A New Home, A New Life: Where Will You Go? Countries Where You Can Get a Second Passport with the Right Amount of Money.

Some people were lucky enough to have been born into wealth, others have worked for what they have, there are those who have made their millions in cryptocurrencies and the very lucky, select few have won the lottery, for instance the EuroMillions Lottery for tomorrow  is a jackpot of GBP£49m and that amount would happily cover any of the nations below with a lot of change to play with, some more than others, but generally you would be very happy wherever you moved.

When we look to migrating it is exciting, yet daunting at the same time. In most cases people who are migrating have already been to the country they have chosen to move to, but the move will still be daunting as nine times out of ten the migrant (s) will still have a lot more to discover – sometimes it is daunting, others it will be the excitement of the unknown. But, what do you have to take into consideration when migrating, one would have  to take many many factors into consideration – such as quality of life, cost of living etc. `But, what is the definition of quality of life, or QoL?

Standard of health, comfort and general happiness – this will include social and personal security. These are factors that all need to be taken into consideration, it’d be foolish if one would relocate without having done as much homework as much as they can of their chosen new home.

A few weeks ago I was trawling Business Insider UK and came across an interesting article, knowing it was possible I was interested to see these countries that faired so well that people would be willing to spend hundreds of thousand to millions of British pounds or US dollars for a new citizenship. Naturally, as I think anyone would picked out five countries I would pay for citizenship, hypothetically speaking but of course, it is always good to check these things out though.

So the following moving down are my top five countries I would move to, with all things taken into consideration, from childhood dreams and memories to current and future aspirations.

5. Antigua and Barbuda.

From a minimal sum of EC$250, 000 citizenship could be yours and makes it the cheapest on my list, as this is the Caribbean we associate it with crystal blue waters, white sands, glorious sunrises and sunsets across the Caribbean ocean and not to mention if you are like me and are fascinated with pirate history, as these will be the waters and areas that the famous pirates once sailed and plundered – but the romance behind it is hardly something we can shun. Is this all we’re going to look at though? What else do we have to take into consideration? Of course, the standard QoL comes into play here.

With a total area of 422km (171m), a population of 94, 684 and a life expectancy of 75.5 years for men and 77.6 years for women makes for an attractive location on its own but what about the cost of living?

Of course, naturally it would be almost impossible to gauge the exact cost of living due to the fact that data is not always easily captured, but enclosed is the most up to date data I could find but as the quality of life in Antigua and Barbuda is known to be relaxed and friendly it would be something to consider.

But what does one have to do, surely paying an amount is not just that simple, well – no, its not BUT, considering one was to make their millions in cryptocurrencies or are from a wealthy background or have been lucky enough to make your millions on the lottery its worth it because you will still have a lot of money to play with, especially with only having to spend EC$250, 000. But here are three steps how to get citizenship in Antigua and Barbuda.

Beach in Antigua
  • Real estate investment of at least EC$400,000 (GBP£112,068.00
  • A donation to the National Development Fund EC$250, 000 (GBP£70,042.50)
  • A EC$1.5m (GBP£420,194.81 in an existing but newly created business venture.

Business in Antigua and Barbuda.

Then comes the future, of course most people who have scored their millions really don’t need to work but then there are some who would get bored and would want to keep something going so it might be of interest to see which small business opportunities are available:

Small Business Opportunities in Antigua and Barbuda.

4. Spain.

What is Spain best known for to you? For me, as a former red wine drinker (Faustino Gran Rioja’s were my favourite, other than a great Cabernet Sauvignon from France, but Spanish and Italian wines were my favourite) was red wine.

 

So of course with this probably being one of the best countries in the Mediterranean this has got to fall in the list of one of the five countries I would move to, of course there is the mainland, then there are the islands which is what interests me the most, those islands being La Palma, Gran Canaria, Majorca, Tenerife, Ibiza.

