Monthly Archives: November 2013

This Year’s Thanksgiving Includes Honduras

Thanksgiving brings people together. Whether it’s the Canadian Thanksgiving in October or this weekend’s American Thanksgiving, plan to get together with friends and family to celebrate.

Some freshly caught crab to add to your seafood soup.

Some freshly caught crab to add to your seafood soup.

It doesn’t matter if you have retired or just spend a few months abroad each year…being “thankful” is worth celebrating wherever you find yourself at this time of the year.

Consider incorporating your natives country’s traditions and recipes with those of your newly adopted home to establish new traditions and memories.  While not all countries celebrate the same cultural holidays worldwide, it’s always fun to introduce yours to them and theirs to yours. After all, isn’t that part of the joy of travel and retirement abroad?

Shopping the local markets for fresh produce.

Shopping the local markets for fresh produce.

If you are spending this year’s Thanksgiving in the Banana Coast of Honduras then gather up your friends and plan an amazing meal.  Bake your pumpkin pies and baste that turkey but with all of that fresh seafood, consider making some sopa de caracol (conch soup) and pastelitos (stuffed meat pies), stuffed tamales, enchiladas, tacos Hondureno.  Why not cook some chismol, pinchos (shish kabobs) or fresh tortillas. Buy some fresh coconut bread made by the local Honduran women to compliment your meal.

DSC_0644 Yummy coconut bread maker and seller at Louisas

This lovely lady makes the most delicious coconut bread.

Not only will you have an amazing meal with wonderful friends both old and new, you will be reminded how lucky you are. After all, that’s the point isn’t it

Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

Pack Away Your Shovels and Visit Trujillo in Honduras the Winter

Winter has officially arrived in most parts of Canada. The west coast in particular had some major snowstorms this past week.  No doubt it can be a beautiful thing to see that snow blanketing the mountains, begging to be skied. But….it also means shoveling driveways, winter tires on cars, avoiding crazy drivers, driving the icy roads and highways of Canada…in a word, stress.

Cypress Mountain in North Vancouver

Cypress Mountain in North Vancouver

It’s time to book your flight and make plans to visit the Banana Coast in Honduras.  Whether you choose a week long trip or 4 to 5 months during the cold season, this is a stunning part of the world, just waking up to visitors.

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Beautiful and quiet beaches in Bay of Trujillo

But the best part of visiting Trujillo on the Banana Coast of Honduras is that you don’t have to compromise quality for price. You can spend time browsing the shops in this quiet colonial town that overlooks pristine, quite beaches of the Bay. Enjoy the culture, meet the people. Take an adventure tour into the jungles or visit the flora and fauna of Campo Del Mar . Or perhaps you just want to enjoy the marina and beach club.

Looking to Garifuna village of Santa Fe from Bay of Trujillo

Looking to Garifuna village of Santa Fe from Bay of Trujillo

Cute local boy

Cute local boy

Whatever your plans, the best part is coming back at the end of the day to a stunning home, built by Jaguar Construction where you can put your feet up, pour yourself a drink and soak in the incredible scenery of the rainforest jungles and the Caribbean Sea.

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Alta Vista Mountain Home with stunning view of the Bay

Alta Vista Mountain Home with stunning view of the Bay

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Visitors to Campo del Mar Park enjoying the animals

Trujillo Property Management can look after all of your needs to ensure that you not only have a beautiful home for your stay but that all of your questions are answered about the area. Whether renting or purchasing, with Canadians living on-site and overseeing these property builds and management in Trujillo, you will be able to relax and enjoy everything that Trujillo has to offer.

Reading and relaxing in Trujillo is a favorite past-time.

Reading and relaxing in Trujillo is a favorite past-time.

So put away your shovel and pack your bags…the Banana Coast is waiting for you to visit!

Jaguar Construction is a premium builder in Trujillo, Honduras. We build homes to the North American standards standards that you have come to expect and maintain the highest level of customer care as we guide you through the construction process.

Jaguar Construction is proud to be the exclusive builder for Desarollos Vision de Vida (Life Vision Developments), Trujillo Bay area’s premier and largest developer. Please visit their website to view their past and current projects.

 

Trujillo, Honduras is the “Go To” Destination for Retiring Boomers

Trujillo, Honduras in Central America, is steadily becoming a “go to” destination  for retiring Boomers, especially for  Canadians.  As the Banana Coast’s development of it’s new Cruise Port gains steam, so too are the opportunities to purchase stunning properties on which to build your dream home and to plan your next stage in life.

Beautiful moody skies over Campo Del Mar

Beautiful moody skies over Campo Del Mar

Many boomers are looking for retirement not just in warm climates but in those areas that have economic advantages. This includes such things as large income tax benefits for those who choose residency, reasonable priced medical and prescription medication costs,  low property taxes and affordable housing.  

Cultural and adventure opportunities are also important to this generation of boomers. This is yet another reason to consider this up and coming part of the world.

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Colorful Macau at Campo Del Mar Park, Trujillo, Honduras

We are going to share some great resources with you to help you take those first steps. Even better, these resources are run and owned by Canadians who make Trujillo and the Bay area, part of their home.  Canadians understand what other Canadians are looking for when it comes to retirement.  They have not only created a compliment of services to help make your transition easier, they live here too. They are putting their money where their mouths are!

Looking to find that perfect property on which to build your home both for your retirement but also as an investment opportunity, look no further than the Canadian partnership of HondurasLiving.com and Life Vision Properties.

