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. 🙂
Our whopping total: $893
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.