How One Writer From Pennsylvania Says Moving to Belize Brought Her Peace of Mind

by Khaila Gentle
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Cristina Johnson moved to Belize in 2015, and in 2021 managed to build herself a one bedroom home in the village of Forest Home, Toledo District. In an article published this week, Johnston told Business Insider that it’s a feat she would have never accomplished living in the US as a disabled writer. But more than being able to afford to live in Belize, the 52-year-old remote worker says that living in the small Central American country has brought her priceless peace of mind. 

Finding Life Changing Savings and Peace of Mind in Belize

An aerial of the historic Forest Home village in Toledo, Belize. Photo by the Belize Tourism Board

In the article, written by Alcynna Lloyd, Johnson details how she decided to move abroad after having difficulty finding a job in the US. Her choices were between Asia and Central America, but she eventually settled on the tiny Central American nation with a population of less than 500,000. 

“Thinking about the practicalities, Belize just made more sense,” said Johnson to Insider. “It’s an English-speaking country, and it’s driveable. The cost of living is way cheaper, and I could also work remotely.”

Working remotely as a content-marketing copywriter, Johnson earns around $1,200 each month and says that with that she has managed to save thousands, enough to eventually build herself a small home. What matters most to her, though, is the peace of mind that she’s found. 

“…even if I saved a million dollars, it would not be as valuable as the mental, emotional, physical, and psychological things I have gained,” she told Insider. 

You can read the entire Business Insider article on Johnson’s life changing move to Belize here.

Being A Digital Nomad in Belize 

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Photo courtesy Itz’ana Resort & Residencies

Business Insider regards Johnson as being one of the pioneers of the current digital nomad trend–a trend that gained its popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the article, around 16.9 million Americans described themselves as digital nomads in 2022 — 131% more people than in  2019. 

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Unsurprisingly, 2022 was also the year that Belize inaugurated its own digital nomad program, which affords travelers the opportunity to work in an idyllic setting for up to 180 days. And for those, like Christina, looking to make a more permanent move, the country also offers an array of possibilities.

Featured Photo by Nail Gilfanov on Unsplash

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