Laura Doyle

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Laura Doyle worked as the managing editor of International Living magazine for four years and recently changed role to become International Living's Online Managing Editor. She has traveled extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America, Latin America, and Europe. She has a BA honors degree in journalism. Follow Laura on Google+

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Faster Visa Processing Makes Ecuador an Even Better Overseas Retirement Destination

Better weather and a low cost of living makes Ecuador a great option for retirement, and recent improvements to the immigration process now makes it even easier to gain residence in Ecuador. Ecuadorian lawyer Santiago Andrade says: “President Correa’s administration has improved many of the bureaucratic processes, and business and immigration is not the exemption to this change. I have seen an improvement in the timing of the residence visa process. In the past a visa took around 30 to 45 days to be approved; now it takes two to three weeks.”

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Faster Visa Processing Makes Ecuador an Even Better Overseas Retirement Destination

Better weather and a low cost of living makes Ecuador a great option for retirement, and recent improvements to the immigration process now makes it even easier to gain residence in Ecuador. Ecuadorian lawyer Santiago Andrade says: “President Correa’s administration has improved many of the bureaucratic processes, and business and immigration is not the exemption to this change. I have seen an improvement in the timing of the residence visa process. In the past a visa took around 30 to 45 days to be approved; now it takes two to three weeks.”

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Expats Enjoy Healthy, Low-Cost Living in Chiriquí—Panama’s Bread-Basket Province

“The first time I saw Chiriquí Province I was enchanted. It felt familiar and was just so green. Although I was born and raised in New Jersey, I’m a country girl at heart and Chiriquí felt like home,” says InternationalLiving.com’s Panama highlands correspondent Linda Card. Chiriquí is one of nine provinces in Panama, and borders Costa Rica to the west. Mostly rural, the landscape is among the most scenic in the country, with mountains defining the skyline. Acres of fruits and vegetables thrive in the rich volcanic soil, while cattle and horses laze in verdant pastures.

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Expats Enjoy Healthy, Low-Cost Living in Chiriquí—Panama’s Bread-Basket Province

“The first time I saw Chiriquí Province I was enchanted. It felt familiar and was just so green. Although I was born and raised in New Jersey, I’m a country girl at heart and Chiriquí felt like home,” says InternationalLiving.com’s Panama highlands correspondent Linda Card. Chiriquí is one of nine provinces in Panama, and borders Costa Rica to the west. Mostly rural, the landscape is among the most scenic in the country, with mountains defining the skyline. Acres of fruits and vegetables thrive in the rich volcanic soil, while cattle and horses laze in verdant pastures.

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Retirement Trend: “Roving Retirees” Overseas Enjoy Unique Travel Experiences and Richer Lifestyle, while Spending Less

For some, home is a place on a map or a house filled with memories and possessions. But for others, home is much more portable. Dan and Char Marshall are among a growing number of U.S. couples who have traded in a stationary retirement for one much more mobile and exotic. Semi-retired, they have been exploring South America for the last 11 months. In that time, they rented a car for seven weeks to explore Chile; trekked in Patagonia; lived and cruised for one month in the Galápagos; hiked over a mountain pass to Machu Picchu; taken kitesurfing lessons; swam with baby sea lions… and the list goes on.

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13 Diversions for Expats and Tourists in Low-Cost Chiang Mai

Located in Northern Thailand, just 85 minutes by air from Bangkok, the city of Chiang Mai has become a major draw for thousands of expats who, today, call this community on the banks of the Ping River, home. Affectionately nicknamed the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai is a vibrant university city famous for its many Buddhist temples, rich cultural offerings, and good food. The warm climate, low costs and excellent, modern infrastructure have attracted expats in big numbers, and that includes thousands of retirees from all over the world.

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Expats Report Improved Health and Weight Loss When They Move Overseas

With good, fresh food, more exercise, and clean air, expats say they live a healthier lifestyle overseas and it’s easy to do so. Americans Denver Gray and his wife Ann moved to the beach town of Salinas, Ecuador in March of 2013. “After we bought our condo, we came to Salinas for five weeks to set things up,” says Gray. “Some interesting things happened during those five weeks. Without any deliberate attempts to change our diet or lifestyle, my wife and I each lost 10 pounds.”

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Retire-Abroad Trend – More than Half-a-Million Americans Now Receive Social Security Benefits Overseas

More and more baby boomers are taking their retirements overseas, report experts at InternationalLiving.com, who say they’re seeing a significant increase in demand for their research and services. Today more than half-a-million retirees receive their Social Security benefits abroad. According to International Living editor Dan Prescher, that likely under-represents the actual number of Americans retired overseas.

