I Don’t Have a Car, I Don’t Have a Watch

I Don’t Have a Car, I Don’t Have a Watch

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October 6, 2018

“I came here on vacation and quickly realized this is where I needed to be,” says Kathy Pow. She lives in Cabarete, a small beach town on the Dominican Republic’s north coast. With two international airports nearby, in Puerto Plata and Santiago de los Caballeros, it’s fairly easy to get to and from North America, with many direct flights from the major cities there....

We Left a Dream Life to Find True Paradise in Panama

We Left a Dream Life to Find True Paradise in Panama

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October 5, 2018

Before Panama was a blip on their radar, Fred and Renee Proctor, originally from New York and Boston, lived a dream life. They spent 11 years sailing their charter boat, the Pepper, around St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. “I want your job” was a constant refrain from customers who had enjoyed a day aboard the Pepper...

Old World Edinburgh is Walkable, Welcoming, and Surprisingly Affordable

Old World Edinburgh is Walkable, Welcoming, and Surprisingly Affordable

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October 3, 2018

Scotland might sound like an unusual place to retire, but for my husband, Roy, and I, ours was an unusual retirement. For one thing, we deliberately moved from the Southern California sunshine to a land of wind and rain. For another, we brought our entire family along...

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica?

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October 1, 2018

When is the best time to visit Costa Rica? It’s always the best time. Seriously. Depending on what you’re seeking and where you’re from, it affects your thinking on this subject. For example, almost all North Americans think to come to the beaches of Costa Rica during the dry season. But Europeans favor the mountains during rainy and dry seasons.

Perigord, Dordogne

Perigord, Dordogne

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September 24, 2018

Every day in my travel research I come across the terms "hidden gem," "off the beaten path," "unspoiled, authentic, undiscovered..." The Dordogne region of France is the only place I have been to date where it is actually true. Castles sit like crown jewels along the river banks. My family and I often found ourselves beating our own path through the oak forests toward the river bank.

How Taking the Overseas Plunge Turned Doubters to Supporters

How Taking the Overseas Plunge Turned Doubters to Supporters

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September 23, 2018

Exactly what do you hope to accomplish from this?” asked my mother-in-law, when we told her our plans to take off overseas. The simple truth was, we had no idea what—if anything—we hoped to accomplish. What we did know was that, for us, it was time to follow our dreams of leaving our traditional jobs and the rat race far behind...