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...

A European Road Trip with Four-Legged Friends

It's a dog’s life. One of the most common questions we are asked when we are heading off on travels around Europe is: “What about the dogs?” When my wife Lorraine and I retired to France from Australia three years ago, we brought our Dalmatian Scooter with us and within a few weeks of finding somewhere to live, we adopted an old English Setter named Diego who had been in an animal shelter for seven years waiting for us...

How a Trip to my Overseas Dentist Saved me $50,000

India was the last place on earth I ever imagined I’d go for dental work. But extensive research online kept pointing me to a clinic called Dentzz in Mumbai. My initial reaction was, “No way was I going to India to get my teeth fixed”. But as I explored their website and read testimonials from satisfied customers, my confidence increased and I contacted the clinic directly to talk about my personal dental situation...

Why Portugal is Our Number One Spot for European Living

When Keith and I first started to consider an overseas retirement, Portugal wasn’t top of our list. As an International Living magazine subscriber, Keith’s curiosity had been piqued by Ecuador. But, having spent some time there checking it out, he decided that as much as it had to offer, we were better suited to a European lifestyle. We first considered France. We’d visited over the years, I speak the language and other...

A Slice of Daily Life in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Which one will I choose? I am selecting a ‘picture on a plate’ cake from the amazing array at the dessert buffet at the Dhara Dhevi Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. No, not one but five delights are carried back to my table. Chocolate encased tubes oozing with a chocolatey sticky concoction, creme brulee, petite bowls of rich, creamy custard that tickle the taste buds, shapes and flavours of all descriptions that take your fancy.

My Two Move Overseas Regrets

I’ve been living in Malaysia since early 2010. I have two regrets. The first is that I didn’t make the move sooner than I did. The second is that I didn’t attend an International Living conference before making the move. Moving overseas is a big decision and it makes sense to get all the help and advice you can. When my wife Lisa and I first arrived in Penang, we had to figure...

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