Expats Enjoy a Sailing Retirement in the Med, Latin America and Asia from $1,000 a Month

“Plenty of everyday people are choosing to live on the water full-time—in their retirement,” says InternationalLiving.com editor Jason Holland, author of the publication’s new report. “After a bit of training and hands-on experience at home, they’re tying up beside mega-yachts in the Mediterranean, finding large floating communities of like-minded expat sailors in the Caribbean, and island hopping in the Gulf of Thailand, heading wherever their fancy takes them.”

How to Enjoy High-end Paris on a Budget – a France Insider Reveals the Secrets

“Paris thrives on its glamorous reputation, but discounts and deals are available here just as they are everywhere else,” reports Barbara Diggs, InternationalLiving.com’s France correspondent. “With a little inside knowledge you can enjoy the best of Paris for far less money than you’d think.” Diggs reveals the best places to eat and shop in the City of Light, as well as detailing cultural attractions from museums to the theater, all at a fraction of the price a tourist would expect to pay in a city like Paris.

New Audible Audio Edition Now Available of Best-Seller

After topping Amazon best-seller lists for New Releases, Retirement Planning, and Personal Finance, The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget, written by the senior editors at InternationalLiving.com, is now available in Audible audiobook format from Amazon.

Local Knowledge: Fun Things to do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the World Cup

Insider Reveals Best Travel Picks for Rio De Janeiro, Brazil During the FIFA World Cup

InternationalLiving.com’s Brazil correspondent, John Clites, an American who has been living in the country since 2008, reveals his top insider picks for what to see and do in Rio de Janeiro during the FIFA World Cup. Visitors from all over the world will descend on Brazil for the event, which starts on June 12. Most will visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, but Clites offers advice on activities not typically published in guidebooks.

IL editors Dan Prescher and Suzan Haskins offer their expertise on retiring overseas in their new book.

InternationalLiving.com Editors Release New Book from Wiley: The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget

When authors Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher left Omaha, Nebraska, in 2001, they had no idea what the future would hold. Thirteen years later, they’ve lived in seven different locations in four Latin American countries and explored dozens more around the world. They’ve distilled those years of experience into this new, definitive guide to choosing, moving to, and living in good-value locales around the world, from Latin America to Southeast Asia to Europe.

Properties with stunning water views can now be bought for less than $150,000 in places like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.

Best Places to Own Premium Water Views for Less than $150,000

In Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica properties with stunning views can be bought for as little as $119,000, according to a new report by InternationalLiving.com. “A great view usually translates into a premium price tag. But if a buyer knows the right places to look, he can find properties with world-class vistas for much, much less than you’d expect,” reports InternationalLiving.com’s property correspondent, Margaret Summerfield.

Would you be interested in winning a month-long dream retirement in Panama all expenses paid?

Test-Drive a Dream Retirement Overseas in 2014

The retire-overseas experts at InternationalLiving.com will send one winner (along with a friend or spouse) to Coronado, Panama—for a full month in 2014, free. The prize includes round-trip flights from the U.S. or Canada to Panama City, furnished accommodation in the beach-resort town of Coronado, Panama, plus a living-expense stipend of $1,500.

In Pictures: Coronado, Panama

Coronado 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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Where to Go for the Best Health Care in the World

InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index reports that France, Uruguay and Malaysia provide the best and most affordable health care in the world. The Health Care category in the Index considers the cost of care and the quality. Also considered are the number of people per doctor, the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people, the percentage of the population with access to safe water, the infant mortality rate, life expectancy, and public-health expenditure as a percentage of a country’s GDP.

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Ecuador, Uruguay and Malta Boast Best Climates in the World

InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index names Ecuador, Uruguay and Malta as the best three countries in the world when it comes to climate. Their temperate weather throughout the year, moderate rainfall and little risk of natural disaster saw them rise to the top of the Climate category, one of eight categories in the Index, which details the top countries in the world for retirement in 2014.

Panama has taken the number one spot in this year's Global Retirement Index.

Panama: The Best Place in the World to Retire in 2014

Panama is the best place for North Americans to retire overseas, according to InternationalLiving.com’s newly released annual Global Retirement Index 2014. In putting together the Index, now in its 23rd year, InternationalLiving.com’s editors collated data from its team of experts on the ground in the most popular countries among U.S. and Canadian expat retirees.

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Revealed: The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2014

InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index 2014 profiles the best destinations for good-value living around the world today. The Index considers not only a wealth of statistics, but—critically—more than three decades of expertise and current insights from a network of correspondents around the world.

In Costa Rica's Southern Zone property prices continue to change hands at a quarter of what comparable real estate would sell for in southern California.

