Pura Vida: the opposite of our modern way of living Pura Vida: the opposite of our modern way of living
On one of my trips I discovered Costa Rica and it’s lifestyle of “Pura Vida”, which translates to as much as enjoying life and... Pura Vida: the opposite of our modern way of living

On one of my trips I discovered Costa Rica and it’s lifestyle of “Pura Vida”, which translates to as much as enjoying life and taking your time to celebrate it. Also known as pretty much the opposite of what we’re doing in the west: we’re always in a rush and never really taking our time to do anything, let alone “celebrating life”. I found Costa Rica to be an interesting mix of local, North American, European and Argentinean cultures. The people are mostly friendly, helpful and laid-back. The cost of living is 30 to 50 percent lower than most American cities – and with that the stress levels are considerably lower as well.

With a well-developed health care system, good public education, a stable political situation and clean drinking water, Costa Rica is a very progressive country. It’s also an environmentally blessed country: Costa Rica contains six percent of the world’s biodiversity, and has 12 different climate zones to choose from. It’s home to more than 850 species of birds, more than all of North America combined.

Art PrintsYou’re welcome to explore some of the photographs I took on my trip to Costa Rica. There’s one similar to the feature image for this post, just without me in it, available for purchase.

Costa Rica is becoming more and more popular with people looking to permanently moving here, in an attempt to get away from the hustle and bustle of Western Life. It’s easy to see why. Owning property in Costa Rica is open to everybody – foreigners have a legal and constitutional right to own property. Even if you don’t want to live here full time it’s not a problem, since there is no residency requirement. Although foreigners without a work permit are not allowed to work, you can own a business here, or enjoy your retired life.

So, if you’ve ever dreamed of getting away from it all, Costa Rica could be your answer. Is it time to make this dream a reality, and get away from it all for a while? As they say, the worst day at the beach is better than the best day in the office. It’s easier than you think: Costa Rica is truly the land of the dreams, and it’s surprisingly painless to get there, especially if you use my travel hacking principles to get free airfare.

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WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world.