Erica Mills

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Erica is the editor of International Living’s Daily Postcards. Though she hails from a small Irish county known as the “Garden of Ireland,” she has lived all over the Emerald Isle. Her itchy feet have also brought her all over Europe and to Latin America, including to Ecuador, Panama, France, Spain, Cyprus, Turkey, and the Canary Islands.

Erica has been working as a journalist and editor for the past six years, but has been writing fiction and non-fiction since not long after she could first hold a pen. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and music from University College Dublin and a Master’s degree in international journalism from Dublin Institute of Technology.

 

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Having a Family Adventure Overseas

Conventional wisdom says that you have to get the travel bug out of your system early; that once you have children you have to abandon your overseas dreams—or at least shelve them until the kids grow up and leave the nest. But it’s just not true…and an increasing number of American families are proving it. Folks from all over the U.S. are bucking tradition and traveling the world with their kids—for a summer, a year, and longer.

How I Fell in Love with Affordable Spain

I go to Spain whenever I get the opportunity; this is my third vacation there in the past five years. This time I’ll head to the North of Spain…to the little-known but very affordable region of Galicia. Previously, I’ve visited artistic Barcelona, historic Seville, and sun-soaked Malaga…three cities with their own distinctive characteristics, appeals, and benefits—and I’m anxious to follow up this vacation with another soon, to picture-perfect Valencia, the bull-running city of Pamplona, and the traditionally preserved hillside towns of Cuenca and Ronda.

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Make Your Mornings Tropical and Your Paychecks Easier – in Costa Rica

The expats who’ve decided to make their home in Costa Rica have the right idea. This is a really great country. The beaches are fabulous…the jungle is amazing…and you can eat the healthiest, freshest food imaginable. Plus it’s full of opportunity for creating an income. Internet services are good…tourism is booming…and there’s a need for all manner of services.

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

The 2014 Fast Track Costa Rica Conference is over and done with – and as expected, it was a roaring success. I’d wager the people who attended this conference were people who had read and heard about Costa Rica’s breath-taking natural beauty, very affordable cost of living, and the Pura Vida lifestyle—and were interested in seeing if it’s somewhere where they could enjoy a happier retirement for less than what they are paying at home.

Video Warns: Don’t Make These Mistakes When Moving Overseas‏

There are a lot of great reasons to move overseas: great weather…a more relaxed pace of life…and the chance to experience a new adventure when so many others face years of scraping money together just to make ends meet…to name but a few. But if you’re considering making the move, there are some things you need to be aware of before you take that leap…and a few common mistakes that our senior editors, Dan Prescher and Suzan Haskins, can help you to prevent making.

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This is Why People are Moving to Ecuador

I can’t give you one good reason why Americans and Canadians are coming in droves to Ecuador…because there are dozens of very good reasons. There are so many that I can’t list them all here…but based on a recent trip there, I can tell you what some of the best reasons to live in Ecuador are.

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Can You Claim These Deductions and Credits for Americans Overseas?

When it comes to figuring out U.S. taxes, there’s no one I trust more than Nick Hodges. That’s why, whenever I have a question about anything tax-related that you need to know about, I turn to him for a clear, concise, easy-to-understand explanation. His credentials are impressive—he has more professional qualifications than you can shake a stick at: CPA/PFS, MBA, and CFP.

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This is Why People are Moving to Ecuador

I can’t give you one good reason why Americans and Canadians are coming in droves to Ecuador…because there are dozens of very good reasons. There are so many that I can’t list them all here…but based on a recent trip there, I can tell you what some of the best reasons to live in Ecuador are.

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The Easiest Way to Plan a Trip to Ecuador

Just this month, I took an editorial trip to Ecuador to scout out what opportunities it offers to you today. I’m happy to report that it still has everything that you could look for in retirement and more—beautiful, temperate weather in the highlands and hotter weather toward the coast; warm, friendly people (expats and locals […]

Video Reveals Belize’s Lesser Known Caribbean Island (Very Affordable)

You’ve probably heard a lot about the stunning, tiny Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye (pronounced “Key”), Belize. But if you’re looking for a quieter, even more laid-back slice of the Caribbean, you’ll want to check out Ambergris Caye’s little sister, Caye Caulker. The motto of this island is “Go Slow”… Spend any time with the easy-going locals and expats who live here, and you’ll discover it’s a motto they take very seriously.

With miles of stunning coastline, exotic wildlife and lush jungles Belize is an ideal location for retirement.

Your Own Slice of the Caribbean in Belize

Think of the best of the Caribbean—clear, blue skies…long, white, sandy beaches…warm, gentle waters lapping at the shore…a soft breeze swaying the palm trees overhead—and Belize is where you’ll find it. It’s the sort of place you need to bring your camera to—you only have to point and click in any direction to capture the sort of picture-perfect scenery usually only seen in glossy travel brochures.

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Why Do Americans Move to Panama?

Low cost of living…stunning natural beauty…warm, friendly people…and the best retiree discount in the world. There are so many good reasons to live in Panama that it’s easy to see why Americans are choosing this country as their retirement haven. It’s a country that has something for everyone. Want to live by a white-sand beach, gazing out at miles of clear-blue Pacific Ocean or Caribbean Sea? You can here. More of a quiet mountain town kind of guy or gal? You’re in luck. Panama has a range of little mountain towns to choose from.

