Favorite Latitudinal Adjustments – A Summary of Our Move to Costa Rica

Supermoon Costa Rica 2012

Our move to Costa Rica This summary of our move to Costa Rica can be found at Living Abroad in Costa Rica a website/book/guide about moving to and living in Costa Rica. The fourth edition is coming out and our expat … MORE

Starting the New Business Costa Rica


Starting the business Costa Rica. Our experience with building and our expectations. I remember talking up our business plan to anyone that would listen back in early 2010. “We are going to build our portfolio as we drive across the U.S.A. and … MORE

Huffington Post Featured One of our Travel Articles

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Huffington Post featured our Road Trip Article Part One of our camping trip throughout the National Parks post can be found here and Part Two can be found here. Tips for Photographing U.S. National Parks was a featured post on … MORE

Home for the Holidays?


An Expat’s Experience visiting home for Thanksgiving. I recently returned from a 18 day trip to my hometown in the U.S., Cincinnati, Ohio. It was during Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season. I found  Thanksgiving a great time … MORE

Building in Costa Rica – Machete, Double Rainbow and the White Rabbit (VIDEO)

Costa Rica License Plate

Sharpening Machetes and Building in Costa Rica You can’t expect to come to Costa Rica and just take the country by storm. Even if you have a building plan, money and big dreams, nobody cares. There are permissions, stamps and rules … MORE

Butter, Bounty and the Toucan – Our new life in Costa Rica Begins (VIDEO)

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Making Butter, Collecting Fruit and the Birds – Our new life in Costa Rica Begins We arrived on December 7th and it has rained every day save for three since then. The Caribbean rainy season can last until February and … MORE

Driving to Costa Rica – Fitting it all in

Plans to move to Costa Rica

Driving to Costa Rica. Fitting it all in. Hi all. This video shows how we put an entire house full of stuff into the back of an 1999 S10 pickup. Fun things about this leg of the trip included looking … MORE

The Hovlands get Fingerprinted – Applying for Residency in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Costa Rica License Plate

Applying for Residency in Costa Rica In early August we went back to Costa Rica to apply for residency. We stayed in San Jose proper which is unusual for us, as we normally get straight on a bus to Siquirres and never … MORE

Updates and Transitions – Preparing for the Move to Costa Rica

Plans to move to Costa Rica

Updates and Transitions – Preparing for the move to Costa Rica All kinds of fun stuff going on since the last post. Coleman got back to us with a big thumbs down on our trip sponsorship. The reason, no budget. … MORE