A Fairytale Town Close to Paris…for Less

A Fairytale Town Close to Paris…for Less

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December 1, 2013

The small, pretty town of Chantilly is less than 30 minutes from Paris by train, but when you arrive at the station and take a lungful of fresh air, the big city couldn't feel farther away. Chantilly (pronounced shahn-tee-yee) lies in the Oise department of France, 24 miles north-northeast of Paris. It is both the name of a town of 11,000 people, and of a larger commune that comprises several other towns and villages, bringing the total population to 36,000.

Five Places to Get Affordable Health Care Overseas

Five Places to Get Affordable Health Care Overseas

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November 29, 2013

In the following five countries you will pay less for health care than you do at home. And the quality is at least as good…in fact, many expats say it’s better. Affordable health care isn’t the only reason to move overseas—but it makes the move more attractive. You can get great quality health care for less abroad, lowering your monthly expenses. Panama offers excellent quality health care and modern hospitals in Panama City and other large towns or cities...

An Unbelievably Affordable Beach Life on Roatan

An Unbelievably Affordable Beach Life on Roatan

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November 28, 2013

"Sometimes we just shake our heads in disbelief that we actually own a home right on the beach in one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen," Paula Irvin says. "It’s absolutely amazing!" Hummingbirds zip around the bright-red feeder hanging from the balcony. "They always come at this time—just as the sun begins to dip into the ocean and the other birds start calling to each other a goodnight song," says Paula. Paula and her husband Randy blissfully watch this evening routine...

It’s “Win-Win” for Expats in These Second Cities…

It’s “Win-Win” for Expats in These Second Cities…

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November 28, 2013

A metropolis like Panama City or Paris or Montevideo has its advantages. In large, cosmopolitan communities, you have a wealth of choice in restaurants, museums, and parks. The hospitals tend to be better, the cultural offerings more varied. But a big city has its downsides, too. It can be loud, frenetic, disorganized. You may gain a measure of anonymity you enjoy, but it can be difficult to meet your neighbors and make friends.

Turn Your Hobby into a Monthly Income in Ecuador

Turn Your Hobby into a Monthly Income in Ecuador

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November 28, 2013

Wally and Hazel Mountz thought they had their retirement all figured out. They were building a lakefront home in Georgia when the real estate crash of 2008 shattered their plans. Unwilling to continue working and unable to afford their new mortgage, they started looking abroad. Italy was their first choice, but what they could purchase there would leave them in a rural village without expat companions.

The Kicks and Perks of Life in Ecuador

The Kicks and Perks of Life in Ecuador

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November 27, 2013

The very thought of moving abroad seems like such an adventure, doesn't it? The world is full of so many intriguing locations. Which country would you choose? Which city? If you actually pull the trigger and relocate, then the adventure truly begins. Everything is new, exciting, interesting, frustrating, and exhausting all at once. You're meeting new friends—maybe learning a different language—adapting to a foreign culture, and exploring surrounding areas.

In Pictures: The Wildlife of Costa Rica

In Pictures: The Wildlife of Costa Rica

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November 27, 2013

The unique animals that live in Costa Rica are world-famous. There are poison dart frogs (not dangerous to people), three-toed and two-toed sloths, monkeys of several species, more than 800 species of birds (including the elusive quetzal and iconic scarlet macaw)...the list goes on and on. The variety of climates and landscape, and its location in Central America – the crossroads of two continents, means Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.

Release Your Entrepreneurial Spirit in Ecuador

Release Your Entrepreneurial Spirit in Ecuador

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November 26, 2013

Talk to anyone who has relocated to Ecuador and you will find that each person's story, motivation, and experience is unique. Some are here for economic reasons, others for the climate, others still for the adventure and excitement of living in another country...and many for all of the above. I came to Ecuador at the age of 24. My assignment with the Peace Corps brought me here, so Ecuador was not my own choice...but I've come to realize what a stroke of luck it was to land in this amazing country.