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Kitesurfing Brazil – Catch the Wave

Kitesurfing Brazil – Catch the Wave

For fans of the sport, there are few adventures that match the fun, challenge, and beauty of kitesurfing Brazil.

Low costs for food and lodging and six months of dependable wind a year make kitesurfing in Brazil a no-brainer for pro and amateur alike.

Favorite Haunts of Overseas Canadians

Favorite Haunts of Overseas Canadians

Wondering where all those overseas Canadians who head south when the snow flies spend their winters?

Think sunshine, sand, and surf, and you’ll soon zero in.

For Canadian Expats, its Hard to Beat Yucatan

For Canadian Expats, its Hard to Beat Yucatan

Canadian expats have been living part- and full-time throughout Mexico’s Yucatan Penisula for decades.

What’s the draw?

First, warm weather. When the snow is flying up north, average temps in Yucatan are in the high 20s Celsius.

7 Reasons Why You Should Move to Belize

7 Reasons Why You Should Move to Belize

Wedged between Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, Belize has no strategic importance to anyone. Maybe that’s why it has such a peaceful history.

Five Ways to Cruise for Free (and Maybe Even Get Paid)

When I was a cruise ship crew member, I saw it all. Some passengers would complain about the food (only after finishing four courses) or about “finding” dead bugs (one went on a butterfly farm tour, then smuggled some rare “stowaways” onboard). Often they were just angling for a free cruise.

Ecuador’s Northern Andes: The World’s Best-value Destination

Ecuador’s Northern Andes is where you’ll find one of the world’s best-value places—and in your November issue of the IL Magazine Suzan Haskins explores lifestyle and property options here.

Suzan and her husband Dan recently spent two months in Cotacachi…in the condo they bought a year ago for $46,000. They love this little town.

Canadians in Mexico – What’s the Draw?

Canadians in Mexico – What’s the Draw?

Canadians in Mexico enjoy the best of both worlds.

If you’re a Canadian in Mexico, you already know the powerful draw of Mexico’s miles of sandy beaches and dozens of cozy mountain villages, especially during the Canadian winter.

Cheap Energy for Your Beach House in Nicaragua

Cheap Energy for Your Beach House in Nicaragua

Rancho Santana in southwest Nicaragua is my home. I left the rat race in California and moved here four years ago with my wife and our two young daughters. We can walk from our house to the beach. What a front yard! I still pinch myself as I look out at the ocean while enjoying my morning coffee.

Colonia, Uruguay: Colonial Living at a Bargain Price

Colonia, Uruguay: Colonial Living at a Bargain Price

Colonia is one of Uruguay’s real treasures. In fact, I would rank Colonia at the top of Uruguay’s list for a year-round, quality lifestyle at an affordable price. Located on the banks of Rio de la Plata (just across from Buenos Aires), it’s a friendly riverside town that draws people from the world over.

Cuba: Change is Coming…What Will it Mean?

Most of us envision Cuba as a sun-kissed land surrounded by warm, turquoise waters with miles of virgin beaches and swaying palm trees…where sugar cane fields give way to rolling hills and foreboding mountains shelter bearded rebels.

8 Reasons to Visit Portugal (That Have Nothing to With Beaches or Golf)

Weather, golf, beach and accessibility are the major drivers of Europe’s internal tourism and second home market. In fact, for both Spain and Portugal, golf is a bigger driver than beach. I understand this. I visit Portugal’s Algarve most years but I have never stepped foot on one of her beaches. I come here like many millions to golf.

An Answer to Every “Live Overseas” Question You’ll Ever Have

Last week, 310 International Living readers took decisive action. For many of them, it will change their lives. Lying ahead will be a richer, more-rewarding lifestyle…better financial security…and a higher standard of living at a fraction of the cost that they’d planned on spending in their retirement years. But that’s not all. Many learned of—and […]

Day 3: If Stories of Lust and Nudity Bother You, Please Don’t Read This…

Las Vegas is down on its luck these days. Tourism is off, hotels are operating at reduced capacity, and there’s plenty of elbowroom at the craps tables.

But some of us are feeling pretty lucky. No, we didn’t win big in the casinos. But we struck it rich in another way. We’ve obtained some heavy-duty insider information that, if used right, will pay off. Big time.

