Although by all accounts we should’ve been plenty satisfied since we were living the “American dream”, over time it became apparent that this was not necessarily our dream but rather one foisted on us by society.  Maybe a 3,000 sq. ft. mini mansion filled with things we didn’t need wasn’t really what we wanted after all.  Perhaps we didn’t have to settle for living for the weekends and one or two vacations a year .  Why couldn’t we look forward to everyday, including Mondays?  When Holly and I finally took the time to define our “dream” lifestyle, we decided that we wanted to live in a beautiful tropical location that we and our kids loved, even if it meant we were living in a smaller space with a whole lot less “stuff”.

So we slashed our expenses and spent a year scouring the globe, searching for a place that we would like to call home.  Puerto Rico ended up topping our list thanks in part to the beautiful beaches and amazing tax incentives.  Once we settled on our destination, it took another two years of preparation before we were finally able to make the leap, landing on the northwest side of the island in Aguada, ideally situated between the world-class beaches of Rincón and Aguadilla.  Now we enjoy a beautiful view of a coastline with black and gold sand from the comfort of our balcony.

Admittedly, arriving is not the end but rather just the beginning of our journey.  Leaving a good paying job and the comfortable familiarity we enjoyed in Texas was not a decision we took lightly.  However, like many of our ancestors who risked everything in search of freedom and opportunity in the new world, we too are convinced that it will be worth plunging into the unknown to have the ability to design the lifestyle of our choosing.


P.S. Check out my interview on expat.com for more.

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  • ¡Bienvenidos a Puerto Rico! I hope you are getting a little more settled. The first couple of months seem like a whirlwind, but it will get easier. For the termites, just make sure to close all the doors and shut off the lights after a big rain. We’ve been here now about 2 years and still love it. We live in Rincón on a little finca (farm). You can check out our blog if you’d like at http://www.lifetransplanet.com

    • Hi Cassie. Your blog is great. You guys have done an incredible amount of work and your finca looks like paradise! We would love to have chickens and all those fruit trees too, but alas, we live in a condo nearby in Aguada. We did plant an avocado tree on the property and we have a star fruit tree we are planning to plant as well. We also have a lot of potted plants… we do what we can! Thanks for the warm welcome, we would love to meet up and see your finca at some point! 🙂

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