You have found that gorgeous property and you are now ready to build that home in paradise. Jaguar Construction builds homes in Trujillo, Honduras that are built to North American standards. Just because you want to live in a foreign country doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. With Jaguar Construction, you can enjoy a full suite of services from architectural design, engineered blueprints and a finished product you can enjoy for generations.  They are Trujillo Bay area’s premiere and largest developer.

Alta Vista Mountain Home with stunning view of the Bay

Alta Vista Mountain Home with stunning view of the Bay

Okay, so you want to make some passive income off of your Trujillo home while you are back in Canada or perhaps you just want to ensure that your place is looked after while you are away Maybe you are thinking of retiring in Trujillo but want to spend some time in the area before jumping in with both feet.  Consider coming for a few months or perhaps for just few days.  Trujillo Property Management Services are here to take care of any and all of your needs in that regard.

You are itching for adventure whether it be amongst the stunning rainforest jungles or in the crystal clear waters of the Bay.  The Banana Coast “where the rainforest meets the sea” is rich in areas just waiting for you to explore.  Whether you want to participate in an organized tour or create one that’s personalized just for you, Banana Coast Tours is there to assist.  Oh and if it’s something with a more cultural bent that you seek, Banana Coast Tours will help you with this too.

Beautiful smiles from the kids make you smile

Beautiful smiles from the kids make you smile

Kids playing in Trujillo

Kids playing in Trujillo

Running Your Business From Overseas – Make Your Dreams Come True

You have a dream, you have expertise and new technologies exist that can make this a viable option. I am talking about running your business from overseas.

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Endless beaches of the Banana Coast

Now more than ever it is possible to make your dreams of living and/or working abroad a reality. It just takes planning and motivation to put the steps into place.

Recently I read an article on Bloomberg Businessweek in there small business section that showcased some stories of people doing exactly that. Paul McTaggart saw an need and filled it. He understood that many americans need dental work that they cant afford but that is accessible in other countries, at a high quality level but with a lower cost. He found a way to bridge the gap for people looking for this service, with places to accommodate them. This concept is similar to the growing industry of medical tourism.

For the past three months, Paul McTaggart has run Dental Departures from Bangkok. In the 10 months before that, he operated the three-employee, $1 million business from various cities in Mexico. Dental Departures connects Americans, Canadians, and others who can’t afford out-of-pocket dental costs locally with dentists in 27 countries where quality dentistry is cheaper.

 

McTaggart founded the company in 2010 while consulting on mobile payment technology for Microsoft’s (MSFT) retail outlets. In October 2012, as Dental Departures gained traction, McTaggart, his wife, and their two young children rented out their home in Seattle, sold most of their possessions, and hit the road. “If my company is going to connect dental patients with dental clinics in other countries, I want to see them with my own eyes,” he says. “There’s no substitute for being on the ground.”

It makes sense: Being familiar with what you’re selling is crucial. High-speed Internet connections and free tools such as Dropbox, Google (GOOG) Hangouts, and Skype help make the case for relocating to where the action is, too. Sites such as Small Biz Abroad, Transitions Abroad, and Expat Women are worth perusing, as is the U.S. government’s Export.gov, which offers detailed “Doing Business In” guides for more than 100 countries.

Paul eventually packed up his family in Seattle and moved to Thailand (previously also spent time in Mexico) to do his due diligence and to change his lifestyle.

We aren’t saying that doing business in another country is easy.  Any time you are talking about doing business in another country there will be risks and challenges. The same can be said for doing so at home but if it’s a dream, then it’s worth doing your homework to try and make it happen. Technology doesn’t fix all of your problems so make sure you understand such things as  the culture, language barriers, legal issues, taxes and other such problems specific to your particular country of choice.

There are many resources out there to help people get started on the homework process. The internet is an easy place to start…for example Small BIz Abroad (for US citizens) and Living Abroad.

The challenges are also obvious immediately, McTaggart says, including language barriers and working across time zones and in countries where infrastructure is not reliable. “We have the luxury of everything being online in the U.S., but that’s not so in other places,” he says. “The Internet goes down often in Mexico. The fastest mobile data speed I have here in Thailand is 3G, and there are power outages on a regular basis.”

Legal systems and varying tax laws are also a challenge. “Trying to do business globally is very complex,” McTaggart says. “We have to find a good tax accountant, bookkeeper, and lawyer in each one of these countries, where contracts are in a foreign language and can’t be read accurately using Google Translate.”

You can read this article in it’s entirety here.

Living your dream is completely possible. The more you prepare, the more success you will have. So take those first steps.  Make plans, start educating yourself about your chosen business and country. Take of the rose coloured glasses and make sure you understand both the pros and cons. Visit the country and town of interest beforehand. Seek out people that can help with your transition. The more you prepare, the better chance of success. Geeze, that sounds a lot like starting a small business anywhere?  It’s common sense advice.

Trujillo, Honduras on the Banana Coast is a great place for small businesses. This area has been quietly emerging from sleepy village to the newest tourist destination as their Cruise Terminal nears completion. Tourism is expected to start booming in 2014 with Trujillo now on the cruise ship radar. Business opportunities to meet this demand are appearing.  Development is currently taking place for investment and living opportunities that will surprise you with their quality and beauty. Jaguar Construction is one such company.  Owned by Canadians who live and work in Trujillo, their stunning homes will give you peace of mind, inspiration and stability while you grow your business here.

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Casa 15 in Alta Vista Beach

Jaguar Construction is a premium builder in Trujillo, Honduras. We build homes to the North American standards standards that you have come to expect and maintain the highest level of customer care as we guide you through the construction process.

Jaguar Construction is proud to be the exclusive builder for Desarollos Vision de Vida (Life Vision Developments), Trujillo Bay area’s premier and largest developer. Please visit their website to view their past and current projects.