I am a landscaper living in Atlanta. I am from Atlanta originally, but, have also lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, California and traveled most of the US, some of Canada, Europe, Asia, and Ukraine.
Running a small business in America seems to get harder all the time. Or, maybe my heart just isn't in it anymore. I am tired of working all the time and feeling like I am just treading water. So, I am trying to retire this year. I don't have much of a nest egg and cannot afford to retire here.
I started researching places I could afford to retire. Cuenca quickly rose to the top of the list, followed by Belize and Boquete, Panama. In the end, there was no contest, at least on paper, or actually, on screen. I happen to speak Spanish, but, my grammar could use some improvement. I am already working on that. The climate, the cost of living, the local culture, the natural beauty, the currency and so much more make it look like a great place to live. I am sure it isn't perfect. There probably is no perfect place. But, hopefully, it is close enough for me.
I am planning an exploratory trip to find out. At this point it looks like I will be there May 27 through June 5. I would like to know a few people when I get there, at least as online friends. I am excited aboit meeting expats and local people, seeing the sights, checking out places to live.
If anybody has suggestions or advice please get in touch.