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.
Remember back when you were young and everything was possible? You could do anything, be anybody, go anywhere. In recent years, more than once, I found myself longing for those days and that feeling. After spending more than 30 years working in a high-pressure career as a healthcare executive, I’d had enough.
A short 45-minute ride from downtown Medellin in Colombia, Rick and Marsha Snow have found their slice of heaven. They are renting a house in the town of Giradota while building their dream home there. Amazingly, the value of their lot has doubled in the two years since they bought it.
After years of promising ourselves that “someday”…“in the future”…“later” we would have a different lifestyle, my husband, Mike, and I finally boarded a plane to go in search of our piece of paradise. On the advice of an acquaintance we met while checking out Ecuador, we decided to “swing by” Medellín, a neighbouring city in Colombia, for a couple of weeks.