By Christopher Howard on Live in Costa - In retirement, you have the chance to do what you want to do and be who you really want to be, provided you have the means to do it and are in good health. Some plan to spend their retirement time doing nothing at all, but find that this gets old very quickly and decide to do something meaningful with the last part of their lives.
The important thing is to stay active and have some goals. This time in your life is that last chance to do some of the things you have always wanted to do. Now you finally have the freedom to choose what you want to do with your life. You may choose to take up a new hobby, start a part-timer business, improve your computer and Internet savvy, learn to play a musical instrument, do volunteer work, build something, plant a garden or travel. Retired life can become the perfect chance to try your hand at something new, without the burden of struggling to making ends meet. A new career can allow retirees to do something they enjoy and are passionate about. Many retirees envision themselves as writers, artists or humanitarians.
If you were unable to travel to your heart’s content while working, retirement can be your chance to make up for lost time. Some travelers find the more exotic the destination, the more exciting the adventure. If you are a thrill-seeker, majestic mountains, raging rivers, volcanos and jungles can be yours. Now that you are retired and have the time, your trips are not restricted to a week or two at a time. You might even opt to live at your destination for an extended period to really get a feel for the culture and surroundings and eventually end up moving there.
Living in Costa Rica can enable you to do all of the above. With the exception of working (You have to have residency with permission to work legally in Costa Rica — much like a Green Card), you will be able to engage in a whole gamut of activities and enjoy all of the wonderful things this country has to offer.
Granted Costa Rica is not for everyone, but a lot of Americans who have moved here and are very happy and love the Latin lifestyle. If you are adventurous and seek something more than a traditional retirement in a retirement community in Florida, then Costa Rica might just fit the bill.
My recommendation is to come check out the country. One the best ways is by taking one of my monthly relocation and retirement tours (see www.liveincostarica.com). Actually these tours are not just for retirees but for anyone who is seriously considering moving here, no matter what their age. I have had many young entrepreneurs and middle age people on of my tours.
At the end of the tour if you decide as many do that they like the country but don not want to live here, then you will have a place to visit that you have seen from an entirely different perspective than the average tourist.
We spoke with Christopher Howard about living as an expat here in Costa Rica. That interview can be found below.