Retire on New Zealand’s South Island: Top 5 Spots

New Zealand is a country of incredible, unparalleled beauty. The South Island in particular is renowned for its mountains, lakes and glaciers, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook, which is almost 4,000 metres high. The South Island is the larger of the country’s two major islands—the other being the smaller but more populous North Island...

5 Things That May Surprise You About Chiang Mai, Thailand

My fiancé, Jason, and I have been living in Chiang Mai just shy of two months, and continue to be enthralled by the city’s bustling vibe and seemingly never-ending beauty. When we made the decision to move here, many of our friends and family raised concerns. Was it safe? Was it clean? Would we be able to enjoy all the creature comforts we’d grown accustomed to back home...

Test Driving Expat Life in Panama

“I’ve got the Bocas Blues,” says Michelle Estes. She recently spent five months test-driving life overseas in the island paradise of Bocas del Toro. And she’ll have the blues until she goes back there in December…hopefully, this time, for good. Located in western Panama, the province of Bocas del Toro is part mainland, part archipelago. Here, over 100 jewel-bright islands stud the translucent...

The 5 Most Affordable Places I’ve Lived in Europe

I’ve been traveling full-time, mostly around Europe, for just over six years. In that time, I’ve bounced around a lot—renting tiny top-floor studios in artistic Parisian neighbourhoods, spacious two-bedroom apartments in the Swiss Alps, even a room in an ancient farmhouse on the sunny southern island of Malta. In every place, I’ve tracked my spending fastidiously...

Ipoh, Malaysia

At the half-way point between KL and Penang you’ll find the laidback little city of Ipoh (pronounced Ee-po). It’s an easy two-hour or so bus ride or car journey from either of the bigger expat havens. The road is good. But I would opt for the trains running daily from the magnificent colonial-era railway station in the centre of town to both...

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Malaysia’s ultra-modern capital city, Kuala Lumpur (KL) offers the best of city living in a glorious fusion of “east meets west.” It’s home to the world’s tallest twin towers, a shiny monorail makes travel around the city easy, and the fine dining scene is thriving. It’s a cosmopolitan place where retirees and other expats working for the many multinationals...

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