When moving to a new place, some people find it easier to make friends than others. This guest post from Lindsay Muller is full of helpful tips to help you start building that all important social network. It’s written specifically about Florianópolis, Brazil, but most of these points can be applied to any new country or city. Read More
About a year ago, I decided to make a drastic decision that would alter the course of my life forever…
…and as it appears, yours too.
It was the end of 2013 and I was diligently spending 30-40 hours per week creating content and helping people on this site… and what happened next changed everything…
No matter what it is in life, there will always be nay-sayers looking to bring their situation and those around them down.
This is even more amplified when you make the leap to live in Brazil, there are some people who just are not willing to make things work…
…it usually manifests itself in the form of comparing things back home to those in Brazil and develops from there.
While many of us clearly understand that this is an apples to oranges comparison, this doesn’t come without someone setting things in our community straight from time to time.
And today we have the enforcer himself in our midst: Mark Hillary. Read More
Here sitting at my desk on a grey and foggy Danish morning while taking one for the team as my wife finishes her thesis, I’m purchasing flight tickets to Brazil.
As I look through the jungle of fare prices and restrictions, the same feelings and thoughts that once raced through my mind and body during the original days of planning our move to Brazil, have come again.
Though, for us this isn’t something new, we are used to almost robotically going through the steps required to prepare for a big move and it’s as if everything falls into place on it’s own.
My e-mail inbox gets pleasantly flooded daily with curious members of our community interested in finding out how they can best tackle moving to Brazil.
So I figure that it’s about time to put some more detailed answers to these questions than is possible over a quick e-mail.
Without further ado, here are the top questions asked about moving to and living in Brazil with my best answers for the community.
1. Finding a Job (and the Visa)
Here’s a popular question: “Kevin, can I come on a tourist visa, find a job and then get a work visa?”
To make things a bit clearer about this story turned life lesson, let’s rewind to 2010. After loads of planning and saving, my wife and I had finally found our shortcut to get back into Brazil and live happily ever after…
The plan was the following: we would land in São Paulo, stay with some friends and purchase a relatively good priced car to drive us around. We would then drive down to Florianópolis (the land of milk and honey) to give birth to our sweet Brazilian girl – aka: anchor baby.
Everything went pretty much according to plan and we purchased a spacious Ford Mondeo – a car that would later prove to stick with me through thick and thin.
Everything went well and when selling it, something unexpected happened…
Today, I’m going to tell you a story of how an average Joe took his boring life and transformed it into something amazing.
It all started years ago back in a mundane 9–8 job in the USA, where our man “Jeff” was working 60 hours a week serving the lifestyle he had learned was “the right way to live”.
The truth is that it wasn’t Jeff’s cup of tea and he was ready to move from an ordinary, stress-full lifestyle into a life full of love and acceptance.
You see, Jeff valued personal relationships over tasks and pure routine – what would await him in the little city of Maringá, Paraná would shock and surprise him forever…
The idea of living in eternal summer surrounded by caring people who want to live life to its fullest sounds nice right?
Though we all know that dropping everything we know and making the switch to living in Brazil required more then just “wanting to do so”. Arriving in Brazil without a place to stay, source of income, solid visa or knowing the language could be the proverbial “stick in our spokes” that sends us flying.
What if you could keep that stick from entering your spokes and be able to cruise in peace and happiness, would you take those actions?
Based on the 1000’s of e-mails I’ve received since starting this site, I’m going to answer the top 3 problems that we face in this community and give you solutions so that you can sleep soundly at night 🙂