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In 2013, in her early 40’s, Jen broke free of the rat race of North America where bigger was better, and moved to Costa Rica with her husband.  She quit her artificially lit cubicle job, sold nearly everything, and left all sense of stable income behind.  

She is an Amazon best selling author of Costa Rica Chica, her first book, and has since authored 5 additional books (find her books here on Amazon).

She also runs a growing jewelry business (including latest line of hiking jewelry!) at Costa Rica Chica Arm Candy.

On September 16, 2017, Jen and Greg summited Mount Katahdin in Maine, finishing their thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail! This was a culmination of 179 days of hiking 2,189.8 miles that started on Springer Mountain, Georgia. They documented their thru-hike and continue to blog/video on these sites:  Chica and Sunsets and YouTube channel.

Her philosophy is “work to live; don’t live to work” and “chase adventure, not the dollar.”

Don’t stop making new adventures! Pura vida & happy trails!


Want to HEAR more from Jen? Here’s some articles she’s WRITTEN for some different websites/magazines:

International Living – “Is It Crazy to Retire to Costa Rica?”
Pink Pangea – “Why I Quite My Job and Moved to Costa Rica”
Costa Ballena Living – “Baring It All, Well Almost Everything”
Pink Pangea – “Permission To Publish”

Want to KNOW more about Jen? Here are some article written ABOUT Jen and her husband, Greg:

Boston Globe – “Costa Rica Retirement Hotspot”
International Living – “Jen and Greg Retired in Their 40’s Thanks to a Simpler Life in Costa Rica”
Cheryl Howard – “Expat Living Jen Seymour In Costa Rica”
This Week In Costa Rica (Radio Interview) – “Living and Retiring in Costa Rica”
Goodie Goodie Gum Drop – “Inside A Traveler’s Walls – Jen Seymour”
International Living – “How The Seymour’s Retired at 41 and 44 in Costa Rica”

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11 Responses to About

  1. Jen,
    Loved the books, thank you! They were very enjoyable and packed with information my wife and I can use when we make our own move in a couple of years.

  2. Hi Jen
    I’ve been following your blog for sometime. I’m looking for info from someone who is living the dream in cr. My wife and I, along with our 2children are looking into relocating there. My question can a family of 4 live comfortably on 4200 per month there and still afford to put our children in a decent private school. And rent a 2/3 bedroom pool home , somewhat near the ocean ?

  3. I am Costa Rican and I wish I could get off the rat race. I only work work work work and money is never enough. I can’t remember the last time I went to the beach. damn.

  4. Jen
    Im coming to costa rica this tuesday to figure out where i want to live. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on where you like or your thoughts on the best place to live and why.
    you can call me or email me first micklmyles1@yahoo.com

  5. Jen,
    Bought your Grecia book! My friend and I are down here this week exploring Grecia. Trying to convince our wives to take the plunge. We would love to meet you and your husband. We are here through Sunday. Hope to you’ll have the opportunity to reach out.


  6. Hola. Do you still live here? It is funny I came across your website because I was looking at where to get fingerprints in Costa Rica. (I need them for a travel nurse license in the U.S.). I have not begun to work on Residency yet due to COVID (my husband is Tico). Anyway, we came here to escape the rat race in the U.S. as well. Little did we know that a pandemic would come and racism would escalate in the city we came from Minneapolis.
    We do not know what is next. Taking it day by day. I would love to stay, and work as a nurse (a feat that I do not know if it is possible).
    Pura Vida!

    • Hi there, I don’t live in CR anymore. The pandemic is affecting so many, in so many ways… Best of luck to you, let me know if I can help with anything. Pura vida! — Jen

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