I'm probably one of thousands of people who find themselves wanting to move to Belize. I have had this idea in the back of my mind for years, because something has always drawn me to this country that I've never been to. I had no idea that it was pulling in so many others! I am a 30-something stay-at-home mom, and my husband is a factory worker. We live in Wisconsin, and have two kids. The job market around here is terrible, and neither of us have a college degree. We survive on about $35K a year, sometimes less. We pay about $650 a month in rent for a 2 bedroom house.
Due to the grim outlook in our area, and an increasing problem with heroin in our community, we no longer want our children to grow up here. There are other places in the United States we could move to, but honestly we are tired of this way of life. My husband works too hard, my kids are glued to TVs, its freezing cold, snowy or rainy too much to get outside to do much else. People around here all seem miserable, and I really don't want to live the rest of my life like this. I want a better life for my kids.
I am white, and my husband is of Mexican descent. We want our kids to grow up knowing more than one culture and one language. We want them to accept others from all nationalities and backgrounds, and don't want them growing up to be "spoiled American kids." We want opportunities to learn about nature, other cultures, and diversity. We'd rather go kayaking than watch football or reality shows. We'd rather go hiking than hit up a mall.
My husband and I are seriously considering saving up as much money as possible (30K-50K) and selling most of our belongings in order to give our family a chance at a better, cleaner, less depressing lifestyle. This is going to be our 5-year plan, but even with the money saved, we would need to get jobs fairly quickly in Belize.
The areas we are most considering are San Pedro and Corozal. We would like to be in an area where everything is pretty close by, but want to avoid high crime areas, gangs, hard drugs, etc. San Pedro was my first choice, but as I look around, I'm seeing prices are much higher there than nearly everywhere else. This is why Corozal is looking better now.
My question is, is there any possibility that with a decent amount of research, and a visit to the area before moving, that my husband and I would be able to find jobs (or possibly start a business) with this amount of money and be able to live (and support two kids)? We don't need anything fancy, just running water, electricity, food, we will walk if everything's within walking distance, and can do without a car. At some point we'd like to own a home or build on some property. A modest 2-3 bedroom simple home is all we need.
Sorry for the long post, I just want to really discuss this with someone who has done something similar who has experience and can either encourage or crush my dream