On a post-retirement trip through South America, decisions can sometimes come easily. “I took a bus to Medellín on Christmas Eve 2012, didn’t know anybody, didn’t speak very good Spanish either. I had a hotel room in Poblado for one night and I didn’t know a soul,”
Costa Rica's affordable cost of living, scenic beaches with an abundance of surf, and lush natural landscapes are what initially drew me to this tropical paradise. The friendly nature of the locals, lots of of fresh fruit and vegetables, and relaxed lifestyle are what's keeping me here indefinitely.
“Life here is about the simple things,” says Mari-Ann Camp, 46, of her retirement haven home. Her husband, Jeff, 53, chimes in: “Going up to our rooftop bar for cocktails. The dogs running around. The easterly breeze helping to cool the afternoon.
Something that we have grown to love after more than eight years of living in Asia is wide variety of street food that is always readily available in this part of the world. Whether strolling the chaotic back alleys of Chinese cities or browsing the numerous markets of Chiang Mai, we have always been able to find an infinite number of inexpensive dishes prepared and served within minutes by friendly street vendors. Each country and city has its own specialties that cater to the locals as well as more adventuresome tourists that are looking for new taste sensations.
It’s all very well and good thinking about how you’ll save money and embark on a new adventure when you retire overseas. But what will the actual, day-to-day activities of living abroad be like? This was a question that Bob asked himself before moving overseas. Here's what he found out.
Julie found her ideal new start on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast five years ago. She says the minute she stepped off the plane in Costa Rica, she knew she was home. It was beautiful, warm and sunny, and no one there knew her as a widow.
It’s possible to move abroad, find your paradise to enjoy for a few years, then move on and find another. That’s just what Sally did when she decided to move on from sunny Costa Rica to explore the world and wound up in the culture-rich city of Barcelona.
There is a lot to be said for choosing an established expat haven as your overseas retirement destination. When Gary and Gabrielle moved from the U.S. to Ajijic in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands, this is exactly what they found waiting for them.
There’s no rule that once you move overseas you need to stay in the same place. When Cathy decided to move from Cuenca to Cotacachi, she found something along the way that she hadn’t planned on.
During high season in Nicaragua, “head for the hills” is the phrase of choice for many expats who live near the beach. Because the beach is where everyone else goes. When the sun is at its hottest, work-weary people from all over the country head for the beautiful waters to refresh, rejuvenate, and party.