Nine Great Things to do in Montezuma, Costa Rica

Nine Great Things to do in Montezuma, Costa Rica

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July 18, 2018

Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, on the southernmost point of the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma has an off-the-beaten-path feel. Visitors and locals enjoy its quiet beaches, proximity to wildlife, and unique laidback artistic vibe. Though it has a small population--roughly 500 people--Montezuma has a vibrant arts...

The Best Way to Spend Summer in the South of France

The Best Way to Spend Summer in the South of France

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July 17, 2018

I’ve been living in the South of France for eight years and have found that the summers here are really the best time of year to experience all the region has to offer. As the French get five weeks of vacation time, most of which is taken in the summer, the season is chock-full of activities, beach-going, and pure relaxation...

This Isn’t Retirement, This is a Whole New Life in Italy

This Isn’t Retirement, This is a Whole New Life in Italy

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July 16, 2018

Have you ever wondered what you are going to do in retirement? Where you might want to live? What your days will be like? We began our “Retirement Journey” in 2015 at the IL Conference in Cancun, Mexico. My wife, Shonna, and I had been reading International Living for over four years by then, and the IL conference not only spurred our desire to move overseas...

5 Places Where You Can Rent for $500 A Month or Less

5 Places Where You Can Rent for $500 A Month or Less

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July 16, 2018

Housing costs can take up a large chunk of your monthly budget, but there are expat havens around the world where your rent could be $500 per month or less. When it comes to getting more bang-for-your-buck, we have found five places where rent is so affordable, you’ll have money left over to indulge in the finer things...

“Our Whole Lifestyle Changed for the Better”

“Our Whole Lifestyle Changed for the Better”

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July 13, 2018

Exploring new and exotic places was something Patti and Bob Jackson had long loved to do, but the two-week breaks they were able to take off work just weren’t enough. “It would just barely expose us to the culture and lifestyle in the places we visited, not immerse us like we really wanted,” says Bob, 61...

7 Things to Do in Panama City That Will Surprise You

7 Things to Do in Panama City That Will Surprise You

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July 13, 2018

Panama stands out among the world’s top expat destinations, due to its solid infrastructure, First World amenities, beautiful beaches, and proximity to the U.S. But, there is so much more to this country than meets the eye. Panama City for example offers every option, for the foodie, culture vulture, or tree hugger in all of us...

A Country Club Life for Less on the Shores of Lake Chapala

A Country Club Life for Less on the Shores of Lake Chapala

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July 12, 2018

One of Barbara Hoyle’s memories of her first visit to Mexico almost 20 years ago was the singing of birds. “My first impression off the plane was that the airport was a good size, the people were friendly, and driving away from the airport at 5:30 a.m., how wonderful the sound of the birds was,” she says...

Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

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July 12, 2018

The decision to retire abroad is not something that should be taken lightly. For many people it’s the best decision they’ve ever made—the adventure of a lifetime. And their only regret is that they didn’t make the move sooner. While other people just can’t adapt to life in a new country. How do you figure into which camp you fall...

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

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July 10, 2018

For decades Costa Rica has been among the world’s premier retirement destinations. It still is. Chuck and his wife Anna launched their Pura Vida lifestyle in 2012. They sought a mild climate, better healthcare, amazing views, and lots to do…and all at a lower cost of living. You’ll find established and welcoming expat communities all across the country. It’s easy to make friends to explore the jungle with, or to share an ice-cold, two-buck Pilsen beer while watching the sun set from a beach.

Enjoy a Laidback Vibe on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Enjoy a Laidback Vibe on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

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July 9, 2018

Costa Rica is a laidback place. The unofficial national motto is Pura Vida, after all. Directly translated, it means Pure Life. But perhaps more accurate would be Life Is Good. This carefree attitude is most felt in the coastal areas. And of those, nowhere more than the southern Caribbean coast...