Pros and Cons of Living in The Tropics

Welcome to our world travel site. Part of travel is experiencing different climates along with cultures, food and landscapes. Many dream of tropical beaches and enveloping heat and for a 2 week holiday it can be wonderful. But what about long-term? What’s it like to slow travel, live as a digital nomad, or even emigrate to the tropics? We did just that, we moved to live in a tropical climate as expats over a decade ago, with two very small kids. Subsequently we spent years in the heat and humidity of tropical Southeast Asia in Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia, as we travelled the world. What are the pros and cons of living in a hot climate?

In this blog post we’ll also give you some tips on staying cool, packing, what to wear and behaviours that will help you keep your cool in tropical heat. This post is the property of world travel family travel blog and may not be reproduced elsewhere.

Nobody can possibly object to coral beaches, irridescent blue butterflies, tropical blooms, and that relaxed tropical vibe, but what about the down sides? We’ll try to tell you about some considerations of tropical living that maybe you won’t know about.

In the tropics the major wildlife issue you will probably face is mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. If you’re an arachnophobe, you may have spider issues too, although, honestly, the spiders in the UK were far more of a problem than anything Australia or Asia have ever thrown at us.

There are also snakes, scorpions, crocodiles, poisonous jellyfish, monkeys, and sharks, amongst other things. I can honestly say that I’ve never been eaten or stung by anything particularly venomous.

In 6 or 7 years of full-time travel and the same amount of time living in the tropics I’ve seen fewer than 10 snakes and maybe 5 huntsman spiders. Does that help? Beautiful butterflies, birds, monkeys, even dolphins make more frequent appearances.