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What it’s like to move to Mexico, Greece and Costa Rica

For many, 2020 shall be remembered as a 12 months they spent at dwelling.

Others took a special path. They packed their luggage and moved to locations that many solely dream of visiting.

Here’s how they really feel about their resolution one 12 months on, in their very own phrases.

From Boston to Napa Valley, California

Name: Ian O’Reilly
Occupation: Sommelier

Before the pandemic, I used to be employed as a beverage supervisor in Boston. The restaurant the place I labored closed in March of 2020, and I used to be subsequently laid off. As I mirrored on my profession, I noticed I now not wished to work in eating places. The hours and life-style had taken a toll. I started to discover the potential for shifting to Napa Valley, California, to be on the agricultural facet of the wine enterprise.

My girlfriend —  who can be a complicated sommelier —  and I moved to the city of Napa in September of 2020 with our two canine. I had no job, and I rapidly realized the job market was extraordinarily restricted due to the pandemic.

Ian O’Reilly moved to Napa Valley with no job; he now holds two positions within the wine business.

Courtesy of Ian O’Reilly

At that time, I used to be employed to host on-line wine tastings at Virtual With Us. For the primary time in my life I labored completely from dwelling. I used to be linked with a number of different sommeliers from across the nation who had misplaced their jobs in eating places. Given the caliber of individuals on the staff, I used to be thrilled to be included.

Last April, I took a job as a logistics supervisor at a start-up wine firm in Sonoma however continued to host on-line occasions. The marriage of the 2 actually introduced my wine expertise full circle. I now handle a list of nice and uncommon wines by day however I get to speak about them as a digital sommelier.

I’m working much less hours and having far more enjoyable. Plus, the price of residing in Napa is about half of that in downtown Boston.

At this level, I’ve no intention of leaving. I’m a everlasting resident of vacationland.

From New York City to Greece

Name: Peter Despotopoulos         
Occupation: Marketing director

In New York, I used to be the vice chairman and managing companion of a customized millwork store. I made a decision to move as a result of I used to be genuinely sad there. I at all times felt drained and exhausted. I hated my job and line of labor.

Most importantly, I felt like the price of residing didn’t correspond to the standard of life. I used to be drowning in debt as a result of all the things I loved doing was costly —  Knicks video games, nice eating, live shows. The pandemic uncovered New York City as this actually costly, densely populated space with no pure magnificence and restricted choices for easy pleasures.

The price of residing in Greece is less expensive than New York.

Peter Despotopoulos   

Marketing director, Moro

In New York, I rented a one-bedroom condominium on the highest ground of a brand new luxurious 60-unit constructing within the Long Island City/Astoria space. I now lease a two-bedroom condominium in a six-unit trendy constructing in an prosperous a part of Athens known as Voula — an space referred to as the “Athens Riviera.” I’ve a pool, and the seaside is a brief stroll away.

The price of residing in Greece is less expensive than New York. There, I had about $4,500 a month in fastened bills, together with $2,500 for lease and $680 for a automobile lease. That’s with no cellular phone invoice, medical insurance and gasoline prices, which my firm paid. My condominium in Athens prices 1,300 euros per 30 days ($1,520), and my fastened bills prices have been minimize in half. The worst half about Greece is the worth of gasoline — it’s about double that of New York.

Peter Despotopoulos (sixth from the correct, in again) stated he goes to the seaside within the morning and begins working within the afternoon.

Courtesy of Peter Despotopoulos

Work is much less worrying than earlier than. I work remotely because the advertising and marketing director for a U.S. dwelling furnishings web site known as Moro. Due to the seven-hour time distinction, my workday begins at 3 p.m. and often ends round 10 p.m. Greece is a late tradition — everybody eats and goes out late — so I do not thoughts the hours. I benefit from the seaside earlier than work and Athens’ nice eating and nightlife scene afterward.

I nonetheless get pleasure from going to good eating places and have changed Knicks sport with going to the stadium to watch my favourite soccer staff, Panathinaikos, on the weekends. I am going away to stunning Mediterranean islands on the weekends which might be solely a 30-minute flight or two- to three-hour ferry journey away.

Peter Despotopoulos stated he traded New York Knicks’ video games for soccer matches at Athens’ Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium.

Courtesy of Peter Despotopoulos

Almost a 12 months later, I feel I’ve made a very good resolution. If you make good cash in Greece, this place is a paradise. Being of Greek first rate, talking the language, and coming right here within the summers gave me a good suggestion of what to count on.

