I tend to agree with you but maybe you could tell him some specific reasons?Colorado to Sosua.... Ill give you six months.
And...he states that retired ppl live on $1200 a month. HE, is not retired, nor does $1200 a month insure a "Colorado life-style" (or anything close). Additionally, the violence in the states is predominately in the larger inner cities not in the analogy made in the Colorado cities. Does he speak the language? And, and, and ....its a HUGE jump and shift.I tend to agree with you but maybe you could tell him some specific reasons?
For example, I don't think the DR is safer than Colorado and that seems to be one of the OP's main concerns.
Also, the electricity and internet kind of sucks, which might impact his online work.
Why do YOU think he will only last 6 months?
My biggest question would be: does he have any experience living in the developing world? I think that is a useful metric.
I moved to Cabarete from the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area to live less expensively in retirement when I was 48. Been here 17 years. .
One of my best friends is in the Boulder, CO area. Lots of smoke lately.
As long as you can get paid in US dollars on line, you should be OK.
Otherwise I don't recommend it to anyone that needs to work locally.
You will face some interesting differences as others have pointed out. Language, culture, internet reliability.
Power, water, foods you will never eat again, etc. Power will be off at least 7 hours today for "maintenance" for example .
Are you going to get a residency visa in your passport and then plan to start legal residency here?
Oh mon ami , you have mentioned Civil Unrest, Environmental (smoke) issues and Politics. I should warn you from someone who has experienced similar issues. Regardless of the country /culture,ethnic origins of the people I have never been able to escape me. My issues are always there as I ;looked for ''Paradise''.If I'm around people with your attitude, I'd only give myself 1 week
This was meant for the original Poster ,sorry!!Oh mon ami , you have mentioned Civil Unrest, Environmental (smoke) issues and Politics. I should warn you from someone who has experienced similar issues. Regardless of the country /culture,ethnic origins of the people I have never been able to escape me. My issues are always there as I ;looked for ''Paradise''.
Paradise I found out, lives within and I needed to embrace it and overlook the other influences as being just that, only influences and not issues that cause me to pull up roots .
I have experienced all of the above while living here in the DR...But learned to accept the world as it is and enjoy myself.
So do come here, then elsewhere and become a citizen of the World, and above all Identify and enjoy your own personal Paradise.
I woke up again today ''NOT DEAD'' tremendous experience considering the alternative.
Live well and prosper.
To answer a few of the questions & concerns:
-The place that I have rented has power generators and guaranteed to have 24/7 electrical. The internet speed is slow, around 10 mbps. Not ideal speed, but enough to do my work. My main income is from writing which doesn't take a lot of bandwidth. Making videos might be difficult, but I can pay for a hot spot if I need to.