A Dream Retirement in Affordable and Ecological Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

A Dream Retirement in Affordable and Ecological Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

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August 23, 2018

Having dedicated 30 years of their lives to enriching the education of children in Southern Arizona, Allison and Jeff Spencer knew the time was right to make a change for themselves and enrich their own lives. They decided to do this in the beautifully lush and green countryside of Nuevo Arenal, in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica...

5 Fascinating European Castles You Might Not Know About

5 Fascinating European Castles You Might Not Know About

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August 23, 2018

Castles...There’s just something magical about them—about their beauty, their strength, the ancient history we can all imagine within their walls. For me, they’re one of the big draws of Europe and one of the reasons I keep taking trains to small Swiss towns and cycling along back roads in the French countryside and hiking up Croatian hills to tumbledown ruins...

In Pictures: 7 Livable European Cities You Might Not Yet Know About

In Pictures: 7 Livable European Cities You Might Not Yet Know About

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August 22, 2018

It’s no secret that Europe is a great place to live. Its many countries are known for excellent cuisine, gorgeous ocean views, jagged Alpine landscapes, great healthcare, and some of the best public transportation systems on the planet. But in an enormous and appealing continent, it can be tricky to know where to start your search for the most livable cities...

Playa Avellanas – A Tranquil Off-the-Beaten-Path Beach Community

Playa Avellanas – A Tranquil Off-the-Beaten-Path Beach Community

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August 21, 2018

Avellanas (which means hazelnut in Spanish) is a virtual paradise tucked away 30-minutes south of the bustle of Tamarindo, on the Nicoya Peninsula. Ask any surfer in the province of Guanacaste if they know of Playa Avellanas and you will get a resounding, “Por supuesto” (of course). But ask the multitude of tourists in the region and you might see mostly head scratches...

Local Insight, Low-Key Charm and Cold Caipirinhas

Local Insight, Low-Key Charm and Cold Caipirinhas

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August 18, 2018

Mention Portugal and you may think of the Age of Discovery or an endless coastline of craggy Atlantic beaches. Most people think, “Romantic, but probably beyond my budget.” Not so. Start in Lisbon to begin your love affair with Portugal—because that's exactly what it will be. On arrival, you'll find convenient transportation...

Swapping Hollywood for Happiness… And Rent of $400 a Month

Swapping Hollywood for Happiness… And Rent of $400 a Month

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August 18, 2018

Back in 2011, Sally Rice’s life was much different from today. Then, she was 55 years old, single, and living a chaotic lifestyle in Los Angeles. She’d spent 23 years as a costume designer in the movie industry, which sounds glamorous, but as she says, “Working 17 to 20 hours is stressful, and leaves little time for anything else”...

I Don’t See Myself Ever Going Back

I Don’t See Myself Ever Going Back

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August 16, 2018

When people come to visit me in Costa Rica I’ll often jokingly say, “Be careful, you’ve been bitten by the bug and the symptoms will keep growing on you.” By the “bug,” of course, I mean the desire to be in Costa Rica as much as possible once you’ve set foot here once. Take David Harris, for example. David was born and bred in California...

The Best Hill Towns in Umbria: Todi, Città della Pieve, and Città di Castello

The Best Hill Towns in Umbria: Todi, Città della Pieve, and Città di Castello

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August 15, 2018

With the heady fragrance of fresh truffle wafting from the kitchen, my mouth waters as I await the plate of handmade tagliolini pasta that will soon be coming my way, while sunlight filters onto the patio. It’s easy to think that this is the perfect Italian hill town...

In Photos: Colombia’s Up-and-Coming Coffee Triangle Region

In Photos: Colombia’s Up-and-Coming Coffee Triangle Region

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August 15, 2018

The Eje Cafetero—called the Coffee Triangle by English speakers—is one of Colombia’s best-kept secrets. When I traveled through the region, locals told me this mountainous region is increasingly popular as a retirement destination…for Colombians seeking an escape from the big city...

Toledo, Spain: Historic, Convenient, and Affordable

Toledo, Spain: Historic, Convenient, and Affordable

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August 14, 2018

My husband and I have come to the conclusion that an easy to navigate, relatively large city suits us best. We thrive on the energy...the opportunity to experience a variety of activities a larger city provides. But even in a sizable city we try to “go local.” We seek out restaurants where locals eat, shop in non-touristy shops, and visit attractions that are not on the beaten path. We try to support the community...