Fact or Fiction... Who to Believe?
Dec 10, 2013
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If you’ve ever considered moving abroad and headed to your computer for further research, you’ve likely seen these, or similar, titles splashed across your search engine’s result page. The next step involves sifting through the overload of information…
It’s easy to tell if someone’s lying to you or stretching the truth when you have the facts, right? But what about when you don’t know the facts… what about when you’re simply looking to get the truth? This is where the fact and fiction of living abroad collide, creating a mashed up mess of uncertainty that not even your trusty computer can sort out. In fact, the internet can make things even more confusing…
We should note, that there are a good number of reputable publications and websites out there that are providing unbiased information… Where International being one of them. But for every dependable site, there is another with skewed information. Developers, real estate brokers and realtors are all in the ‘publishing’ game now, with websites being a compilation of what they have for sale, as well as articles and blog posts talking about the country and area they’re selling in. Not a bad juxtaposition, but one to be taken with a grain of salt, and especially important for those who don’t realize they’re on a real estate/developer website.
The other ‘culprit’ for (mis)information is the slew of travel/living abroad blogs on the web. It’s not necessarily that these first-hand accounts are a bad thing, it’s just important to remember that these folks are living the life that they’ve chose to live… it may not be the way you thought it would be. You not only have your own reasons for moving, but you also have your own story; upbringing, family, work history, life experiences, etc.
To put it into perspective, consider this; place a group of people with similar values, life experiences and expectations and plop them in a popular Latin American country or city, leave them there for a week or so and then come back to asses their take on it, there’s no doubt that a variety of opinions would emerge…
‘It’s dirty’, ‘there’s too much poverty’, ‘the grocery store didn’t have anything on my list’, ‘it’s too hot’, it’s too cold’; and so on and so forth. Then on the other end of the spectrum, you’d likely hear, ‘the pace of life was exactly what I was looking for’, ‘the locals are so friendly!’, ‘It was so affordable to eat out, and the food was delicious’.
Here’s the thing… even with similar backgrounds and upbringings, expectations can vary vastly from person to person. This simply becomes exacerbated when you put these same people in a foreign country. One person’s mountain escape is another’s isolated backwoods; one’s tropical beach retreat is another’s mosquito factory… Chances are they all have the same expectations before going, but once on the ground, everyone will perceive the exact same surroundings differently.
That’s just human nature.
It’s also why no matter what you read online or in print, no matter what you hear on TV or from your friends… if you’re making a decision as big as moving abroad, you HAVE to experience it for yourself. Because no matter what anyone else says or writes, their perception of the same place could be the complete opposite of yours.
So if purchasing property abroad is in your plans, it’s time to get out there and explore! Stop listening to what everyone else is saying and put yourself in the position of storyteller. What are you waiting for? Discover Latin America on a Discovery Weekend! No commitment, no risk, no pressure… just an educational experience for you to discover your personal paradise.