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UK documentary series seeks British families going back to nature in Costa Rica

Costa Rica could be the next breathtaking location featured in a U.K. documentary series called “Escape to the Wild.”

The show’s producers are on the lookout for British families and couples who’ve made Costa Rica their home. Together with its epic natural beauty and biodiversity of wildlife, Costa Rica’s space to escape the pressures of urban living makes the country an attractive destination for a more pared back existence.

“The programs tell the inspirational stories of people who’ve quit the rat race in the U.K. and moved overseas for a more sustainable way of life,” said Executive Producer Patrick Furlong, who heads up the London-based team. “These families have traded the daily grind for simple self-sufficiency. They’re living off-the-grid and are finding happiness in some of the most beautiful places on the planet.”

The makers of the Channel 4 series, which airs in the U.K., as well as in continental Europe, Australia and New Zealand, are keen to find stories in Costa Rica. The “Escape to the Wild” team told The Tico Times, “We’re looking for pioneering Brits who’ve made the move to Costa Rica and understand the hard work, exhilaration and satisfaction involved in making a home in a remote place.”

Watch a trailer for “Escape to the Wild”:

The show’s first series featured adventurous expats now living closer to nature in Tonga, Chile, Belize and Sweden. Future programs will similarly explore the challenges, motivations and joys of relocating overseas to find one’s own piece of paradise, producers said.

Ruth Overend, a content producer working with Optomen Television, the company behind the series, said, “We’d like to hear from British couples and families who’ve chosen to source their own water, harness their own power, grow vegetables, keep chickens, and fish for their supper. Not a shopping mall or a motorway in sight.”

If you’ve escaped to the wild in Costa Rica or beyond, the production team wants to hear your story. They can be contacted by email for more information about taking part at: EscapeToTheWild@Optomen.com.

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