Guest Post: 7 Differences Between Latin America and Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe…or Latin America?

It’s a question many aspiring location independent entrepreneurs find themselves asking. Many throw Southeast Asia into that mix as well, making it even more difficult.

But let’s talk about the two extreme ends of the spectrum. South America and Eastern Europe. These two places could not be more different. Latin America is warm and sensual, compared to the coldness and rigidity of Eastern Europe

Salvador, Brazil Women and Dating Guide

In Walt Disney’s 1945 animated film The Three Caballeros, José Carioca, a cigar-smoking parrot, famously asks Donald Duck if he’s “ever been to Bahia.” Donald replies that he hasn’t, and proceeds to get a bashing from Jose for having not done so. You’ll deserve the same verbal abuse if you decide to leave Salvador, Bahia off your travel itinerary.

Dating Advice For Retired Men In South America

Alright, let’s get it out of the way; I know what you’re thinking.

“You’re 25 years old. What do you know what dating is like for retired men in South America?”

It’s a fair point – having never been a retired man in Latin America, I’ve never dated as a retired man in Latin America.

But, something I haven’t mentioned before is this: two of the best friends that I have met while travelling Central and South America who I’m still in touch with are single, retired men. The first is an ex-military guy from the Yukon that I met in Colombia. The second used to run a Bed and Breakfast in Ireland before retiring to a small city in Mexico (as a matter of fact, I visited him last week).

Monterrey, Mexico Women and Dating Guide

An important business and industrial city in Mexico. Probably the richest city in the country (Mexico City would be a close second) It’s very much an American-style city with a lot of fast food joints and hotel chains. Very modern, and many people are well-off and sexy.

How To Rent An Apartment In Lima, Peru

I’ve often entertained the idea of living in Lima.

The girls are sweet, the food is excellent and it boasts a reasonably low cost of living by Latin American standards.

During my recent trip, I decided to check out the real estate. I wanted to see how much it would cost to rent an apartment in Lima, and how difficult it might be for a foreigner without residency to accomplish such a thing.

Here’s what I discovered:

8 Reasons Why Living In Latin America Is An Awful Idea

At this point I feel like a poster boy for Central and South America. 

I’ve written so many positive things about the region that I’m sure I’ve painted quite a rosy picture in the minds of some readers.

But here’s the thing.

Latin America is not a great place to live. Most westerners looking to relocate will be better off choosing Eastern Europe or Southeast Asia, especially if they are in their early 30s or older.

I could probably come up with 100 reasons why it’s a bad idea to live in Latin America.

But ain’t nobody got time for that.

Instead, here are just a few of the frustrating things likely to send you on the next flight home.

Everything You Need To Know About Life In Mexico City

I’m FINALLY leaving. 

And, as a sort of departure gift, I thought I’d write a post on living in Mexico City. If you are wondering what life is like in the capital, I’m here to help. Whether you’re moving here, or doing a short-term stay, here’s what you should know.

Mexico City vs Lima: Which City Is Better For Expats?

Whenever I’m in a new city in Latin America, there’s only one thing on my mind:

Is this somewhere I would like to live?

You see, I have a somewhat odd life plan at the moment. I want to do extended stays (3 months or more) in the region for at least the next few years.

This makes me a bit different than the average backpacker who can gather all the information he needs from Lonely Planet.

I’m forced to dig deeper.

So, without further ado, it’s time for another one of my Latin American city showdowns. In this post I will be comparing the “City of Palaces” (Mexico) with the “City of Kings” (Lima) to determine which is the better city for an expat to live in.

Read This Before You Move To Latin America

I copied the following reddit post by Noblepeasant5. Basically, it explains how the initial bliss of a move to Latin America (in this case, Central American) expat give way to a gnawing sense of paranoia and neurosis with the passage of time. Personally, I think the lad is trolling a bit — I would not be surprised if he hasn’t even been to Central America. However, he does expose one very ugly side of expats which is rarely discussed. I’ll get to that later.

Here’s the text.