“A Low Cost of Living, Perfect Weather and Other Reasons Why We Moved to Salinas, Ecuador”

“A Low Cost of Living, Perfect Weather and Other Reasons Why We Moved to Salinas, Ecuador”

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March 5, 2014

When Jo realized I was serious and that our move was a matter of weeks away, she said something I heard more than once before leaving the U.S: "I could never do something like that!" Of course, people have different reasons for thinking that way. And I'll grant you, our move to Ecuador wasn't what's called "normal." At 55 and 62 years of age we were supposed to be settling into a routine, shopping for rocking chairs...

Better Weather, a Lower Cost of Living…and other Great Reasons to Move Overseas

Better Weather, a Lower Cost of Living…and other Great Reasons to Move Overseas

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January 16, 2014

Sometimes my old friends back home have a hard time understanding why I moved abroad. Just last week I was wrapped up like a polar explorer in borrowed coats, helping a friend I was visiting back home for the holidays shovel the drifting, blowing snow off his driveway. "What's the fascination with living abroad anyway?" he asked through the scarf wrapped around his face to avoid losing his nose to frostbite.

Best Places to Retire Overseas and Slash Your Cost of Living

Best Places to Retire Overseas and Slash Your Cost of Living

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December 17, 2013

A low cost of living is one of the most important factors for retirees who move overseas. You can live a richer life overseas, probably for what you’re currently spending at home (or even less). Here are some of the top places where the cost of living is low, and the quality of life is high, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014.

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas For a Low Cost of Living

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas For a Low Cost of Living

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October 7, 2013

Your quality of life could vastly improve if you retire overseas...and you could spend much less than you ever thought possible. In IL’s Annual Retirement Index 2013, 23 countries are covered ranking the best destinations to retire overseas today. Cost of living is one of eight categories in this Index and is an important factor for many who are considering overseas retirement.

A Low Cost of Living, Excellent Health Care, and a Great Climate: Why Expats Choose Costa Rica

A Low Cost of Living, Excellent Health Care, and a Great Climate: Why Expats Choose Costa Rica

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July 2, 2013

Today an estimated 20,000 Americans live in Costa Rica either full- or part-time, and it’s easy to see why. Costa Rica is a stable, affordable and beautiful country with a rich culture and admirable values. The healthcare here is top-notch. The facilities are excellent, the doctors are well-trained...

Healthy, Low-Cost Living in Boquete, Panama

Healthy, Low-Cost Living in Boquete, Panama

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February 12, 2013

Boquete, in Panama’s Chiriquí province, is known for its expat community. Rated by the AARP as one of the world’s best retirement destinations, Boquete blipped onto the expat radar around 2001 when International Living first started writing about it. Its artsy social scene has been growing ever since. I first visited this highland town in 1998 with my family. Though you can fly an hour to the Chiriquí capital of David...

Cost of Living Overseas: Live Well from $1,000 a Month

Cost of Living Overseas: Live Well from $1,000 a Month

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November 30, 2012

Retirement in the States is getting more expensive all the time. But in the right places overseas…you can upgrade your lifestyle and live better than you could at home for a small fraction of the price. We asked our editors from around the world to send in their monthly budgets. Read on for the 5 cheapest countries in the world to retire comfortably today.

The Low Cost of Living in Cuenca, Ecuador

The Low Cost of Living in Cuenca, Ecuador

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November 14, 2012

IL correspondents sometimes share their monthly budgets to help readers get a feel for the ongoing costs of living abroad. Items such as rent, utilities, and food are self-explanatory, but what about that nebulous "entertainment" category? Expenditures can vary wildly from person to person depending on individual interests and taste.

From Cambodia to Thailand—Enjoy a Low Cost of Living in Asia

From Cambodia to Thailand—Enjoy a Low Cost of Living in Asia

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October 19, 2012

If you’re looking for a place that offers not only unusual adventure, but also great value and comfortable living…then go to Cambodia. “For the most beautiful deserted beaches in Asia—and the lowest prices—the Cambodian coast is hard to beat,” reports International Living Asia correspondent Keith Hockton.