We Live a Millionaire’s Vacation for Less Than $2,000 a Month

We Live a Millionaire’s Vacation for Less Than $2,000 a Month

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June 22, 2018

The coastal town of Zaton in Croatia lies about five miles north of the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, where tourists from the U.S. enjoy Game of Thrones tours. My husband, Jeff, and I are roving retirees. We travel the world in retirement, moving from one idyllic locale to the next as we feel. People in this beautiful...

A Part-Time European Retirement in Historic Italy

A Part-Time European Retirement in Historic Italy

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June 21, 2018

My wife, Jan, and I could be called experimental expats…an especially apt title for me, as I retired after a 35-year career in experimental science at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. I call us “experimental,” because we’ve taken the part-time approach to retirement: We take trips of up to 90 days at a time in Italy...

Is Ecuador Safe?

Is Ecuador Safe?

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June 21, 2018

Is Ecuador safe? This is a question we get a lot from International Living readers. We've asked our Ecuador correspondents Donna Stiteler (Cuenca) and Jim Santos (Salinas) to answer some of our readers' questions regarding safety in Ecuador. Here's what they said...

3 Strategies to “Vacation” for $2,500 a Month on Our Roving Retirement

3 Strategies to “Vacation” for $2,500 a Month on Our Roving Retirement

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June 20, 2018

Eighteen months ago, my husband, Don, and I pulled the trigger on our roving retirement with great enthusiasm. We were off to experience the world! Our goal was to go beyond the tourist attractions and really get to know the local culture and customs of the places we visited. With a budget of $2,500 per month...

Top 10 Things to Do in Madrid

Top 10 Things to Do in Madrid

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June 19, 2018

Residents of Madrid call themselves “gatos,” Spanish for “cats,” perhaps because they nap in the afternoon and prowl the streets at night. Dinner is never served before 9 p.m. and is often enjoyed at midnight. Conversation, drinking, and dancing continue into the wee hours. If you’re early to bed, you will miss the vibrant spirit of this sophisticated city.

The Expat’s Guide to Meeting People and Making Connections

The Expat’s Guide to Meeting People and Making Connections

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June 19, 2018

Expats are a fortunate breed. Unlike back in the U.S., where making friends is often very difficult in adult life, people who live abroad have a built-in group of potential friends in their new country. It’s like being in seventh grade again, surrounded by classmates, or at camp. You won’t be drawn to everyone, of course...

Consider This One Overlooked Health Factor When Moving Overseas

Consider This One Overlooked Health Factor When Moving Overseas

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June 19, 2018

Are you a big-city person? If you’re an expat moving abroad with an unusual, chronic, or potentially serious health issue, you may want to be a big-city person. The U.S. hasn’t had the best healthcare system in the world for quite some time. By many measures, it doesn’t even...