Don’t get me incorrect, some days are tough being away from pals and household. Changes like this want time and persistence to adapt.

From south England to Costa Rica and Mexico

Name: Alister Gray
Occupation: Executive coach and founding father of
Mindful Talent

In October 2020, my spouse and I made a rapid resolution to depart the U.Ok. with our 5-year-old daughter Rumi and journey while the craziness of the world sorted itself out. At the time, we had been residing in a small city known as Twyford. It was a brief commute to central London, which was excellent for our enterprise.

A stint in Bali gave Alister Gray the boldness to run his government teaching enterprise from Costa Rica and Mexico.

Courtesy of Alister Gray

I’d trialed working government teaching periods and workshops from Bali, Indonesia, for 9 months in 2018, when our daughter was 18 months outdated. This gave us confidence that we may work from wherever on the planet, offering we had a very good Wi-fi sign.

We had been within the technique of making use of for U.S. visas with plans to move to California when the pandemic hit. We determined we would not let it cease our ambitions to depart the U.Ok. and as an alternative considered it as the proper alternative to journey to a rustic we had lengthy admired — Costa Rica.

In January, we flew from London to Costa Rica. We discovered a dream dwelling overlooking the Pacific Ocean in a spot known as Nosara. We awoke to a household of howler monkeys every morning, lower than 30 ft from our terrace.

We spent six months in Costa Rica and cherished it, nonetheless our daughter’s faculty by no means fairly labored out. So we moved to Quintana Roo, Mexico, to slightly place known as Puerto Aventuras. While visiting pals in April, we fell in love with the lifestyle there. We had been welcomed by a wonderful neighborhood of pals — a mixture of Mexicans, Argentinians, Dominicans, Americans and Canadians.

Costa Rica was moderately costly. Our prices have decreased round 40-50% from there. Our bills in Mexico are comparable to the U.Ok. For instance, our three-bedroom 1,200-square-foot rental prices across the similar as our two-bed semi-detached dwelling within the U.Ok.

After leaving Costa Rica (right here), Alister Gray stated his household lives a extra energetic life-style in Mexico, the place they plan to keep as a result of they “love it so much.”

Courtesy of Alister Gray

Our high quality of life elevated with weekly assist from maids, cooks and nannies. We even have the seaside, tennis courts, working and biking tracks, and a golf course close by.

Moving has been the most effective selections we have ever made. We’ve given our daughter, and ourselves, a freedom that we’d not have skilled if we would remained within the U.Ok.

From Las Vegas to a nomadic life-style

Name: Bryan Conzone
Occupation: Owner of information analytics and advertising and marketing firm

We had been residing in Las Vegas when the pandemic began. I’ve labored remotely for a few years, however my spouse, Jenn, was a registered nurse. When colleges shut down and there was no childcare for our then five-year-old son and five-month-old daughter, she was pressured to depart her place.

The lease on our home was up in June, and we had lengthy thought of shifting to Texas. We determined to try Dallas and Austin for a month every. That’s after we stumbled upon an organization known as Landing, which rents furnished flats for 30 days or extra.

We ended up liking this idea a lot, it rapidly grew to become a dialogue of: Why cease at Texas? Why not take this chance to discover your complete U.S.?

Bryan Conzone stated the flats he rents cost between $1,800-$3,600 per 30 days, together with utilities, which is greater than his townhouse in Las Vegas however inexpensive than his lease in Orange Country, California, the place he lived for eight years prior to Vegas.

Courtesy of Bryan Conzone

After Dallas and Austin, we stayed in Las Vegas; Seattle; Salt Lake City; San Francisco; Orange County, California; Portland, Oregon; and Scottsdale, Arizona.

When we left Vegas, we put our stuff in storage. We’ve simply been touring with requirements, reminiscent of garments, computer systems, instructional supplies and toys. It’s wonderful that we have not missed being with out 95% of our stuff for over a 12 months now.

Next up, we would love to discover Denver, Chicago, New York City, Boston and then make our approach down the East Coast to Orlando.

A 12 months in the past, there was no state of affairs that I might have thought we would be ready to journey the U.S. so freely and discover so many locations. It’s genuinely been life-changing and fully modified the best way we take a look at residing for the foreseeable future.

 Editor’s observe: Responses have been edited for size and readability.



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