My husband, Gary, and I spend the summer months on beautiful Vancouver Island in B.C. Canada, where we live on an alpaca farm. Then, as soon as the dreary cold rains begin, we head to tropical Panama where our favorite pastime is reclining...
Having traveled in Costa Rica fairly extensively in the past, Ron Milewski—a photographer at the time—finally decided to make his move from Chicago 12 years ago. “I wasn’t exactly planning to retire, but I was definitely planning to take some time off, and afterward work less,” he says.
My husband, Alex, and I recently sold everything (house, cars, furniture), quit our jobs, and set out from Seattle to travel the world full time. We saved up a bit of money and didn’t plan on working abroad so we had to learn how to travel smart and not overpay.
The country mountain town of Atenas in Spanish-speaking Costa Rica seems an unlikely place to find a free library of not just hundreds but thousands of books in English, French, German, and Italian. It gives you a little glimpse into the international mix of the thriving expat community here.
For the average vacationer, the hardest part of the adventure is the logistics. The destination is a no brainer, but the right carrier, transportation, and accommodations can be a real headache. Hassles at the airport, excess baggage charges, and crummy seat assignments, can dull your senses.
When my wife and I decided to retire in our mid-50s, the cost of living was a big factor in choosing our perfect destination. We didn’t have buckets of cash stashed away—just our meagre savings and proceeds from the sale of our home and other assets.
One of the first things people say when they hear my wife and I have lived in Latin America for 16 years is, “You must be fluent in Spanish.” I have to admit that we are not, but I don’t feel too bad about that. Here’s why.
As a resident of Panama for the last decade, I’ve seen this country grow and develop. It’s become a place where getting around is easy…all the better for us to be able to explore everything that this country has to offer.
Europe: the home of beautiful history, stunning landscapes, fascinating cultures, and iconic landmarks. It’s likely that when you think of traveling to Europe, you probably start to see your money disappearing before your eyes.
If you’re contemplating moving to a Spanish-speaking country, then learning to speak Spanish really has to be on your to-do list. But here’s the cool part…you don’t have to learn tenses or be able to read Spanish literature. You just need enough to get by.