You know, over the years that I’ve been living in the Philippines, several times I’ve gotten into discussions with other ex-pats about where else we would want to live, if for some reason we could no longer live in the Philippines. It could happen, you know. We talked last week about the weakening U.S. Dollar and how that could cause some Americans to cancel their plans to live abroad. But, other events would be more likely.
What if the political situation here became very unstable? What if there was a violent revolution here? What if Americans (or whatever nationality you are) became very unwelcome here? The reasons are many. Some are more likely than others to happen. Some are unlikely, others are less unlikely.
If something like this happened, what would you do? If you are already living here, would you move out? It would probably depend on the severity of the problem.
As I’ve told my friends that I’ve had this discussion with (and I’ve discussed this with a number of people) that I really don’t feel a desire to return to the USA. I’ve kind of gotten used to the ex-pat lifestyle, and I like it. I sort of enjoy a “sense of adventure,” and I feel that living in a new place like this brings that sense to me. I don’t want to give that up in my life.
So, where would I go if I had to leave here for one reason or another? Julius has mentioned Guam. Guam is under the United States, administratively at least. It might be an option. What about Samoa, particularly American Samoa? One ex-pat I know always puts in a plug for Belize – he used to live there.
What are the criteria for me in choosing a possible future home?
- English widely spoken. Hey, I’m an American, and you know us Americans usually are not bilingual or multilingual. So, English is an important factor for me.
- Tropical. I enjoy the tropical lifestyle, especially the weather in the tropics. I don’t want to give that up.
- American-friendly or ex-pat-friendly. I feel very welcome here in the Philippines, and that is a comforting feeling. I wouldn’t want to live somewhere that I felt un-welcomed.
- Tax friendly. Here in the Philippines, as long as my income is sourced outside the country, I don’t have to worry about taxes here. I like that, and would not want to locate somewhere that would be trying to get into my wallet all the time.
So, any ideas of a place that fits those criteria?
What about you, if you needed to move somewhere else, where would you go? Back home? To another foreign land?