Coastal Property in Costa Rica a Quarter the Price of Southern California

Despite increasing interest from investors and vacation-home owners, properties continue to change hands at a quarter of what comparable real estate would sell for in southern California. Officially known as the country’s Southern Zone, the area is one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica—home to howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and hundreds of other species, as well as lush plant life that ranges from towering tropical hardwood trees to delicate orchids.

Living just outside Paris may be a more affordable and enjoyable option for those looking to live in France.

Five Historical Towns an Hour or Less from Paris Where Property and Living is More Affordable

“There are those who adore Paris but could think of nothing worse than living in the city center,” reports InternationalLiving.com’s France correspondent, Barbara Diggs. “Romanticism aside, Paris is a big city—and an intense one, at that. After living here awhile, you start to notice that the streets are endlessly thronged. And most reasonably-priced apartments are about the size of a walk-in closet,” says Diggs, based in Paris.

Thailand offers every type of lifestyle for expats to choose from—ranging from beach or mountain living to cosmopolitan cities.

Five Expat Havens in Thailand Offer Low Costs and a High Quality of Life

“Thailand is one of the world’s most popular locales for good living abroad,” says InternationalLiving.com writer Heather Van Deest, who has lived there with her family for the past eight years. “For pennies on the dollar expats gain a year-round tropical climate and access to modern comforts and conveniences, including affordable, high-quality medical care.”

Docking your boat in Panama offers many geographical advantages.

Panama Offers Boaters Overseas Big Savings on Yachts and Docking Fees

Based in Minnesota, Mike and Ann Roess bought their sailboat in Panama and saved at least 15% on the cost, reports InternationalLiving.com. They found Escapade—a Hylas 49 sailboat, which sleeps up to eight people—on Yachtworld.com, a website that connects boat sellers and buyers. A Spanish mariner owned the boat and docked it in Panama. The Roesses had a gut feeling that it was the right boat for them, so Mike flew to Panama.

The island of Caye Caulker in Belize sits in "dream-worthy, turquoise Caribbean waters.”

Seven of the World’s Best Islands for Good-Value Living

The Caribbean island of Roatan is great for good-value, laid-back living in the sun. It’s a good pick for anybody who likes to dive, snorkel, swing in a hammock or sit with feet in the sand. Thirty-five miles off the coast of Northern Honduras, English is widely spoken. That, along with an established expat community, makes it a relatively easy place to settle in.

Secret Mediterranean Island Offers Low Costs, Great Climate and High Quality of Life

Malta is the smallest country in the European Union (just 122 square miles), but it has long been a vacation spot for sun-starved northern Europeans and a tax haven for the wealthy. Multi-million-dollar yachts fill Malta’s marinas. Yet you’ll find great bang for your buck here. A couple could live well on a budget of $2,000 a month.

Opportunity in Brazil with Huge Profit Potential

Opportunity in Brazil with Huge Profit Potential

A new world-class port is being built in the city of Pecém in northeast Brazil, and is set to become a major integrated-manufacturing hub, reports InternationalLiving.com. This project is already in the works and billions of dollars are being invested.

Burma—Now Opening Its Doors to Tourists

Burma—Now Opening Its Doors to Tourists

For almost half a century, Burma—also called Myanmar—was ruled by an oppressive military regime. As a result, this sprawling Southeast Asian nation is renowned for its raw beauty.

In Pictures: The Top Three Places to Live in Southeast Asia

In Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia you can feast your eyes on tasty local cuisine, endless stretches of white-sand beaches, unspoiled Pacific coastline and immerse yourself in a whole new—stress-free—lifestyle.

Uruguay in Pictures

In Uruguay, you’ll find a First-World country with mile after mile of modern highways…pure water coming from every tap…and reliable electricity, telephone, and Internet service.

“Best Property Values in a Decade” in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

“Best Property Values in a Decade” in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

InternationalLiving.com has uncovered a range of properties in sought-after San Miguel de Allende—with price tags starting at $130,000. San Miguel de Allende is one of Mexico’s best-known Spanish-colonial towns and has been a top expat haven for decades. Its cobbled streets are lined with gaily-painted houses and the town attracts artists, writers, and musicians from […]

5 Top Expats Havens in Costa Rica

5 Top Expats Havens in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is becoming ever-more popular with North American expats and retirees. Today an estimated 20,000 Americans live there either full- or part-time.

InternationalLiving.com Highlights New Retirement Trend Among Expat Retirees

InternationalLiving.com Highlights New Retirement Trend Among Expat Retirees

A new InternationalLiving.com profile shares the story of trend-setting baby boomers Tim and Lynne Martin—senior nomads—who are “happier and healthier” since they sold their California home to roam the world and experience life in other cultures. The latest travel trend for boomers in England, the “Golden Gap Year” is an idea starting to take off […]

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