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Puerto Rico: Wanna Leave it all Behind & Move to Paradise?

October 16, 2012 by  

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What’s considered normal? In the US, normal is working 40-60 hours a week, 5 days a week for most of the year with maybe two weeks vacation. That’s it, just two weeks to actually live your life. We do this for about 30-40 years and then we’re supposed to settle down into our “golden years” of retirement. Now although I do admire the mature wisdom of our elderly, I also think that our bodies are a bit fragile by then. What’s so golden about arthritis, heart disease, and the need for constant medication?

How would you truly be able to appreciate action-sports like sky-diving, mountain-climbing or other such strenuous activities? And is it harder to appreciate your sense of taste once you’ve lost your teeth and moved to dentures?

Well, after finishing up with my last job; I decided to take a trip to see another part of the world other than what I’m used to before going back to the grind and dedicating myself to the corporate world all over again. After all, to travel is to spread your life across the world, right?

What’s it like in other countries? How do people live? What do they do for work and what’s their normal day-to-day like? What kind of things do they eat and would I be happier moving to paradise? Or is the grass simply greener on the other side? More than the excitement and glamour of discovering someplace new while on vacation, I felt 3 weeks anywhere should be sufficient time to make friends and get to know what local life is like in actually living there.

I think that at one point or another, we have all dreamed about leaving everything behind. How would it be like to just pick up and GO!? And WHERE would you go?

Where might one find a tropical island paradise that would be easy for an American to adapt to? And what about career? It might be a bit hard to find work when you don’t speak the native language in a foreign country.  What would it be like to really live in a different place?

In conducting some basic research, I discovered the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! Located in the Caribbean as a US territory, I found out that you don’t even need a passport to travel there; a simple driver’s license or other govt. ID is all that’s required. Sandy white beaches abound with aquatic life and Flamenco Beach on Culebra Island is actually ranked #2 of the world’s top ten most exotic beaches.  And did you know that the Pina Colada was originally concocted in Puerto Rico? Well, I recently spent three weeks over there to  see it all for myself and would love to share my adventures with you.

Have you ever dreamed of living abroad? Where would you go?