If you’re anything like me you tend not to place a value on your own life. You believe that somehow things will all sort themselves out. If you’re not like me then, you’re the kind of person that enjoys health and exercise and all things vitamin related. I barely plan for tomorrow, let alone an entire life time. Looking over these places to move to extend life expectancy I can’t help but think it’s pretty obvious that the people here live longer. It’s just great living, simple times, no Wi-Fi, just a beach and a coconut. Sign me up.
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
The capital of Costa Rica, San Jose, would have to be one of the most unhealthy places I’ve ever been to. You can’t walk down the street without tripping over a Taco Bell, Pizza Hut or McDonalds. But hey, it’s not all like that. There are some lovely turtles out by the coast. Also out by the coast is Nocoya Peninsula, a place for those who surf and those who want to be a cowboy. They eat tortillas, beans and squash.
After living in Milan I’d be surprised if anyone in Italy would be able to make it past 30, considering the amount of cigarettes the average Italian puts away. Sardinia is that little island paradise where the local farmers consume meals of milk and cheese from goats. Perhaps it’s their famous sarcastic sense of humour that keeps them going for so long?
Fresh organic vegetables with homeopathic properties, mountain water and farm work. This is the secret to the longevity of people that live at the centre of the world. The remote location of Vliacabamba also adds to the rumours that people live to upwards of 120.
Ikaria is a long way from the riots that persist in Athens. The locals live an ‘unhurried’ lifestyle with naps taken regularly. Which is classically Greek, probably a factor that led to their problems in the first place. But let’s face it, if you’re calling Ikaria home then you’re certainly living in paradise, and anyone living in paradise is going to make the most of it. They’re going nowhere.
This is the place that makes centurions famous, and Japan as the number one place if you want to live forever. For the people of Okinawa their diet includes fresh island fruits, bitter melon, sweet potato, seaweed, tofu, tea, green leafy vegetables, pork, and fish. Note: no red meat. Again, they live an unrushed lifestyle, no alarm clocks, no traffic and plenty of meditation.