Tenerife, Punta Brava

But, what is the key to a “Golden Visa” for Spain? Like Antigua and Barbuda you have three options which are,

  • Minimum investment of EU€500 (GBP£442,506.47) in real estate.
  • After five years, applicant can request permanent residency.
  • After ten years, applicant can request citizenship

With it being significantly bigger than Antigua and Barbuda with a total size of 505, 370km (195, 124mi) the population is naturally larger standing at 45, 846, 295 this will naturally bring more opportunity, too. Again, life expectancy not being a bad limit either. Life expectancy is a bit less though, but still not a bad age. Men being 78.2 years, women being 84.4 years.

To me, wherever you settle I believe you should have some opportunity open to you and so what would you want to do? Of course we are all different but there will always be opportunity to go into business. Of course if you are retiring the last thing you want to do is carry on working but if you are my generation and have done well for yourself but want a new life with an alternate citizenship and home, why not check out the business opportunities Spain has to offer.

3. Canada.

With a total size of 505, 370km (195, 124) and a population of 45, 856, 295 this boasts a pretty comfortable country which is the worlds largest producer of agricultural products and is also famous for maple syrup, producing 80% of the worlds maple syrup reserves.

Canada is also know to be one of the fairest political societies in the modern world and full of opportunity and so, how would one go about gaining access? Unfortunately due to the actions of the few the many have to now suffer as it has become harder to get in than it used to be, these are the following opportunities. It is however significantly more difficult to get into Canada than it used to be but if you have the dollar it is still an attractive location.

  • Citizenship applicants must have resided in Canada for a fixed period of three years within a four-year timeframe.
  • Applicants must have legally-obtained net worth CAD$1.6m (GBP£921,168.20)
  • Applicants must possess a minimum of three years experience in planning, finance, Human Resources, or general management.
  • Applicants must state their intention to settle in the province of Quebec, and sign an agreement to invest $800,000 (GBP£460, 584. 10)
Quebec.

Of course, with this being significantly different to both Spain and Antigua and Barbuda this is for serious investors rather than someone looking for a retirement home.

Small Business Opportunities in Canada

2. United States.

Believe it or not but the United States is one of the easiest and most affordable countries to enter, provided you follow the exact letter of the law. With a total area of 9, 632, 30km (3, 718, 948 mi) this really does make the American dream sound more real. With an equally massive population of 329, 159, 900.

 

With residency from US$500, 000 (GBP£378,200.00) this does make it one of the cheapest countries on my list but doesn’t quite bring it to number one, though since I was a child the ideal of the American Dream and its history has always sparked something inside of me. Tales of the Wild West always spur my imagination (being a writer) and I have always cherished the ideal of the American Dream, to me and from every American I personally know it is what embodies American freedom from the founding of America but despite this it still remains at number two on my list of the seventeen on the original list.

So what attracts us to the United States, besides the people and the fifty states that make up the United States, and of course the Declaration of Independence and the constitution?

Lets have a look at what will award you your residency/citizenship in the US of A:

  • Investment of US$500, 000  (GBP£378,200.00) in a targeted employment area (thats just given me visions of Top Gun, ‘now this is what I call a target rich environment’), regional centre.
  • Direct investment of US$1m (GBP£756,495.00) in an American commercial enterprise.

Of course, this is what makes it one of the most attractive and cheapest options in my list.

  1. New Zealand.

Then last but certainly not least, my number one country I would pour money into, New Zealand has always been an attraction for me and why? It is the closest thing to how I grew up in Zimbabwe, its a very similar culture. But as I have got older and wiser to how the world works outside of Zimbabwe in the first world and as the UK has been my window to the world and loved the view I have been spreading my horizons, but why New Zealand?

New Zealand is pretty diverse in terms of geography and meteorology and is divided in two, North Island and South Island and I come from a farming family in Zimbabwe, and land in New Zealand is known to be very fertile and so, why not…in a way revisit my childhood and yeah, I can have horses wherever I go but New Zealand has a special place in my heart, it has since my early twenties and its been cemented as time has gone on. So, what does it take to get us into New Zealand? It really isn’t the cheapest of options but to me the best. In life its quality over quantity.

Auckland, CBD, North Island
  • An investment of NZ$3m (GBP£1,539,515.32) over four years.
  • An investment of NZ$10m (GBP£5,131,100.00) over three years.

And although these prices do make it the most expensive on the list it outweighs the others by a significant margin for me, quality over quantity. This is undoubtedly where I would pour my money.

