We Pulled The Trigger – Moving to Puerto Rico

Puerto RicoPuerto Rico Here We Come!

We have been researching and researching and researching some more.

I’m, of course, talking about researching destinations for our move abroad. All of it was sprinkled with visits to each of the countries and then more research. But we finally did it, we made a decision and we’re moving to Puerto Rico!

Originally, this was supposed to be a five-year plan but circumstances with work and family have accelerated our decision. Here is the bottom line: life is too damn short to be miserable – wouldn’t you agree?

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How A VPN Saves Money On Travel

VPN saves MoneyVPN Saves Money When Booking Travel Abroad:

In a recent post we talked about why you should get a VPN for living abroad, see post Why You Should Get A VPN or A Proxy, but did you also know that a VPN saves money on travel too?

There are already many great reasons to get a VPN service, especially if you travel or move abroad, like security, connection speed, and access to your countries services. In addition, we recently learned that many travel companies raise their prices if your IP address comes from certain locations of the world. Continue reading


Leatherback Turtles in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, home of the endangered Leatherback turtles:

Leatherback_sea_turtle_Tinglar,_USVI_(5839996547)At seven feet long and up to 2,000 pounds, the Leatherback turtle is the largest of all turtles living today. It differs from the other sea turtles by the easily noticible lack of bony shell; instead its back is covered with skin and oily flesh and hence the name Leatherback turtle.

The Leatherback turtles are critically endangered with estimates of only 26,000 to 43,000 females nesting annually, which is a major decline from the 115,000 in the 1980s. Continue reading


Puerto Rico vs Panama Comparison Matrix and Some Extras

Puerto Rico vs Panama:

Flag_of_Panama.svgFlag of Puerto Rico vs PanamaWe’ve been researching moving to Puerto Rico for a few months now. We learned a ton. Some things we already suspected and some things were a complete shock. But the most unexpected thing we learned was that there is a whole category of benefits to moving to Puerto Rico that we had not foreseen.

You may remember our comparison of Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama as early retirement abroad destinations, see post Overall Country Comparison for Cost of Living. Using the same matrix, we now want to add Puerto Rico to the mix. Continue reading


Figure out your personal budget now

Costa Rica and Mikes wedding 424If you’ve been thinking about retiring or just moving overseas, you’ve almost certainly thought about your household budget. However, aside from a single line item on your household budget called something like “spending money or “cash” I’ll bet you haven’t given much consideration to your personal budget, aka personal spending.

In case you don’t know what I mean by personal budget, I mean all of those things you buy out of your “spending money” as part of your routine for the day, week, or month. Continue reading