Minimize to Move to Roatan

Moving to a new home anywhere in the world means you have to pack up absolutely everything you own and decide what stays and what goes. When you move far away, requiring a flight to reach your new home, minimizing is the only realistic way to get there. Here are some tips on how to minimize to move to Roatan

Minimize to move to Roatan

Minimizing can be difficult. It’s scary to donate or throw things away that have been part of your life for so long. It’s hard to go through all the memories we accumulate in a home and choose what to bring with us to this next phase of life.

But minimizing is also a cleansing opportunity. You can eliminate a lot of physical items in your life that take up space and time and money, all while still retaining the memories.

When we moved our family to Roatan, we made many tough choices on what to keep and what to leave behind. But every decision was with our goal in mind: a better quality of life for all of us in paradise.

What you don’t need to bring to Roatan

What You Don’t Need to Bring to Roatan

Roatan is an island in the Caribbean. That already enables you to minimize if you have been living in a cold climate. There is no need here for a winter wardrobe, no need for big heavy blankets or space heaters or thick curtains.

You can already eliminate all those winter-related items before you move to Roatan. Eliminating those types of items might feel incredibly liberating!

Roatan is also a very casual island. There’s just no need to bring all your formal wear, your dress shoes, or your designer labels.

Sure, there are certain occasions you might dress up and there are certain items you just don’t want to leave behind. But you simply don’t need the volume of these types of items you might have needed back home.

Here, you’ll be in casual wear all year long, with sandals being the most formal footwear we tend to get!

You don’t need to impress anyone here. We’re not comparing outfits or purses or watches in Roatan. Life here isn’t about keeping up with anyone. So don’t worry about moving into a new home and having neighbors judge what you bring. We’ll just be happy to welcome you to paradise with a smile and maybe a cold cocktail!

What you do need to bring to bring to Roatan

If you’re moving to Roatan, you’ll find certain items from home to be better quality or much cheaper than you’d find on the island. Here’s where you need to consider the difference between going on vacation and moving somewhere new. If you love specific brands but because of import costs they’re 7x the price in Roatan, you should consider trying other brands until you find a new one you like. But if you simply can’t live without specific brands for certain items, you can always bring a supply with you from home each time you go visit.

Or you can order them and ship them to Roatan. Or ask a friend to bring some in exchange for a free place to stay on the island. You can get creative – and if you’re really desperate, you’ll find a way!

Need more tips for your move to Roatan? Contact me anytime…I’m happy to help!

 

Move Overseas to Escape American Politics

I think we can all agree – across the political spectrum – that this U.S. Presidential election cycle has been a crazy one. The coverage has been nonstop for so long, and we haven’t even started the debates yet! So here’s a solution: move overseas to escape American politics.

Part of the beauty of living in another country is not being surrounded by the same conversation constantly. You won’t be inundated with the ridiculous headlines and you won’t have to listen to your co-workers bicker about the latest political scandal…again.

It’s not that politics isn’t a universal complaint; it’s just that expats have so many better things to talk about. Expats focus on their new lives in a very different way than they did their old lives back home. Everything is brand new and exciting when you move overseas!

Move to Roatan to Escape American Politics

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Life in Roatan offers such an array of activities and fun connections. We – locals and expats alike – just don’t delve into politics the same way Americans do. We focus more on our everyday lives here on the island. Sure, you might hear people chat, or even argue, about something related to current events, but it’s not a 24/7 situation.

We don’t belabor the topics. We get too distracted by beautiful sunsets and outstanding scuba diving.

In Roatan, we focus on natural beauty and life-changing experiences. We chat with tourists about learning to dive, not about who said what during an interview.

We share a drink on the beach after work and marvel at the colorful scenery that surrounds us, not the colorful language of either candidate.

We invite friends and neighbors over for a beach barbeque to laugh and talk and share stories, not to argue over policies and legislation.

We are reminded daily that the world is so much bigger than our petty arguments. We are surrounded by vistas that stretch beyond our visual limits, proving to us that the world keeps spinning and our lives are brief in the grand scheme of things.

Move Overseas to Escape American Politics

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When you become an expat, you’ll begin to see the world anew. Anytime you change your environment, you start over in learning your surroundings, making new friends, and marveling at all the sights around you. Moving overseas will remind you about what’s truly important in life.

For me, moving to Roatan reminded me to slow down and to enjoy small moments with my family. I’m reminded that rushing around to compete in America was stressful and exhausting. Living in Roatan reminds me to relax and to enjoy the view.

Moving overseas isn’t running away from America or the American lifestyle. If you decide to move overseas, it’s because you prefer a different way to live. You’re running toward something that’s better for you. Luckily, one of the benefits of running toward something new is leaving behind something old that you no longer need.

When you move to Roatan, you can leave American politics behind. You don’t have to watch the local news everyday, and you don’t have to debate politics with your extended family at Thanksgiving.

Instead, you can invite your family to visit you in paradise! It will help everyone to take a deep breath of fresh salt air.

Let’s start planning your escape from American politics so you can run toward a better life instead. Send me an email to let me know what your dream life looks like…I bet we can make it happen here in Roatan.

NOTE: All pictures were gathered from the ROATAN MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE (MLS)

Jorge ChavezAbout Jorge Chavez, Roatan Real Estate Agent
I’m Honduran-born, but spent most of my youth in the U.S. After starting a career in Georgia, I decided the island lifestyle was exactly what my family needed for a better quality of life. Now, I want to help you achieve that same dream. Whether you want to spend your winters in paradise, purchase a vacation home, or move to Roatan full-time, I’ll help you find the perfect home. Want to learn more? Check out my full bio, or just contact me and introduce yourself! I’ll be glad to meet you.

If you have any comments or questions, Please feel free to drop me a note.

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