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08 August 2017
A simple way to choose a specific location for a Resilient Plan B
If you take choosing the right location seriously, and you think that someday existence of properly executed plan B may benefit you, then you need to start planning and select the safest area for you and your family.
During times of peace and prosperity, it is effortless to dismiss many threats, but they are real and rational people should calculate in advance what other people fail to see or choose to ignore.
Naturally, most people would want to be as near as possible to major cities with developed infrastructure, access to shopping and other opportunities to enhance their lives. And I don't blame them...
It is important to find the right balance between being too close or too far. Both options have their pluses and minuses. While metropolitan areas may offer many perks to improve lifestyle, what happens when a severe crisis strikes?
Being more distant from civilization may provide a higher level of security, but there is such a thing as an overdose, and it could apply to everything. As we all know, the highest level of security is in jail... Not many people are comfortable to live in isolation.
Ideally, your plan B location should be about 2-3 hours of drive from a big city. And of course, you have to take into account the size of the city's population and adjust your plans accordingly.
If social unrest occurs that is caused by natural disasters or economic collapse, masses of people will flow from the overly populated areas towards nearby rural territories.
A good, solid advice is to look for sectors that provide isolation by distance, terrain, and hardship for people entering the area without vehicles, fuel, and water.
It is wise to have your location to be near a small village or city but allow at least some distance off the beaten path. Small communities help to provide basic necessities, food, and some consumer goods.
To have a good relationship with locals may also be very beneficial. In smaller cities, people tend to be more friendly and helpful. In most cases, locals look favorably to friendly expat neighbors, especially if they have a chance to benefit by providing some work or service. The key is to stay away from poverty areas.
When I was studying this aspect of a Resilient Plan B, I came up with a very simple way how to choose a better location. You have to look for a tourist destination area! And I can see several significant benefits in doing that.
In tourist regions, local people usually live somewhat better, comparing to areas where tourists are not common. When a large part of the local economy depends on tourism, for locals, more visitors means a better economy, more money and they are happy to see you.
Also, people living in tourist destination areas are used to people that are not from the area, and you will not be bringing unnecessary extra attention to yourself.
Another great benefit of being in a tourist destination area is the obvious one. It means that you live in a nicer part of the world. Why else would this area attract visitors? And the more people the area attracts, the more developed it becomes, making life more fun for its residents.
The last benefit that I want to mention here is the opportunity for you to make income from your Resilient Plan B place.
As I mentioned in my first blog, when I was looking for a backup plan for my family, I preferred to have something that makes financial sense. I was not seeking to add another expense to my monthly budget.
I kept on asking myself a question: "How can I set up my plan B in a way that instead of having extra monthly expenses it would give me some income?" I wanted to invest once and not add more money after that.
That requirement helped me cross out many available options and brought me to the realization that I have to look into tourist destination areas.
I was not trying to set up a permanent place for me to live. I just wanted to have a secure place in an impressive yet safe part of the world where I would occasionally go with my friends and family for vacation and fun. And maybe one day to use it as a place to weather the storm.
On top of that, I want to have my place professionally managed and kept as a vacation rental property, providing me some income, paying taxes and covering the cost of upkeep. That would make financial sense to me.
I think it is important to keep the property only in a short term rental vs. long term. In the right location, it will bring much more money and will provide more flexibility. In case, if one day the need will arise for me to exercise my Resilient Plan B immediately, I would be able to do so.
Now it's time to summarize the main points of how to choose a particular location for a Resilient Plan B: a safe distance from major cities; away from poverty areas; preferably in a tourist destination region.