I was lucky, not smart, when I bought my first Paris apartment, but it was still the smartest thing I ever did. I simply didn't want to move from my 17th-century pied-à-terre in Le Marais district when the owners wanted to sell.
Our second visit to Ecuador last year found us on a short road trip from Quito. We asked our guide where the best place in the country was for ranchers to buy land. His choice was Zuleta Valley. When we got there, we quickly agreed.
With more than three in five U.S. workers in their 50s and 60s planning on working past 65 (and over half of them planning on working into their 70s and beyond), the American Dream continues to die a death. IL's Chris Hunter offers some sound advice on what you can do to protect your retirement.
Patti Morrow went into the AWAI Travel Writing program with no experience in writing. Today she tells us about one of the most beautiful beaches in Nicoya - perhaps in all of Costa Rica. And we paid her for telling us all about it.
Once you speak the language and armed with the right information, anyone can become a writer for profit. We've got five easy-to-apply tips from AWAI's Ultimate Travel Writer's Workshop in Chicago to help you get started.
I've been recommending opportunities in Fortaleza in Brazil for the past three years. I'll tell you about the current real estate opportunity in a moment. First, some background.
The short-term rental market in Fortaleza, Brazil is strong right now. For example, in one recently completed building in the Iracema Beach area (where I've visited several times), condos rent for $100 per night.
I had been researching the prospect of retiring overseas for two or three years.I had targeted seven countries: France, Italy, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Uruguay, and Ecuador. I attended International Living's Live and Invest Overseas Conference in Las Vegas last September, and all these countries were represented.
What makes a place "easy?" First, it's not too far from home. If you need to get back for an emergency or friends and family want to visit, it's not a chore. When you can still get many of the same goods and services you're used to, culture shock won't disorient you.
Haven nations in which privacy was expected, guaranteed and delivered were numerous just two or three decades ago. They're many fewer today. But you do still have choices. Which is right for you?