Living Richly on Less in San Cristobal de las Casas

Living Richly on Less in San Cristobal de las Casas

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December 27, 2018

My husband, Jim, and I had long dreamed of traveling to San Cristobal de las Casas (San Cris for short). However, after two decades and dozens of trips to Mexico, this lush city set high in the mountains of Chiapas remained undiscovered for us. Luckily, a nomadic life lived on the road moves at a slow pace, and we finally found time to set down roots for a bit and truly appreciate this stunning city...

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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December 26, 2018

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...

Mexican Food: A Culinary Adventure

Mexican Food: A Culinary Adventure

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December 25, 2018

As the 14th largest country in the world, Mexico is also one of the most biodiverse. Bordered on three sides by oceans—the Pacific, the Gulf, and the Caribbean it’s not surprising there’s a lot of seafood in Mexican cuisine. But there’s also large swaths of farmland in the highlands which means a whole host of vegetables and spices...

Eating Well and Living Better in Chiang Mai for Less Than $850 a Month

Eating Well and Living Better in Chiang Mai for Less Than $850 a Month

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December 18, 2018

I laid down roots in Chiang Mai, Thailand two years ago, and I still get caught off guard by the cost of living and the overall quality of life. The old city is a myriad of backstreets packed with all kinds of vendors. But what it’s renowned for more than anything else is the abundance of high-quality food on offer...

A Comfortable Life on $750 a Month in Cotacachi, Ecuador

A Comfortable Life on $750 a Month in Cotacachi, Ecuador

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December 14, 2018

Cynthia Collette moved to Ecuador in 2012 from Minneapolis, Minnesota with five duffle bags and $700. Her monthly income at that time was just $600 a month.Today, she says, “My base income has gone up a bit...to about $725 a month. In the U.S., there’s no way I know of to live on that amount, even extremely frugally.”