Costa Rica: Portable Incomes in a Land of Opportunity

Costa Rica: Portable Incomes in a Land of Opportunity

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August 24, 2015

Each morning, my boyfriend, Sean, and I sleep in until about 9 a.m.—we rarely set an alarm. More often than not, we wake up to the bustling of the coffee shop next door. We each order a cup of fresh-brewed coffee and a breakfast of fresh scrambled eggs and gallo pinto (typical Costa Rican rice and beans).

How We Escaped the Snow and Halved Our Costs in Costa Rica

How We Escaped the Snow and Halved Our Costs in Costa Rica

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August 21, 2015

Last December, my husband and I were bundled up in our tiny apartment in Chicago, mourning over the snow and sub-zero temperatures, when we came up with a crazy idea: Let's sell all of our stuff and move somewhere tropical. When we sat down to talk about the things we truly wanted, it simply came down to creating a life where we control our time and spend it doing things we enjoy. Sometimes, it seems a bit surreal that we now live a five-minute walk to the Pacific Ocean, learning the pura vida way in Costa Rica.

Birds, Stunning Views, and a Grow-Your-Own Life in Costa Rica

Birds, Stunning Views, and a Grow-Your-Own Life in Costa Rica

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August 20, 2015

Rita Lucas could not be happier with her life in Costa Rica. "I love the climate...living outdoors most of the time...and my community," she says. "Living rurally and having my office in my outdoor living room with the stunning view is the icing on my cake." And what a view it is. Rita's property is nestled in the mountain range that runs through southern Costa Rica to the southern Pacific coast.

Living Rich in Costa Rica for Much Less Than the U.S.

Living Rich in Costa Rica for Much Less Than the U.S.

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August 19, 2015

When Riley Jesson first mentioned that he wanted to get out of the rat race, his wife Samantha was unsure. Both of them were advertising executives in San Francisco and she was making a name for herself climbing the corporate ladder. They were on great career paths...but they weren't happy. So they decided to go in 2008. They had traveled to Costa Rica several times and—like many others—they fell in love with the people and the climate.

Earn with Opportunities in “Paradise on Earth”

Earn with Opportunities in “Paradise on Earth”

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August 13, 2015

In 2005, I decided to leave the U.S. for good and move to Panama. The tropical climate is perfect for me—especially the Caribbean isles of Bocas del Toro. Near Panama’s northern border, Bocas is what you picture when someone says "paradise on earth”—white sands, jewel-toned waters, swaying palms, and a slow pace of life. Bocas is just one of Panama’s many, many treasures. If I wanted to I could spend every single day of the year on a different isle or mainland beach.

Find Fulfillment by Starting a Business Abroad

Find Fulfillment by Starting a Business Abroad

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August 12, 2015

On my first trip to Granada, Nicaragua several years ago, I stopped in a small bookshop in the historic colonial quarter, just a few blocks from the main square. It was evident the owner—an expat from California—was a lover of literature. Classics...science fiction...travelogues...histories...and more lined the shelves. As I chatted to him, it emerged that he got started when he was just passing through Granada and, looking to make a bit of extra travel money...he laid books out on a blanket on the street to sell.

Fulfilling a Dream on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Fulfilling a Dream on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

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August 11, 2015

After a long career in the restaurant industry in New York and New Jersey, Anthony Chalas was ready for a change. He wanted his own place, where he could fulfill his vision of a seaside restaurant serving Greek food. And he found it on Mexico's Riviera Maya, in the sleepy fishing village and expat haven of Puerto Morelos. His restaurant, La Sirena, sits on the town square, just across the street from a white-sand beach. Set on the second floor, it allows diners to see the vivid blue sea from the eatery's open-air deck

Find Fun, Sun, and Opportunity in Playa del Carmen

Find Fun, Sun, and Opportunity in Playa del Carmen

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August 5, 2015

Six years ago, my husband, Jose Luis, and I wondered what the future would hold and where we could live affordably once we reached 60. We had set up and run restaurants from Miami to New Hampshire and from St. Petersburg to Las Vegas and we were ready for a break. When we found Playa del Carmen on the Mexican Caribbean, it surpassed all our dreams…beaches that stretched for miles, a perfect climate year-round, and the opportunity to invest and run a business.

From Farm to Food Truck in Latin America

From Farm to Food Truck in Latin America

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August 1, 2015

If you love growing your own…pickling and preserving…smoking and curing… crafting gourmet recipes…or any manner of artisan food production, Latin America is ripe with opportunity. You can make a living selling your creations via farmers markets, food trucks, or small-scale distribution. Take Dom and Angela Najab, who left Toronto, Canada, in 2011 and arrived in Read more...: From Farm to Food Truck in Latin America