How to Escape the Winters

I might have told you this before, but in case you don’t know, I hate the winter!

I’m from Montreal, Canada, and one thing Canadians know very well is the snow. And the cold. And the long, dreary winters.

I never really liked wintertime, but as I spent more and more times in sunny and tropical places, I started disliking it even more.

At first, what I needed was at least a few weeks away from the cold and somewhere warm every winter.

Then, I increased that amount to a month or two.

At some point, it became clear that I wanted to avoid the months of January, February and March completely.

Then I realized that December also sucked, and so did April. So I made it a rule I would never come back to Canada before May.

But November is also pretty bad, so last year I decided to leave *before* the end of October.

So at this point, I’m avoiding winter completely.
And let me tell you, I’m not missing it one bit!

This morning I woke up and as usual, I went outside to take a dip in the pool.

I’m living at the moment on the pacific coast of Costa Rica, and it’s truly tropical. The temperature rarely goes below 72 Fahrenheit (22 Celsius), even at night!

Because my birthday is approaching, I was led to think that the weather was always cold on my birthday in Quebec.

At that point it struck me that I had completely forgotten about the winter!

Usually when I first get to the tropics, I compulsively check what’s the weather back “home” to see what I’m missing (for some reason it makes me enjoy the sunny weather even more).

But at some point I stop doing that, so I become completely out of touch with the reality of the winter.

I know the fantasy of moving to a tropical paradise is very real for many people at this time of the year.

My advice if you’re dreaming about this is to start slowly.

Do like I did and start a little bit at a time, rather than deciding to move somewhere completely like many people do (and often regret).

Do some research about certain countries, and then take a “field trip” there to investigate what it’s like to live there.

If you like what you see, consider staying for a longer period.

It’s not that hard to do if you work for yourself. The trickiest part is to find a place that you can rent for a few months only to keep your costs down.

But if you spend the winter in a place like Costa Rica, Panama or Thailand, you can save even if you keep your apartment and house back home!

Because the cost of living is much lower in these countries, even though you might spend extra on a plane ticket and extra rent, you’ll save in other areas such as food and entertainment — so in the end it often balances out and your total expenses stay the same.

If you’d like to find out more about my method to do so, make sure you check out my course: “How to Move to a Tropical Paradise”, available at:
http://www.fredericpatenaude.com/tropicalparadise.html

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