Living in Charlotte, North Carolina we were one of those couples who always dreamed of traveling more and retiring early to explore the world. We were tired and exhausted of the rat race so we set a plan in motion to work hard and save so that we could drop out of the real world and start living our lives. We met our goals, sold everything we owned and moved to San Pedro, Belize in October of 2014.
Since we have always been the people who don’t ‘go with the flow” (we may be part salmon) we have been struggling with the idea of calling our stories a “blog”. It seems that now-a-days everyone and their grandma has a blog. Instead of calling this a blog, we’re going to call it a collection of tales – since we are going to be writing tales of our adventures and funny stories and observations of a middle aged couple (wait, is 43 and 45 middle aged now? Wait, WE are middle-aged?) who moved from a hectic life in the states to a slow paced life in San Pedro, Belize. We also love to travel and are going to use this to share those tales of adventure also.
The reasons for creating First World Refugee are varied. Since we have family and friends that live all over the world, we felt this would be a perfect, as well as fun, way to keep them up to date on the “lives and adventures of Ronnie and Lisa” – where we are, what adventures we have gotten into, sharing photos and stories of all of our new experiences.
We also have some friends who ask to hear the stories of our latest adventures – seems like we always have such strange, funny and crazy things happen to us wherever we go and we plan to post them here. More than once we’ve been told by friends, “ things like that never happen in my life”.
Life is not a spectator sport.
Get up. Participate.
If there’s an opportunity – take it.
If there’s a maraca – shake it!
We are just two people who love to travel, love to explore, love to seek out new adventures, and love to have fun. We hope that by seeking out these new experiences and sharing the tales of adventure here we will accomplish two things:
- Challenge ourselves to seek out even more interesting and crazy adventure and fun things to write about.
- Inspire others to dream bigger than they have ever imagined and reach for the stars – set goals and work hard. As we have discovered, anyone can live the life they imagine in their dreams.