Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pura Vida

Costa Rica here we come! A lot of this blog is devoted to pinching pennies, paying cash and learning to live on less. One thing we do spend more than the average family on is travel. I don't drink a lot, don't smoke, buy used clothes most of the time and avoid the average money pitfalls. I have never regretted one dollar spent on travelling the world. If I had more money my life would not change a whole lot with the exception of additional travel.

We have just booked ourselves a seven day getaway at the end of June to the Pacific side of Costa Rica in the Tamarindo surf town area. We have wanted to travel to Costa Rica for a long time and this trip is more of a test for hubby to see if he could live part or full-time there down the road in 5-10 years. Yes, we are still moving to Vancouver Island within the next year but I have wanderlust and have always dreamed of living in other countries and am a faithful reader of International Living Magazine.

Countries I have visited include: Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Belize, Honduras, Hong Kong, Macau, Egypt, Greece and Turkey. I have lived and travelled many States and Provinces in USA and Canada.

Costa Rica holds special appeal due to good climate,proximity to the ocean, diverse wild life and strict conservation activities with a very stable economy and moderate crime. It is safe to purchase real estate in Costa Rica although not nearly as inexpensive as other Central American Countries. You don't come to Costa Rica with job expectations, but Costa Rica does welcome those who intend to invest to create jobs for Ticos (Costa Ricans).

I could live in a hut with a palm tree and a fire to cook, hubby not so much. He requires high speed Internet (come to think of it I kind of like that too) but enjoys travelling and new experiences.

If you like armchair travelling or are thinking of taking a trip to Costa Rica checkout these blogs of expats who now call Costa Rica home:

Happier Than a Billionaire

A New Life In Costa Rica

Have you guessed what Pura Vida means?

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