“Traveling is a fountain of youth,” says Christina Daggett, as she sits down to dinner with her husband, Tim. It’s evening in the town of Hawick, Scotland, where they are currently staying. “I can’t imagine going back to the States or our old lifestyle. Nothing could be better than what we’re doing now.”
If you need a manicured lawn, 18-hole golf course, large fancy supermarket, or luxury condo to be happy…you can find that in Costa Rica. But you’ll have to give the country’s southern Caribbean coast a miss.
For my wife, Abbe, and me, our lives here in Pedasí, a small town on Panama’s Pacific coast, are a far cry from the hectic existence we lived back in the U.S. In Florida, we lived our entire lives in busy suburbs where we had to drive to everything. Now we walk to restaurants, grocery stores, and the town square.
If you’ve done any reading at all about Costa Rica, you’ve almost certainly come across the phrase Pura Vida. Literally it means “pure life,” but it’s practical meaning can be a bit tough to nail down. It can be a greeting, it can be a response and replace “you’re welcome,” it can replace “cheese,” when someone is about to snap a group photo and everyone is holding up their peace signs and thumbs-up.
Starting a new life in Cambodia as an expat can be a fantastic journey with all kinds of fun to be had. In the initial arrival period you will likely spend most of your time getting used to the culture, acclimatizing to the weather, and finding a nice place to call home.
I moved to Nicaragua 10 years ago and live in an adorable two-bedroom, two-bathroom home on half an acre with a beautiful ocean view. That would never have happened in the U.S. I also retired 11 years early. Back home I'd be working until the day I died.
If you’re considering a visit to Europe—or even a move—Madrid needs to be on your radar. A sunshine-filled cultural haven, this friendly city will capture your heart without breaking your budget. The underlying authentic charm and laidback, understated vibe of Spain’s capital proved irresistible to me when I first arrived.
Bob and Tammy Davis are adventurous souls. Not for them a cheap South Beach, gated-community retirement, instead they wanted the Pacific Ocean, miles of pristine sandy beaches, and the sort of small town feel of the U.S.—40 years ago.
My partner Damon and I recently challenged ourselves with the notion of a life where we could live more simply and affordably. We had come to realize that the ongoing race to keep up with the Joneses was not only tiring, but also never ending.
As if Social Security isn’t already complicated enough…I regularly speak to audiences about the complexities of Social Security. Due to the usual limitations of time, I can only cover a handful of rules that most people should understand because they are most likely to be affected by them.