Caren Abdela

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Spotting an Island Dream…from 20,000 Feet Up

Spotting an Island Dream…from 20,000 Feet Up

We were flying low over the glittering Caribbean when I saw my dream out the window. Looking down on reefs of coral and lush green islands, I just knew I had to live down there, with my toes buried in those warm, white sands,” says Stephen Crabtree.

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Happy and Healthy in Caribbean Belize

In 2004—the day after returning from a sailing adventure in Placencia, Belize—Lucky made a routine trip to the doctor’s office. “His blood pressure was normal. The doctor was shocked,” says Erin. Belize was the reason. That helped focus the couple on a permanent move. They sat down and made out a five-year plan, developed a strict budget, and began downsizing.

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Relaxed, Happy and Healthy in Caribbean Belize

For years, Lucky and Erin Ivy say, they were living proof of the phrase “you can’t see the forest for the trees.” “We were living in Texas and both working high-pressure, 10- to 12-hour days, six days a week,” says Erin. “I worked in property management and Lucky ran a division of a multi-million-dollar lightweight concrete company. He was overweight and needed medication for high blood pressure.” Then in 2004 – the day after returning from a sailing adventure in Placencia, Belize – Lucky made a routine trip to the doctor’s office. “His blood pressure was normal. The doctor was shocked,” says Erin.

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