5 Best Caribbean Islands to Live On… and 2 to Avoid

5 Best Caribbean Islands to Live On… and 2 to Avoid

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August 2, 2018

Mention the word “Caribbean” and most people think of places like Aruba, the Turks and Caicos, the Bahamas, and other tourist-rich dollops of sand. The region conjures well-deserved images of crystal-clear waters and white-sand beaches. And there’s no question: If you like sun and sand, these islands are great for a vacation. But move there? Most folks assume it’s just too expensive and don’t give it another thought.

A Happy Heart on a Budget of $1,300 a Month

A Happy Heart on a Budget of $1,300 a Month

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July 29, 2018

For years, I dreamed of moving abroad to live more simply, with less stress and a less expensive lifestyle. Somewhere I could enjoy my retirement (although not quite yet) and not worry about crunching numbers. My journey to Costa Rica started in 2011, on a scuba-diving trip to Guanacaste, north of San José. I knew Read more...: A Happy Heart on a Budget of $1,300 a Month

Playa Negra: An Off-The-Beaten Path Paradise for Surfers and Foodies

Playa Negra: An Off-The-Beaten Path Paradise for Surfers and Foodies

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July 28, 2018

Playa Negra’s town (officially the pueblo of Los Pargos—but hardly anyone calls it that) on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast is not typically on most people’s radar when they make plans to explore Costa Rica. It barely shows up as a dot on a map, and the journey along rutted dirt roads keeps away some of the less ambitious travelers...

I Never Dreamed I Could Stop Worrying About Money

I Never Dreamed I Could Stop Worrying About Money

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July 28, 2018

Max Davies still can’t believe the monthly fee for using the gym at the 4-star Hilton Hotel is only $63 a month. He can use the sauna, the pool, the weight room, the squash court, ping-pong tables, and a clean locker room scented with frangipani. Resort-quality amenities for locals. That’s one of the many benefits of retiring in Hua Hin...

Exploring Cuenca, Ecuador’s, Surprising Spanish Roots

Exploring Cuenca, Ecuador’s, Surprising Spanish Roots

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July 25, 2018

There are two Cuenca’s in the world, one in Spain and one in Ecuador. Cuenca, Ecuador, shares a lot with its Spanish cultural twin, including art, food, architecture, and religion. Even the fresh trout from the rivers that run through the city, and the affinity for fiestas remind me of Cuenca’s Spanish ties right down to the Picasso influenced murals that line the streets...

English-Speaking Belize: The Easiest Country on the Caribbean

English-Speaking Belize: The Easiest Country on the Caribbean

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July 24, 2018

Belize is a country that not many people know much about. It is a young state, only independent since 1981, before which it was British Honduras. The British have had a huge influence on this small Caribbean nation, to the point where the Queen is still on the paper money. It is the only country in the region with English...

Ascoli Piceno: A Livable Italian City With Homes From $180,000

Ascoli Piceno: A Livable Italian City With Homes From $180,000

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July 24, 2018

I’ll see your town in Provence and raise you one splendid city built of travertine limestone in Italy. I’m sure the ingrained rumors of French indifference toward foreigners aren’t really true, especially in Provence, where warm smiles and genuine hospitality are the norm. But Italy—ah, la bella Italia...

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to Italy

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Moving to Italy

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July 23, 2018

With a fascinating combination of culture, history, geography, endless sights, historical attractions, and a unique leisurely enjoyment of life, Italy is commonly recognized as one of the most attractive countries in the world to live. If you’re considering moving to Italy, you probably already know you will experience plenty...