Len Galvin

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Whether he’s in a leaky boat fishing for food in the Arctic Circle…on a lazy camel searching for a place to stay in the Sahara…or getting in and out of trouble in the back streets of Moscow, Warsaw, and Tel Aviv…Len Galvin recognizes a bad travel idea when he hears it. He lives in Kilkenny, Ireland, and is International Living’s Editorial Director.

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Spend a Month in Granada, Nicaragua (All Expenses Paid)

We’re looking for someone to spend a month in one of our favorite retirement havens: Granada, Nicaragua. With new cafes, restaurants, boutique hotels and art galleries opening up all over the city, Granada has been transformed over the past five years. That’s why we want to send someone (plus a spouse, partner, or friend) there—on us. We’ll pay for the round-trip flights, accommodation and give generous living expenses.

Living the American Dream... in Ecuador

Living the American Dream… in Ecuador

That belief in freedom is still driving people today—and some have chased the American dream all the way to Ecuador. Take Cynthia and Ron Kelley. They didn’t want the identikit big house with the white picket fence. They wanted something unique to them—but they could never have afforded to build such a home in the U.S. In Canoa, Ecuador, however…

Why "Offshore" Shouldn't be a Dirty Word

Why “Offshore” Shouldn’t be a Dirty Word

But if, by contrast, you’re interested in ways you can go abroad and not only increase your quality of life by living better for less… but perhaps also protect your savings, grow your nest egg, and build a legacy for your children and their children… then read on. There are benefits of having a foothold abroad—advantages beyond the obvious ones like lower costs, a higher quality of life, and the prospect of real adventure.

New Video Reveals Tips for Living Overseas

New Video Reveals Tips for Living Overseas

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re dreaming of your own slice of paradise overseas. Maybe you fantasize about lounging on a tropical beach…or you long for the culture and convenience of city life…lush green mountain towns…or a little village by a lake…

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Stress-Free in Belize

Wedged against the Caribbean Sea, Belize has no strategic importance to anyone. Maybe that’s why it has such a peaceful history. Four hundred years ago, pirates would lie in wait among the 200 islands scattered off the coast. But these days, all you’ll find hiding on the cayes and islands are divers, sailors and anyone looking for an affordable way to enjoy total privacy.

Follow Your Passion in Ecuador

Follow Your Passion in Ecuador

Everyone who moves to Ecuador has a different reason for doing it, but they all have one thing in common… they’re glad they did. Earl Phillips and his wife, Jan, almost lost everything they had spent 36 years working for when the property bubble in the U.S. burst. But after Jan suggested moving from their home in central Washington to the coast of Ecuador…

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8 True Stories About a Better Life in Costa Rica

What’s drawing IL readers to Costa Rica? Take your pick—long stretches of deserted and undeveloped beaches (Caribbean and Pacific)…dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife…towering volcanoes, lush green valleys, and hundreds of crystal-clear lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls… mesmerizing sunrises, sunsets, and star-filled evening skies…an affordable, happy, healthy way of life…

Are You Looking for a Better Life Overseas?

Are You Looking for a Better Life Overseas?

For 32 years we’ve encouraged readers to claim a richer, more fulfilling life – to reclaim their retirement – by looking beyond America’s borders. I’ve been privileged to be involved in International Living’s call to action for more than a decade.

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

Like “Buenos Dias” in the rest of Latin America, “Pura Vida” can be used as both greeting or farewell or simply as a happy exclamation. Depending who you ask, it means “good…or pure life,” “plenty of life,” “full of life,” “this is living,” or even “awesome!” or “cool!”

Something Brand New in Our # 1 Retirement Haven.

