Not fond of snakes or botflies but my #1 reason not to live in, nor ever visit, the tropics is the stinkin' heat and even more stinkin' humidity. Even here at 37 degrees N and 6200 ft. I'm essentially pissed off from May until October. Give me a good ol' blizzard any day. Suspect I was an Eskimo in all my past lives.
I just happened to come to this post. My plan is to go live on a tropical island. I know that island fairly well (visited it several times for about a month each time).
I am sure those snakes (reason 1) are not there. I never heard of the flies you mention (reason 2) there, only of mosquitos sometimes causing diseases.
My reasons to choose for a tropical climate are: I function better at higher temperatures and when the sun is visible (where I live now it's often very cloudy, winter here means: cold rain); I love tropical fruits (which do not grow where I am now). And I have some more reasons to move to that specific tropical island.
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
Just with any district, there are good spots and there are less-than-good spots. Gee....this sounds like I'm talking about permaculture ----- that old standard answer, "It depends."
I've lived in my location for over a dozen years now. It's in the tropics, but incredibly different from other tropical locations. Lumping all tropic locations together and calling them the same would be analogous to lumping all the different European countries together and claiming that they're all the same. My particular location is not the hot, humid, buggy, wet tropics that people tend to think of.
I prefer my tropical location for several reasons among which is year around food production, healthier and kinder in my body, and easier for me to live a low input/low impact lifestyle.
By the way, we don't have those giant snakes here, but we do have some nasty stinging/biting insects. But I'll take them over blizzards, freezing temperature, and icy ground. Ah....to each their own. 😀
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
Last year, my girlfriend went to Belize for a wildlife biology project. Stayed 2 weeks, got a bug bite on her butt that died down shortly. One month after returning, the bite swelled up. Quite a scene at the doctors office when they removed a dead botfly larvae.... Americans!
I get the feeling that if I die freezing in the woods next month, it wont make for quite such a funny story. And isnt that whats important?
"It might have been fun to like, scoop up a little bit of that moose poop that we saw yesterday and... and uh, put that in.... just.... just so we know." - Paul W.
Malaria has always been my reason for not 100% hating winter. And I am not a fan of winter by any means. But I guess in places where they have malaria no-one wanders away and freezes to death so... that's the trade-off I guess. Otherwise the extended growing season and extremely cheap cost of living would be absolutely worth it. I work with some ladies who have had malaria several times. They talk about it like it's the flu, I was pretty shocked. But a flu where if you don't get drugs you are about 20% likely to die or have brain damage
I also like no earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, massive bugs and spiders (ok, dock spiders are pretty scary), venomous snakes, carnivorous reptiles (ok we've got bears), fish that swim up your pee-hole or devour you in a swarm, parasites that give you elephantiasis... the mounds of snow outside actually look a little nicer to me now that I've made this short list
Norma Guy wrote:
I also like no earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, ...
Um... there are a lot of non-tropical places with these three things. And tropical places without them.
Having spent considerable time in the tropics (and lovin' it!), I will say: after a while, you itch all the time. I suppose the reason is random bug bites, not necessarily from bugs you saw (I got redbugs in Venezuela; that was the worst itch ever). And fire ants are ruthless! So far, I have not found an effective solution.
I plan to live in the southern Philippines . I've lived here for four months so far, without any serious sting. We have cobras but I'm not put off by that. There are simple ways to avoid them and you have a lot of time with cobra bites. In Kenya, I disturbed a black mamba. Respiratory arrest in a couple of minutes.
We don't have extreme temperatures, because of being surrounded by water. The highest temperature I have experienced here, is 95 degrees Fahrenheit. I have experienced over 100 degrees a few times in North America . The worst being 114 degrees in the badlands of South Dakota. 104 degrees in kelowna British Columbia Canada.
The biggest danger in the tropics are the people. That's true here and much more true in most other tropical places. I can't think of anywhere in tropical Africa or South America, where a person of European descent is not at some increased risk of violence.
Many tropical islands have less risk of that and they also lack some of the worst creepy crawlies. Temperatures aren't so extreme on smaller islands. I'm sure I would die of some rot disease, if i tried to live beside the Congo river. That's if my kidnappers didn't kill me first. I met a man who foolishly took his tuna boat up the Congo. It cost over two hundred thousand dollars for him to get South African mercenaries to Rambo him out of there. Several of his captors were killed.
There is a religious element to many kidnappings here in the Philippines. I'm sticking to places that are predominantly Catholic. There is a long tradition of piracy and slavery on Southern Mindanao and in all of the Muslim autonomous region. I won't be shopping for a home there. I've met migrants from there, who never want to return. They prey on their own people more than on the few visitors.
Yes, I agree Dale. Most of the counties in the Tropics zone are inhabited by disadvantaged, very poor, non-European people. These areas also tend to have very high population densities. So, besides culture/religion/freedom issues, it’s more of a ‘dog-eat-dog’ environment because their respective governments provide very little in the way of financial, aged and medical support. Desperate people often take drastic measures, so ‘foreigners’ can be easy targets.
Besides human interactions, living in the Tropics simply requires a different skill set of do’s & don’ts – lifestyle modifications e.g. water and soil borne pathogens; certain insects, animals and plants, and the sun intensity. Food and drinking water hygiene are at the top of the list – food can spoil within an hour if left unrefrigerated, consider all water to be contaminated – lots of people get seriously ill when they forget to consider water quality when simply brushing their teeth or opening their mouth under the shower.
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I see a lot of poverty driven by young people's desire to leave the farms and head to the city. The average farmer in the philippines is 57 years old , so a crunch is coming . Many of these young people have family land that they could work for free and they could live in homes that are already existing on the property.
Instead they go to the city and obtain low-paying jobs. I know several who earn under 400 pesos a day , roughly $7.50 us. They spend all of their earnings for food and rent and they get nowhere , sometimes riding the treadmill for 12 hours a day. Some have two jobs.
I've also met a few young people who have stayed on the farms, given to them by their aging parents or grandparents. There is a 12 month harvest with no need for irrigation in many places. Homes don't need to be heated or cooled, so there's not a great need for cash income. If a person can lay off the alcohol and drugs , almost every peso earned can be saved. Yet, they keep coming to the large cities and abandoning the farmland.
I've decided to become a farmer here because when you look at production per acre and the amount of labor required it's highly profitable. People with no resources who have the opportunity to occupy good land, for free, are choosing the rat race instead.
I've also met several people who spend more than a quarter of their income on electronics , mostly cell phones. These phones give them access to YouTube and Facebook and the Philippine equivalent to Amazon . They are constantly introduced to the lavish lifestyles lived by people in other parts of the world and given the opportunity to part with their meager earnings, in vain attempts to keep up with Kim Kardashian.