It’s so easy to find yourself stuck on the treadmill of life…trapped in an endless cycle of work, eat, sleep; work, eat, sleep. Long commutes in heavy traffic, soul-killing work and the constant fear of lay-offs and downsizing. If you’ve ever asked yourself, is this all there is, we’re here to tell you no, it’s not. There is a better life waiting for you—and the weather is a lot better there too.
Best of all, you don’t have to wait until retirement age to live the life you love…thousands of Americans with an entrepreneurial spirit have traded in their daily drudgery in the U.S. and headed for sunnier climes and a brighter future abroad. In the process they have found not only new livelihoods, but new lives.
- Uruguay Revealed: A Tiny Country With Big Opportunity
Posted on June 5, 2013 by International Living
Uruguay will appeal to people who are ready to retire, invest, or buy a second home abroad, but who are also looking for a country with similar cultural values to their home country. A place with a good infrastructure and reasonable prices, but without the culture shock they might experience in a Third-World venue. From its Old-World theaters and opera houses to its jazz festivals and exquisite restaurants, Uruguay looks and feels like Europe, but it is much more affordable. The truth is that Uruguay is one of the most diverse,
affordable, and sophisticated countries in the region. It is a special place. From gaucho (cowboy) country to small towns to those stunning white-sand beaches, a quest for beautiful beaches and reasonable property prices is certainly worthwhile.
Community matters. Your neighbors. Your friends. The character of your relationships in a place. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say the community you’re a part of has a greater influence than any other single factor on your comfort and happiness in a destination.
- News & Notes from Around the World: Find Your Irish Family…Art in Holland…and More
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You’ll find 805 miles of sandy beach in Costa Rica. Both Caribbean and Pacific. It has some of the world’s best surfing and fishing, and sunsets to die for…
Strolling the cobbled lanes and streets of Granada, Nicaragua, you can easily see how the city reflects its Old-World heritage.
Life was good in the States. We had a big house, two cars, and a community of friends in our Pennsylvania hometown. But something was missing. The lifestyle we were living was too stressful, too busy, too unhealthy, and too expensive. We found ourselves accumulating—and worrying about unnecessary stuff.
Arguably Mexico’s best-known Spanish- town, San Miguel has been a top haven for decades. Its cobbled streets are lined with gaily-painted houses, their rooftop gardens bright with bougainvillea.
When Valerie and Gaylord Townley first visited Tamarindo, it was a simple fishing village. The only visitors were pioneering surfers (Gaylord was one of them) and sport fishermen. There were a few small hotels, only a few phone lines, and no TV. The number of permanent expats could probably fit in one of today’s larger restaurants.
Even before heading into the doctor’s office, I had come to a decision. If surgery was an option to prevent pre-cancer from turning into cancer. . . I was ready. My story is no different from that of thousands of other women going for a Pap test. Except that the hospital I stepped into was in Panama City.
Blue becomes bluer, every shade from sapphire to cobalt. Sea merges with sky. The intensity of blueness is almost too much. It’s as if the Adriatic has fallen into the clutches of a Photoshop enthusiast with an uncontrolled passion for color saturation.
Sandy beaches with tumbling surf, peaceful lakeside living, bio-diverse tropical jungles, cool highland areas with modern cities. . . Little Costa Rica offers plenty to choose from. And for decades, expats like me have flocked here, making it one of the world’s most popular locales for good living abroad.
Real estate values have fallen so far in Ireland today that €20,000 ($26,387) puts you in the game. Spend that much and you get a traditional-style, semi-detached cottage in need of some modernization.
Today, owning productive farmland is one of the safest ways to grow or preserve your nest egg. The case for farmland has never been stronger. Increasing populations and wealth in emerging economies is the primary driver. As people in these economies become richer, they eat more food.
If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping to an exotic place and opening a small hotel in your retirement years, you’re not alone. But many folks never get past the thought. Expats Kim Macphee and Tony Clark made the dream a reality; they got started after their employer laid them off in 2006. They used their free time and severance pay to map out a strategy for the future…
There’s a lot more to Italy’s underworld than old re-runs of The Godfather. This country is rich in a real underworld: caverns, grottoes and underground cities. Here are three of my favorite places for subterranean history and natural splendor.
Costa Rica is one country that may truly have it all: A year-round tropical climate, modern cities, Caribbean beaches, Pacific coastline, rainforests, lush valleys, and majestic mountains.
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