Let’s be real, living abroad equally has its perks and downsides. It is not in any way easier to live in another country. It is less expensive, of course, but that can’t be the only motivating factor for living abroad. In this unprecedented time, I think it is important to make sure you focus on your why no matter what your life situation is. Here I will share three reasons why I live in Colombia.
Building A Brand
Although I’m enjoying fun in the sun, I’m currently building a brand. Building a family brand that encompasses traveling, building an estate, and business. These components make up a larger life in my opinion than the one I was currently living. It brings joy for me to spend quality time with my family and work on my passions without the pressure of trying to maintain a decent American lifestyle. I can simply learn to be my most authentic self and teach my children to do the same while slowly making money and building an empire.
Experience New Culture
I had little to no experience traveling prior to making the decision to jump off the corporate ladder and move to South America. It was a bold and courageous move and I often reflect on where I was during that time. I have since grown and evolved into the person I am today and of course it hasn’t been an easy road. What I will say is that it has been a rewarding journey. It has shaped me into a more present person. I have enjoyed the culture here in South America and have appreciated how much more simple life can be with a few adjustments.
I could’ve easily stayed put in my house and my 9-5 job. I rode in style in a nice car and had anything and everything I wanted, but it wasn’t fulfilling. I needed more time to grow and evolve away from comfort – I needed to become uncomfortable to learn more about who I am and what I want out of life. I do believe things are temporary and can change. I’ve lived in Colombia for a year and four months, so things can relatively change in the future. I don’t know if I would consider this place my forever place, but it’s a nice place to live for a while.
I think it’s important to keep things in perspective when you start to feel frustrated with a place or life situation. Focus on your reason why. It doesn’t have to be traveling across the country – your struggles will still be with you no matter the location. Learn to appreciate the small lessons and live in the moment as best as you can. I wanted to gain more experience and learn new cultures – and I’m doing just that. For more content on this subject check out our Youtube Channel or follow us on Instagram.
What I find interesting with the Corona Virus is that it is enforcing people to change in ways we find normal for our family. The terms “self isolating”, “working from home” or digital learning” are all temporary solutions to combat spreading the virus. We’ve implemented this lifestyle for the past two years without the corona virus making us do so. To avoid going on a huge rant I will share a few ways we have changed our lives that include the methods people are currently using to avoid getting sick and or spreading the Corona virus.
We avoid weekend crowds if possible.
Now that we have the luxury of working and schooling from home, we no longer have to go out on Saturday or Sunday for activities or shopping which is generally when the masses have off from work and school. I would rather go out on Monday particularly as there is usually low amounts of people at the stores unless it’s a holiday. It’s not that I don’t mind socializing or intermingling when there is a large amount of people present – I can when necessary. I just rather shop or eat in peace if you know what I mean or at least that is what peace looks like to me.
We’re digital nomads and homeschoolers.
The ways we’ve changed our lives wasn’t intentionally to avoid an outbreak, but it just so happened that we benefited from it and also in more ways that we can count. One of those is we have mostly online businesses to support our lifestyle. We’re currently residing in Santa Marta, Colombia, and have been exploring this country for a year and a few months. We just recently changed locations and provide content and information on our social media platforms for those who are looking to travel or retire in the locations we visit.
Through travel we are able to educate our children in a variety of ways. They are exposed to other languages and cultures, receive the basic skills at home such as math and reading, and we can provide more quality time with them and pretty much write our own schedule. When we had corporate jobs, we were slaves to our positions and had limited quality time as a family.
We can live anywhere.
Before we traveled internationally we resided in a RV for six months. We moved into our 42 ft RV from a 2,900 square ft house. We explored Georgia and South Florida for six months and decided it was time for something else. Just like that we can change our lifestyle without much interruption because we don’t have many things and aren’t nailed down to a job and or school.
Sometimes, life forces us to make changes and other times we can see the change that needs to be made and voluntarily adjust. I believe we can all learn from the pandemic that is happening to many countries in the world and that is to slow down and become more aware of the world we live and take better care of each other. I empathize with those who have lost family members or friends due to this virus and hope this can only bring a more positive change to the world as we currently need it.