Category - Plans and Preparations

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Storm Prep underway in Placencia
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Build a business in Belize
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Healthcare in Belize (Courts’ Optical services)
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Belize Essentials
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How and why we settled on Belize
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Goodbyes are the hardest part
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Real life got in the way of blogging
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Learning to ride a motorcycle…in a parking lot
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Things I’ll miss about America- Craft Beer!
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Living more simply- another DIY

Storm Prep underway in Placencia

Hurricane season in the Caribbean runs June through November but things really seem to get hot in August and September. The vast majority of times though, Belize seems to be blessed! We’re almost always spared foul weather

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Build a business in Belize

Belize is booming! Both as a vacation destination and as a haven for retirees seeking to spend their golden years in a warm climate with a relatively low cost of living. But not everyone who wishes to move here can afford a perpetual vacation; not all of us are retirement-ready, what then? How easy is it to make a living here? The answer might surprise you! It’s not all that difficult to build a business in Belize.

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Healthcare in Belize (Courts’ Optical services)

*disclaimer- I am not an expert on this topic and have had little need for, or experience with, medical care in Belize. These are my opinions, formed through my limited scope of exposure to Belize’s healthcare system.
We are very fortunate to all be in very good health and typically in need of nothing more than regular wellness services. If you are in similar condition then you will find Belize services adequate and affordable. We do not carry any health insurance and find it easy to visit the local clinic for minor things at little or no cost.

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Belize Essentials

If you are seriously considering moving to Belize you are probably already a member of the Facebook Group “Belize Expats.”  The page can be an authority on up-to-the-minute information or a mess of misinformation and unsolicited advice.  It can be a source of networking and comradery or a vehicle for dream-crushing and virtual abuse (I’m sorry Karen from Minnesota we don’t think you’re going to get approved for a work permit as a home health aide or that it’s a viable option for supporting your family of 5…

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How and why we settled on Belize

The most common questions we received prior to making our move were: 1. “Why are you moving?” and 2. “Why Belize?” So I’ll try to answer those questions as best I can.  Like many people, we enjoy vacationing in warm locations during the cold northeast winters. Our first few vacations as a couple were to all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic.  But while these resorts were beautiful, we were always warned that you didn’t want to venture beyond the walls of the resort. Too dangerous, we were told. But…

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Goodbyes are the hardest part

Saying goodbye to family friends and co-workers was bittersweet and emotionally exhausting.  We quit our jobs in April so that we could have some time with everyone before we left- and hey, becoming a beach bum doesn’t happen overnight, you have to ease in to that life.  Mitch and I spent the month of April in Key West with my parents and other family and Phil joined us the last week.  May was a whirlwind of packing, purging and parties!  It left us feeling loved and lucky to…

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Real life got in the way of blogging

So we’re back!  We took an extended blog hiatus and here’s what we’ve been up to: We had a baby! We sold our house! We moved (several times)! From Egg Harbor Township to Simpson Avenue in  Ocean City (on 4th of July Weekend with a one month old…not fun),  and then to a winter rental on West Avenue in Ocean City. And now onto Belize. Mitch has already had four homes before his second birthday. We gave our cat away. We quit our jobs.   And we purged belongings. …

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Learning to ride a motorcycle…in a parking lot

In a few days we will be taking a 10 day trip to Belize. For part of the trip we will be staying in Hopkins Village, which is a small beach town on the coast.  We love the beach, but the cool thing about this particular spot is that it is convenient to the mainland, which offers a range of potential activities.  So in preparation, we decided to take a class to get our motorcycle licenses.  The idea being that we will be able to do a lot more…

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Things I’ll miss about America- Craft Beer!

A vast and varying beer selection is something I’ll miss about living in the US. The beer scene in Belize is… limited. Belikin has a monopoly on the market so your choice in beer is confined to their Lighthouse Lager, Belikin regular and Belikin Stout, and Guinness (not real Guinness though, this Guinness is brewed by Belikin. So weird) You can sometimes find Heineken imported from the Caribbean along with Red Stripe or Carib.  Belikin makes seasonal and special edition brews in limited quantities but these aren’t readily…

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Living more simply- another DIY

If you liked my previous post about homemade laundry soap you might want to try this: chemical-free, super easy, DIY air freshener/ fabric spray.  Only 3 ingredients! Water essential oil (one or any combo of oils you like.  I’m partial to lemon and eucalyptus), and VODKA! That’s right!  20 drops of essential oil in 3 parts water and 1 part vodka in a spray bottle.  Voila! You have yourself an all-natural febreeze.

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