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IL Readers Flock to Uruguay’s Best Beaches

The most beautiful beaches in Uruguay lie between the famous resort of Punta del Este and Uruguay’s border with Brazil. And thanks to its natural beauty and reasonable prices, an ever-increasing number of IL readers are deciding to buy on this part of the coast. This is the Uruguayan department of Rocha, and the beaches […]

Mexican Beachfront, 25% Off

The last time I visited Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, I stayed at the Marival Hotel. We’ve told you before about the mega resort plans the Mexican government has for this stretch of coast and it seems that sellers are already getting carried away–I saw a small vacant lot for sale on the beach close to the […]

Three Magic Words to Get a Better Hotel Deal

From time to time our readers send us travel tips I think you might enjoy. Here’s one from a “hotel insider” passed on to me by reader, Bonnie Caton, about seven tips to get a discount or upgrade on the next hotel room you book. My favorite is the three simple phrases that work like […]

Get Free Hotel Stays

Here’s a low-hassle hotel rewards program that’ll benefit any frequent traveler: When you sign up to join’s “welcomerewards” program, you can stay one night free in any hotel you book through them after you stay 10 nights in any of their above-$40 hotels. What I like about this rewards program is that there aren’t […]

Pucker up in Mexico For the World’s Biggest Smooch-fest

Take your sweetheart to Mexico City today, and you can be part of the world’s biggest smooch-fest. The Plaza de la Constitucion, known informally as El Zocalo, is one of the largest city plazas in the world. And Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world. And today it will host the […]

A Home in This Premier Beach Resort Costs $100,000

Along the southern Pacific coast of Nicaragua are rocky outcrops and pounding surf. Although frequently compared to the coast of Southern California, this doesn’t do Nicaragua’s Pacific coast justice in my mind. The premier master planned resort community in Nicaragua is Rancho Santana and the latest phase (called the Seagate Village) is worth your attention. […]

Why Ron and Donna Chose Cuenca, Ecuador

Searching for their ideal retirement spot, Ron and Donna Carlson have explored many likely destinations, among them Panama and Brazil. On the top of their priority list are good year-round weather and a low cost of living. They’ve recently found what they’ve been looking for…in Ecuador. And they sent this note about why they’re so […]

My Favorite Commercial Real Estate Play Right Now

There is a chronic shortage of quality office space in Fortaleza, which I noted on my first trip to Brazil last year. Finally, I’ve found a deal where we can profit from this shortage. For the top professionals in Fortaleza–lawyers, accountants, architects, etc.–their only option is to let space in shopping centers. When I first […]

Three Top Profit Plays for 2009

In this time of stock market meltdowns and economic crisis, the question readers ask daily is, “Where can I put what I have left?” Here are three profit plays that have my attention. They’re all outside of stocks and outside of the States. And they come with incredible upside potential. Make Money Pick # 1: […]

My Ruined Vacation Could Make You a Lot of Money

Every January I visit Panama City. I’ve done so for the past five years. But this year, they had no room for me. If you can find a room, hotels of a reasonable standard are looking for $250-$500 per night. Short-term apartment rentals are charging up to $500 per night…and some are fully booked through […]

Airfare Deals to South America

IL’s Suzan Haskins just sent me a note about the Lan Airlines flight sale. You can get big discounts on flights from Los Angeles and Miami to South America…including Quito, Ecuador, where we’re hosting the 2009 Ultimate Event in March (we still have few places left for this, our biggest event of the year). You […]

Your Burning Questions Answered

“It’s getting a little out of control.” That was the word from the events staff this week. They’ve been peppered with questions from hundreds of readers about our Ultimate Event coming up this March in Quito, Ecuador. And though they’ve been returning calls and answering each e-mail individually, they can barely keep pace with all […]

Mexico is About to Create a Mega Resort: Here’s How to Profit

The Mexican government is investing $1.5 billion in a stretch of Mexican coast. This is a real estate opportunity you could profit from. Infrastructure improvements are one of the biggest drivers of overseas real estate values. I’m talking airports, roads, bridges, and cruise ship ports. Anything that improves the accessibility of a piece of real […]

