Moving abroad is in
and of itself a huge feat, loaded with adventures and trials around
every bend. It takes a unique, flexible individual to make it work.
Oftentimes, those individuals are avid travelers, but once settled down
into a new culture they stop exploring. Over the last two years living
in Costa Rica, my wife and I traveled to over twenty-five domestic
destinations and have created new experiences, hiked new trails, saw
active volcanoes and raging rivers, zip-lined through cloud forests,
observed 16 foot crocodiles alongside our boat, kayaked in a crater lake
and along the Caribbean Coast, was enthralled by fire dancers, surfed a
few great breaks, learned countless lessons, met amazing people, swam
in waterfall pools, cliff dived over 55 feet (my butt still hurts),
saw countless exotic birds and monkeys, and
pushed ourselves to new limits in many categories of life. Sure, we
moved to a vacation destination, but that was no reason to stop having
vacations! My advice to those that are expats or those that are aspiring
expats, make sure to keep challenging yourself, and feed your passions.
For many expats, travel plays a large role in both of those tasks.
As an experienced budget traveler, let me share with you my survival kit...