You wake with the sun, your alarm clock long forgotten. Donning your swimsuit and a brightly patterned muumuu, you mosey out to the pool. You settle into a comfortable chair, leisurely crack open your laptop, and prepare for a day’s work, punctuated by cooling dips and fresh fruit platters.
Social media would have you believe that being a digital nomad in paradise is, well, paradise. However, the dream doesn’t always sync with reality, as I learned when I picked up and moved to Costa Rica in 2012. Before you pack up your sandals and floppy hat, ask yourself these key questions—and be honest about the answers: