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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.


Live Like a King in the Hills of Thailand

Years ago, I was certain I had found what every man or woman should seek: my own Shangri-La. On a whim, two of us—young and dashing U.S. Army lieutenants—headed for the hills of northern Thailand, to Chiang Mai.


Video: My Favorite Place in Panama

I grew up in Eugene, Oregon—a fantastic place because of its cool, artsy people and green, lush landscapes. Later I lived in Richmond, Virginia—a city with an exciting restaurant scene.


How Gail Saved $21,000 on Dental Work in Costa Rica

In two trips over the course of a year, Gail went to San Jose, Costa Rica, for her dental work, spending two weeks each time. Her total cost for everything, including flights, accommodation and her dental work: $14,000—well under half what she’d been quoted in the U.S. for her dental treatment alone. And the quality was first-rate.


Cuenca, Ecuador: What Your Research Won’t Tell You

Much has been written in International Living by me and others about the tangible benefits of living in Cuenca, Ecuador—the low cost of living, the temperate climate, the lovely colonial architecture, excellent medical care, and cultural amenities plus modern conveniences.


Prices Have Fallen in Boquete, Panama’s Highland Country

Right now, real estate values in Panama’s highland country around Boquete are perhaps the best they have ever been—certainly the best in seven years. I’ve scouted Boquete many times in the past decade. Now, for the first time in over six years, I’m seeing deeply undervalued…


The Charmed Life of A Parisian Expat

Whenever someone asks me what I love best about living in Paris, I find it hard to answer. As you might imagine of the city of romance, living in Paris has countless charms. First, there’s the beauty. Even after being here for 12 years, I still have not grown blasé about the unabashed prettiness of Paris.


Video: A Great Quality of Life in Punta del Este, Uruguay

Punta del Este, Uruguay, is, without doubt, the most fashionable beach resort in South America. During the high season, there are polo tournaments…yacht races…fashion shows…lazy days on the beach…and celebrity parties. To many vacationers, Punta del Este is a beach resort…


We Took a Leap of Faith to Costa Rica

My family and I came to Costa Rica for many of the same reasons you might. We were looking for some relief from our fast-paced and stressful lives in the U.S., as well as the high cost of living—it never seemed like there was any money left over at the end of the month. With my wife pregnant and us uninsured, we were looking for low-cost health care as well.


A Simpler Life on a Tropical Island in Belize

Like many other couples, Tamara and her husband, Ron, had very busy lives in their hometown of Laramie, Wyoming. Ron was the Communication and Public Relations Director for the Wyoming Education Association. Tamara was the Campaign Director for the American Heart Association.


“Our Retirement Was Coming Off the Rails”

Shortly after my son graduated from college, I talked to him about life. I told him that life is like that first big hill on a rollercoaster. At his young age, he was slowly going up…up…up…and all he could see were blue skies ahead. I, on the other hand, had crested the top…


Uruguay’s Health Care Gives Me Peace of Mind

I didn’t move to Uruguay for the health care…but after six years of receiving first-rate medical care at a low and predictable cost, it’s become one of the things I appreciate most.


You Don’t Need to Be Rich to Enjoy Life in Cambodia

You don’t need to be rich to enjoy life in Cambodia. My Saturday breakfast costs just $3, and last Saturday, between breakfast, renting a catamaran, and dinner for two, I came away with change out of the $25 I had in my pocket that morning.


Travel in Croatia: The Corner of Europe That Time Forgot

As the ferry approaches Brac Island and Supetar, its toy-town “capital,” the blues fragment into shimmering greens and turquoises. In the harbor, the water is so crystal clear I can see fish. It’s like gazing into a magic mirror. Today, Croatia is pulling out all the stops. Trees froth with blossom, fields are speckled gold with wildflowers, and there’s the scent of summer in the air.


Your Top 3 Health Care Questions – Answered

“Will my doctor speak English?” I hear this question a lot from people considering a move overseas. It’s usually third on their list—after asking if the health care is any good, and whether they can afford it. Fortunately, in the countries International Living covers frequently, the answer to all three questions is usually “yes.” Costs are definitely low.

Belize: What Daydreams Are Made Of

Belize: What Daydreams Are Made Of

My wife, Suzan Haskins, and I have been a lot of places in the 12 years we’ve been abroad, but when I daydream about the beautiful spots we’ve explored, I find that I’m often daydreaming about Belize.


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.


Confessions of a “Taco Bell” Spanish Speaker

When my wife and I were actively considering moving abroad we created a specific checklist of what we were looking for: a low cost of living…ideal climate…proximity to our family in the States…excellent medical care…cultural activities…and modern conveniences


A More Leisurely Lifestyle in Colonial Guatemala

I’m making my way down the cobblestones of Arch Street, on my way to meet friends for a glass of wine. As I arrive, the bells of the 17th-century cathedral ring in the hour. Antigua, in the Department of Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, is one of Latin America’s best preserved colonial towns. With a population of 40,000 people, it’s full of white-washed and pastel-colored churches.


A 6-Month Escape to Belize

Life was good in the States. We had a big house, two cars, and a community of friends in our Pennsylvania hometown. We had meaningful work and our weeks rushed by in a whirlwind of activity for both us and our children. We espoused the American view of “work hard, play hard.” But something was missing. The lifestyle we were living was too stressful, too busy, too unhealthy, and too expensive.


The World’s Best-Paying Gig?

In case you don’t know—and some don’t—copywriting means writing ad copy. The headlines. The print ads you see. Billboards. TV ads. And sales letters.


Starting a Cooking Business in Italy

Few places on Earth ignite the romantic senses like Italy—it’s a country people dream of visiting, and once they do, they dream of returning. From the mouth-watering food, the exquisite wine and classic art, to the rolling hills of Tuscany, the glittering Mediterranean Sea and la dolce vita lifestyle, Italy is the stuff of dreams. While most visitors only fantasize about returning, some savvy expat food-lovers have found a viable way to make that dream a reality…


I Escaped to Paris, Thanks to This Earn-Anywhere Income

Last week, I had one of those moments when I realized how fortunate I am to have the life and career that I do. I am a freelance copywriter living Paris, which means that not only do I live in one the most beautiful cities in the world, I have the flexibility to actually enjoy it and my life here.


The World’s Best Health Care Plan

If you fall in love with Uruguay, as I did, one thing you’ll appreciate is the high-quality, affordable health care. In Uruguay, medical equipment is modern and doctors highly trained. There are two medical schools in Montevideo, but many senior doctors in Uruguay were trained in the United States, Germany, and Brazil.


These Farms Could Grow Your Wealth

The case for owning farmland as a strategy to safely grow or preserve your nest egg has never been stronger. Increasing populations and wealth in emerging economies is the primary driver


Costa Rica’s Traditional Small Town Life

I’m a city boy through and through. When I moved recently to Escazú, a suburb of Costa Rica’s capital San José, I figured I’d be enmeshed in urban culture. This is, after all, the biggest city in the country, and the surrounding area is home to three-quarters of the country’s citizens.


Costa Rica: A Permanent Vacation Lifestyle

I’m sitting in a few inches of water, eagerly anticipating the next big wave. When it comes, it’s far stronger than I expected it to be. I’m slapped in the face, knocked off my rear and whipped around by its power


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….


Slow Down in Costa Rica…

I love Costa Rica’s easygoing pace of life. It’s a place where people can’t help but slow down.

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