Perched atop a hill formed from volcanic rock, with a panoramic view of the fiery orange sunset over the Pacific Ocean is Kristen Brown’s “office
Living overseas has its benefits…even if you’re not ready to retire yet.The daily commute becomes a cycle to work along a beach path in Portugal…marking essays is not so tedious while sipping mango juice in a bustling cafe in Brazil…the weekly shop for groceries is spiced up immeasurably by a trip to Mercado Central in La Vega, Santiago.
For Leonie Whitton and David Westbuy, the biggest advantage of being in Puglia, at the heel of Italy, is access to fresh, delicious food.
Have you ever dreamed about staying in one of those exotic over-water bungalows? In the South Pacific island of Bora Bora, my expansive, luxurious hut was on stilts over a crystal aqua lagoon looking across to the volcano on the mainland. Want to snorkel? Just put on your mask and step down into water outside your door. If you'd like a bit more adrenaline in your adventure, head out to the reef to feed the sharks. Then follow it up with some up close and personal time with large stingrays.
My wife, Suzan Haskins, and I were married in Costa Rica 14 years ago and have been back for business and pleasure almost every year since. We also lived in Panama in 2006 and, like Costa Rica, have returned nearly every year for International Living events, editorial trips, and vacations. So it is inevitable that...
"When I was growing up I always wanted to live in a big city," says Natalie Sullivan. "But when I did, it turned out I didn't like it. I didn't feel like I belonged to a community. That's why I love San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua."
The thought of my hot shower every morning—as I cross the Spanish style courtyard on my way to the bathroom—is a delight. It has to be a quick one though, because my housemates need their hot water too. Then, I hear the church bells begin to ring in the tower of the old colonial church in front of our house...it's time to go. I grab my backpack and head for the door. I like to walk to work. The others share a taxi, which affords them an extra 20 minutes of sleep in the morning.
Earlier this month, I spent a long weekend watching birds and Monarch butterflies. I took part in a few hikes, went on a boat tour, and attended a few lectures—all centered around birds. Being close to hundreds of birds and thousands of butterflies was a thrill...but also how I make a living. Being around animals and interviewing experts about animals is joyful. Then sitting down to write about my findings allows me to relive the experience all over again.
"One of my favorite things about Tamarindo is that I can walk everywhere," says Sarah Kahi-Goitz. "I've completely eliminated car-related expenses. When I want to surf I can just throw my board under my arm and be in the water within ten minutes."
A few years back, I was working a full-time, regular 9-to-5 teaching job. My bosses were inflexible, I was stressed, and I couldn't stand the work. When you're a teacher, you can't just take time off to travel. I'm also not a morning person, and waking up at 6 a.m. every day was tough. I was following the rules...and I don't like following rules. Writing was always my passion, but I had no idea how I would go about actually earning a living writing. Writers don't earn livings, everyone knows that. Right?