So You Want to Move Abroad if Trump is Elected President?

Update:  Nicaragua continues to experience political unrest since April of 2018. More than 500 protesters were murdered, 60,000 Nicaraguans have fled their country, and the people who remain are heavily oppressed. There is high unemployment, crime is on the rise because there is little police protection, there are travel warnings from many countries, and many human rights violations. We left Nicaragua last July and have no desire to return until the Nicaraguan people are free from oppression.

If Trump wins the U.S.Presidential elections, where are you going to go? It looks like Canada is not an option anymore.

But, never fear. Don’t lose hope. Nicaragua is always nice! 🙂

Here is a breakdown of our February 2016 expenses. Maybe this will help you decide where to move abroad if you need to escape after the Presidential elections. 🙂

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Our whopping total: $893

Ten Considerations

1. We own our home, so we don’t pay rent. We initially bought our 2 1/2 acre lake front property for $28,000 in 2009. It had a livable small house with a flush toilet, city water, and electricity. Our property taxes are $50 annually.

2. We can cut our food expenses in the rainy season because we have a large garden. In the dry season, we only water our fruit trees and flowers and plant our veggies about a month before the rainy season starts.

3. Our electricity is usually lower, but in February we had many visitors who stayed in our casita. Electricity usage can be greatly reduced with the use of solar panels. That may be our next investment.

4. We pay $100 a month for our god-daughter’s university tuition in Nicaragua. It is a small price to pay and without it, she would not be able to attend the university.

5. We hardly ever use our credit card in Nicaragua. Our SKY satellite TV bill is the only bill charged to our credit card ($37 mo). $100 is a monthly estimate, but most of the time it is much lower.

6. We have two workers. One is our gardener, Jose, and he works three mornings a week at 100c for 3 hours. I hired and trained a librarian for my elementary school library. I pay him 500c a week.

7. Our propane for our gas stove will last for three months. We refilled it in February.

8. The miscellaneous section includes eating out and small purchases, like new screen for our house this month. We usually eat out two times a week, mainly breakfast, in Moyogalpa when we go into town to do shopping.

9. Nicaragua is very affordable. With the low-cost of living, we have more money to pursue our passion for travel. We just returned from a trip to Colombia, in June we are going to Las Vegas, and in September we are probably going to Fiji and New Zealand. ( I love exploring Google flights for cheap flights and I found a great deal for less than $900 rt from Liberia, Costa Rica to Fiji and then to Auckland, New Zealand.)

10. With my trickle-up financial theory, we can afford to help many people in Nicaragua. All it takes is a little money and time to find the needs of our community and serve them. I’ve started a children’s library in my local elementary school, we support several workers, and help our god-daughter with her tuition in UCA University in Leon.

If you have followed my posts, you know that we purchased WEA Signature Plan International Health Insurance. It covers us in most countries, except for the U.S. When we return to the U.S., we buy travel insurance to cover us.

We have residency in Nicaragua as retirees. Next year, we renew our residency since it is good for 5 years. I hear the process is easier than when we applied for residency.

So, if you find yourself yearning to escape the U.S. after the Presidential elections….come on down for a visit. Our hammock will be waiting for you…swinging in the warm tropical breezes and you are guaranteed to be welcomed with open arms.

19 thoughts on “So You Want to Move Abroad if Trump is Elected President?

  1. Love your “trickle up” philosophy – what a different world it would be if everyone adopted it!

    People ask us all the time if we moved to Panama to escape the political climate in the U.S. or some other unbearable situation there. In our opinion, those people just don’t “get” the expat experience. For us, it’s about expanding our horizons, broadening our education, and having new adventures. One of the reasons we chose Panama because it’s a great springboard for travel.

    And honestly? U.S. citizens never “leave” their home country. We still pay (lots of) taxes, we still vote, and we travel back there often to see family and spend money there. We’re still engaged and care very much about what’s happening there – ESPECIALLY in this nasty political climate. I actually had someone tell me on Facebook that I didn’t have the right to an opinion anymore because I left the U.S. I was so offended!

    • Excellent points. People who have never lived abroad have a difficult time understanding why we would ever leave our home countries. Also, many people believe that in obtaining residency, we renounce our U.S. citizenship. Not so! I would never do that. I continue to care deeply about my country and will always be a citizen. Although, I prefer to say I am a citizen of the world. Lol

    Would love to know more about your health insurance coverage choice….I think I kept the article you once posted some time ago….have to look for it..
    Anyway I hope to be out of here by September , been working on it …
    I will be looking for a manzana to buy somewhere not too far from Granada ,,if you hear of anything , it has to have charm……special,,,, a good feel…..
    plan to rent a house for year while I look and educate myself,,going slow…
    I plan to do service work too, and have a few places in mind …in Granada..
    Personally , Ive been planning to leave here for many years ,,,,always knew the world would get weird ,,especially the states ,so Im not at all …surprised ….!!!!
    I know that Latin and Central America will finally become the “it” places of the future ….and yes
    GO SOLAR!!!!!
    Look forward to meeting u too,
    thanks again for a fun article
    Light ,

    • Nicole, seriously, I am not worried about Trump becoming President of the U.S. Although the fear, anger, and bigotry he spouts has erupted in the U.S. like a big boil. Maybe he is just a release valve for frustrated people. Don’t worry Amiga. You are always welcome at our house. Lol

      • trump is a disgrace! I’m deeply embarrassed to be an american! I’m a 56 yr old black male and I’m DONE!! I’m moving to nicaragua or either the philippines

  3. We feel the same way about our life here in Ecuador. We are able to afford a much better quality of life here in a warm beach community on our pension money than we ever could afford in the U.S. – and we are able to help our neighbors and enjoy life with them. There are options!

  4. Thank you for the updated expense breakdown. It can be very helpful! You are a tremendous giving spirit in your community and they are lucky to have you both….plus it must be so rewarding giving back to the community. Bless!

  5. I love your “trickle up financial theory” which seems to have a much more positive impact than the 80’s “Trickle Down” policy. If the internet had been around in Reagan’s time of run-away inflation you can bet that many people would have been researching their options during the elections then,too. (Although, Panama and Nicaragua wouln’t have made any lists at that time!) I read a news report yesterday that Americans are googling “Where to go if…” at a higher rate than ever and they suggested in order: Panama, Belize, Portugal, Nicaragua and Mexico. Looks like we made the transition well ahead of the masses! 🙂 Anita P.S. Here’s the link:

    • Wow! Thanks for the link, Anita. I have friends in all of those countries listed, but I don’t know anyone who moved abroad for political reasons. I am sure there are some, though. 😉 A friend that moved to Nicaragua many years ago always told me that he was a political refugee. I wasn’t surprised at the number of expats the State Department listed in the article. I see more and more foreigners moving to Nicaragua every day. I believe most of them would be considered economic refugees because it is getting so expensive to live in our home countries. I sure am glad we live here. Our dollars go a long, long way.

  6. Fun post. Ellen is a stitch, but she makes an excellent point and an even better one is, yes your vote does matter so if you don’t vote you cannot complain about who gets elected. Love all the good you’re doing there, we’ll get up to see you once we get settled in Panama permanently. So we’ll see you in a year and by then the election craze will have passed.

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