Day 2: Retire at 44 (and Collect an Income From Anywhere in the World)

Dead silence. That’s about the last thing you want to happen at a high-energy conference when one of your best speakers finishes his presentation. Especially when you’re ready to go to on a high-energy coffee break.

In this case, though, silence was golden.

"Dream Retirement" Rescue Plan Revealed on the First Day

In 2001 at age 49, I took early retirement from his job as an engineer with a power company. I had a modest income and moderate savings. I liked his job and what he was doing. As I said, “I had no dissatisfaction with my life.” But he had a revelation about how he could […]

Your Caribbean Dream Doesn’t Need To Be a Fantasy

When you think of the Caribbean, you might typically think of places like the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, or the Turks and Caicos. And when you think of the price of property on these islands, most of us will come to the same conclusion—that it’s unaffordable. After all, a condo might cost you as […]

An Easy Way to Buy Foreign Currency

As you know I am bullish on the real estate market in Fortaleza, Brazil. Fortaleza was Brazil’s #1 domestic tourism destination last year. Visitor numbers were up by 16% in the early part of this year. There is a hotel and short-term rental shortage. Soccer’s world cup is coming in 2014. Over $5 billion will […]

Is This the Best Country in the World? Part II

Yesterday I told you about a country that has much going for it: Thousands of miles of gorgeous coastline with warm, tropical offshore waters…top-notch (and free) health care. A crime-free society and a population that is among the best-educated, most athletic, and most culturally talented in the world. Read the full description here.

The Best Crisis Investment I’ve Seen

In the 1990s and the first half of this decade there was a roaring party going on in the UK’s cities and large towns. It was called “buy to let”. This basically means rentals. The term was misleading. For the last few years of the boom (at least), letting didn’t come into it. Here’s how […]

Iceland’s Secret Inhabitants

Creatures of darkness, trolls have it tough during Iceland’s Midnight Sun summers. Evidence of their plight is everywhere. Along the southern coast, the view from Vik’s extraordinary jet-black beach is of a sea stack called Reyninsdrangar. Although it resembles a jumble of basalt needles, don’t be fooled. No ordinary rock formation, it’s really two trolls […]

Stripping Off for $2.83 in Steamy Iceland

With the water a balmy 88 degrees Fahrenheit, Icelanders swim all year. Of course, the air temperature is a bit different. Even in June, it often only reaches 53 degrees. No matter. Up to my neck in a geothermal hot pot, I’m feeling toasty. Around me are local businessmen, teenagers, mums, kids and retirees. Reykjavik’s […]

75-cent Bargains in Colonial San Cristobal

Look for the church of Santo Domingo and you’ll find the artisan markets Dear International Living Reader, If you’re looking for a way to defray your travel costs…or even start a handicrafts import-export business…San Cristóbal de las Casas should be high on your list. Few cities in Mexico have as wide a range of local, […]

Day 3: “What’s the Ugly Underbelly in Panama You’re Not Telling us About?”

Kobbe Beach, Panama Live from IL’s Live and Invest in Panama Seminar “So give me the downside…what’s the ugly underbelly here you’re not telling us about?” I’m Suzan Haskins and this is the last note you’ll receive from me from our 2009 International Living Live and Invest in Panama Seminar at the gorgeous Playa Bonita […]

Protect Your Retirement Plan from These Gov’t "Panic Scenarios"

Lots of folks were standing, but no one was walking out during today’s session of the International Living Live and Invest in Panama Seminar. It’s a sold-out event. And everyone here is more than excited about today’s opportunities in Panama, as I told you yesterday. I’m Suzan Haskins, reporting from the seminar at the beautiful […]

An Incredible First Day—Did You Know Panama Prices Were This Low?

