That’s what my friend Karmyn told me after she arrived to the Big Island of Hawaii.
Karmyn is the partner of Roger Haeske, an Internet Marketer in fitness and raw food world I have known for many years.
Karmyn and Roger have been doing similar to what I’ve been doing: spending the winter in tropical places, but the summer in North America.
Karmyn started by spending six months in Costa Rica, but after a trip to Panama she realized how much better Panama was (especially the roads!), and they decided to spend another winter there.
For this winter, they originally thought about going to Mexico, but instead settled for the Big Island of Hawaii.
Although Panama and Mexico are a LOT cheaper than Hawaii, it’s easier to live in Hawaii if you’re an Internet Marketer.
Which brings me to the point: what are the best places in the world to do what you love, yet also enjoy exotic, warm and sunny surroundings, and maybe even with a lower cost of living?
I’m in Bali at the moment, and the day I arrived I found my computer inoperable. It won’t charge at all and I cannot access my files at all! Today, I have to go to the only store that repairs Apple computer on the entire island, and they told me that it will take about 10 days to get it repaired if they can order the part.
If I were in Canada or USA, I could get this done in a day or two at the most!
A lot of people imagine they can run a business from anywhere in the world, but the reality is that to be efficient, you have to be somewhere that offers you enough services to be productive.
In Bali, the Internet speeds offered at most hotels and Internet cafés is dismally slow. It’s almost as painful as dial up! I find it extremely hard to get anything done and keep my work momentum going.
Here are my favorite places in the world to live for doing what you love on the Internet and at the same time enjoy warm weather, a low cost of living and other advantages you might not get at home.
Hawaii: Okay, the cost of living is high, but you can get anything you need, especially on the island of Oahu.
Thailand: Bangkok or Chiang Mai are great cities in Thailand. You can get anything you need, and the cost of living is very low. Infrastructures in Thailand are very good, with brand-new roads and now fast Internet. When you’re tired of the city, you can head to one of the many islands.
Panama City. I spent some time in Panama City. It’s a very modern city, and the cost of living is significantly lower than in North America or Europe. The rest of Panama is just too isolated to get anything done, but it’s beautiful to visit.
Singapore. I just spent a week in Singapore and loved it. It’s by far one of the cleanest and most efficient cities in the world I have seen. The cost of living for certain items like food is cheaper, but otherwise it’s just as expensive as most big cities.
Brazil. I spent a month in Brazil in 2003 and loved it. Things were a lot cheaper back then and I’ve been told the cost of living has increased. Overall it’s an amazing country with many possibilities and a great place to spend a few months. It’s possible to stay productive in most of Brazil if you manage to learn some Portuguese (not too difficult).
I’m not going to mention most North American, Australian or European cities because all of them would be fine places, except perhaps for the weather part of the year and the cost of living.
I also think Costa Rica is a good place to spend a few months, as long as you stay somewhere in the Central Valley near the capital of San Jose. That way, you will have access to more services. However, Panama City is more convenient, but the weather isn’t as good as San Jose’s.
This is not to say that the rest of the world is bad. There are many more great places I will tell you about in the future. However, if you’re dream is to travel somewhere exotic AND stay productive at the same time, you need to select your destination wisely.
I’ll tell you more about these places in future emails, but if you can’t wait to get started, make sure to check out my program “How to Move to a Tropical Paradise,” which describes my method for living in a different tropical country every year for the winter.