What makes for a happy expat? This is something I think about often, because honestly…not everyone is cut out for the expat life. The rewards are tremendous and it’s a wonderful, life-changing experience, but there are challenges—and most are easy to get beyond.
My wife and I are new grandparents. And I have to say that, if this had happened thirteen years ago, we may never have left the U.S. and become expats.
“We did a lot of research on which country was the best fit for us. We narrowed it down to Costa Rica, Belize, Uruguay, and Ecuador. All seemed to have something we were looking for. In the end, Costa Rica won out, at least for now, because it’s a fairly easy flight back to the U.S., the cost of living is still reasonable, and the locals —called Ticos — are very accepting.”
At ages 67 and 72, respectively, we became retirement nomads. We had taken stock of our lives and realized that we were happier on the road than anywhere else.