Another Side of Belize—Look Beyond the Beaches to the Cayo District

Another Side of Belize—Look Beyond the Beaches to the Cayo District

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August 25, 2014

Belize is well-known for its aquamarine Caribbean waters, Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, idyllic cayes and miles of coastland. But not all expats opt for a coastal lifestyle. An increasing number have been captivated by the Cayo District's charms. They're drawn to the verdant broadleaf jungles...lush Maya Mountains...meandering rivers...and mystical Mayan ruins... Some come to stake out a piece of fertile land... Others yearn to live off the grid...

Own a Colonial Home in Southern Colombia…From Just $90,000

Own a Colonial Home in Southern Colombia…From Just $90,000

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August 8, 2014

Southern Colombia is like a rainbow of landscapes and subcultures. Cali, the area’s largest city, is a melting pot of ethnicities and the birthplace of Colombian salsa. South of Cali, Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities dot the landscape. And one hour north you’ll find one of Colombia’s true undiscovered jewels. With high temperatures reaching 80 F during the day, Buga offers its 100,000 or so residents an airy lifestyle, with doors and windows open wide throughout the day. In the city center, students from the University of Cauca’s Buga extension mingle in cafés, and in the main plaza children frolic in the shade while old men shoot the breeze.

We Couldn’t Leave Costa Rica

We Couldn’t Leave Costa Rica

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August 4, 2014

Skip ahead a year and a half, and we find ourselves still gazing with eyes wide open at the land where we began. Costa Rica completely captured this whimsical family, much to our surprise, with its total package. As nature lovers, we experience an ever-present awe for our intense surroundings—the tropical birds, countless waterfalls, incredible beaches, and stunning mountain views…so much diversity in such a small country.

Five Cultural Attractions to Enjoy in San José, Costa Rica

Five Cultural Attractions to Enjoy in San José, Costa Rica

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July 31, 2014

For many visitors and even many expats who’ve lived in Costa Rica for years, the country’s capital, San José, remains a very utilitarian destination, so to speak. As the commercial center, it’s the place go for the best shopping in the country. If you can get it in Costa Rica, it’s in San José. And as the governmental center, when you’re going through the residence process…you end up in San José.

Fun, Friendship, and Insider Tips…Thanks To This Easy Step

Fun, Friendship, and Insider Tips…Thanks To This Easy Step

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July 31, 2014

It's a little embarrassing to admit but...I knew barely a word of Spanish last year when I arrived in my new home in Spain. I had plenty of time to prepare for the impending relocation but I'd busied myself working full-time and, like lots of other native English speakers, the few Spanish classes I did take just didn't seem to stick.

Comfortable, Cultured Living on Spain’s Mediterranean Coast

Comfortable, Cultured Living on Spain’s Mediterranean Coast

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July 30, 2014

Most North-American tourists to Spain visit Madrid, Barcelona, and perhaps Andalusia’s Moorish Triangle—Seville, Córdoba, and Granada. Relatively few get over to Valencia, the Mediterranean-port city that is Spain’s third-largest metropolis. And that’s a shame. Because Valencia has a lot to offer, as I recently had a chance to discover.

How to Enjoy High-end Paris on a Budget – a France Insider Reveals the Secrets

How to Enjoy High-end Paris on a Budget – a France Insider Reveals the Secrets

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July 7, 2014

“Paris thrives on its glamorous reputation, but discounts and deals are available here just as they are everywhere else,” reports Barbara Diggs, InternationalLiving.com’s France correspondent. “With a little inside knowledge you can enjoy the best of Paris for far less money than you’d think.” Diggs reveals the best places to eat and shop in the City of Light, as well as detailing cultural attractions from museums to the theater, all at a fraction of the price a tourist would expect to pay in a city like Paris.

The Benefits of Living in Colombia

The Benefits of Living in Colombia

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June 27, 2014

You might think you know a thing or two about Colombia, but I bet you don’t know everything. For example, did you know that Medellin now has a new title—the Urban Land Institute’s Innovative City of the Year for 2013? Or that UNESCO’s World Heritage List includes seven Colombian sites, and 19 more are currently under review for inclusion.

Insider Reveals Best Travel Picks for Rio De Janeiro, Brazil During the FIFA World Cup

Insider Reveals Best Travel Picks for Rio De Janeiro, Brazil During the FIFA World Cup

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May 27, 2014

InternationalLiving.com’s Brazil correspondent, John Clites, an American who has been living in the country since 2008, reveals his top insider picks for what to see and do in Rio de Janeiro during the FIFA World Cup. Visitors from all over the world will descend on Brazil for the event, which starts on June 12. Most will visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, but Clites offers advice on activities not typically published in guidebooks.

Local Knowledge: Fun Things to do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the World Cup

Local Knowledge: Fun Things to do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the World Cup

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May 20, 2014

You’re going to the World Cup in Brazil. Yay! But you won’t be watching matches at Maracanã stadium the entire time. What else should you do? Sure, you’ll want to visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain. But Rio de Janeiro has so much more to offer, and many activities are inexpensive or even free.