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Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side of the Crop Circle?

The past year or so, just about everyone has been questioning things that they used to take for granted…many of them about making a living in this new world in which we find ourselves.. We’re asking questions like:

  • Would I be happier in a bigger/smaller town/city?
  • Are there attractive enough jobs available in smaller towns?
  • Is now the time to get serious about making a living online?
  • Are people really making a good living online? Or, are they just supplementing income from another, primary source?
  • If many things don’t change, can we afford to stay in our home country?
  • How do I feel about remote working for an “employer” vs. starting my own online business?
  • Is it time to retire early, especially if I can reduce my living expenses by 50% plus?
  • Where do you start  in evaluating whether things are greener on the other side of the crop circle?

Well, I’m going to share with you a terrific resource where many people are telling their stories about relocating to another town, state or country.

It’s called www.RetireThere.com. It is a series of podcasts in which Gil and Gene, a married NY couple in their fifties are dreaming of their future. They’re filled with ideas of how they will spend their retirement days. They just don’t know where in the world they will spend them. Join them each week as they explore a new potential location. On each podcast, Gil and Gene chat with people – retired or not – who describe life in their adopted location. In each interview, they go into: 

  • What stimulated the idea of the move?
  • Where did they start?
  • What process did they follow?
  • How long did it take?
  • Are they still working in some capacity – what does that look like?
  • What do they like best and worst about their new location?
  • Do they have any regrets about the move?
  • Etc.

Any here are the locations addressed by the podcast series so far (in the beginning, Gil and Gene were focused on the Southeast US, as you will see. Over time, they’ve branched out to more of the US plus international destinations):

  • Mexico’s lesser known jewels
  • Ashville, North Carolina
  • Cuenca, Ecuador (an interiew with yours truly)
  • Dania Beach, Florida
  • San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • Greenille, South Carolina
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Tavira, Portugal
  • Stuart, Florida
  • Medellin, Colombia
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Lambertville, New Jersey
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Marietta, Georgia
  • Chelem, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Apex, North Carolina
  • Mount Airy, North Carolina
  • Paris, France
  • Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Karmiel, Israel
  • Clearwater, Florida
  • Cape Bay, New Jersey
  • Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Mahhattan, New York
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Millsboro, Deleware
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Naples, Florida
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Glen Allen, suburb of Richmond, Virginia
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania

I urge you to take advantage of this free resource to learn how to go about assessing your own plans. You don’t have to be contemplating a big move to get value from it. If nothing else, it could help you think about the pros and cons of where you currently live.

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