Christchurch, South Island

Original Business Insider UK Article: 17 countries where money can buy you a second passport or ‘elite residency’

Wealth: At What Cost?

“Wealth can be wonderful, but you know – success can test one’s mettle as surely as the strongest adversary”. Akiro the Wizard, Conan the Barbarian

(A real truth to come out of Hollywood)

Today I want to touch on wealth and to what extent we are to go to get it. At what cost. Lately I have got involved in the whole cryptocurrency rage and what actually made me want to write this post was a certain article I found while googling the future analysis of Bitcoin. This article entitled “The Biggest Deal In Dragons’ Den History, That Can Make YOU Rich In Just 7 Days! (Seriously)” intrigued me, since it also included the infamous Dragons Den, probably the entrepreneurs best entertainment in the UK. I opened the link and the first paragraph read:

“Appearing on BBC Two’s hit show, Dragons’ Den, two best friends from university pitched their idea for an automated bitcoin trading platform, called Bitcoin Loophole. The idea was simple: allow the average person the opportunity to cash in on the bitcoin boom. Even if they have absolutely no investing or technology experience.

A user would simply make an intial deposit into the platform, usually of £250 or more. The user should open a position on Bitcoin and let the trend do the work for him

The entrepreneurs intend to make money from their platform by charging a small commission on only the profits a user generates. They asked the Dragons for £200,000 for 25% of the company, valuing the company at £800,000.

To demonstrate the power of their company’s platform the entrepreneurs had Deborah Meaden deposit £250 live on the show”.

Some alarms did ring in my head throughout the article due to the grammatical mistakes but as not many journalists pay much attention to grammar these days I let it slide – obviously this intrigued me but then I started doing some research and found plenty of reviews pointing out that it is indeed a scam, I mean, of course – look at the incredible monetary figures and it is attractive to the immediate human eye and then you read the reviews which make it appear to be genuine and then later on when you think about it, what went through your mind when reading it the first time to then forcing your hand to do some research, I will imbed a video from YouTube regarding this, including several links after going on a rampage to back this blog up.

But, why I am here is to ask you how far you are willing to go for wealth, what is the cost of your humanity for wealth? Would you be prepared to risk your relationships, your marriages, friendships?

Its a proven fact that over the decades and centuries that wealth have consumed everything that is human about us and its torn families apart and ruined people – its destroyed their very character.

And so, do you think you could become wealthy and stay true to yourself and those who love you? Could you still be the person that you were when you were brought into this life? How do you think you could find a balance between that wealth and remaining exactly who you are?

Of course, it could be the same as the principal I believe. Money is not the route of all evil, it is the one who wields it. They can choose to either do good, or they can choose to do bad. It is exactly like a firearm. It is not the gun that chooses to do the wrong, it is the person choosing to wield that firearm. It is all down to your personal choices and mental toughness.

Could you find the balance between wealth and remaining who you are?

So, wealth at what cost?

Anyway, as I promised, after my research the below links are what I found regarding the scam, Bitcoin Loophole. The second one is from Mr Peter Jones the dragon himself.

Important Links:

Embrace Life

So I’m writing this when I’m in much conflict with myself and so I’m not sure if I’m writing this to vent or to give a message, maybe its a bit of both.

On Friday 6th of April I attended my Niece’ pass off parade into the British Army, surrounded by my brother in law & sister and other family members we watched her troop and two others, accompanied by the Band of the Royal Logistics Corps, the pride that we all felt I am sure has got to the point where it is now indescribable, for me anyway. But for my brother in-law, sister, and my other niece and nephew it must have made them extremely proud to watch my niece and God daughter who I once cradled in my arms on a hot summers day in November 1994 in Zimbabwe on their wedding day, combined with niece’ Christening – she is now all grown up and turned into a great young lady who, as an uncle I have always been very proud of and I would be, whatever she had decided to pursue. But now she is a soldier in one of the best Armies in the world, a soldier and watching her pass off and marching to the sound of the band of the RLC was incredible.

