Happier than a Billionair

10 07 2012

I’m in the middle of reading this book called Happier than a Billionair. It’s about a couple that quit their jobs and moved to Costa Rica. It’s extraordinary. If you have your own expatriate dreams, especially if these dreams have anything to do with moving to Costa Rica, you want to read this book.


I’ll post an in-depth review of the book once I’ve completed reading it. So far, it’s fabulous! It is filled with great stories, lots of humor and adventure along with good information…


Developing business needed for Latin America launch–a little disappointment

13 10 2010

Freelance Writing!

Worked like crazy to develop a new blog for my freelance writing and communications consulting business. It’s only been one day, but I am disappointed by the response so far. It seems that thee’s much more interested in living a dream and fleeing the country than there is in communications and marketing practices. I’m not surprised–I think living dreams, planning for adventures and exploring new lands is far more exciting to read about than business strategy, too. But I have no idea how to make a living as an explorer–I do know about writing and communications.

I’m far from feeling defeated. I just expected a much more enthusiastic response on the reorganization. Anyway, if you have any interest in learning more about my professional life, please feel free to visit my other blog: http://daphnestreet.wordpress.com/ and please, please promote it if you feel the spirit move you to do so.

Anyway, things are still progressing on this end. I’ll keep trying different strategies in hopes of stirring greater buzz. More later.

Happy trails  –Daphne

More about retiring in the Republic of Panama

9 10 2010

So… interesting development on the homefront. My mother has recently become acquainted with the President of Costa Rica. Here’s the skinny: even the President of Costa Rica (unofficially and unconfirmed, of course) thinks that an American’s best value is in retiring in Panama. Believe it or not… your choice. Most of my mother’s personal connections are in Costa Rica, and still the best value she has found for herself is in Panama (plus there’s an added bonus that Costa Rica is very close by). This is official and confirmed.

Republic of Panama Beach

Here are some reasons why[Source: MSN Money]:

  • low cost of living,
  • near-perfect weather and
  • one of the world’s best discount programs for retirees 
  • up to 50% off everything from public transport to movies, mortgage rates, doctor’s visits, electricity, restaurants and airfares
  • newcomers who buy or build a new house won’t owe any property taxes for 20 years
  • residents pay no taxes on foreign-earned income
  • the U.S. dollar is legal tender in Panama, which insulates its economy from global shocks. During the Asian monetary crisis of 1998, Panama became one of the healthiest economies in Latin America.

Source: MSN Money. Link: http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/RetirementandWills/RetireInStyle/PanamaIsParadiseForRetirees.aspx

A little progress: on my way to leaving the country

27 09 2010

Nothing worthwhile is perfectly easy.

Somethings are progressing nicely. The freelance business is building. This is leading to increased income, which leads to increased savings and job security that will be sustainable when I move. This is improving my outlook.

Researching Latin American countries as destinations to live–that’s progressing nicely, too. Based on certain details that I’ll get into later, it seems that the first move will be probably be to Panama with an ultimate destination of Argentina.

I may wander around a lot due to visa requirements, but that actually sounds great to me! Perhaps I’ll end up becoming a bit of a travel writer. Wherever the tide washes me to shore, I’m certain I’ll enjoy it. It’s never difficulties that get me down; it’s always the everydayness and all-too-familiar surroundings that grate on my nerves. I was not designed, psychologically, to be set in one place, in a single full-time job, in a godforsaken office somewhere.

Still contemplating on the best time to permanently vacate the full-time office gig. Benefits are pleasant. Paid vacations, major medical, steady salary, etc. are strong temptors, occasionally successful in luring my thoughts back into the dark abyss of the misery of false safety for me. And I do know how false this safety is. In this economy, anyone could lose their job at any moment. Benefits can be reduced in the blink of an eye depending on how hard my company gets hit with the residual affects of governmental budget cuts.

Meanwhile, either way, I’d still be miserable, living a life that is clearly meant for someone else. I would continue not living my own life, and that is horrifying. Not taking the risk to jump off of the cliff into endless possibilities is a bone chilling thought.

I must take the first huge step and have a go of it on my own, but when?

Retire in the Republic of Panama–AARP recommended retirement destination

26 09 2010

It’s true–the USA, always known as the land of opportunity is not offering many opportunities to its older citizens looking to retire. Many retirees are naturally looking to locations in the world where their fixed income can streatch a little farther. Beyond this, retirees of today are not the retirees of yesteryear! Many babyboomers would relish a retirement of adventure and cultural richness, and for them, Panama meets all the requirements. By the way, Panama is more than happy to accomodate, and accomodate they do!

Panamainfo.com  has great resources for retirees and soon-to-be retirees looking for a lower cost of living combined with an exotic flare (safely, in a stable location). Here are some examples of their offerings:

Additionally, the AARP magazine, “Modern Maturity” listed Panama as number three among places to retire abroad:

Panama is a smart choice for retirees who want it all. Not only does it feature attractive retiree destinations, Panama also offers an unbeatable package of retiree benefits and discounts. Boquete has a unique range of back-home amenities, from a golf course to high-end gated communities.

While I am no where near retirement age, my 65-year-old mother is planning a move to Latin America to retire, along with her lab-pug mix dog, McGhee. Panama appears to have unriveld benefits for retirees, hoping to lure in these advenurous individuals on fixed USA government incomes.
What are your thoughts?

A bit about Uruguay–a lovely description

26 09 2010

Source: http://blog.brillianttrips.com/2009/06/rocha-natural-beauty-in-uruguay/ <–lovely post!

From the blog “Brilliant Trips” came a lovely post, “Rocha–natural beauty in Uruguay.”

Rocha, 1 of the 19 Departments that make up Uruguay, is a symphony of natural landscapes rich in fauna and flora with 200 kilometers of ocean coast. Apart from La Paloma, La Pedrera and La Coronilla which are more modern, Rocha’s coastal villages offer the enchantment of a rustic lifestyle with a deep connection to nature. An ecological reservation, Rocha is the habitat for hundreds of plants and native animal species.

The description, while brief, goes on to describe what can be found there as if seeing a folk painting on a canvas. I wish all blog posts (including mine) would be this well-written. In my defence, it’s tricky describing something of such richness and exotic beauty when I have yet to visit. All in good time!