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!
Choosing a place to live part-time overseas is easy for some, more challenging for others. Some folks visit a place perhaps on vacation, and they know immediately. They want to live there. They need to live there. They will be back to make the country and culture a permanent part of their lives as part-timers.… Continue reading The World Is Full of Interesting Places for Part-Timers: Asia
Recently, my family and I explored Vietnam and Bali, Indonesia. We were in Asia because our son was getting married in Bali. We took an extra week and explored the southern part of Vietnam also. Both countries were such interesting and beautiful places. The people were wonderful. Everywhere we went, we ran into expats living… Continue reading The World is Full of Interesting Places for Part-Timers: Latin America/The Caribbean
I’ve been on a trip….. And that’s why I haven’t written for a while. The trip was work-related for the first three weeks, and it was intense, but wonderful. My attention needed to be onsite with me in The Philippines, India, and Myanmar. Now, I’m taking some vacation time with my family in Vietnam and… Continue reading The Vibrations of a Place
We've had a series of video posts and other blog topics since our last blog in this series: "Is Part-Time Expat Living for Me? I'm excited to be returning to this series because there are still a myriad of questions to ask ourselves in this quest. In this article, we will look at the activities… Continue reading Is Part-Time Expat Living for Me? (Part 9: Activities you Enjoy)
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 . . .)