Now everyone who knows me knows I was once on my way to joining the British Army in 2006, where I attended my Army Presentation at an Army Careers Information Office (ACIO) not far from where I live. As I am from a family of infantrymen that is what I decided on, the regiment I decided on is the oldest English line regiment but sadly it did not happen for me. As a Commonwealth applicant I faced some bureaucratic issues but for a number of years  I did not let this stop me and I even went as high as the Secretary of Recruiting for the regiment and a friend of mine even offered to try enlist the help of the then (now late) Colonel of the Regiment who was a personal friend of his but after a few years I realised that this was the British Army I was dealing with and no matter how hard I tried, in the words of the then Secretary of Recruiting it is embroiled in red tape that I cannot go under, around or over and I guess this is what makes it the professional entity it is. I cannot hold the Army or the government at fault for my entry having been unsuccessful and never have – I at least got as far as just before my British Army Recruiting Battery (BARB) test before I could not proceed.

Prior to the pass off parade my brother in law & I were sitting at a table and he went ‘this could have been you bud’ and then after the parade my sister went ‘are you gutted this didn’t happen for you?’ Yes, I always was but for the last couple of years I thought that “guttedness” was gone but as I was aiming to be infantry rather than trade my basic training would have been 26 weeks at the Infantry Training Centre (ITC) on a 26 week Combat Infantryman’s Course (CIC) rather than at an ATC (Army Training Centre). For a number of years I was gutted as it was a dream I had as a child that I lost somewhere along the way and it was a little too late when I realised that it was still what I wanted. The timing was right as I was in my mid-twenties, so in my opinion the right time and it was only paperwork that stood in my way, even though the standard entry recruits would have been six/seven years my junior but I had plans for my career which I drew out at a time when I studied everything I could for my intended future, which sadly didn’t go according to plan. But, as I said I hold no one or anything accountable for my actions (or inaction) but myself.

Life:

In life there is no secret remedy, we don’t have a hard reset button, no time machine, no Delorean, no little blue phone box, no magic pill. We create our own present and future, we create the world around us and in that time we all need to remember that this is one life we have been given that we need to live, we have one shot and it is up to us and our actions how that future is dictated, whether we choose to be a soldier, whether we choose to be a doctor, a lawyer, a firefighter, police officer; whatever we choose it is up to us how we use that time and we should use it wisely because we cannot go back and change things, as much as we want to sometimes – reality dictates otherwise.

Pro’s & Cons of Not Being Able to Change Time:

The biggest con this has taught me is living with the fact that being a soldier is engrained in me, it is something that will never change inside of me and I will always click with soldiers and officers alike, no matter how much I think it has gone from me (because I did think it was until Friday) but more important than that, the pro’s that is the people and the friends that have come and stayed in my life and that is irreplaceable, like losing out on a great career. In that time the best thing that has happened to me is the friends I have made in that time, this is the best substitute and that is one thing I will never change for the world and as I am set as an infantryman and still being willing to give my life for Queen & country and the freedom of our democracy I would not change the people who have come into my life. One such person has come into my life and when I think about my relationship there I also think about the Army and that person comes first before the Army, every time. I couldn’t change that for the world.

The Greatest Lesson to Learn from This:

Live your life and live it to the best of your ability and doing what your heart wants and remembering you have one shot, there is nothing that will change it so make it count, give it your best shot so that one day you do not have to look back and hold regret. Live, love and be happy. You have one shot, make it count. You are your own sniper and your target is life, every single bullet counts.

 

The Definition of a Zimbabwean.

As Zimbabweans we are more than a nationality, we are a people who live, eat and breath resilience, we are characteristically a strong people because of our lives, because of our upbringings. But, we still have a heart, we still hurt, we still love and when we do it is deeply, we can still break but every time we do we bounce back stronger, faster, wiser, sharper.

When we are given a reason to defend and protect that and those that are a part of our very being, our very existence, our very soul we do it fiercely, loyally and passionately. When we forge real and powerful relationships we are loyal to the very extreme.

Who are we, who am I? We are a people who learn what death is from a very young age, we have known what it is like to lose dear friends from a young age, we are a people who shelter those we love and appreciate from what we have experienced for the protection of their being.

