Beachside Living on Costa Rica’s Gold Coast

Beachside Living on Costa Rica’s Gold Coast

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November 26, 2013

"We chose Guanacaste [the name of the province] because of the proximity to the beach, the warm water, and the weather," says Becky, who, thanks to a Costa Rican mother, was familiar with a lot of the country. "You don't get as much rainfall as other areas of Costa Rica. And the weather is very predictable. From December to April there is no rain, and the rest of the year it mostly rains in the afternoon. You can do things outdoors year-round."

We Said Goodbye to Our Old Life…and Hello to Costa Rica

We Said Goodbye to Our Old Life…and Hello to Costa Rica

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November 25, 2013

Sometimes all it takes to make your dream come true is to take that first step toward it. My husband and I wanted to change our reality from your average suburban life in the States—mortgages, car payments, and credit card debt included—to a fresh life in a place where coconuts grow and the sun always shines.

An Unusual Way to Get to a Second Passport

An Unusual Way to Get to a Second Passport

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November 25, 2013

Tucked away 150 miles east of Puerto Rico, you'll find one of the Caribbean's most beautiful jurisdictions—St. Kitts and Nevis. St. Kitts is the larger and more populous island, but I prefer the less hectic pace of life in Nevis. With densely forested mountains, brilliant tropical flowers and crystal-clear waters, there's plenty of reasons you'd want to own a home on Nevis.

A Month in Italy at New Year’s—Less Than $1,900

A Month in Italy at New Year’s—Less Than $1,900

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November 22, 2013

It was New Year’s Eve 2012 and the view outside my window was perfect. In the darkness, I could just make out the rolling Italian hills, dotted with brick houses with terracotta rooftops. A lone bell tower rose from a small, ancient church into the sky. And as the bell tolled midnight, the sky lit up with fireworks from three different directions.

This Nurse from Nebraska Adores Panama’s Health Care

This Nurse from Nebraska Adores Panama’s Health Care

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November 22, 2013

Back in her home state of Nebraska, Judy Eaton worked as a registered nurse (R.N.) for 40 years. So when she told me how impressed she was with Panama’s health care system, I made sure to pay attention. I met Judy for lunch in the small mountain town of El Valle on a visit to Panama earlier this year. I was there to speak to expats about what they loved about this small, stunning country.

A Tour-Guide-Free Waterfall Adventure—Thanks to Spanish

A Tour-Guide-Free Waterfall Adventure—Thanks to Spanish

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November 21, 2013

When I first moved from the U.S. to Uruguay, I didn't speak Spanish. And while some English-speaking expats get by without learning any Spanish, my experience is, the more Spanish I learn the richer my expat experience becomes.It took just a little study to learn to greet people and show respect. Now, after a little more study and practice I can express my needs and wants and I’m starting to build rapport with my Uruguayan neighbors. More and more, it feels like I’m getting ready to take off my Spanish "training wheels" and learning to communicate like a local.

Five Expat Havens in Thailand Offer Low Costs and a High Quality of Life

Five Expat Havens in Thailand Offer Low Costs and a High Quality of Life

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November 20, 2013

“Thailand is one of the world’s most popular locales for good living abroad,” says InternationalLiving.com writer Heather Van Deest, who has lived there with her family for the past eight years. “For pennies on the dollar expats gain a year-round tropical climate and access to modern comforts and conveniences, including affordable, high-quality medical care.”

We Found Nirvana in Ecuador—For Less than $1,500 a Month

We Found Nirvana in Ecuador—For Less than $1,500 a Month

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November 18, 2013

With the divisive and toxic nature of U.S. politics these days and the associated economic impact, I understand those who might wonder about our motivation for packing a few suitcases and moving to Ecuador’s coast nearly 18 months ago. While politics and the economy had definitely impacted our lives, our reasons for seeking a life outside the United States had nothing to do with political disagreement.