Happier Than A Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, & Living the Zero Hour Work Week By Nadine Hays Pisani

Happier Than A Billionaire: Quitting My Job, Moving to Costa Rica, & Living the Zero Hour Work Week

By Nadine Hays Pisani

  • Release Date: 2011-06-20
  • Genre: Travel & Adventure
Score: 4.5
From 125 Ratings


One couple's celebration of risking it all for the dream of living a happier life.

In this humorous and witty account, Nadine Pisani shares what is is like to follow her dream of quitting her job and carving a new life under the sunny skies of Costa Rica. Along the way, she finds that reliable utilites are not that reliable, quirky neighbors are unavoidable, and tackling red tape takes the strength of a linebacker.

Even with its challenges, you'll learn why Costa Rica is one of the happiest places on earth—and you too may want to taste the Pura Vida lifestyle.


  • Fabulous Read

    By Ramseymarie
    This book is hilarious, informative and inspiring. It's well written and a pure joy to read.
  • Loved it

    By Blueturtlebeans
    I read this so fast! So awesome to hear someone who is feeling the same way I am in my mid thirties as a health care provider... Awesome read, great sense of humor, and I could relate in so many ways! Highly recommend! I bought her other books immediately after finishing! Hoping to visit Costa Rica for 2 weeks next year :)
  • Couple who risks everything to try living in a tropical country

    By MuchoSpanish.com
    This is a very entertaining book about a happy couple who gave up two sure-thing chiropractic businesses and packed up for a pretty much unknown tropical paradise. These people have great senses of humor and true adventurous spirits. Although the book is very entertaining, it's inspirational how they risked so much.
  • Great laugh out loud read

    By Mecook77
    We purchased this book along with many others to help research our future move to Costa Rica. This one is key! It not only helps you prepare for what awaits both good and challenging, but keeps you laughing your way to the Pura Vida attitude. We miss our oasis there and Nadine helps bring it to us each day while we wait. Read this book if you are moving abroad, anywhere, or if you just want to laugh till you are crying with joy.
  • I really identified with this book!

    By Famchucho
    I spent a semester in Costa Rica (during which I met my husband). I wrote a memoir about my crazy semester (Pura Vida: a Memoir about International Love and Growing Up). My husband and I are considering moving to Costa Rica with our 3 kids, this book gave me some great insights as to what such a move would entail.
  • Really a Great Story

    By thunderblue1
    Wonderful, funny and informative.
  • Happier than a billionaire

    By Vuko1
    One of the truly funny real life books out there. There really is another side to life. Let the adventure begin.
  • Great read!

    By Kjp32611
    Nadine's writing is hilarious. I finished this book before going to Costa Rica with my husband (who is also a chiropractor). Her stories about leaving her life in PA, and starting something totally new and unfamiliar are incredible and eye opening. I finished this book so fast and bought the sequel, which I am more than halfway through while in Costa Rica! I highly recommend Nadine's book, if not just for informational purposes, but for laughs and smiles. And for the thought of doing it yourself one day. :)
  • Easy Read and Nadine is truly awesome!

    By gishua
    I was interested in this book after visiting Costa Rica a few times. I wondered how it would be to move there and Nadine has done a great job with this book. It's funny, witty and an easy read as she takes you through her experiences. Thanks Nadine for all the info and look forward to reading the sequel! Pura Vida! Josh
  • Inspirational

    By Damonre
    Maybe it's because my wife and I had designs on the same move since 2011 or because I starting riding the metro to save money and consequently have more time to read... Either way, I have not been a big reader for years and took this one down in a little over a week. The writing style is humorous, and the stories are laughable. It's hard to believe I could fail at the same task when I read about the choices (some have to be embellished) were made Nadine and her husband. None the less, I couldn't wait to keep reading what happens. One day into it and I told my wife to read it. She finished in one week. That was about a year or so ago. Now it's 6 weeks and counting: we quit our jobs last week and have our tickets... And a loose plan for Costa Rica. Thanks Nadine for the inspiration.