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01 August 2017
How to choose an ideal climate?
We are all different and may like different things, and "perfect weather" can mean entirely different things to different people. Some people may prefer a cold climate, others like it mild, and some people even like the hot, sweaty weather. Some of us hate rain, but for some, it might be very comforting.
However, the majority of people tend to shy away from extreme weather conditions. A good climate is something that's comfortable and enjoyable for everyone and does not limit our day to day activities.
For example, I have a friend who was invited to work as a project manager on a construction site in Hawaii. Despite the fact that he received a good pay with excellent benefits and the chance to live in a paradise type of weather he came back to US mainland very quickly. According to him, working in Hawaii and going on vacation to Hawaii is quite a different experience.
Pleasant and comfortable weather is not the only criteria for the ideal climate for a plan B. The area we choose must be well established, food producing and with mild winters. That is vital for a great back up plan.
We don't know what may happen in the future. It is better to be in a position where we have an insurance policy for many things. Having insurance on the car does not mean I am planning to get into a car accident. I have a life insurance policy, and that is not to say that I am expecting to die anytime soon. Just preparing, if something were to happen to me, my family would have something to wipe their tears with.
In case of a significant natural disaster or war, it is wise to have a place where you can go to weather the storm and be sure that the area will not be suffering a shortage of food.
Another important aspect to consider is to eliminate places that have a potential concern for diseases.
To say it simply the more 3rd world country is, the greater the risk. In underdeveloped countries, they have less access to clean water, and often they have open sewage or no sewer systems at all. On top of that, the more tropical the climate, the greater the risk for outbreaks and epidemics spread by mosquitoes and other vectors.
Of course, the chances of getting many diseases is lower if you will pay close attention to some simple hygiene and health rules, but it will not protect you a 100%.
I would want to stay away from tropical areas where just one mosquito bite can change your circumstances drastically, and I have good reasons for that.
I will share my own experience. Several years ago I visited Africa on a business trip for only a week. Almost two weeks later after my journey, I felt a bit sick. It wasn't something terrible; I just thought that I had an upset stomach. The next day I was going about my business, sometimes feeling somewhat strange but I did not pay much attention to it.
That night I woke up and I knew that something was wrong. I felt like throwing up. So I went downstairs to the kitchen to get a glass of sparkling water. At that point, I realized that I am about to faint and the last thing that I remembered is that somehow I managed to land into a chair. I am not sure for how long I was out...
When I regained conciseness, I realized that I had vomited all over the place. And that was only two days after we had someone clean our carpet. I knew that my wife would not be happy about that. When I got to the shower, I fell again and could not get up for another half an hour.
To make a long story short... That is how I was introduced to malaria. It was a straightforward process to cure it. With proper medicine, I was back to normal only three days later.
After that, I have visited Africa many times and stayed there for a few month at a time. I have seen many people die from malaria only because they failed to pay attention to symptoms and get medicine on time. There is a reason why malaria is one of the leading causes of death in this world.
Typhoid fever is another life threatening illness found in the tropics. All I will say that it was a very nasty experience going through this one and it took me about a month to recover from it. I wish that none of you will ever have to experience what it feels like.
Those are my reasons why I want to stay away from areas that may expose my family or me to dangerous diseases. I would rather find a place with a desirable Mediterranean climate that has mild winters and dry summers, where hills are covered with beautiful vineyards, and you can enjoy life.
The second choice would be going to a colder climate with four continental seasons, but still, mild winters are the key.
Here is the summary of the principal components of the ideal climate for a Resilient Plan B: food producing area with mild winters; away from places that have potential concerns for diseases; preferably a Mediterranean climate.
You have to admit; you would love to have a place in a Napa Valley type of region where you could occasionally go to enjoy life.