The majority of us have lived lives that can only be imagined by others, or believed to be not true. Some would wish it, others would believe it was from a movie. Unbelievable lives, varied, from good to bad.

Now, who are we? We are Zimbabweans, some African cowboys and cowgirls, others, silent warriors.

Breaking Point: Breakdown or Breakthrough?

So this is the first time I’ve touched my blog in a while and so with that in mind I must apologise to my readers/followers for my allusiveness, I am and have been working through something. I must also apologise to my host for not touching this for a while.

Anyway, as I have just said I have been and am working through something and instead of now just “trying” I have decided to do. For a while I have had a personal ethos which is “Try means won’t, do means will” and so I have now made a conscious decision to “DO”. So on my personal Facebook this morning I recorded a live video and the title was “Breaking-point” so, what is breaking-point? Doesn’t that mean when we’re just about to have a breakdown? I think it depends entirely on our personal interpretation of it, it can be breakdown or it can be breakthrough, breakdown, breakthrough.

I have been trying to deal with what I have for a while now and whenever I have tried to pick myself up I have somehow sunk back into my pit of despair and uncertainty and emotional pain. But then yesterday something happened and I can’t really put anything on it but to say that I finally think it is time to fix myself. And the lesson I’ve learnt from this is that we cannot be fixed, whether someone tries or we try fix ourselves until we are ready. We each need to be ready, it doesn’t matter how much spirituality or how much of God is involved. It is when WE are ready, we each need to be individually ready, no amount of talking about going for counselling, researching issues, hiding away from the world, talking to people, not talking to people, secluding ourselves from family or friends is going to help. In fact, those are probably all the worst things we can do. We just need to bide our time and wait until we are ready but at the same time remind ourselves of the damage that we are doing to ourselves, our relationships and friendships and realise how special some of those relationships and people are and are very special to us and so that the faults lie within ourselves, so before we drive people away it is time to reflect and cast realisation upon the fact that not only are we hurting ourselves but at the same time we are in fact steadily driving people away, whether we, or they do not realise it, it will happen because as humans our individual spirits, our mind, heart and soul can only take so much. No matter how much we say, it is fine – bare in mind that unconditionally does not always mean unconditionally because we are not wired to take too much, there will always be a point where too much IS too much. So, with all that mind I have decided that it is time I “DID” and not “TRIED”

So, to all those suffering with some kind of hurt just remember, give yourself time to heal, when you are ready your mind and heart will let you know. But please, do not do what I’ve been doing and shut people, friends and family out. Remember the old adage “Time is a great healer” – tis true…

Be kind to yourself, give yourself time…

Adapting and Change – Lessons from Horsemanship.

By no means do I consider myself one of life’s best horsemen, nor a horse whisperer, I am but a novice in this field – I find horsemen like Chris Cox and Buck Brannaman a major inspiration, whilst there are others I find more of a likeness in myself with Brannaman and Cox, and if I were to be put next to either I’d be like a student from the first grade, both incredible horsemen and in their journey to become the horsemen they have become they have also turned into incredible people; and if I were to be put next to the both of them, well, I’d be stood next to giants on the field of equestrianism. (and no, my height and the fact that I am only 5.5″ has nothing to do with it, for those that know me)

The eye of a horse is a window to its soul.
The eye of a horse is a window to its soul. It generates its own feeling, its own power, down to the very depths of its soul.

So anyway, I found a post in my Facebook memories that I shared from Chris Cox’ Facebook two years ago today which was the following, with caption:

Adaptability Sometimes your Greatest Asset is your Ability to Adapt to life's Challenges. The Instinct to Survive is greater than one can imagine. You will always be Tested in this Life. Its not what Happens to you but how you React to it that matters. In Horsemanship, Adapting is a very important part of Communicating. Remember, your Road may not always be Straight. Learn how to Adapt with Confidence and Grace. Many Blessing. From Your Horseman Chris Cox
Adaptability
Sometimes your Greatest Asset is your Ability to Adapt to life’s Challenges.
The Instinct to Survive is greater than one can imagine.
You will always be Tested in this Life.
Its not what Happens to you but how you React to it that matters.
In Horsemanship, Adapting is a very important part of Communicating.
Remember, your Road may not always be Straight. Learn how to Adapt with Confidence and Grace.
Many Blessing.
From Your Horseman
Chris Cox

