In 2021 we announced the start of a new blog, Blogging Money Life, and that we are moving to Costa Rica to begin a new adventure. The number one question that we receive when we tell people about this is why we’re doing it in the first place. You’ll be surprised with some of the reasons we have in mind.
Top 10 reasons why we decided to leave the U.S. and move to Costa Rica
Reason #1: Because We Can
Our number one reason we are moving to Costa Rica from the United States is that we can. As U.S. citizens, we enjoy one of the most powerful passports in the world. It allows us access to over 185 different countries, and we’re ready to take advantage of that.
In addition, our blog allows us to work from anywhere. It can be in Costa Rica. It can be in an office. It can be in our home.
As long as we have internet access, we can earn income through our blogs anywhere in the world.
Moving abroad actually isn’t that hard to do. You just have to research where you want to go, make a plan, break it down into baby steps and take it one step at a time.
Then, if you have questions, you can do what we did.
We recruited the help of a relocation consultant within the country we want to move to. She helped us pick a region, find our first house, and recommended a residency lawyer and a moving company. On top of all this, she’s giving us insight so we can avoid common mistakes.
We have our own version of a famous quote from the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
“Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and change things up every now and then, you’re going to miss it.”
Reason #2: Step Back from American Politics
We’re ready for a break from U.S. politics. Living in the state, it’s so hard to escape it. It’s almost like every conversation you’ll have can quickly turn political.
We’re just ready to step back and take a break. We want to take more of a humanitarian view of the world.
Moving to another country with a different government with different customs and policies, we’ll be able to experience firsthand another way of doing things.
Reason #3: Lifestyle Changes
Well, another reason is that we want to eat better. It’s not that we can’t eat better here in the States. It’s just easier to do it in Costa Rica. Fresh foods and organic foods seem to be more readily available, and they’re more affordable.
Somuch of the fresh produce in Costa Rica is farm to table. We like the idea of accessing farmer’s markets with fresh food with great nutrients and knowing where it was grown. We remember visiting the country in 2019, and the hotel where we stayed had its own farm chickens and garden.
We even knew the name of the chicken who laid our eggs every morning! So yeah, just being in a place where we know where our food comes from.
Also, as far as a healthier lifestyle in general, a part of that has to do with a more active lifestyle in Costa Rica.
One of the big reasons is that you don’t have to rely on a car to get around many places. There are lots of walkable areas. You can do many outdoor activities in Costa Rica, from horseback riding around the mountains to swimming in the ocean to hiking through the jungle.
There are so many different things that you can do. The country has an outdoor living lifestyle that is unique to us. Living with nature seems to be a typical lifestyle, not just something people do on vacation.
Another central point under lifestyle change is a better work-life balance. We’re both working harder and longer than we’d like to. It’s an ethic that is ingrained in our U.S. culture. We want to adopt a new “work-to-live” mentality and leave behind our “live-to-work” ethic. Sometimes a fresh start in a new place is needed to change a mindset.
Reason #4: Better Race Relations Than In the U.S.
The Black Lives Matter movement is one that we’ve been following since it started in 2013. And while there has been a lot of progress with that movement, there’s still so much more that has to happen before we see real change in the United States.
We had an opportunity to speak with black ex-pats in Costa Rica. Amazingly, they have reported that they’ve gone without experiencing racism in Costa Rica for several years.
Not to say there isn’t any there, but it’s way less frequent than they’ve experienced in the United States. So we are looking forward to being reprieved from all of the racism while continuing to fight for causes like Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate, amongst other different reasons, while living abroad.
Moving to Costa Rica, we’re going to be where our family can feel welcome. They don’t feel like they’re somewhere where the cards are stacked against them.
Reason #5: Beautiful Scenery
The average temperature year-round in Costa Rica is between the high 70-and low 80-degrees Fahrenheit, which makes for some fantastic weather.
Costa Rica is also home to rain forests, cloud forests, active volcanoes, savannas, mangrove forests, high mountains, palm beaches, coral reefs, and so much more natural.
Reason #6: We Want to Broaden Our Horizons
We want to move to a place where we know that the life experience is very different than our own. This is something that we feel will help us not only become better people but also be able to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. In addition, it will help us understand people who have different experiences than our own.
Reason #7: Challenge Ourselves & Grow
We’re going to experience culture shock, and we know that will be very difficult at times. To be honest, just preparing for this adventure is scary. But, on the other hand, the idea of selling everything we own and moving to a different country makes for an exciting journey with new and interesting challenges.
Reason #8: To Learn a New Language
There are plenty of English-speaking countries, but we chose one where the primary language is Spanish. We feel like moving to Costa Rica is an excellent opportunity to force us to learn another language.
We’re going to be immersed in the Spanish language. We believe that’s one of the best ways to learn a new language and know that being bilingual will open new doors for us.
Reason #9: Make New Friends
Making friends from different cultures or parts of the world who have different experiences will help broaden our minds.
And since we are moving to a new country, away from family and friends, we look forward to meeting people and growing a community.
Costa Rica has a large community of ex-pats from all over the Americas. Therefore, not only will we be making Tico friends but also friends with fellow North Americans and Central and South Americans who have a similar mindset.
Reason #10: Starting from a Clean Slate
We have many loved ones that we are sad to be moving further from, but this adventure is too valuable to put off.
It’s hard to describe this feeling. It’s been relieving to resign from a job I don’t love, sell our house, break ties, and shed most of our belongings to start a new life abroad.
We don’t know where this journey will take us, but that’s part of the excitement. So if you find our story interesting, please join us by following along and checking back for monthly updates.