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    Question Checklist??

    I'm curious if there are pointers that can direct a 'newbie' to what kind of research/information to obtain/learn before deciding to make the big move to the DR? I realize there is an ABUNDANCE of information out here & I'm doing my best to read as much as I can, absorb it and learn along the way as well as trying to figure out what else are necessities to learn beforehand. It's difficult to navigate thru the forum with SO MANY posts/threads, and I am OK with it if that's what I have to do. But I thought I'd just come right out and ask if there is some kind of 'checklist' out here or that someone could think of to post, maybe as a 'sticky' so ppl like 'me' can go from one thing to the next and not miss the 'crucial' information.

    Thanks in advance, regardless if there's anything to refer me to, or anyone willing to compile a list.

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    Default Contemplating a move

    Visit the country a few times before thinking of moving. Your experience and feelings/reactions will be your own, so it is not really possible to make a decision based on what happens to others. You need to get to know some people, and it is extremely important to know some Spanish and to be ready to learn a lot.

    A lot of people call the country paradise, but for one thing there would be no mosquitos in paradise! Many other natural and human traits of the country might be hard to adjust too as well.

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    Thank you for your reply.


    Oh for sure... that's what I want to do ideally. Come and stay to get a feel for it. But even before THAT, I'm sure there are plenty of things I need/should know about/learn etc. I'm curious what the most important things would be... for those who have made the transition or have travelled the path I am speaking of, what do you wish you knew before you went at all?? Is there a "MUST KNOW" list?? I'm sure there are things I haven't even thought of ~ and don't wanna be blindsided by it. Being fully aware or as aware as I can be before experience is what I'm aiming for.

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    First in your list.
    MONEY
    second:MONEY.
    third: MONEY.

    Wanna know something more.
    Thing MONEY.

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    Start by reading the Living section of the forum. Read all the "stickies"then just read the threads that interest you.

    What is your timeline? Why do you want to move here? What area or are you still undecided?

    There are probably as many questions as their are suggestions!

    Remember that everything you read here are individuals opinions. Get a feel for the posters,not just the information. After a while you will see patterns....

    Take it all with a grain of salt, your experience will be uniquely yours. AND after reading, ask some specific questions. We will try to answer you.

    BTW welcome to DR1.

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    Thank you! As of right now... I have no immediate plans to leave. The big thing mentioned a couple posts above holds me back: money. I realize I need to have this available to me I just want to be prepared before I go. Tho, if I could leave tomorrow, I would. I want to experience the culture... the country, see how I can survive in a new environment different from what I'm used to. Dominican is beautiful, weather is lovely, beaches of course are gorgeous... I want to see more of the country, possibly do some 'volunteer' work here & there?? I dunno, so many ideas... but I want to be real about it all. I'm not naive to the realities that are out there, that I've read about & hear about. But I have a LOT to learn. Including the language... and have been in contact with a private tutor for spanish lessons.

    I've tried to contemplate how much money I would need per month. I am Canadian. Someone told me at least $2,000 Canadian/US ~ I'm not familiar with the conversions yet either... as I said, I have a LOT to learn. But I can't take the next step til I learn, right?? And I guess I just need to know... what exactly should I learn first & foremost, aside of the language & understanding the currency.

    When I go... I plan to stay at LEAST a month. Two if I'm able... and then decide after that if I want to go back for longer... and go from there. As for WHERE in Dominican?? I've been told the East & North Coast is lovely... but still, there are so many places to choose from. I've been reading a lot about various cities. Is there a specific place on the forum to find the most expensive places to live? (obviously I want to pay less than the most expensive, lol, just want to know where to not bother looking & why) I realize too that the least expensive places may be more dangerous or sketchy... I want to avoid this as well. I know as mentioned a lot of it is personal choice/opinion, but I've only travelled to Punta Cana on vacation & while it's gorgeous there, I assume it would cost a fortune to live there??

    I'll read more I guess & go from there. Just if anyone does have any good pointers or things I should read up on FOR SURE... please let me know. Thanks.

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    Punta Cana? Not exactly sure about in Punta Cana but Bavaro is very cheap for rental property. You might go mad with boredom but the rentals are cheaper than anywhere I've lived for what you get. Avoid agents, not needed, everything has signs and there is loads empty, crying out for occupancy.

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    Thank you all!!! xoxo

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    I would like to add something about the D.R. In the D.R., and there will probably be some to repudiate this: There are basically two different worlds (that I am aware of). The one is the tourist scene... where people speak basically English, hang out / live with, or are always close to English-speaking people. They live in, or close to the resort towns- North: Punta Cana and South: Juan Dolio/Bocha Chica beaches. The other is the native scene. You, if you know enough spanish, can immerse yourself into that culture, and live anywhere in the D.R. It's doesn't have to be perfect. But basic conversation skills are essential. Otherwise, if would like to stick with solely English...that is a fine way to stay/live as well, I would think.
    Last edited by Dan Spinnover; 03-22-2011 at 02:32 AM.

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