22 Countries Later, This Army Veteran Chooses Pereira

22 Countries Later, This Army Veteran Chooses Pereira

“As far as I’m concerned,” James McKinnon says, “the weather here is perfect. No central heating, no need for air conditioning. It’s one of the reasons I chose to live here.” We’re in Pereira, a city in Colombia’s central highlands which, along with nearby Manizales, is gaining momentum as an expat hub—particularly with digital nomads and...

$400 Property Tax and Other Stealth Savings in Costa Rica

$400 Property Tax and Other Stealth Savings in Costa Rica

Chris Day positively bounces with energy and enthusiasm as she describes her expat life on the shores of Lake Arenal in Costa Rica. Physically, she's just bursting with passion for the place, and for the very idea of relocation overseas. If you ever thought that retirement means slowing down, lazing around on the porch, and generally just waiting for life...

Medellin or Manizales — Comparing Colombia’s Lush Expat Mountain Cities

Medellin or Manizales — Comparing Colombia’s Lush Expat Mountain Cities

“There’s a sense of community here,” one expat told me. “Colombians are the warmest and most welcoming people I’ve encountered in the 26 countries I’ve been to. They don’t have much money, but they’d give you the shirt off their back if you needed it.” Same question, a different expat’s answer: “What does Colombia have? You mean, apart from the affordability, and the perfect climate?

Swapping Stress for Serenity in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

Swapping Stress for Serenity in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

"It's a crazed, high-energy life in the U.S.," David Bohn says, from the comfort of his Spanish Colonial-styled living room in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica. That's not the case where David now resides. If Costa Rica is one of the world's most relaxed countries, the Southern Zone is its version of Hawaii—the calm, unspoiled region that even Costa Ricans consider...

One of the World’s Best Expat Cities Just Got Even Better

One of the World’s Best Expat Cities Just Got Even Better

I had the perfect place in Cuenca to interview expats. The only problem was getting away from it. While I loved the grassy lawns and wooden boardwalks of the Remigió Crespo museum café, leaving it meant descending to the Tomebamba River walk, heading upriver for a block, and then ascending a lengthy set of steps to the street above...