Having now lived outside the U.S. for nearly seven years, I am frequently asked by my friends back in the States if living outside the U.S. is safe. That prompts an internal chuckle that I find tough to stifle...
We’ve had a lot of questions about the meaning and origins of the Costa Rican phrase Pura Vida. Our Costa Rica country correspondents give their thoughts on Pura Vida and what it means to them. The Meaning of Pura Vida If there were only one Spanish phrase to learn before coming to Costa Rica, it Read more...: What is the Meaning of Pura Vida?
When is the best time to visit Costa Rica? It’s always the best time. Seriously. Depending on what you’re seeking and where you’re from, it affects your thinking on this subject. For example, almost all North Americans think to come to the beaches of Costa Rica during the dry season. But Europeans favor the mountains during rainy and dry seasons.
Where are the best gay friendly countries to retire/move to? Vietnam has the most progressive laws in Southeast Asia for LGBTs. There are no laws prohibiting same-sex relations and there never have been. Additionally, gay marriages are now legal in Vietnam...
I will be moving to Mexico in the coming months but I still have reservations about claiming my social security while residing in Mexico. Can I still claim my social security if I move to Mexico?
In most of the places I've lived and traveled, including Costa Rica, Roatan, Dominican Republic, Mexico, etc. gringo is a term for any expat, North American and often Europeans as well. It's not an insult, which is the connotation in the U.S.
Spanish is the official native language of Panama. But what kind of Spanish do they speak? There are many types of Spanish, but Castilian Spanish is spoken in Panama due to Spain’s influence in Panama...
Hi IL Experts, My wife and I are in the process of looking for a place to retire. We currently live in Santa Barbara, California and have just been priced out of the area since the house that we have been renting for 18 years has recently sold. We have several factors that are important Read more...: Living Overseas with a Disability
Many people have an outdated perspective of life in Colombia. The dark days of Pablo Escobar and the drug cartels that are still portrayed in the Netflix series Narcos, are long gone. However, the question of safety in Colombia remains constant. So, from someone who has lived in the country since 2012, let’s get right Read more...: Safety in Colombia
Hi IL, We’re planning on going to Boquete in the Chiriqui provinence to check out local infrastructure. Would you be able to give myself and my wife a few tips on the following? What’s the best way to get to Boquete? Would you be able to suggest a few hotels? Would we get altitude sickness Read more...: How to Get to Boquete, Some Hotels, Tours and Things to Do