Since leaving the Dubs 5 years ago I have gained a new appreciation for THIS life. Since this life is the only one I know for sure that I have I have tried to take every opportunity that comes my way. Well, for a few years now I have been entertaining the idea of planning my escape from the American rat-race.
My true passion is surfing. It keeps me healthy, body and soul. The area I live in has fair surf at best and the water is butt ass cold! I am seriously thinking of cashing out and moving to Costa Rica with the idea of living and working as an ex-pat. Maybe it will be permanent, maybe it will be just for a year or two, who knows. I can very easily imagine it a permanent move but cannot discount the possibilty of it not. I have lived, for extended periods (8 months total), in Latin America (including Costa Rica), understand the culture and speak a fair amount of Spanish. I've also done a tremendous amount of research and feel comfortable with this particular destination.
It's a Surfer paradise and US money goes a long way.
If the ever was a true calling for me, this is it. If I decided to make this my way of life I could try to establish a business compatible with it (i.e. a small hotel, Bed and Breakfast, surf related tourism etc.) Alternatively I can work short temporary assignments in the US and return to C.R. to live on my earnings.
I'm bored in my current 'routine' and need a new adventure/challenge.
I feel myself sliding into the stressful, sedintary and unhealthy pattern that's so difficult to avoid living and working in the USA.
I am young enough now (mid 30's) and surfing is not something people wait till they retire start pursuing heavily.
I have a small-medium size chunk of equity in my house I can use for a business, house or emmergency if needed.
It's a great culture friendly to ex-pats and has a stable government.
I can get temporary work in the US relatively easily should I fall flat on my face.
There is a considerable American contigent there already.
Gearge Bush got re-elected so this may be a good time to get outa town (snicker).
I would be leaving a rock-solid, 6-figure income job, benefits, retirement, 401K etc, that I have no guarantee I can regain. I could be taking a step backward (or sideways) in my career progression.
I may price myself out of the US housing market should I come back to America in a few years.
It's a long way for anyone to visit - although leaving the JW's convieniently releived me of most of my Family and all of my log-term friends.
My girlfriend is willing to try it but who knows how that will work out.
OK, so I'd love to hear any and all comments. What have I overlooked? What would you realistically do? Anyone actually do something like this? Fire away.