Four years ago, Prince and Nadine Rich were exhausted from trying to keep up with the rat race. "In the States we noticed our quality of life was going down," says Prince. "There were all of these things that were out of our control. I felt there was more to life than working 40 or 60 hours a week, just to kind of keep up."
In recent years, Costa Rica has become a top destination for folks with a portable income. If your job can be done from a laptop—and these days, most jobs can—you can enjoy an enviable lifestyle in Costa Rica, thanks to the low cost of living and reliable high-speed internet.
My wife, Diane, and I are in our fifth year of living overseas and our third year of living in Mexico--which ranked number one in International Living’s Global Retirement Index in 2017.
For a long time, Cambodia was bottom of the list for tourists and expats visiting Southeast Asia, until about 15 years ago, when the Hollywood blockbuster Tomb Raider was filmed amid the temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.
I know that when we began to look more in-depth at Costa Rica as our retirement destination, the reports of living on what seemed to be a minuscule amount of money seemed incredible, and sometimes the information came across as vague.
These days I make my home on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, in a little beach town about 30 minutes south of the vacation hotspot Playa del Carmen. It’s a nice life in a place with plenty of conveniences and natural beauty.
Going abroad sometimes comes as a response to a personal shakeup: the end of a relationship, a financial loss, or the passing of a loved one. Getting out of Dodge, at least for a while, can provide the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and explore your options.
I've been a real estate investor for a little over 15 years now. So I've seen firsthand how the internet has made the vacation rental business more hands-off and profitable than it's ever been...if you know what you're doing.
Some days, I still feel like pinching myself. I never thought a middle-class gal like me would end up owning a vacation home in Fiji. I'm here right now, lounging on the hanging bed that looks out over the sparkling South Pacific.
"Melaque is a 100 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. It's a vacation spot for Mexicans. And in the winter months, about November to February, there are about 300 Canadians who come to town," says CJ Singer.