David, Panama

David, the capital of Chiriquí Province in western Panama, is becoming more and more popular as expats discover its convenience and affordability. David is Panama’s third-largest city, with a developed infrastructure, but a much lower cost of living than bustling Panama City. It serves as the commercial, business, transportation, education and healthcare hub for all Read more...

Exploring Langkawi

When you live on Penang Island, Malaysia, as my wife Kirsten and I do, you can’t help but be blown away by its colourful festivals, great architecture and diverse food options but sometimes you still need a change of scenery. One of the many things we love about the island is its proximity to so many exciting places to visit...

7 Things I Wish I’d Known About Solo Female Travel

A few years ago, I left my comfort zone to travel solo. For most of my life, I’ve had the desire to travel. After a magical four months in Spain during university, I was hooked. I got home and all I could think about was that next trip. Growing up and even through university, I never really had to travel alone because of family, friends and university tours providing the plans and the company...

Leading a Lucky Life in Penang, Malaysia

My wife Lisa and I are not wealthy. Yet, as I sit in my office gazing out at Penang Hill and the Penang Botanic Gardens, I realise how incredibly lucky we are to be living in Malaysia. We have an amazing lifestyle here. Lisa plays tennis four times a week at The Penang Sports Club—at 64 cents per game it’s ridiculously cheap—and The Penang Swimming Club, a 5-star facility, is my gym of choice...

Celebrating Christmas in Italy

The Christmas season here in Italy is in full swing. It was kicked off officially by the national holiday of the Immacolata on December 8. That’s the day when the switch is thrown on public tree lightings and ornate illuminations festooning streets all over the country, bringing with them smiles and joy and signalling to all that you have no hope of maintaining any semblance of a diet for the next month.

Our Christmas in Bali

For my husband Rob and I, this is our third Christmas overseas and the first year we don’t have visitors from back home. It doesn’t mean our celebrations won’t continue, it just means adapting to a new life. Even though Indonesia is predominantly a Muslim country and the faith in Bali is mostly Hindu—there are at least 20 million people in Indonesia who are Christians....

What Do Expats Do In Bali?

Much has changed in Bali over the last 10 years. The development of hotels, swanky new restaurants and with social media at an all-time high, there’s no need to retire and live off the grid. An expat is simply someone who chooses to make a life in a place other than where they were born. The life you make is purely your choice and, without doubt, life in Bali can be anything you want it to be...

Is This The Best Place to Retire in Europe?

“I still remember the first time I came to Malta, I loved it immediately,” Michael Wright, 52, says, citing the island nation’s food, culture and lifestyle. Michael found Malta to have a laidback vibe, similar to Australia, describing it as “like Sydney without waves”. He also noticed that it was easy to get by using only English, since both Maltese and English are official languages in the southern European country...

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