3 Ways to Get a Lower Airfare on Your Next Flight

On any given flight, the passengers around you–those sitting in the same section of the airplane–will have paid different fares. Here are three easy ways to make sure that your airfare is the lowest. 1. Book a round-the-world ticket. Special booking agencies work with almost every airline in the world to combine the cheapest flight […]

IL Publisher’s Roundtable: Insights, Advice, Perks…and Even a Free Ticket

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Merida’s Hyatt Regency Hotel for our Live & Invest in Mexico seminar last November was a well-traveled little recreational vehicle parked across from the hotel’s front entrance. I checked out the license plate…Saskatchewan, Canada. Les and Chris Parkin were in the house! This intrepid couple drove […]

Revealed: The World’s Best Climate in 2009

In the International Living magazine every January, we rate and rank nearly every nation on earth. This year we looked at 194 countries across nine categories, including Climate. (The other categories are Cost of Living, Culture and Leisure, Economy, Environment, Freedom, Health, Infrastructure, and Safety and Risk.) The country with the world’s best climate is […]

Moving Overseas: How Winton and Debi Did it

“They’re living the dream.” That’s what came to my mind when I met Winton Churchil last year in the VIP Lounge at one of our International Living events. After moving overseas, he and his wife, Debi Yohn, have a condo overlooking the Pacific in Huatulco, Mexico. And from there they run several successful online businesses. […]

Only 8 More IL Readers Will Get a Big Discount on This Uruguay Deal

When I recently told you about a real estate development near the finest beaches in Uruguay, I said that the deadline to take advantage of the discounted pricing and interest-free financing was Feb. 1. Those were the terms I negotiated on behalf of IL readers. But it looks like all the preferential lots will be […]

Dream Job on the Beach With a $100,000 Salary

If you like diving, sailing, picnics on the beach, and exploring islands, then we’ve found your dream job. The tourism board of Queensland, Australia, is looking for a “caretaker of the islands,” based in the Great Barrier Reef. Apart from the “duties” I already listed, you’ll also be expected to kayak, bushwalk, snorkel, and travel […]

Salinas, Ecuador: Escape Winter to This Sunny Beach

Salinas in Ecuador is a great place to escape those long, cold North American winters (I took the photo above on Nov. 23). The sunny season goes from mid-December through April, and you’ll find the warmest waters between January and March–so now is the perfect time to go for a swim. The beach here is […]

Maratea: One of My Favorite Places in Italy (You’ve Never Heard of It)

I was going to write that the Italian town of Maratea is brute ugly and crawling with scoundrels. That it’s plagued by rats and pestilence. That the wine is sour and the food disgusting. In short, stay away! But that’s because I want to keep its secrets to myself. Teetering above the Mediterranean, this mountain […]

How to Get a Cheap Flight with a Round-the-World Ticket

Today’s Save Money Tip is about getting a cheap flight using round-the-world (RTW) airfares, which can both shave dollars off your flights and expand your travel options at little or no extra cost. RTW tickets seem to defy logic. Because you can often add destinations to your itinerary and pay less than you normally would […]

Cheap International Calls: Cut Your Phone Bill to $20 a Year

When I bought my first home overseas, I slashed my cost of living dramatically. But there was one surprise. While my property taxes may have dropped to less than $150 per year, my international phone bill skyrocketed to more than $150 per month…more than many of my friends were paying for rent. But I quickly […]

Affordable Beach With Ocean View

Affordable Beach: A Special IL Report on 3 Hot Destinations Right Now The average price of homes for sale on Sarasota, Florida’s Lido Key was $2,257,527 at the end of last year. The lowest-priced canal front lot there lists for $998,500. But in Latin America’s best-value destinations you can have your own affordable beach escape […]

Affordable Beach in Latin America

Affordable Beach: A Special IL Report on the Top 6 Destinations Right Now I’ve written about the most affordable places to live in Mexico and the best places to retire in Latin America. And I’ve listed what I think are the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Expanding the horizons then, here are my picks for […]

