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Old 05-30-2010, 05:04 PM
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You will find it extremely difficult if not impossible to get a permanent working visa for Spain, I think.

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Old 08-22-2011, 07:50 PM
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:06 AM
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One of the pluses for Panama is that it is not too far away and, if you need to, you can get back to the states relatively easily, quickly and cheaply.
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Old 08-24-2011, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by CHwboy View Post
You will find it extremely difficult if not impossible to get a permanent working visa for Spain, I think.

Unemployment in Spain for the under 25 crowd is like 30%. Forget about a work visa, you won't find work period.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:07 PM
Location: Santaluz - San Diego, CA
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Argentina is WONDERFUL but there are some big problems there. Factor in 25% to 30% a YEAR inflation. (Yes you read that right). I've lived in Argentina and Uruguay before and traveled around to just about every country in South America and own properties in several countries in South America.

I think your biggest problem will be many countries getting your visa to live there permanently will be difficult. Argentina is VERY easy and there are many people living there as 'permatourists' just extending their tourist visa every 90 days by taking the ferry into Uruguay. The government claims that they will start cracking down on this but to be honest, the government is so screwed up and so much red tape there that is probably the least of their priorities.

Brazil is VERY expensive plus they speak Portuguese there. I own property there and been there many many times. It's a wonderful country but with their strong currency it's VERY expensive there. Taxis, food, etc. are expensive. I was just in Sao Paulo not long ago and a nice dinner out was over $100 US! Taxis were more expensive than NYC. One bedroom nice apartments were over $300,000 in nice areas like Jardins. So I'd eliminate Brazil. Also, Brazil really limits the amount of time foreigners can stay in the country to only 180 days a year.

I think the key to ask yourself is just how will you get buy and live and where will you work? It's not so easy in South America. South America is a great place if you are retiring or have a pension or fixed income in dollars. But not good if you don't have a job or income coming in each month.

Forget about Spain. The unemployment rate there is over 25% and for the youth from 18 to 35 it's more like 35% to 40%.

Some of these places people are mentioning just won't be so feasible for you. Or even if they are, just plain boring for a vast majority of people out there. South America is a great continent full of wonderful people. Out of all my adventures, the friendliest by a long-shot were from Colombia. For the most part, they are genuine and warm and loving people. The most ruthless, wouldn't hesitate to stab you in the back types are Argentineans.

It's not as easy as you are making it seem to be. Also, NO offense so I hope none is taken but Anthropology is pretty much a worthless major when it comes to the real world and getting a job. I'm not sure if you thought about it but would be a great idea to do a double major.
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:50 AM
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Spanish speaking, stable economy, warm all year round- how about Texas?

It's as good as any.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:32 AM
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I read a retirement book which said the cities and shore areas in Costa Rica did have a high crime rate, but it was practically nil in the mountain area where the climate was nicer and the living was much less expensive. The book mentioned you'd have to get use to the native diet and a housekeeper who cooked it and did not know English at all.
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:00 PM
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My suggestion would be to visit these countries. Hearing another person's opinion doesn't necessarily mean that your needs, wants, desires would be met.

Get some travel books and spend short vacations in different places that might interest you.

Moving from one country to another is not a simple thing to do. Do you speak the language? Do you have job skills? Are those skills needed? Can you afford to live there? What about visa requirements?
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