Living in Colombia vs Brazil wasn’t an easy choice.
I think any long term traveler after a while gets to the point where they want to just relax instead of keep going.
I remember many times where I felt burnt out. I also felt it was a bit unfair how I would be seeing these amazing sites and it would be just another church or just another beach.
While I don’t ever plan on stopping my traveling career I did need to take a break. I travel differently than most people you are exposed to. I wouldn’t consider myself a backpacker nor do I enjoy staying in hotel rooms or hostels. By this I mean I like to have a home base.
Primarily because I need a reliable internet connection to be able to day trade.
Whenever I move to a new country I always look for a furnished apartment and make sure it has the best internet the city can offer. Sometimes there were some hiccups along the way. Whether it was good planning, luck, or a bit of both, I rarely had problems with internet connections and finding great places to stay.
Whenever I take a shorter weekend trip then I do stay in a hotel or hostel.
When I travel long term I always like to get to know the locals by renting an apt instead of staying in any kind of commercial accommodation. The feeling of thrusting yourself in a foreign culture where you don’t know how to get around or even how to order from a menu is stimulating. Challenging yourself to learn new words, new phrases, a completely new body language.
It’s quite exhilarating to challenge yourself in these kinds of environments.
But all in a day’s work right?
I decided a while ago that I needed to set my first official home base to focus on the new day trading centers I wanted to open. Trying to work AND travel simply is a novelty that doesn’t work. The concept was to take my level of freedom to a whole new level.
When I began to see that traders I was training were becoming profitable the idea crossed my mind. What if I could actually travel with an army of traders? Just picture a group of guys getting to Rio de Janeiro renting a penthouse and having a blast.
Let’s try again. Imagine being able to visit the Galapagos Islands with some of your closest friends and being on one of the most beautiful yachts call The Grace. We can’t trade on a boat in the Galapagos but it would be awesome to celebrate our hard earned profits by swimming with Nemo, turtles, and sharks.
Wait… wait. I forgot we did that earlier this year as well with Honcho Extreme and Quasar Expeditions. He won a free one year training program last year. Won an all-expenses paid trip to Jordan and is now living in South Africa driving around a motorcycle for three months.
See what I did there?
I didn’t just want to keep renting places and staying at hotels. I wanted to be able to do something that meant more than that.
Giving locals in improvished countries the opportunity to live a lifestyle they otherwise wouldn’t be able to find in their local economy was something special.
By teaching them the right skills it would be a win-win situation. I would have the opportunity to teach locals how to trade the right way and they would be able to live a lifestyle they otherwise wouldn’t be able to live.
Then we could all travel together. A big family of day traders.
When I thought of where I wanted to live I immediately considered places where I felt comfortable. We combine this then with a place where I could have a very high quality of living with an American style lifestyle.
Most of Africa was out as most countries are still getting their things in order. While I would love to live in Ethiopia for longer than just the 3 months I spent there the country doesn’t have good internet access. Asia was a possibility because my money would go very far there but I’ve never fully connected with Asia. I also wouldn’t know this for sure because I haven’t traveled in depth in Asia.
That leaves somewhere in Europe or possibly Latin America.
The first places I always think of first are Rio de Janeiro and Medellin, Colombia. Both considered to be one of the best places to live in South America. They both have a great combination of everything. The only thing Medellin lacks is a beach while Rio de Janeiro lacks any kind of work ethic.
That was a joke.
But also partly true.
Rio de Janeiro to me just seemed like a constant party. It is hard to focus when you have so many distractions.
First piece of evidence:
I also wanted to be in a place that had a lot of upside. Brazil has gotten very expensive with all of the investment for the World Cup and the upcoming Olympics. I was going to buy my first property and my dollars would go much further in Medellin than in Rio. Colombia is just now opening up to the world and is a much friendlier place to do business compared to Brazil.
Also the cost of living is much cheaper of Brazil.
The only other place I considered was Chile and Ecuador.
Google the best places to retire in South America online everyone swears by Ecuador. That would be the last place I would want to be.
- First, I wouldn’t consider a country that has had roughly 10 presidents in the last 15 years a good place to be.
- Second, they can’t get their financial house in order. They use US dollars which is a very bad proposition long term with the US Economy set to collapse.
- Third, I didn’t enjoy Ecuador at all on a recent trip there.
- Fourth, I just like Colombia and Brazil too much.
Chile was definitely a consideration. The only 1st world country in Latin America and it’s also the best place to do business and also very foreigner friendly.
I chose Colombia because of the cocaine obviously. I mean the women. I mean the coffee.
While there are still jokes about Colombia’s security and drug filled past I can guarantee they are well beyond that. I thought to myself, where would I enjoy living year round? The city that came back into my mind was Medellin, Colombia. The city of eternal spring has perfect weather year round. Rio de Janeiro can get a bit warm.
Sweating while walking outside at night warm.
Where I could invest and see amazing returns in the next five to ten years? Medellin, Colombia.
The people of Medellin, Colombia are some of the nicest and gracious people I have ever met on my travels. This was another big big reason I decided to choose Medellin. Everyone that comes here just feels welcome. Imagine feeling that everyday.
Brazilians are awesome people but comparing them to Paisas (people from the state of Antioquia in Colombia) would be hard to do.
Learning how to speak Brazilian Portuguese was also a consideration. The language is harder to learn than staying on a weight loss plan
after every January 1st. I pick up languages easily and Portuguese is one of the languages I still cannot speak like a local.
I have since moved into a 7 bedroom penthouse that was purchased for a mere $124,000 USD. I could probably get a studio apartment for that price in Brazil. I can tell you that I have enjoyed living in the Medellin for almost a year now. I made the right decision considering that my cost of living in Medellin, Colombia is only $750 a month. This includes a full time chef and maid. When I thought of home Medellin was just the place that came to mind. All the other things were a bonus.
To wrap things up I will leave you with a tour of the penthouse after being fully renovated. Look forward to sharing updates on our day trading education efforts here in Colombia with The Day Trading Academy.