Belize - Yes, it's the laid back Caribbean country of Central America! It's a favorite of those seeking a calmer lifestyle in close proximity to the wonders of nature. Like a un-planed 2x4 full of splinters, Belize is sturdy, rugged and full of sandfleas, but it also has it's share of beautiful islands, adventuresome spirits and rum soaked nights. It's the place we dreamed about as children. A place where we could do what we wanted without being called in to wash up for dinner. It's a place where you need to know how to repair your own car and replace parts of your plumbing with bailing wire and tape. It's also a place where big brother isn't looking over your shoulder and you can set your own building codes or own a flock of chickens. It's a place where you can spend the day fishing without trying to keep up with the Jones's. It's also become one of the hottest expatriate destinations in Latin America. ...it's not for everyone, but it may be for you. If so, there's a new eBook that will take you to Belize and help you stay there.
Until now there was only one book on moving to Belize. In a world that cries out for 'how to' books, a 'how to' book on moving to Belize was sorely needed. That need was recently met by Lan Sluder, with Easy Belize, a 235 page eBook that contains everything you'll need to know about moving to Belize. Lan's eBook sets the standard for how to write a book on relocation; this eBook is one of the best, if not the best reports I've ever read on relocation.
Easy Belize: How to Live, Retire, Work or Invest in Belize is a full length complete report on everything it takes to move to Belize by the expert on Belize.
The Author - Lan "The-Belize-Answer-Man"Sluder is editor and publisher of Belize First Magazine and the author of several books on Belize, including Guide to Mainland Belize and the new Adapter Kit: Belize. He also updated the Belize sections of the latest Fodor's and UpClose Central America guidebooks. If he can't answer your questions about Belize, nobody can.
Lan Sluder has certainly
outdone himself in this well written eBook. There are always a thousand
questions to be asked when one is considering the act of moving to another
country and justifiably so. If moving from Detroit to Seattle is filled
with dread, disorder and errors of judgment it stands to reason that the
potential expatriate desirous of moving to a new country has more than
their share of concerns and questions. The thing to do is to call in an
expert. Lan is the expert on Belize, the publisher of Belize First Magazine,
he was chosen by Fodor to update the Belize section of their guidebooks
and he is the author of countless articles and several other books, much
of them on Belize.
Anticipating the readers questions and their concerns, Lan has provided a wide range of resources and topics perfectly suited for those of us who are considering Belize as an expat destination.
The book is nicely laid out and opens with an overview of Belize that introduces the country, it's culture, it's social make up and it's environment. Potential culture shock is bound to be lessened when you've been warned of the conditions ahead. Important facts about the history, traditions, and daily life in Belize prepare the reader for what to expect.
Lan goes into detail on helping you plan your move, providing advice that will save the reader a ton of hassles and a pile of money. Getting to Belize, getting around once we get there, and staying healthy while we are there are questions that we are all concerned with. Easy Belize anticipates our questions and gives us the answers. The book also discusses various ways to stay in Belize; as a perpetual tourist, as a resident, or by utilizing the very excellent Belize retirement program. Too many expats land in Belize and then try to figure out what's required to make it a permanent stay after the fact.
Real estate is a major reason most of us want to move to Belize. Real estate in Belize is many times cheaper than it is in the USA or Europe, and the real estate one sees in Belize is ocean front, island style, country farm sort of stuff. In short, it's great real estate. However, it's no secret that real estate in much of Latin America can be a mess of pottage. Laws differ from what Americans and Europeans are accustomed to. How is title held in Belize, do you need an attorney, what are the fees and costs involved in real estate transactions and how do we know that we have clear title to the land once we buy it? Lan provides current information on real estate in Belize, the prime living locations where real estate values are best and caveats to look out for in buying real estate.
Belize has several areas that have been attractive to expatriates who are moving there, including Ambergris Caye, Placencia, Corozol and the Caye District. Each of these areas are covered at length in Easy Belize, including other prime expat destinations. The expatriate communities in each of these areas is discussed, including profiles of some of the expatriates; where they came from, what they think of Belize, how they earn a living and what kind of life they've built for themselves. Some of the anecdotes are personal observations of the new expatriates, many of them downright humorous. These profiles are invaluable to the wantabe expatriate to Belize. The physical and social environment of each of these areas is also described, which will help the reader make decisions about where they want to look once they get to Belize and what to expect in each of the prime areas.
Belize, and those who want to move to Belize have deserved a book like this. Last fall, FOX Television aired a program called Temptation Island, filmed on Belize's Ambergris Caye. As a result, tens of millions of U.S. viewers were introduced overnight to the nation of Belize. Many viewers had never heard of Belize prior to the show. The program caused the price of real estate on the island of Ambergris to jump as much as 100% in the months that followed. The cost of accommodation and other travel expenses skyrocketed as much as 300%.
USA Today stated that, "The series looks to be a boon for Belize," Holly Cabiedas, a reservations manager at one of Ambergris' upscale resorts, told the newspaper that "the phones went crazy," the day after the premiere. It's apparent that Belize is on a roll.
Easy Belize, by Lan Sluder is the right eBook at the right time. It is only the second book, to my knowledge, to concentrate on the logistics of moving to Belize, the first being the Belize Retirement Guide by Bill & Claire Gray. There are almost a dozen books on moving to Costa Rica despite the fact that more expatriates are moving to Belize than to Costa Rica, so this eBook is a much needed resource that was a long time coming. In this reviewer's opinion, Lan Sluder's Easy Belize eBook, should set the standard for future books & eBooks about moving to other countries. They both cover questions that I myself would ask about a finding a home away from home. Easy Belize includes photographs, maps, charts, cost of living comparisons, profiles, contact information and all the internet resources that Lan felt were relevant.
If you're looking for freedom
and a unique lifestyle, say yes to Belize!