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Too Many “Gringos” View Costa Rica Through Distorted North American Eyes

Christopher Howard's Live in Costa Rica - It is very easy to look at the negatives in Costa Rica when one is comparing the country with the United States or Canada. They are too completely different countries and, above all, cultures. It is really easy...

Retiring Abroad? Here’s What You Need to Know

THERE'S SOMETHING UNDENIABLY appealing about the idea of living an expatriate adventure in retirement. Striking out for foreign shores can seem pragmatic as well as poetic. "Most people envision a twofold advantage: the romance of experiencing a different culture and the notion that they can...

Foreign Residents Place Costa Rica Among The Best Places To Live: A Welcome As Warm As The Weather

If you’re looking to make friends, Costa Rica is the place to go. A study by Internations, among 12,500 expatriates, places Costa Rica in second place among 65 nations, for its quality of life and ability to adapt to the culture. A warm "pura vida"...

7 Habits of Happy Expats in Latin America

QTRAVEL - Few things compare to the adventure of moving to another country. From the moment you step onto the plane, your reality will be totally transformed, along with your life. But the direction this plane travels in will also make an enormous difference. Every...

What Makes the Expat Lifestyle So Addictive?

(QCOSTARICA)  Wall Street Journal - Long before glitz and glamour came to accompany corporate packages, Ernest Hemingway likened expats to addicts: “You’ve lost touch with the soil. You get precious. Fake European standards have ruined you. You drink yourself to death. You become obsessed with sex. You spend all your time...

Are You Cut Out for the Expat Life?

COSTA RICA LIVING - What makes for a happy expat? This is something I think about often, because honestly…not everyone is cut out for the expat life. The rewards are tremendous and it’s a wonderful, life-changing experience, but there are challenges—and most are easy...

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