5 Reasons Why Retiring Overseas Was a Bad Decision

Even though it was two-and-a-half years ago, the moment is still vivid in my mind. My friend Tony accosted me at the local shopping centre. He had heard my family and I were selling our house and moving overseas. His eyes were piercing and earnest and carried a sense of urgency. His fingers were digging into my forearm in an attempt to really make his point. “Don’t do it Rachel! Just don’t do it!”...

Hunting For A Retirement Haven

Having left his high-pressure position in a mining company in South Africa, Jack Taylor, 53, was looking forward to his retirement. He pictured himself living on a golf estate, enjoying a relaxed and comfortable lifestyle. “I went to an estate on Bribie Island in Queensland and it was terrific,” says Jack, “but I felt about 15-20 years too young. It just wasn’t right for me.”...

Find Your Perfect Retirement Spot by Housesitting

A couple of years ago, my husband and I spent three weeks housesitting in Lubrin—an unspoiled Andalusian hilltop pueblo blanco in the mountains of southern Spain, all olive groves, whitewashed townhouses and pavement cafes. In a town of 500 friendly inhabitants, about 100 were expats, some of whom invited us for dinner, guided us through the outdoor market...

Things to Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi offers mystery around every corner. Just wandering through the Old Quarter, you’ll discover hidden temples, fantastic street food, exotic markets, traditional Chinese medicine dispensaries stocked with enigmatic herbs and beautiful French-colonial mansions coloured with the patina of age. Hanoi’s mysteries go far beyond the Old Quarter, but it’s the perfect place to begin your exploration of the city...

Is It Safe to Live in Cambodia?

Ask most long-term expats if Cambodia is a safe place to live and they will likely be too busy trying to hold back laughter to be able to answer. But don’t worry; it’s just a question that seems almost absurd to expats based here. The short answer is yes, Cambodia is a safe place to live. Twenty or 30 years ago it was the sort of question people asked before even entering the country...

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