Something Brand New in Our # 1 Retirement Haven

What if you could improve your lifestyle by about 200%…and do it for half what you spend today…why wouldn’t you? You could do it in a place where you never had to shovel snow again…where the weather is always perfect, about 77 degrees during the day and 50 degrees at night—all year round. A place where, in a single day’s drive, you can go from a sophisticated city with true cultural appeal…

3 Oceans, 3 Beach Homes – All Under $100,000

3 Oceans, 3 Beach Homes – All Under $100,000

If you ever wanted to retire to the beach, or buy a second home on the water, now is the time to act. Prices in certain desirable markets are low right now. But they won’t stay that way for long… The wide white-sand beaches of North-East Brazil stretch for hundreds of miles. The beach towns and fishing villages along this coast are popular with international tourists and Brazilian visitors…

Surprising Uruguay Video Reveals All

Surprising Uruguay Video Reveals All

We’re just two days away from our extraordinary “Uruguay Project,” nearly two years in the making. Suzan Haskins has explored every inch of this surprising country. From its world-class city…to golden beaches and seaside resorts…to the lush interior and authentic colonial towns…we’re confident you’ll love Uruguay as much as Suzan.

The Little-known Country You Should Move to...

The Little-known Country You Should Move to…

If you don’t know much about what a great country Uruguay is…here’s a quick primer: The infrastructure is excellent…and the health care is affordable (figure 10% what you pay in the U.S. for the same quality care, or better). The cultural norms in Uruguay are what you’d expect coming from Europe or North America.

Three Affordable, Private Hideaways

Three Affordable, Private Hideaways

If you’re looking for a bolt hole overseas…somewhere you and your family can return to as often as you need…while enjoying the ultimate privacy…Margaret Summerfield has made a short video about where to find the three best secure and private hideaways.

An Honest Conversation About Ecuador

An Honest Conversation About Ecuador

When Jack sold his business in South Florida to take a few years off, and his wife retired from the bench, they could have lived almost anywhere… They chose a little mountain town in Ecuador. Jack was Dan Prescher’s guest on IL Radio recently, and they openly discussed what Ecuador has to offer North Americans.

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Your Best Chance to Visit Ecuador

Ecuador is a retirement paradise. Yes, it is the winner of IL’s Global Retirement Index 2012. But you don’t need an index to tell you that the climate is incredible…and varied—lush mountains, dense Amazon jungle, sun-drenched Pacific beaches…

Belize Video Reveals All

Belize Video Reveals All

Whatever you’re looking for in a tropical paradise: diving…real estate…connecting with top attorneys…Caribbean beaches…the retiree program that sweetens the deal for anyone over 45-years-old…rich mountain pastures…offshore wealth protection strategies…and much, much more…this video has it all.

Everything You Need to Know About Belize

Everything You Need to Know About Belize

Of course, cost of living alone does not make a well-rounded retirement. In fact, affordable beach is only a small part of the real Belize story. It’s easy to fit in…everyone speaks English…they don’t levy taxes…and consistently defend their asset protection laws in international courts.

A Caribbean Beach House That Pays for Itself

A Caribbean Beach House That Pays for Itself

My friend Margaret just sent me details of the best property she found on her recent Caribbean scouting trip. She’s from Pathfinder, IL’s preferred real estate advertiser—and clocks up serious air miles on her scouting trips. When Margaret calls a property the “best” anything, it’s worth paying attention to. In the video below, she reveals an affordable beach house on a Caribbean island.

An Easy Way to Finance Your New Home Overseas

An Easy Way to Finance Your New Home Overseas

My friend Margaret often sends me e-mails about real estate deals on or near the beach in places like Costa Rica. But sometimes she sends an insider tip like the one in her Video Postcard below. In it, she reveals three tropical destinations right now where there’s an easy way to finance your overseas property purchase…sometimes interest-free.

Why Two Californians Moved to Panama's Pacific Coast

Why Two Californians Moved to Panama’s Pacific Coast

Stephen and Linda lived in Northern California. But if they wanted to retire there, they knew they’d only be able to afford “some desolate place and live in a double-wide.” So they began searching for somewhere in the world that had the surf they craved but at prices they liked, too. They found a little Pacific Coast beach town about 60 miles west of Panama City.

Do You Know Which of Your Photos Could be Bestsellers?

Do You Know Which of Your Photos Could be Bestsellers?

You probably already take lots of photos when you’re on vacation…or when you’re scouting a second-home location overseas. But did you know you might be able to sell those photos, too? That’s what Dave Morgan did. When he traveled to Asia, he took pictures of the native people, monuments, and scenery.

