Mallorca: Mediterranean Island Life at Half the Cost of the Caribbean

Mallorca: Mediterranean Island Life at Half the Cost of the Caribbean

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April 24, 2022

When I first started learning Spanish, I could only speak in metaphors. I sat with my now-fiancée on a 1,000-year-old facade outside the Port of Valldemossa, while we watched the sun set over the Mediterranean. “I don’t want to get off this train,” I told her. I knew the vocabulary for trains because that’s how I got around...

Why I’m Leaving Panama City

Why I’m Leaving Panama City

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April 23, 2022

Getting a bit greedy, perhaps, I extended my search from Panama City to the beaches nearby. An attractive apartment listed for just under $160,000 caught my eye. I didn’t know what the building was like, or whether there was a view. (A well-written listing it was not.) But—another whim—I decided to make an appointment to see it.

Video: A Fully Furnished Rental for $800 a Month—Bills Included

Video: A Fully Furnished Rental for $800 a Month—Bills Included

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April 1, 2022

My husband David and I are renting a one-bedroom house in the Los Arcos area, with a full view of the 18th-century aqueduct that stretches from the hills in the east to the center of town. We pay $800 a month for our one-bedroom duplex, which is fully furnished and includes all utilities and the occasional homemade dinner that our landlord brings to us (he's awesome!).

A Furnished Costa Rica Home for $400 a Month

A Furnished Costa Rica Home for $400 a Month

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February 14, 2022

My first trip to Costa Rica was in 2013. Prior to that, it wasn’t somewhere I had ever considered visiting but when a friend invited me to stay at her family’s property along the northern Pacific coast in the beach town of Playas del Coco for a couple of weeks, I couldn’t refuse. Playas del Coco is a popular destination for expats, snowbirds, and vacationers...

Private health insurance for $166 a month, per couple

Private health insurance for $166 a month, per couple

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February 11, 2022

It was a cool winter day in the bustling city of Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the bridge from Porto, Portugal’s second largest metropolitan area. New expats Debbie, 57, and David Billings, 70, were out eagerly exploring their newly adopted country. It had only been three months since they landed in Portugal to begin the next chapter of their lives.