One of the things we like about Costa Rica is the vibe – the energy, the Pura Vida approach to life. (Pura Vida is a Costa Rican term that means everything from “hello” to “all is well” to “life is good.”). When I am here, my mind slows down a bit, my perspective becomes a… Continue reading A Special Energy . . .
I left you last time as I was boarding an imaginary train to our new life as part-time expats in Indiana and Costa Rica. We arrived safely in Costa Rica on Tuesday (yesterday), and we have been settling in today. Here is a list of activities on our first full day in our new life.… Continue reading The Second Train Arrives – in Jaco, Costa Rica
Well . . . it has happened. I am officially retired – or as I have been telling people – “I’m not retiring, I’m just changing activities.” And that’s really what I am doing. I am not planning to wind down, reduce my effectiveness, or lessen my contributions to the world. I am just changing… Continue reading Hopping From One Train to Another
Many of my readers know that my wife and I have been on a several-years plan to eventually split our time between Indiana and Costa Rica, thus being "part-time expats." We think of ourselves that way now because we already spend a lot of time in Costa Rica. But the real transition will take place… Continue reading It’s Getting Closer
A few years ago, a friend in Costa Rica went on an extensive trip with her family through Europe and northern Africa. She posted photos and information on the "The Blue City" on Facebook (Thank you, Marta Herrera). Ever since reading her post, I have had Chefchaouen, Morocco, on my bucket list. It just looked… Continue reading The Blue City – A Bucket List Trip (Chefchaouen, Morocco)
People often ask my wife and me, "Why do you want to live part-time in Costa Rica?" We usually share several reasons that have prompted us to make the decision. But, today if someone asks me, I will say, "This is why!" And I'll show them these two photos. The photo on the left is… Continue reading This Is Why!
I am writing this from the beautiful Pacific beach town of Jaco, Costa Rica. I just love this place. For my wife and me, it has just the right combination of beach, Costa Rican culture, warm weather, friendly people, great food, available amenities, and reasonable cost of living. More and more part-time and full-time expats… Continue reading Help Is On the Way!
I am meeting the most interesting people! I’m in the process of doing research for a book called Straddling Two Worlds (Part-Time Expats Share Their Stories). People from all over the world have been completing the research survey about their lives as part-time expats. They are sharing experiences, advice, and details about their lives. And… Continue reading Straddling Two Worlds
When one lives overseas part-time, as opposed to vacationing, you have time to get to know a community and country with more depth. You learn the very special places, the annual events, and the cultural festivals that make the country or community what it is. You learn what makes the people and their lifestyle unique.… Continue reading Would You Sleep Here? (A Part-Time Expat Goes Exploring . . .)
https://youtu.be/lldLQ31NM1w Some people are finding that they can live for a lot less, but have a better standard of living in places other than their home countries. Join me - Paul, a part-time expat, as we discuss another reason why people choose to live overseas part-time. If you enjoy the video, hit thumbs up… Continue reading Video: Reasons Why People Live Overseas Part-Time: Lower Costs/Better Standard of Living