June 8, 2010 - Costa Rica is often seeing amongst baby boomers as the perfect place to retire for those looking to retire in a warm tropical climate and make their retirement dollar work to their fullest.
Thanks to traveling nurse companies like Aya Healthcare and to several real estate companies in Costa Rica like TicoRealty.com, Costa Rica is no longer for me a place for the elderly to retire in but also a place that I can call home thanks to my job as a traveling nurse.
The idea to move to Costa Rica from the United States has always been in the back of my mind but the wage of a nurse in Costa Rica simply does not compare to the wages available in the U.S.
After seeing an article about Helena Greaney, a traveling nurse living in Costa Rica, it inspired me to follow my dream and somewhat follow in her footstep.
The first step in my quest to live in Costa Rica was to contact traveling nurse companies to see what kind of program they had and the salaries available. After several companies, I found this nursing jobs website that placed me in contact with Aya Healthcare who provided me with the flexibility I was looking for.
Next, I found some suitable real estate in Costa Rica that would include decent security as I am gone 6 months out of the year working as a nurse in different parts of the U.S.
In short, I am now living happily in Costa Rica, enjoying its warm people with all of the amenities from home while working only 6 months per year. The commute is simple enough and at the age of 27, I am able to build a nice nest egg for the future thanks to the low cost of living in Costa Rica.
My routine is simple but not for everyone. I will take a nursing assignment in a different part of the United State (Georgia and California being my favorite) for a 3 month period of time. Once my assignment is completed, I have earned enough money to live comfortably for 1 year in Costa Rica.
I then return to Costa Rica for 3 months (sometimes longer or shorter depending on what is available for future assignment) where I do nothing but relax, enjoy my hobbies and spend quality times with the many friends I have made in Costa Rica.
The only drawback to this is finding a partner who understands my lifestyle but since I am only 27, I am in no rush to get married anytime soon.
I certainly hope that this little story of mine will inspire other people who dream of living in Costa Rica while being able to pursue the career of choice which includes a decent salary.