Tips and Tricks for Your Paradise Pursuit
You can learn a lot about a foreign place without leaving home.
While I was doing my research, I had learned almost everything I needed to know about the island of St. Croix before I ever went there. The internet gives us information about everything these days, so find out what other people are saying about the place you're interested in. Use google street view and walk the streets. Check out sites with information about the economy, real estate, travel, climate, and anything else that comes to mind. All you have to do is sit down at your computer and type in a question.
While Television is not my favorite pastime, it can be incredibly interesting to watch programs about what you yourself are hoping to do. Whether you have an idea of where you'd like to go, or no idea at all, there are so many travel/relocation/renovation/vacation shows these days, that you can learn a ton about where other people are going, how they're doing it, and why. Check out what's available for you to watch.
Social Media can help you learn exactly what people are raving and complaining about. Are you thinking of moving somewhere or buying property abroad? Check out Facebook groups for locals, find pages where expats connect, follow Instagram accounts about your areas of interest, do everything you can to join the conversation. All at once, you can learn about a place and the people there, with a few clicks.