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Why I Changed My Mind

For the past 5 years, I’ve been spending several months a year in a tropical country, as a way to escape the extreme cold of my home country of Canada.

Even though I had been traveling often for many years, it really started in 2003 when I spent a month in Brazil. Then in 2004, I spent 3 months in Costa Rica. During all that time, my business was still running automatically and paying for my travel expenses.

In 2005-2006, I spent one month in Bali and one month in French Polynesia, for my 30th birthday. This was an awesome trip that I’ll never forget. Whenever I get a bad day, I can just stop and think about the pristine emerald waters of Bora-Bora and I get brought back to this amazing place.

Even though these places were awesome to visit, the place where I felt the most at home in the tropics was Costa Rica.

So for the past two years I’ve been spending about 4-5 months per year in Costa Rica.

Normally, when I leave for these tropical countries I bring my laptop with me and continue working remotely from there.

But this year, I tried to do something different. I thought to myself: for this year, why not spend most of the year in Canada and instead take short trips during the winter to “break” the cold?

For these trips, I thought I would not bring my computer and take a true vacation.

I had just moved to a new place so I thought it might be a good idea to get settled first and not go away for such long periods of time.

It was all a great plan until about December…

Already starting in mid-November we had received a *ton* of snow.

Then in December we were hit by several snowstorms and days where the temperature reach minus 20 Celsius (which is minus 4 Fahrenheit).

I had completely forgotten how horrible the winter is here!

So I changed my mind and decided to go back to Costa Rica for a good three months. In fact, I’m leaving next week.

My friends and family will be visiting me, so I won’t be isolated at all. Plus, I know a ton of people down there and it feels like a second home.

This was truly my dream, years ago, when I started my own business in the Natural Health Movement. I wanted to be able to work from anywhere, and live several months a year in a tropical country.

I’m now living this dream.

When I’m in Costa Rica, I just need my computer and an Internet connection and my business keeps running. In fact, I don’t actually need those things to keep my business *running*, because I could take the entire winter off if I wanted, but I want to work on new projects and take it to the next level.

In just a few days, I’ll be sending you a series of free videos showing you my strategy for making a living in the natural health movement, and how you could do the same.

Who knows, maybe traveling around the world isn’t your thing. But you’ll sure find it important to have this kind of flexibility to do the things you love.

How to Move to a Tropical Paradise

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.