Mexico, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic

Japan’s not looking good. The rest of Asia is locked up. I’m not keen on spending a fortune to get transported back to Botany Bay for the jab-o-nine-tails and seven years hard lockdowns.

I need a home.

These three stand out because (a) I can get there from here, (b) they seem cheap, and (c) I can get citizenship after a few years of residency, if I like it. Or I might tread water there until I can reach my original destination.

I know nothing about Latin America or the Caribbean but am accustomed to normal Third World issues. I don’t blink when the power goes off.

Any thoughts regarding:

– livability

– safety

– cost

– jobs (just English teaching, online work or other nonsense will do)

– internet speed and reliability

– whatever else you think is important that I’m forgetting

Cheers.

40 comments

  1. luisman · 6 Days Ago

    Your Spanish is fluent?

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  2. dickycone · 6 Days Ago

    I’ve never lived in any of those three. I traveled a lot in Mexico in the 1990s when I was young, long before the drug war. Loved it, it’s a very interesting country. The food is great, the beaches were lovely, the people friendly. The women were not the hottest, but there were still plenty of pretty girls.
    Of course, that was all a long time ago and I think things have changed a lot. Back then the border and El DF (Mexico City) were considered the dangerous parts, other than that, it seemed safer than most places I’d lived in the US. I don’t understand the security situation there now. On the one hand, there are still huge amounts of American ex-pats living in certain parts of Mexico who swear it’s fine, on the other, I hear of foreigners being kidnapped and you see many Mexican cities on lists of the most dangerous places in the world. It probably depends on where you live.
    Everyone I know who’s been to the DR loves it. It’s supposed to have great beaches. I imagine it’s pretty dangerous there too, but I don’t know. I don’t like the Afro-Caribbean look of the women, but many guys love it.
    I know almost nothing about Paraguay. I seem to remember that old school PUA Roosh complained about the women being ugly, which seems strange for a country wedged between Brazil and Argentina, but who knows. Besides, every country has women in their late teens to late twenties, many of whom will be pretty just because of their youth. The quick google search I did to confirm that Paraguay actually is where I thought it was had a question about how safe it is and the answer said it’s one of the safest countries in Latin America.
    Off the top of my head I’d say maybe Paraguay would be the best option because it sounds safer and move civilized, but Mexico or the DR could be good choices too.
    You’ll try to learn Spanish, right? Should be relatively easy, compared to Japanese.

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    • Frank K · 4 Days Ago

      ” El DF (Mexico City) ”
      It’s no longer called that. It’s now CDMX (Ciudad De Mexico) and is no longer “el distrito federal”. Why did they change it? I have no idea.

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      • dickycone · 3 Days Ago

        People just liked it better that way.

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  3. Kentucky Gent · 6 Days Ago

    Blogger Relampago Furioso (thenewmodernman) chose the DR, and rented a sweet beachside apartment. His total expenses were $400 per month, back in 2016. I tried to find the article on his blog, but it has changed. He hasn’t updated newmodernman in about 3 years. And if you go to relampagofurioso.com, it’s pink now.

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  4. Frank K · 6 Days Ago

    Regarding Mexico

    – livability
    Mexico is closer to first than third world, depending on where you live. Lots of creature comforts if you can afford them. Big cities can be very crowded and pricier, but smaller towns could be narc controlled.

    – safety
    Some places are safer than others. Avoid drug cartel controlled regions, like the northern border, Sinaloa, Michoacan, etc.

    – cost
    If you are willing to live simple, the cost is low,

    – jobs (just English teaching, online work or other nonsense will do)
    There are lots of jobs, though as a foreigner you might face discrimination. English teachers are a dime a dozen. If you have other skills you could earn a semi decent wage, though it will pale by first work standards.

    – internet speed and reliability
    Depends on the locale.

    – whatever else you think is important that I’m forgetting
    Getting an immigrant visa can be hard as rocks, you will need to show that you have a skill that is in demand and has a shortage of Mexicans to fill it.. Retiree visas are easy, if you can provide proof of retirement income, but you won’t be allowed to have a real job (sure, you can tutor English under the table)

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    • dickycone · 5 Days Ago

      I’ve always heard that Mexico has pretty sensible immigration policy, ironically similar to what most Trump supporters would like to see for the US.

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      • Nikolai Vladivostok · 5 Days Ago

        In a Dark Side I once had a story about Americans being deported from Mexico for overstaying their visas.

