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I Understand Spanish, But I Can’t Speak It Well.

Understanding the language and not speaking it well is actually a very common problem among expats. And there are many reasons for it. Most expats find that the reason they are having trouble speaking Spanish is that they tend to focus too much on the...

Panama Vs. Costa Rica: The Real Scoop, Part 1

I have lived in Central America for almost 40 years and have had ample opportunity to observe expat retirement trends. During that time I have written retirement guides about Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua, all of which have been best-sellers at one time or...

TRUE STORY: “I Moved to Costa Rica to Escape Trump”

"Upon arriving in San José, Costa Rica’s bustling capital, we checked into our hotel and the next day rented a car. San José is an enormous city," writes Mary Wallace in her story on OZY.com, following her decision to move to Costa Rica if...

In ageing Thailand, developers race to supply locals and elderly expats

(Reuters) - At 79, Thai businessman Boon Vasin’s latest $500 million venture is a bet on a market he knows well - looking after Thailand’s rapidly growing population of old people Not only is Thailand ageing faster than its neighbors, but it is also becoming...

Marchamo Madness

A few months ago, Costa Rica instituted a new law that people illegally parked could be written a ticket. Up until then, a traffic cop could only issue a ticket to the violator if the driver were actually in the car. Now the driver...

Discovering Costa Rica: Tennis in the Jungle

I was going to call this column “The Hidden Costa Rica,” but then I realized all of Costa Rica is hidden. I’ve traveled the world, but have never found it harder to get information about the most basic things than in this user-unfrienldly paradise....

The Gringo Bubble

The recent trend in expat living is the Gringo Bubble, creating an insulating layer of US culture. So many expats and foreign tourists never have a true Costa Rican experience. Living here for years, they might never eat at a Costa Rican restaurant or...

Costa Rica’s Slow Pace, Political Stability Attract Expats Weary of U.S. Uncertainty

According to a new report from International Living, Costa Rica’s political stability and low-key profile are proving to be increasingly strong draws for expats fleeing what they identify as political drama and uncertainty today in the United States. Costa Rica tops the list of destinations...

The Juice Box

By Galya Gerstman. The other day my friend Mark and I were discussing his theory of how you can judge the level of a country’s “civilization” by how trustworthy you perceive their police force to be. We were lamenting that we no longer felt that...

Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Moving To Costa Rica

(HUFFPOST) “I’m thinking about moving to Costa Rica,” are words I see every day in emails, Facebook messages, and from people who have read my articles about life as an expat in that country. More and more, people in the U.S. and Canada are thinking...

Costa Rica Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography used to be a hobby limited to people with the deep pockets to afford the equipment—cameras, lenses, tripods, etc. You also needed a strong back, or porters, to lug around the heavy gear. Technology has reduced both the cost and the weight....

The 17 Countries Where Expats Live The Happiest: Guess Who is #1

(Q24N) From the InterNations Happiest countries for expats, Costa Rica is tops of 17 countries where expats live the happiest lives. Being happy is not an exact formula — earning a lot of money does not necessarily equate to a happy life. A new survey...

Canadian Island Short On People Offers Jobs and Land To Move There

(QCOSTARICA) Many expats in Costa Rica swear they're moving away from the country. Too expensive, too much corruption, too much of this, that and not enough of the other are some of the comments posted on the social media and heard spoken in conversations...

Common Expat Dreams That Can Easily Turn Into Nightmares

Q24N from Expatfocus.com - It can be a tempting idea to let go of your current life and responsibilities, pack your bags, and start anew in a foreign location, but of course nothing is ever as simple as that. The expat life can be...

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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