Not so long ago, that’s what I thought.
In 2006, I decided to move to Costa Rica to start a retreat center. The project fell apart, but I did not completely give up my dream of moving to paradise.
I kept going back there every winter, and after much thinking about it, I decided I felt comfortable enough about living there that I would want to make it my home base.
So in 2009, I moved again to Costa Rica.
We lasted six months there, before we decided to head back to North America!
What I discovered is that there was a world of difference between living part-time in a tropical paradise and making a complete move there.
When you spend a few months a year somewhere, you always have the perspective of coming back “home” eventually. Even if you feel like you don’t want to leave when you’re there, your life has been built with your return in mind. Even if you spend almost half the year in that place.
When I used to spend 4-5 months a year in Costa Rica, I did it mainly to get away from the winter. So when I was there, I had a blast. I enjoyed nice weather, knowing I would have been freezing in Montreal!
But each place had different things to offer. In Costa Rica, I was a little isolated, but that was compensated by discovering a new culture and visiting beautiful, tropical environments. I enjoyed going to the beach or the waterfall, and practicing my Spanish.
But when I came back to Canada, I also enjoyed the return to “civilization” and seeing my friends and family again.
When I moved to Costa Rica in 2009, I initially loved it. The discovery phase was great, but what killed it was the day-to-day.
We were too isolated. We lived near the little town of Quepos, where it was sweltering hot. We rented a nice condo, but during the week we didn’t have much to do instead of working on the computer. And to get anywhere, we needed to drive.
In previous winters in Costa Rica, I lived in a bigger city, but I faced the constant barking of dogs at night, which would drive me crazy. I never fully adapted to it, so I wore earplugs.
Another problem was that in places like Costa Rica, things are not very efficient. If your Internet breaks down, it’s often problematic to get it fixed.
The real reason we left was because we missed living in North America. As much as I loved Costa Rica, I loved it more as an escape than a “home base.” I didn’t like to have to plan a trip back to Canada as a tourist, with no home base there. I enjoy the day-to-day in Canada, but I sometimes need an escape to somewhere tropical.
I was always told that before you decide to move somewhere, you should at least spend six months there to see how you like it. And that’s true!
But still, people don’t listen to that advice. Even last week, I met a couple who told me they were going to move to Ecuador, lured by the thought of a tropical paradise… but yet they have never been there!
I told them they should at least check it out for six months before moving permanently, but they seemed committed to doing it their own way.
That’s why I created a course called “How to Move to a Tropical Paradise.”
Some people may be wondering why I offer that course, if I don’t even live full-time in a tropical place. That’s because my course is really about moving somewhere part-time, but also has information for those wanting to make a definite move.
Did you know how you can get cheap rent and food in certain countries, and that you could save enough to justify a long trip there every year?
That’s what you’ll discover in “How to Move to a Tropical Paradise.”
For the next 48 hours, the course is discounted by $400 on the Deluxe version, if you use the coupon code TROPICALPARADISE. Go to:
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