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        • Frank K · 4 Days Ago

          Yup, it happens. That said, a tourist visa is good tor 6 months. You have to exit the the country and re-enter to renew it. You can probably work under the table (tutoring, etc.), but if you are caught you could be deported.

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          • Nikolai Vladivostok · 4 Days Ago

            I read that you have to renew it monthly and it’s not always granted.

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            • Frank K · 2 Days Ago

              I just checked. It’s still good for 180 days. Technically, it’s not a visa, more like a permit. Mexico wants to make it easy for tourists to enter the country, especially Americans and Canadians.

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  5. Gunner Q · 6 Days Ago

    I have 20-year-old knowledge of the DR from a guy who went there to find a bride. Third-World but race-realist, and they were getting several subsidies from US gov’t to help with infrastructure. Notice the island has been hit with a few hard earthquakes recently and Haiti made the news as a disaster every time, but not DR.

    I wouldn’t try to teach English in Mexico. There’s so much crossover to USA that everybody already knows at least conversation-level.

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    • Frank K · 4 Days Ago

      Most children are taught a smidgen of English at the public schools in Mexico. A lot of private K-12 schools will market themselves as “bilingue” meaning that they devote more time to teaching English than the publics, and some will do 50/50, teaching some classes in English.
      Many college grads are somewhat fluent. Those who attended private colleges seem to be better, but it’s not a given. I have a cousin down there who has an engineering degree and his English is rudimentary. I have found that many “profesionistas” (white collar workers) seek tutoring as it can help them in their careers, but the tutoring pay is very low.
      Outside of resort areas, few lower/working class Mexicans speak English. A taxi driver, a waiter or a store clerk/cashier in Cancun will probably speak some English, but not in Mexico City.

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  6. Wolf · 6 Days Ago

    Mexico – biggest economy, most opportunity, most expats, harder residency, citizenship certainly possible.
    Paraguay – quieter, could be boring, lots of land, traditional culture, small but growing economy, easy residency; harder citizenship.
    DR – might be good for retiring but I would not bet on it long term. Uncomfortably close to Haiti.

    Email me if you need some contacts.

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  7. Stefan · 5 Days Ago

    Paraguay is a weird country – most locals are indians, because spanish elite was completely wiped out in a 19-th century war (probably the highest male-mortality recent war in the world). High birthrate, low standard, savage attitudes, low IQ. But there’s an ethnic German province in the countryside thar’s quite safe, though its a rural place.

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    • Nikolai Vladivostok · 5 Days Ago

      Savage in what way? Crime rate seems a little lower than Mex and DR.

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      • Stefan · 5 Days Ago

        Just see today’s news:

        https://www.abc.com.py/nacionales/2021/09/13/sicarios-asesinan-a-empresario-en-barrio-jara-de-asuncion/
        – Hitmen kill businessman
        – girl who fell from the buss after the assault died

        https://www.paraguay.com/
        – Woman was found with several stab wounds. The main suspect is his partner

        https://www.ultimahora.com/condenado-cuatro-anos-intento-robo-al-banco-continental-n2960493.html
        – Attempted armed robbery of Banco Continental in the center of the capital

        And I knew someone who was selling construction machinery there as representative for a large western company. He told me he got mugged twice during his business trip, and the police didn’t even file a report, they told him “what can we do?” and that was all. I don’t trust official crime statistic from the third world.

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        • Frank K · 4 Days Ago

          “I don’t trust official crime statistic from the third world.”

          Agreed. Sadly, Latin America isn’t the relatively safe, care free place it was in decades past. Maybe in the Argentinian countryside? I don’t know anymore. I know that while my Mexican cousins have accepted “la inseguridad” as a fact of life, they are always very cautious when they leave their homes, even the ones who live in “safe” communities. I have some who have fled Mexico City to live in or near Cancun, or have gone to Merida.

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  8. oldfossil · 5 Days Ago

    From your mumblings I would say that South Africa is far cheaper than the Philippines. Jobs available if you have a degree and are under fifty. Hot women a-plenty.

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    • Nikolai Vladivostok · 5 Days Ago

      I’m not going to South Africa.

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    • Kentucky Gent · 5 Days Ago

      “I would say that South Africa is far cheaper than the Philippines.”

      Don’t mind the race war.

