A Paradise Where Life is Carefree…and Healthcare Can Be Free Too

A Paradise Where Life is Carefree…and Healthcare Can Be Free Too

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August 27, 2018

Paradise is what you make it…and for many people, their paradise is life in Belize.They can have the Caribbean Sea, palm trees, sea breeze…all the things that come with a tropical lifestyle, for a fraction of the cost of back home.They can have all the amenities in havens like Caye Caulker, San Ignacio, or San Pedro. Grocery stores with everything they need...

A Slower-Paced Life on La Isla Bonita for $2,000 a Month

A Slower-Paced Life on La Isla Bonita for $2,000 a Month

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August 26, 2018

After 28 years in the military, it was time to do something else. I’d had enough of the high pressure, busy, constantly changing lifestyle. It was timeto relax a bit. Originally from Boston, I wasn’t looking forward to shoveling snow again after spending the last decade or so in warm weather climates like San Diego and Florida, so I focused my search on Central and South America...

5 Reasons Slovenia Should Be On Your Bucket List

5 Reasons Slovenia Should Be On Your Bucket List

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August 24, 2018

Not enough people are talking about Slovenia.We’ve all heard of Italy—with its perfectly poised pizzas and its hilltop towns—and France—with its fancy cuisine and Medieval castles.But somehow this small Alpine country tucked away along the Italian and Austrian borders isn’t on as many people’s radar.Which is a shame...

A Dream Retirement in Affordable and Ecological Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

A Dream Retirement in Affordable and Ecological Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

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August 23, 2018

Having dedicated 30 years of their lives to enriching the education of children in Southern Arizona, Allison and Jeff Spencer knew the time was right to make a change for themselves and enrich their own lives. They decided to do this in the beautifully lush and green countryside of Nuevo Arenal, in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica...

5 Fascinating European Castles You Might Not Know About

5 Fascinating European Castles You Might Not Know About

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August 23, 2018

Castles...There’s just something magical about them—about their beauty, their strength, the ancient history we can all imagine within their walls. For me, they’re one of the big draws of Europe and one of the reasons I keep taking trains to small Swiss towns and cycling along back roads in the French countryside and hiking up Croatian hills to tumbledown ruins...

In Pictures: 7 Livable European Cities You Might Not Yet Know About

In Pictures: 7 Livable European Cities You Might Not Yet Know About

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August 22, 2018

It’s no secret that Europe is a great place to live. Its many countries are known for excellent cuisine, gorgeous ocean views, jagged Alpine landscapes, great healthcare, and some of the best public transportation systems on the planet. But in an enormous and appealing continent, it can be tricky to know where to start your search for the most livable cities...

Playa Avellanas – A Tranquil Off-the-Beaten-Path Beach Community

Playa Avellanas – A Tranquil Off-the-Beaten-Path Beach Community

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August 21, 2018

Avellanas (which means hazelnut in Spanish) is a virtual paradise tucked away 30-minutes south of the bustle of Tamarindo, on the Nicoya Peninsula. Ask any surfer in the province of Guanacaste if they know of Playa Avellanas and you will get a resounding, “Por supuesto” (of course). But ask the multitude of tourists in the region and you might see mostly head scratches...

Local Insight, Low-Key Charm and Cold Caipirinhas

Local Insight, Low-Key Charm and Cold Caipirinhas

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August 18, 2018

Mention Portugal and you may think of the Age of Discovery or an endless coastline of craggy Atlantic beaches. Most people think, “Romantic, but probably beyond my budget.” Not so. Start in Lisbon to begin your love affair with Portugal—because that's exactly what it will be. On arrival, you'll find convenient transportation...

Swapping Hollywood for Happiness… And Rent of $400 a Month

Swapping Hollywood for Happiness… And Rent of $400 a Month

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August 18, 2018

Back in 2011, Sally Rice’s life was much different from today. Then, she was 55 years old, single, and living a chaotic lifestyle in Los Angeles. She’d spent 23 years as a costume designer in the movie industry, which sounds glamorous, but as she says, “Working 17 to 20 hours is stressful, and leaves little time for anything else”...