Expats Reveal Why They Fell in Love with Ecuador

Expats Reveal Why They Fell in Love with Ecuador

Out of all the countries International Living writes about, one in particular shines. It’s topped our Global Retirement Index—our pick of the 22 best countries to retire in the world—five years in a row…has a temperate climate year-round…offers a higher quality of life at an affordable price (cost of living can be as low as $900 a month)…and has a city, town or village to suit every taste or budget.

For expat Judy Eaton affordable healthcare was a big part of what made Panama her ideal  retirement destination.

This Nurse from Nebraska Adores Panama’s Health Care

Back in her home state of Nebraska, Judy Eaton worked as a registered nurse (R.N.) for 40 years. So when she told me how impressed she was with Panama’s health care system, I made sure to pay attention. I met Judy for lunch in the small mountain town of El Valle on a visit to Panama earlier this year. I was there to speak to expats about what they loved about this small, stunning country.

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Take a Pragmatic Approach to Securing Your Financial Future

The U.S. government is at war…with itself. All across America, government institutions have shut down, leaving just a skeleton staff to man the country. The doors of national monuments, including the Statue of Liberty, America’s greatest and best-known symbol of freedom and the American Dream, clanked shut last Monday…leaving the workers at those monuments adrift in a sea of uncertainty.

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Expats Reveal Why They Fell in Love with Ecuador

Out of all the countries International Living writes about, one in particular shines. It’s topped our Global Retirement Index—our pick of the 22 best countries to retire in the world—five years in a row…has a temperate climate year-round…offers a higher quality of life at an affordable price (cost of living can be as low as $900 a month)…and has a city, town or village to suit every taste or budget.

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So Many Reasons to Love Nicaragua…

There’s a lot to be discovered in Nicaragua… A country bursting with opportunity, culture and magnificent wildlife, it’s a place that’s been overlooked by the majority of tourists and expats.

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Real Costa Rican Life, According to Expats Who Live There

When expats talk to us about why they moved to Costa Rica, they’re sure to mention that they were drawn in by the beauty of the country. With both a Pacific and a Caribbean coast, dramatic volcanos, rain forests and cloud forest, and the largest variety of wildlife in the world (like toucans, howler monkeys, sloths and turtles), it’s easy to see why.

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A Visit to Panama’s Caribbean Paradise

This is the Caribbean as it should be—clean, white-sand beaches; the freshest fruits and seafood; colorful wildlife; and smiling, laid-back locals. You won’t find the huge resorts of other Caribbean destinations in Bocas del Toro, Panama…just an easygoing, water-lover’s paradise, where snorkeling, island-hopping, and beach-combing are the order of the day.

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Better Than Southern California

Pauline Beauchamp wasn’t unhappy with her life in Southern California. She held a good job as a district manager in a lighting and home décor company for 28 years.

Fitting in and Making Friends in Panama

Fitting in and Making Friends in Panama

The market opens daily, but Sunday is when it’s at its busiest with buses bringing tourists to check out the bargains on offer. But after the last vacationer leaves at 5 p.m., the town returns to its usual state: quiet, easy and relaxed.

Laid-Back, Costa Rican Life...

Laid-Back, Costa Rican Life…

Imagine, for a moment, waking up to the sun bursting through a canopy of leaves… the song of tropical birds the only sound piercing the stillness of the morning air….

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Laid-Back, Costa Rican Life…

Imagine, for a moment, waking up to the sun bursting through a canopy of leaves… the song of tropical birds the only sound piercing the stillness of the morning air….

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The Freedom to Do Things Your Way in Belize

For such a small country, Belize packs a big punch in terms of what it offers expats. It tops IL’s list for ease of integration, with expats reporting that they fit easily into the local community there.

Fitting in and Making Friends in Panama

Fitting in and Making Friends in Panama

The market opens daily, but Sunday is when it’s at its busiest with buses bringing tourists to check out the bargains on offer. But after the last vacationer leaves at 5 p.m., the town returns to its usual state: quiet, easy and relaxed.

What's So Great About Panama?

What’s So Great About Panama?

No matter your taste in lifestyle, Panama has something to suit you. You could choose to live in a sleepy mountain town… or by a tropical beach listening to the calls of parrots and toucans.

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Coronado: A Popular Beach Town for Expats in Panama

Coronado, Panama, is a relaxed community. Only an hour from Panama City, this coastal town—now popular with expats—was once a vacation getaway for Panamanians, who came from miles around to sun themselves on the black-and-white-sanded beach and swim in the Pacific Ocean.

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Low-Cost Living by Panama’s Diamond Beach

“We don’t have white-sand beaches—we have a black and white one,” Ellen Cook says. “When the sun’s on it, it looks like diamonds, the sparkle on the black sand.” The beach Ellen is referring to is Coronado beach, located just two blocks from her house in the resort town of Coronado, Panama. This beach is one of the biggest perks of her life here, Ellen says.

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