So, this morning I’m thinking about this. I am having a big problem with change in something and have been handling it not so well and I am not sure if I ever will be able to accept these changes, or adapt, but it occurred to me, at the same time that I am not handling this from the lessons I have learnt in the past or the life lessons in my time spent with horses, I am handling this situation badly and though it is a situation which has hurt me maybe in order to help myself I need to remind myself of this from Chris and also because not every horse is the same and so not every situation or person can and will ever be or remain the same. There is always change, there will always be change and maybe change is what defines us and helps us grow. Perhaps it is the way we handle it in which shows our strengths or our weaknesses.

Anyway, just something I thought I’d put out there. Wishing you all a great and peaceful weekend.

Good Souls

Greetings folks, readers, followers, hope you’re all well. To those in the UK I hope your long weekend went well.

Yesterday I spoke with one of my best buds who lives in Devon in Exeter, one of the most inspirational, down to earth, caring people I have ever met. He’s got one of those souls that could cheer anyone up; he could turn a grey, stormy day into sunlight alone with his demeanour, one of the most focused people on the face of this earth that I have ever met and known.

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Breaking Free of Political Chains.

For months I have been trying to break free of political chains, I have wanted desperately to try and break away from everything political – from political discussion to my blog, especially on the situation in Zim, its a situation which has been tainting my soul and anyone who knows me knows that that its something that has taken me away from myself and turned me into a different something all together – in a sense I have been corrupted by politics, but not the corruption that crooked politicians and businessmen are all about, this is a different type of corruption – the Zimbabwean situation has depressed me, my political posts have taken me to a different dimension of thinking and whilst thinking is a good thing it has been working on me in a negative way, to the extent where the other day I decided to shut this blog down in order to niche blog but on Facebook, where the post was shared by a friend he copy & pasted some very kind comments asking me not to shut it down and to keep it going. These pleas to keep it going kind of gave me a new vigour and thought of how to keep this blog going without continuing to taint it with political posts and then earlier I decided to write this afternoons piece and then it occurred to me this evening after writing the previous piece; the best way to keep this blog going is to use it for what I created it, a hobby blog and not a political channel or current affairs blog. Having eventually after over a year of trying to separate myself from politics managed to write something non-political and I feel like I have eventually broken these chains and it feels great, I feel so much more energetic and not mentally exhausted from overthinking.

A friend pointed it out this afternoon when we were talking about the fact that it has been taking its toll and depressing me, after thinking about it, he is right. Though, someone else close to my heart did also ask me last year to stop. So I also think it is time to follow and accept that request.

And so here I am, finally after so long having decided to leave this alone. I will have to find ways of coming out with amusing slurs that one reader commented on but I am sure every now and then I can come out with something amusing.

Anyway, time is getting on here in the UK and I am using my phone as a hotspot, again, this afternoon I was using Cafe Nero’s Cloud wifi; man, I just love their iced latte with a shot of vanilla – though this afternoon was actually not hot so could have had a normal latte. It’d have gone down a treat, but all is well that I had an iced latte.

Goodnight all, wherever you may be. Adios amigos and amigas, hasta manana, or…whenever…safer to say until next time…

Hope

A great man said: “hope is not blind optimism, it’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us, that insists despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be”.

Although this was from Barrack Obama’s re-election speech last year it is true of hope in general; hope for a better life, hope for love, hope in success, hope for a better future. Hope covers a wide spectrum of ideologies, beliefs and faith. Hope is that very thing which creates that inner power we all have, resilience. With hope the impossible can become possible; hope being that inner power that drives us, that fuels us, that makes us want to succeed, that makes us want to find that unbreakable bond in love.

It is easy to give up without a shadow of doubt of hope when the chips are down, easy to surrender to failure in defeat, easy to say no more. Yes, indeed, no more pain, no more working hard to achieve something getting blown back at every turn but hope and hard work often fall into one.

Hope should never be shunned, because we always have hope and sometimes when the chips are down it is all we have left.

Hope is a magnificent thing, never give up on it.