Varna: A Balkan Gem on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria

Varna: A Balkan Gem on the Black Sea Coast of Bulgaria

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August 14, 2020

Settled by the ancient Thracians, then by the Greeks and Romans from the 7th century B.C., Varna, on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, has seen countless conquerors. Nowadays, this Balkan gem is mostly known as the maritime capital of Bulgaria, and for its golden sandy beaches and warm summers...

Aranjuez: Madrid’s Hidden Gem

Aranjuez: Madrid’s Hidden Gem

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August 13, 2020

Spain is one of the most popular expat destinations on the planet. The overall low cost of living combined with a favorable climate makes it a highly desirable landing spot amongst retirees and adventurous youth. Spain has plenty of tourist hubs, but Madrid might be chief amongst them, and it’s easy to see why...

Buying an Apartment in Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja (Old City)

Buying an Apartment in Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja (Old City)

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August 8, 2020

Would you like to know about a historic district where you can still find apartments at reasonable prices? It’s Montevideo’s Ciudad Vieja (Old City) in Uruguay. Ciudad Vieja is the original eight-by-14-block site where Montevideo was founded in 1730. Today, it’s one of 62 neighborhoods in a city that’s grown to 1.4 million people...

Olive Groves, Pebbled Beaches, and Deep History in Brač, Croatia

Olive Groves, Pebbled Beaches, and Deep History in Brač, Croatia

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August 7, 2020

It was a gloriously sunny autumn day on the Croatian island of Brač. Determined to find a 1,700-year-old Roman stone quarry, my husband and I brushed past a grove of handsome olive trees with gnarled trunks. Decidedly lost, we chanced upon a mother and son harvesting massive tubs of eggplant-colored olives...

Ocean-Views, Sparkling Sand, and Bumper Retiree Benefits in Coronado, Panama

Ocean-Views, Sparkling Sand, and Bumper Retiree Benefits in Coronado, Panama

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August 5, 2020

“When our beautiful view is the Pacific Ocean and the warm breeze blows through our condo, we hardly feel like we are confined. If we have to stay in for an extended period of time because of Coronavirus restrictions, we are okay with that. We love it here,” says Jo Anne Burrill of her adopted hometown of Coronado...

Which Golden Visa Is Right for You — Spain or Portugal?

Which Golden Visa Is Right for You — Spain or Portugal?

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August 2, 2020

Several European countries offer the option of obtaining legal residence through investment—often investment in real estate—in the country. These so-called “Golden Visa programs” aim at offering citizens of non-European Union countries a legal (and easy) way to gain residence and access to the EU. Here are the programs in two popular countries...

Your A-to-Z Guide to Bali

Your A-to-Z Guide to Bali

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August 1, 2020

Indonesia offers a retirement visa officially called ITAS Lansia-Retirement Temporary Stay Visa (lansia stands for lanjut usia). You have to be 55 years old or older to get this visa and the initial cost is less than $700 (plus around $700 to renew). One condition of this visa is that you must hire local staff, such as a housekeeper or a gardener...

Surfing in Indonesia: The Best Places to Visit

Surfing in Indonesia: The Best Places to Visit

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July 30, 2020

Indonesia is a nation comprising over 18,000 islands, and is known for its array of beaches, many of which are ideal surf havens. Each year surfers from all over the world flock to the islands in search of the perfect wave and an idyllic holiday. One of the benefits of surfing in Indonesia is the amazing number of world-class surf breaks...