Dénia: A Beach Town for Food Lovers on Spain’s Mediterranean

Dénia: A Beach Town for Food Lovers on Spain’s Mediterranean

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January 27, 2021

Dénia is the vacation town that Spaniards spend the winter months longing for. It’s the place where they make those childhood memories—the ones where summer lasted half a lifetime and was spent barefoot, paddling in rockpools, and running across hot sand...

Rawai: A Real-Life Corner of Thailand’s Vacation Island

Rawai: A Real-Life Corner of Thailand’s Vacation Island

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January 26, 2021

Phuket’s east coast is not the postcard-perfect series of expansive white beaches that indent the Thai island’s opposite shore. A list of what brings expats there is prosaic and practical: good road connections to the international airport, proximity to the healthcare and amenities of Phuket city...

In Photos: The Top 5 Beaches in Costa Rica

In Photos: The Top 5 Beaches in Costa Rica

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January 24, 2021

When you dream of a vacation (or living) in the tropics, often the first thing you imagine is the coastline. Long sandy stretches of palms swaying in the sea breezes. The waves gently lapping the shore. Playing in the surf or donning a mask and exploring the colorful submerged world. Yes, it is easy to talk about beaches, but it is...

10 Amazings Things to Do and See in Bansko, Bulgaria

10 Amazings Things to Do and See in Bansko, Bulgaria

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January 23, 2021

Bansko is a small mountain town located at the foot of the Pirin Mountains, about a two-hour drive from the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. Winter is high season and people come from all over Europe to ski and snowboard here. Tourists also visit in summer and fall to hike in Pirin National Park, known for its breathtaking views...

Enjoying the Simple Life in Bernay, France

Enjoying the Simple Life in Bernay, France

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January 22, 2021

My husband and I live in Bernay, a tiny town just an hour-and-a-half from Paris by train ($27 round trip). It’s nestled in the Charentonne river valley and has 23 separate waterways running through it. There are old bridges everywhere, gorgeous half-timbered buildings, and historic outbuildings that are protected by the government...

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

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January 21, 2021

For decades Costa Rica has been among the world’s premier retirement destinations. It still is. You’ll find established and welcoming expat communities all across the country. It’s easy to make friends to explore the jungle with, or to share an ice-cold, two-buck Pilsen beer while watching the sun set from a beach.

The Three Best Things About Living in Greece (and the Two Worst)

The Three Best Things About Living in Greece (and the Two Worst)

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January 19, 2021

I moved from San Francisco, California to Athens, Greece in 2012, and before my move, I had spent less than 90 days in the country. I relocated alone without family roots or a job waiting for me, so my new life could have gone in a lot of different directions. Eight years later, I’m still here because I love the life Greece...