Mexico, didn’t become the most popular expat retirement destination for U.S. citizens by accident.
We like to think of Puerto Vallarta, the resort town on Mexico's Pacific coast that we call home, as a simple place. Although it has a growing population, it has been able to maintain a small-town feel. People say good morning to one another and strangers are treated with kindness.
The chances are good right now that I won’t outlive my retirement funds. Fifteen years ago, I couldn’t have said that, because 16 years ago I was outspending myself and couldn’t save a dime. Then something big happened.
As I sit at my writing table on my oceanside veranda, staring at the lapping waves of the Pacific, gentle breezes blowing my hair, I am a 65-year-old, extremely happy roving retiree.
“Here is a great perspective of a day in our life…yesterday we walked down to centro, where we both had the most amazing hour-long couples massage,” says David Smolyn, 51, who, along with partner Randy Hodgson, 58, splits his time between Puerto Vallarta, and Toronto.
My wife, Rita, and I have always loved to travel. There is just something about visiting someplace new and different, that keeps us feeling young and enjoying life. Unfortunately, travel can be an expensive hobby, so we used to have to limit ourselves to one or two trips a year.
“I never tire of looking out my window, seeing the centuries-old buildings, and wondering about the people who lived here before us,” says Holly Kurzman, who moved from San Francisco to Pézenas six years ago. Holly and her late husband Chris had long contemplated moving to Europe, but began seriously eyeing France shortly after Chris retired. “We were fed up with the rat race and cost of living in...
I live in a community called Caimito, between Boquete and David, Panama. We are the only expats in the area, and all of my neighbors go out of their way to help in any way they can. They even watch over my house when I’m away. I find it a comfort to know, that there is a land as peaceful and accepting as Panama.
The tropical island of Penang is a melting pot of cultures, religions, and food. Its easy-going lifestyle is increasingly attractive to expats, and so is the low cost of living there. Kirsten and Mark Raccuia chose to move to Penang for lots of reasons... It’s English-speaking, the locals are friendly and helpful, and the expat community is active and thriving.
The South of France is made of romance. Whether you're driving winding roads over scenic mountain passes, savoring local cuisine by the sea, or strolling cobbled streets at dusk, your senses are always being seduced. My life in Toulon began seven years ago when...