Kobbe Beach, Panama Live from IL’s Live and Invest in Panama Seminar There’s a constant droning in my ears. It can’t be stopped. Can’t be relieved. Yesterday, on the way into the city from Tocumen Airport, it was so loud I couldn’t hear myself think. Not only that, I was on visual overload. I almost […]

“We’re Scared Stiff to Move Overseas…”

Not long ago, an e-mail plea for “move overseas” help came from a reader. “We love the International Living information, but the bottom line is that we are ‘scared stiff’ of giving it a go. We’re not sophisticated, not wealthy, not bilingual, and have never traveled abroad.” She continued: “Everything we read in International Living […]

Profit From Fortaleza’s Booming Tourism Industry

Dear International Living Reader, I recently returned from my sixth scouting trip to Fortaleza, Brazil, in the past 12 months. It was the wettest time of year when I was there–a time that attracts the lowest number of tourists; a time when the hotels should be empty. I expected to see more maintenance staff than […]

Live Well on $600 a Month in Ecuador

You can rent in the colonial city of Cuenca for $300 a month Dear International Living Reader, When affordable quality of life is the number one priority, more International Living readers move to Ecuador than anyplace else. That’s hardly surprising. Ecuador would be worth considering at any price. Readers Lee and Peggy Carper enjoy a […]

What Would You Do?

Dear International Living Reader, Imagine that you’re an accomplished cookbook writer. Someone asks you for the single best cookbook on the market. You’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and effort on your newest one. And it’s gotten rave reviews. You happen to think that it’s the best one around. So you say so. In […]

Fantasy Homes for Less Than $100,000 in France’s Prettiest Villages

Property bargains abound in the Midi-Pyrénées Dear International Living Reader, Gastronomic pleasures such as foie gras, Armagnac and Quercy lamb…medieval myth and history…tranquility. Sunflowers, wisteria, and nightingales. For me, this is rural southern France at its finest—but without the poseurs and high-prices of Provence. Although the Midi-Pyrénées is spectacularly lovely, property bargains abound. There have […]

Barge Your Way Through Europe

Barge Your Way Through Europe

From the moment you step onboard a canal boat, you are forced to slow down. There is simply no way to stay wound-up when you spend a week traveling at 5 miles per hour along the canals of Europe. Days are spent dawdling between locks, sampling local food, and wandering to nearby churches and castles.

Is the IRS Behind the Counter at Your Bank?

Last Thursday, Bob Bauman, International Living’s legal counsel, wrote a sobering article about what could well be the end of global banking privacy as we know it. (See Foreign banks to become IRS spies using Qualified Intermediary program?) As Bob explains, Americans–both at home and abroad–are being blocked from holding bank or investment accounts in […]

Do This When You’re in Barcelona

“Buenos días, guapa” (morning, lovely one) calls Juanito at Bar Pinotxo in the Boqueria food market. This is where I’ve had a breakfast of fresh clam omelet and a glass of cava every Saturday morning since I moved to Barcelona, Spain, eight years ago. The colorful La Rambla may be the city’s most exotic urban […]

Crusaders, Lovers, and Witches–the Secret Gardens of Cahors

Nostradamus studied here. The English and French battled over it during the 100 Years War. On a lazy loop of the Lot River, Cahors is my favorite city in the Midi-Pyrenees region. The capital of pre-revolution Quercy and now of the Lot departement, its winding back streets plunge you into the ancient France of crusaders […]

Is This the Last Stretch of Forgotten Caribbean Coast?

A billion-dollar gentrification project is going to transform a forgotten port town in Costa Rica into a major Caribbean hot spot. If you get in on the right side of this massive cash injection, you could make a lot of money. A billion is a lot to spend on a scheme like this. But Limon […]

Life on a Barge in France at 5 Miles an Hour

There is no better way of exploring the “real France” than by lulling about on a canal, floating at a swan’s glide into tiny villages, tasting the wine, and sampling the local recipes. Tie up to the bank and chat with a local or have dinner in a small café that no one outside of […]

What Can You Do on a Caribbean Island?

Since I moved to Belize last year, friends often ask: “What type of entertainment is there in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye?” That’s when I tell them about a favorite Belizean pastime–Fiestas! On a small island like Ambergris Caye, socializing is the name of the game. So, any noteworthy event justifies a fiesta. We recently attended […]

Which Side Should Expats Be On?

A country’s political landscape can change pretty rapidly. The recent turmoil in Honduras is a good example. When governments and policies shift, everybody has an opinion about who is right and who is wrong…resident expats included. It’s helpful to remember that in most cases, we expats are guests in our adopted countries. We may have…we […]

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