“What makes expat life so addictive is that every boring or mundane activity you experience at home (like grocery shopping, commuting to work or picking up the dry cleaning) is, when you move to a foreign country, suddenly transformed into an exciting adventure. Try finding peanut butter in a Japanese grocery store or explaining in broken Spanish to the Guatemalan pharmacy that you need cough drops and you’ll understand. When abroad, boredom, routine and ‘normal’ cease to exist. And all that’s left is the thrill and challenge of uncertainty.”
Why Fifty Plus Nomads is the Best Destination for Expats Over 50
Fifty Plus Nomads are different from any other online travel community. We are active people in mind and spirit who have embarked (or want to embark) on a whole new life after the age of 50.
At their core, Fifty Plus Nomads are people over the age of fifty who are:
- Expats already living in another (or multiple other) countries.
- Desiring more comfort and a slightly less active lifestyle than in their youth
- Dreaming of becoming expats.
While more straightforward than most people think, living abroad requires a new set of skills and mindset.
The Fifty Plus Nomad blog serves as a focus for our community to develop these necessary skills and mentality and a place to share our success stories and tips.
All that is needed to make the community stronger is you.
The blog has many materials designed for people who live in another country (or countries) and travel for an extended period during the same year. I call these people ¨peripatetic nomads¨. (I have not found any term for these nomads, so I made one up).
The following are some ways peripatetic nomads live:
- Spending time in two (or more) homes outside of their home country every year.
- Traveling for several months a year and then living as an expat for the rest of the year.
- Like me, traveling for several years and then deciding to settle down as a full-time expat.
- Living in several different countries over their lifetime, usually for two or three years each.
Keep the Following Budget Comments in Mind
- The blog also assumes that most people will spend somewhere between $2000-4000 a month living abroad as a single person and $2500-5000 as a couple.
- I do, however, include useful information for Fifty Plus Nomads with more modest budgets as well. Fifty Plus Nomads can live on $1000-1500 a month in many Third World (Emerging) countries. All you will have to do is make a few small sacrifices in comfort at times.
US and Canadian Bias
The blog is geared primarily to people from the United States. Since I have lived in Canada, I will discuss issues of interest to Canadians as often as possible.
The issues for American and Canadian expats over 50 in Latin America are not much different for any foreigner from a developed. When I am aware of details of nomads outside of the US and Canada, I will post them. I want to encourage my readers from other countries to send me information and comments from their experiences.
However, the issues for American and Canadian expats over 50 who want to live in European Union (EU) countries are often very different from those of our European counterparts. With the coming of the European Union, residents of most European countries (with the notable exception of the United Kingdom) can live in another country within the European Union legally easily.
The requirements for Americans and Canada to live legally in Europe vary greatly. At times, countries in Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, and Greece) have developed special programs to help Americans and Canadians live in their countries if they buy real estate worth at least a particular value (often around $200,000 to $300,000). In my experience, these programs are usually short-lived. However, they are worth exploring. (Whenever I learn of one of these programs, I post it on my Facebook page).
Generally, however, most Americans and Canadians cannot live in a European country legally easily. Therefore, many Americans and Canadians in Europe split their time between living in and outside the EU.
Want Another Perspective on Expat Life?
Additional Posts on Expat Life from Fifty Plus Nomad
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- Living Abroad Over 50 Is Not That Difficult
- 7 Little-Known Ways Polyglots Use to Learn Multiple Foreign Languages
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive “Find Your Ideal Place to Live Abroad Over 50” Workshop
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive 1-on-1 Traveling and Living in Mexico Workshop
- Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive “How to Teach Yourself Spanish Over 50” Workshop
- Learn Spanish Over 50 Through Fifty Plus Nomad’s Exclusive 1-on-1 Classes
- Listen to My Interview on the Retirement Rovers Podcast
- 30+ Best Expat Life Quotes
- Join My Exclusive Long Term Travelers and Expats Over 50 Facebook Group
- Introducing The Revamped Fifty Plus Nomad Blog
- 12 Creative Tips for Learning a Foreign Language Over 50
- 10 Reasons I am an Expat Retiree in Mexico Versus Costa Rica
- Home Swap Tips: Arrange Your Perfect Home Exchange
- 3 Tips For Finding the Best Small Foreign Language Schools Abroad
- Choosing the Right Place to Retire in Mexico
- How to Be a Successful Expat Retiree: 7 Tips
- 45 Top Travel Safety Tips for Expats and Long Term Travelers Over 50
- My Complex Language Learning History
- Expat Life in Merida: Contentment with Friends and a Dog Despite Coronavirus
- Pros and Cons of Living in Merida, Mexico
- Paying More than Locals: How to Deal with and Avoid Problems
- Culture Shock: The Greatest Challenge for Long Term Travelers and Expats?
- 24 Top Outstanding Food Travel Tips
- Better Understand Your Travel Personality with Myers-Briggs
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- Take Stanley Plog’s Travel Quiz and Discover Your Travel Personality Type
- Why Is it Important to Know Your Travel Personality?
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- Top 2 Foreign Currency Exchange Tips: Avoid Ripoffs and Save Money
- 15 Uber Travel Tips: A Guide to the Best Safe, Budget, and Trouble-Free Rides
- My Complex Journey from Nomad to Expat in Merida During Coronavirus