I joined this site back in late 2011, thinking I would retire to Thailand.
Well, I've now retired, but have changed my mind about retiring to Thailand.
I'm now in the final stages of paying off all debts in the USA and this Fall, I will begin my initial "scouting mission" of relocating me and my "stuff" from the Pacific Northwest to the Austin, Texas, area.
Come Spring season, if all goes well with what I find in the Austin area this Fall, then I will physically relocate me and "my stuff" to Texas. At that time, I will then make preparations for an initial "scouting mission" to Belize.
The purpose for my relocation from Oregon to Texas is to establish a new State residency. This needs to be done prior to departure to Belize. I will not be renting or buying a place in Texas (just yet), but will be establishing residency, voter and licensing, mail forwarding, etc.
When those few things (and a few others) are accomplished, THEN I can turn my sights to Belize.
Being retired military, I have access to my Post 9/11 GI Education Bill. This program is administered by the US Veterans Administration (also known as the VA). While I am scouting Belize, I'll be in contact with the University of Belize to see if they would like to submit an application for VA education certification so I can use my GI Bill at the U of B. If they say YES to their submitting and getting approved, then I will attend school in Belize - once they are officially certified by the VA..
Meanwhile, while I am waiting for them to become "certified", I can then apply for the QRP and get settled in.
If the U of B says NO, and the U of B is not interested in the US government paying for my foreign tuition and fees, then I will attend school in Nicaragua at Keiser University - at their San Marcos campus. They are already VA/GI Bill approved. No waiting will be necessary and I will make Nicaragua my "home base".
Why is this important to me - this GI Bill thing? Well, my tuition is paid for by my nation, so I will not have any education debt hanging over my head when I graduate (Yippy Skippy!). And, I will receive a small, tax-free living stipend for every month I am in school, too. This makes my education an affordable option for use in a foreign nation with low cost-of-living platforms. And, believe it or not, this will also save the US government money, too, as even foreign tuition rates are less expensive than the in-state tuition rates the government would have to pay were I to educate in the States.
So there are many wins here for me and my government. And many wins for my future.
So this is where I am right now. Like I wrote earlier, I initially considered Thailand, but crossed Thailand off my list.
Then I considered the Republic of the Philippines, but have now crossed that off my list as I cannot solely own property in my name there. And I'm not interested in marrying anyone or in obtaining citizenship through that scheme.
Right now, it's just me and my kitty and this is enough for me at this stage in my life.
I will eventually be buying some land and planting trees and other things - tropical agriculture and tropical forestry. That's where my GI Bill will come in handy.
So I hope the U of Belize is open to getting certified by the VA so I can use my GI Bill in Belize and by-pass Nicaragua. This will allow me to skip a step if the University of Belize says "YES!"..
So I look forward to visiting and doing my initial scouting mission in Belize this Spring, 2017, and hope I get a YES!.