“Where next?”, my husband, Tim, asked me over a cold craft beer on one of our regular nights out in Ho Chi Minh City. He knew I’d have an answer because I’d been furiously Googling and scribbling notes for a couple of days.
Azure waters kiss the white-sand beach fringed with casuarina trees. A few kayakers and paddle boarders bob about in the sparkling waters. On the sand, there’s not a beach lounger in sight and the only sounds are gently breaking waves and exotic birds singing in nearby trees…
Pristine white-sand beaches…pine forests amid temperate mountains…street-side baguette sellers…corner cafes…pastel-coloured churches and mulberry wine… You’ll find it all in this fascinating country.
For Linda Pothoff, every day is an adventure. You can find her horseback riding on the beach or perhaps catching a ride on a catamaran and drinking Mai Tai cocktails all afternoon. On Tuesdays she goes to water aerobics.
Thomas O’Neal had never been to Malaysia. In fact he hadn’t been anywhere in Asia, which made his sudden decision to move to the tropical island of Penang a brave one. Thomas has also found that Penang is a great place if you like the outdoors, walking, hiking, trekking or biking. “I plan on losing a few pounds here too, and I’m working on my tan as we speak.
In less than two years, Sherry Goodloe, 62, has visited England, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Finland and Bali—and savoured many memorable experiences along the way. Especially so in her favourite destination, Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, where she explored the volcanic landscape atop a camel and marvelled at ocean-life from her seat inside a yellow submarine.
The original plan was to try out retirement abroad—a short test-drive. But after just a few months on Panama’s Pacific coast, Rex, 77, and Colleen Swanson, 68, were ready to stay for at least two years. So, they signed another lease on their rental home in a small, well-landscaped, waterfront community about 20 minutes’ drive from Pedasí, a small fishing and farming community popular with expats.
With an impressive skyline that glistens in the midday sun, Panama City is modern and sophisticated. It’s not uncommon to hear visitors comparing it to other cosmopolitan destinations like London or New York. Of course, with a population of just under 2 million, this city is much smaller. But when it comes to events, activities and amenities, Panama City more than holds its own.
I’m a hard worker and so is my husband, Mark. But, back in 2013, we were both shattered from working long days…and nights…running our own businesses. Trying to keep up with the spiralling cost of living was exhausting. We had to slow down.
The balmy, palm-fringed islands of the Pacific have been luring travellers for centuries, but many of the more popular hotspots (Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii…) can be pretty pricey these days.