In 2010, Larry John paid $142,000 for his three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo with a sea view, in Penang, Malaysia. It’s off a tree-lined street in a well-kept, gated development, with a top-of-the-line gym and swimming pool...
Small, frothy waves slowly recede from the light tan sand, while the colorful parachutes of kiteboards fly overhead. A man in a cowboy hat walks his horse along the strand, hoping someone will ask for a ride. I’m sitting in a beach café, drinking fresh coconut water right from the shell for just $2 and taking it all in.
We are perched on a cliff high above the beach drinking a watermelon juice at Single Fin. It’s a prime place for sundowners or to spend the day gawking at the surfers’ skills below.
Near the center of the island, nestled in between lush green rice paddies and forests filled with mischievous monkeys, Ubud is often referred to as the heart of Bali.
There is no perfect place in the world. But when my husband and I were looking to relocate and start over in another country, we did a lot of research and soul searching, trying to pinpoint the place that was as close to perfection as we could get.