Most people hear "Colombia" and think cocaine kingpins and drug cartels. But that reputation is seriously out of date. Colombia is fast being discovered as the hottest new destination in Latin America.
There is a good reason why nearly every Colombian town has a parque principal (central park). It represents everything that is important in Colombian life and culture: religion, family and community, and food.
Have you ever heard of "scope creep"? It's often defined as a project that has seen its original goals expand while it is in process. I define it as what happens when you renovate your home.
Year round, the flowers are in bloom, the birds serenade you with their songs, while the sun rises and sets at the same time every day...it's no wonder that Medellin is nicknamed The City of Eternal Spring.
Joseph Hogue loves the flexibility that living and working in Medellín has given him. "I usually work a regular 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. workday from my home," says the 40-year-old from Iowa.
The warmth of the sun on your face, gentle sea breezes blowing in your hair, the lovely aroma of warm salt air mixed with just a touch of fresh seafood, waves breaking on the sandy beaches and amazing sunsets…Santa Marta is a delight for all of your senses.
In 2011 Jennifer and her husband Kent sold their home, their cars, and all their possessions and embarked on a three-year adventure traveling through Central and South America. They spent time in Costa Rica and Panama but found the climate too hot. Santiago, Chile, wasn't right for them, either.
Eric Myers was burning out. The high pressure and long hours of being a trial lawyer and business-law professor were beginning to take their toll. At 55 he knew that there just had to be a better way to live. "I knew that I wanted to live in a totally different country," says Eric. "I had been visiting Colombia for vacations since 2007. The three-hour direct flight from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale made visiting very easy."
Seven years ago, Mike McMurdo was working in a Michelin Star restaurant in Manhattan, New York City. "It was great experience, but the 100-hour work week meant I had no life," Mike says.
Everyone claims to want a better quality of life. But what does that actually mean? It´s something different for each person. For me, it means doing more of what I want to do, and less of what I don’t. At this point in my life I want to experience more and regret less. Here are five reasons why you should consider spending your “best-are-yet-to-come” years in Medellín, Colombia.