Thinking about retiring overseas and wondering how you’ll collect any federal benefits owed to you? Rest easy, because no matter if you are a citizen of or have legally worked in the U.S. or Canada, you are entitled to your benefits no matter where in the world you choose to live.
When researching living in Colombia, you'll certainly read about the super low cost of living, high-quality low-cost healthcare, easy availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, year-round spring-like climate, friendly people, and ubiquitous stunning vistas.
I don’t much believe in mistakes. I see them only as momentary setbacks and learning opportunities. When a setback occurs, therefore, you always learn from it. Yes, mistakes can sometimes be costly. And they can be a blow to your self-esteem. But there are always ways around and out...
For Mary, moving to Pereira, Colombia, was partially inspired by family (her daughter and grandson live in the city), but equally so by the cost-effective lifestyle available to her. She arrived in Colombia in May of 2016. Her first few months were spent on a tourist visa to get settled and see if she was ready to commit.
Decompressing in retirement was a concern I had after leading an active and hectic business life for more years than I care to count. Moving to Sarchí in Costa Rica’s Central Valley alleviated those concerns since there is so much enjoyment to be had in the mere simplicity of the lifestyle here.
If you had only $1,200 of monthly retirement income to live on, could you do it? Could you pay your mortgage or rent and all of your utilities? Would you have funds left over for groceries and basic living essentials? Could you still pay for fuel and car insurance?
I spent the morning texting with a friend in the States recently. I have the kind of phone plan that provides unlimited text and data between Mexico and the U.S. and Canada, so I'm able to indulge this modern addiction from my current home in Central Mexico at no additional cost.
One question on the mind of any potential expat thinking about moving to Costa Rica is which part to choose as your new home. My wife, Christine, and I did quasi-extensive research before we made the leap, and came to a few conclusions.
"You live in San Juan del Obispo? That’s my favorite village around here. You’re so lucky to live there.” That’s the typical response I get from both locals and expats in the area when I mention where I live.
Costa Rica may be a small country—it’s about the size of West Virginia—but it’s incredibly diverse as far as the landscape, climate, lifestyle, and “feel” you’ll experience in its different regions. You’ll find plenty of lush rainforests filled with capuchin monkeys and sloths, and jungle-covered mountains cascading down to the glittering Pacific.