My second cup of coffee is half gone as I fill in the last square of the Sudoku. The LA Times crossword has already been vanquished. Now it's time for Eduardo, my first student of the day, to join me. He's a few minutes late (as usual). But I don't mind. When you teach English online to students via Skype, everything is easier.
I worked in corporate America for more than 20 years. I made good money. Outwardly, I led a successful life. But I sacrificed a lot. Frequent travel made maintaining relationships difficult. My workload seemed to grow inexorably. Every phone call, voicemail, and e-mail seemed to bring yet another problem I needed to resolve. I grew to dread beginning my work day.
Moving abroad is a great way to make a fixed income go as far as possible. When you’re living someplace where the weather is warm... utilities are cheap... taxes are low... and medical care is affordable... you can transform a pension or Social Security payment (that in the States would be barely enough to scrape by on) into a comfortable monthly income with cash to spare.
As I tapped away at my battered laptop that morning, sitting outside my beach hut, it came to me that I was living the dream. This was it—and I was doing it! I was living the freelance lifestyle. It was so perfect it was almost a cliché: I had just been for a long walk on the beach, followed by a breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt,
Lee's biggest business is advising people how to build eco-friendly homes out of shipping containers, throwing in alternative-energy systems, like solar panels, if they’re interested. He’s also the go-to guy in San Juan when expats and business owners have computer trouble. And he helps fellow expats transition to life in Nicaragua...
For Janice and John-Marc Gallagher (ages 52 and 58) the opportunity was too good to pass up. They had moved to Granada, Nicaragua, in 2003 after spending almost seven years in Costa Rica. "We had fallen in love with Granada many years before," Janice says. "So we moved there after we sold our business in Tamarindo." And then life took a turn.
My profession has taken me all across the world, experiencing unique journeys...attending world famous events...and meeting fascinating people. And I got paid to do it. I have rung in the New Year at Hogmanay in Edinburgh, danced up a storm at Seville’s April Fair, and was awed by the beauty of Buddha’s birthday celebrations in South Korea...
During my 25 years in magazine publishing I have seen how this business has changed with the onset of technology. Print is rapidly demising and readers are switching to desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. You're doing it yourself...right now...reading this e-letter, electronically.
The only things Jeremy needed to make his living were a reliable high-speed Internet connection and a comfortable home for his family. Plus, he already had plenty of overseas experience. He had lived briefly in Peru, Argentina, and Costa Rica and had traveled throughout Central America. But he'd never been to Nicaragua—and that's where he set his sights.
When Costa Rica got its start as an expat haven more than three decades ago, it was all about retirees. But over the years, the great weather, stable government, and low cost of living have also attracted those too young to retire (or those who never want to). And they've found plenty of ways to support themselves—and their families—while living in a tropical paradise.