Americans
- Why common sense is essential
- Were the warnings about your safety reasonable
- How is fear overtaking the Western nations
- Can flexibility and an open mind get you off the couch
I would like to invite you to come visit us and see for yourself what life is like on a tropical island. Come find out whether you can grow to appreciate what we call the “manana lifestyle” down here. The easiest way to do that is join us on one of our free Dominican Republic Discovery Tours.
For now, this is Barry in the DR wishing you a life of adventure.