May 08 2014

In the Mailbag – May 8, 2014



In the Mailbag

Here’s one of the many responses we received to Gloria’s article “Home Again…Again — How We Celebrated Our Five Year Anniversary of Living in Costa Rica” about returning to Baltimore, selling our house, and dealing with all of our “stuff.”

I really enjoyed this issue’s article about returning home. It resonated with us because in 2009 we sold most of our possessions and became full-time RV’ers. We know first-hand that “less is better” and what we lifted off our shoulders was just “stuff”. I like the saying, “Have you ever seen a U-haul trailer following a hearse to the cemetery?” No! We also only purchase what we need and that’s usually food or occasionally clothing or supplies for the RV. Otherwise, we are not shoppers! This lifestyle has given us the opportunity to see the US, but return to our home town in the summer (no snow) months to reconnect with friends and family. We travel to Costa Rica every other year when we put together birding groups and have often thought about spending several winter months. We aren’t quite ready to leave the US permanently…there’s still so much to see and do, but following your experiences certainly keeps those options on the table.
Thank you for keeping up this newsletter, which we enjoy so much.

~ Carol S.


We also received the following note from a reader concerning international health care:

So happy to find your site! My fiance and I are in the process of buying property (Santa Teresa on the Nicoya peninsula) with an eye toward retiring there in several years. Your site is a god-send!

Also, came across this recent article in Huffington Post on top 5 countries with the best health care (Costa Rica is rated #4!):

Thought your readers might want to know about it as well.

Pura Vida and saludos!

Elisa B.

The article that Elisa mentions, “These 5 Countries Provide The Best Health Care In The World” was written by They rated the top five countries as follows:

  1. France
  2. Uruguay
  3. Malasia
  4. Costa Rica
  5. Mexico

Here’s what International Living had to say about healthcare in Costa Rica:

Costa Rica’s excellent and affordable health care is largely the result of government investment in the health sector, plus an atmosphere of political stability. Costa Rica comes in fourth in the health care category of the annual Global Retirement Index 2014. By almost any standard, Costa Rica has some of the best health care in Latin America. Not only that, but the country’s public and private health systems are constantly being upgraded—new hospitals, new equipment, and improvements in staff training.


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