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Expat in Tonga
After completing a substantial body of research and introspection I now can honestly say that I have found my paradise. Its definitely not for everyone, (actually this is another attribute), but for those with who still have a little adventure in their bones. Adventure for a new culture; adventure for creating your own life with little restrictions or regulations, almost like living the life that you want versus the life that is imposed. Note: This is not intended as a beat down of my country.
I don't want to move to some pre-manufactured, transplanted community that could be anywhere in the US. Not that I don't want other expats around, I rather prefer to have expats that want to adapt into an existing culture. To me that is exciting and probably will really open my eyes as to how the rest of the world views our country.
The result of my research and introspection has led me to the South Pacific. I have found a sparsely populated idyllic island that is close to medical/dental and an international airport, has a stable government, welcomes expats (and not just the wealthy ones), has friendly locals, and most important to me, cheap by any standards as I have few available dollars for this exodus.
I bought a 99 year lease on an elevated ocean front lot in the Kingdom of Tonga for only $5,000. I bought it from an old friend of over 15 years so I feel that my investment is secure as he is a good guy with a great local and US reputation. My friend has lived in Tonga for over 10 years and so he has been my guide and will assist me in my transition.
On the lot I have plans to build a two bedroom, two bath house, with solar/wind power generation, water catchment, and full creature comforts of any home in the US for a total investment of only $60,000. (local labor is about $2.00/hr)
Hopefully, my situation is quite different from yours as you have much more money for your move however, whether you have a huge bank account or not, this island is simply beautiful.
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