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  9. MD · 5 Days Ago

    Travelled extensively in Mexico in the mid-oughts. Beautiful country. Safety issues in many areas, especially now as narco groups have expanded to extortion, theft, kidnapping, etc. Compared to asia, you might find dating to be more challenging.
    Have you considered Panama or Costa Rica?

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  10. Jonathan D · 5 Days Ago

    How about Russia? It’s just across the ditch from Hokkaido (the ferry costs ¥30,000 return I remember rightly, and then flying inside the country is cheap). Also, some of the girls are very nice—and you’ve got the the most “vaccine-hesitant” population of any major country (I have word from the street that the government is even fibbing to push up the vaccine stats). By and large, the country is safe, the stock market is zooming up, and the risk of a sovereign debt default is the lowest you’ll find anywhere. Oh, and did I mention the girls are nice?

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    • Nikolai Vladivostok · 5 Days Ago

      Last I heard that ferry doesn’t run anymore. In any case, I can’t get there from here at the moment due to border restrictions. Russia does not allow dual nationality.

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      • Kentucky Gent · 5 Days Ago

        “Russia does not allow dual nationality.”

        NV, Any thoughts on renouncing your current citizenship? Actually, that could be an interesting blog post.

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        • Nikolai Vladivostok · 4 Days Ago

          I need as many passports as I can get. The Oz one doesn’t get me home but it’s great for getting into many other countries. Renouncing it would be a fit of pique.

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  11. overgrownhobbit · 5 Days Ago

    How about Brasil?

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  12. TechieDude · 5 Days Ago

    Go to Mexico, then you could just waddle over here to the US. What the hell, we’re pretty much letting anyone in these days. I’m sure you can get an ESL job here with all the foreigners we let in. Burn rate on dough may be a deal breaker.

    Word to the wise, A lot of Mexico isn’t speaking Castilian Spanish. Learning the local dialect could be tough. My limited Spanish hasn’t been a huge help with immigrant workers in the past.

    Like Gunner said above, the ones that would need English generally have learned enough to get by. My business partner is Mexican (Actually texican). He’ll proudly tell you there are areas that are nice as anywhere here in the US. Then he’ll tell you how he rolled his car into a ditch (no other car involved, just idiocy) and spent a week in jail just because he wrecked his own car and the cops wanted money. He’ll also say that if he didn’t have relatives bringing hamburgers for him and his new *cough…cough* friends, he’d have been screwed. Did I mention he’s Mexican, and is fluent? Yeah…Don’t know how they’d treat a honkey in that situation.

    He also said he couldn’t get a bank account because he wasn’t a citizen, so he had his granny help him, who proceeded to spend every nickel he put in the account.

    Paraguay seems like the best bet since the other two’s shithole factor can’t be truly quantified.

    Make for some fun blog stories though.

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    • Nikolai Vladivostok · 4 Days Ago

      “Make for some fun blog stories though.”
      I’m starting to think that’s my life’s purpose.

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  13. Hesse Kassel · 5 Days Ago

    I believe Malaysia has opened up the MM2h retirement visa again. Pretty safe, cheap, good infrastructure/services, no citizenship but can stay permanently, near to your present location, good female options locally and for import, I think online work would be no problem, available to people your age.

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  14. Anonymous · 5 Days Ago

    I’d look into an Eastern European country if I were you. I know Serbia was a very popular tourist destination for Indians because it

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  15. PrinzEugen · 5 Days Ago

    I’d look into an Eastern European country if I were you. Except for maybe eastern Ukraine, everything here looks much more stable in the long run. If you want a reasonably low-ish language barrier (we speak a Romance language with only some Slavic influences) and with most educated young people speaking English, consider my country Romania. You can live here on about 400 EUR + 200 EUR rent in most cities that are not Bucharest or Cluj and we have gigabit internet on less than 10 EUR / month. Or if you are OK with lower standards, Moldova speaks the same language and it should also be perfectly OK depending on how you plan to earn your money (online is pretty much your only option there as the wages are very low). In Romania you can find higher-paying jobs in some limited sectors like IT.

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  17. Tim914 · 2 Days Ago

    Multiple people have told me that the Lake Chapala area near Guadalajara is the nicest place in Mexico. It’s a Gringo enclave and so isn’t the pure Mexico experience, which would appeal to me. Here’s a link to check it out. https://www.accesslakechapala.com/
    I know Mexico has a good but inexpensive healthcare system where most everything is covered. I think you would need about $1K a month to survive. I’m a soon to retire Boomer and I wouldn’t mind living there at all.

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