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Retirees Wanted to Spend Month in Ecuador–Free

We’re looking for someone to spend a month in the world’s top retirement haven—on us. If you like the idea of relaxing in a spring-like climate, exploring a colonial University city, making new and interesting friends from all over the world, trying new things and maybe even reporting about your adventures…this could be for you.

Irish Castles, Mews and Follies

Irish Castles, Mews and Follies

If you like gadgets and bustle when you go on vacation, look shells, and tumbling-down structures—anything that hints at a quaint chapter of Irish history. Using traditional methods, local craftsmen faithfully restore each lighthouse, cottage, castle, or 19th-century school house. The rescued structures stand as solid as they were back when they were in full use 150 to 600 years ago.

Flights to Cancun from $262 Round-Trip

Flights to Cancun from $262 Round-Trip

You can fly from Florida to Cancun, Mexico in less than two hours. And right now, the round-trip airfare for the end of February is only $262. That’s with American Airlines from Miami. Another cheap flight at the same time is from JFK New York with Delta—$333 round-trip.

Make Money as a Photographer

Make Money as a Photographer

Andrea Gingerich started out as a world-traveling biologist. But she had much more fun taking photos of turtles in Belize…and snaps of insects in Costa Rica. Better yet—these are photos she can sell. In fact, Andrea spent most of last year traveling and living off of the royalties from her photos.

Belize Rumors

Belize Rumors

Belize is the Caribbean’s last secret. The country should be heaving with North American tourists and residents. But the rich and famous seem to have the place mostly to themselves. When you realize how low the prices are here, you can see that almost anyone can afford a Caribbean beach house.

Caribbean Beach Bargains in the Dominican Republic

Caribbean Beach Bargains in the Dominican Republic

Columbus landed in the Dominican Republic in 1492—the same year he “discovered” some of the other Caribbean islands. Like those other islands, the Dominican Republic is ringed by white sand beaches and coconut palms. Unspoiled towns boast stone churches and candy-colored home facades.

Take Back the Retirement You Deserve

Take Back the Retirement You Deserve

Timing is critical when it comes to rescuing your retirement. Now more than ever, hard-working folks just like you are asking themselves: How do I do it? Do I work longer, try to save more… or do I have another option? Our response: You have lots of options.

The Truth About The Cost of Living in Ecuador

The Truth About The Cost of Living in Ecuador

We tell you often about the low prices in Ecuador and how a couple can live the high life for as little as $940 a month. Well, we’ve recently been in contact with lots of North Americans living in Ecuador right now. Turns out the cost of living isn’t as low as we thought…it’s even lower!

Ecuador: Where Everything Comes With a Sea View and Small Price Tag

Ecuador: Where Everything Comes With a Sea View and Small Price Tag

Mike spent a lot of time since then looking for somewhere that reminded him of those beaches in Southern California—including Guatemala, Mexico, and Costa Rica. But it wasn’t until he discovered one particular stretch of Pacific coast in Ecuador that he felt like he’d “come home to 50s California…”

Get Moving on Your New Life Overseas

Get Moving on Your New Life Overseas

Every week, many IL readers make the crucial decision to “just do it,” and get moving on a new life overseas. Often we’re lucky enough that they send in their stories. Here, briefly, are four of my recent favorites…

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Belize Uncensored: The Video

International Living editors Dan Prescher and Suzan Haskins have just returned from a two-week, in-depth exploration of Belize. They covered every inch of this English-speaking Caribbean playground, from the mountains to the mainland to the islands. From popular cayes to beautiful, low-cost alternatives. In fact, they’ve been coming to Belize for almost 20 years.

The Costa Rica Solution

The Costa Rica Solution

Andy and Fran Brown had a predicament. It was 2008, and both had suddenly found themselves out of work. The couple had a nest egg but after doing their sums, they discovered that their funds would only last nine years… if they stayed in the U.S.

The No-Bull Guide to Panama

The No-Bull Guide to Panama

Retiree Al Fine is originally from Orlando but now lives in Panama City. Al is 85 and, frankly, the way he’s treated in Panama means he could never be happy anyplace else. Every time he steps in to a restaurant, hospital, or bank, he has people falling over themselves to help him.

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