Big Discounts For IL Readers on This Uruguay Deal

Uruguay’s Punta del Este is where South America’s rich and beautiful people hang out. Rent an unspectacular house here for the month of January (Uruguay’s high season) and it will likely set you back $20,000. East of “Punta” (as its known locally) lies the small town of Rocha…and Laguna de Rocha. This town has the […]

Revealed: The Best Place to Live in 2009

In the International Living magazine every month, we consider the countries around the world where you could live cheaper, pay less tax, enjoy better weather, take advantage of opportunities in emerging markets…places where you could start a new life, start a business, retire… Then, once a year, every January, we take a different perspective. We […]

Escape to Your Own Tropical Haven in 2009

Markets are crashing. Value is evaporating. Governments are becoming businesses, and businesses are becoming wards of the state. No one knows if or when the world economy will recover after poisoning itself nearly to death with toxic debt. What a way to start the New Year! Here at International Living, we’re not dancing on the […]

Have You Found the Best Beach in Panama Yet?

Since I wrote to you about what I (and many Panamanians) consider to be the best beach in Panama, I’ve had a lot of e-mails looking for more information. Punta Chame is the first white-sand beach you reach on leaving Panama City. Traveling on the Pan-American highway, it is roughly 60 miles in total from […]

Top Ski Town for an Alpine Pied-a-Terre

Where can you find a French city with an Italian feel to it, great infrastructure, property prices more than 50% lower than in Paris–and where you can be skiing or snowboarding in 20 minutes? The answer is the Alpine city of Grenoble. From the city center you can reach Le Sappey in just 20 minutes […]

How to Become a Travel Writer and Enjoy Winter Sunshine

Shivering? Take up the travel writer’s life and you could be enjoying summer all year round. For example, I recently persuaded International Living to send me to Cyprus. A former British colony and expat hangout in the eastern Mediterranean, it’s an island of crusader castles, vineyards and forest-clad mountains. Mythology tells that Aphrodite, the Greek […]

Ecuador Beach Property: A $50,000 Beach Condo

A $50,000 beach condo sounds too good to be true. Usually when things sound too good to be true, they are. Not this time. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s most populous city and is home to an international airport. Salinas is less than two hours north, located at the southern end of La Ruta del Sol. Its […]

Best Winter Weather Right Now

Seriously. I can’t imagine better winter weather. And I take back all those things I said about the weather in Merida in the summer. Because if this is what winter in our Mexican city is like, I’ll struggle through a hot summer any day. For the last two months, daytime temperatures have reached an average […]

Merry Christmas from International Living

What’s one of the best parts about living in a Latin American country? For about a month… from mid-December through mid-January… you can’t get anything done. Every other day is a feast day of some kind. Offices shut down. Businesses close. Annual government appropriations run out, and new appropriations won’t get settled until early February… […]

Invest in Brazil Real Estate: Strong Demand, Low Supply

The short-term rental market in Fortaleza, Brazil right now is a gift to investors. The demand for short-term rentals in this city is strong. This is one of the reasons I remain bullish about this real estate market. But the supply of suitable units is tiny by comparison. This trend is a big factor in […]

Invest in Brazil: Where to Put Your Dollars Right Now

Brazil’s currency is down. The real has lost 25% against the dollar since the start of the year. The stock market is down. BOVESPA has dropped 44% since Jan. 1. The price of sugar cane, a major export for Brazil, is down too. The price of soybean, another Brazilian commodity, is also down. Yet regular […]

Will 2009 Be Your Year?

I know more than a few friends back home thinking seriously about moving abroad in 2009. Their reasons vary. Some want to explore the world while they still can. Some want to get the most out of what savings and investments they have left from the global financial meltdown of 2008. Some want to get […]

Bye Bye 2008

The next time you hear from me, 2008 will be history. Can anyone say it hasn’t been an interesting year? It was the year we finally got proof that the world financial system is basically a Ponzi scheme of derivatives and debt. It was the year that Paul Newman, Isaac Hayes, and George Carlin died. […]

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