Tips for Housesitting During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Tips for Housesitting During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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April 20, 2020

Housesitting during the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges. My husband, Don, and I, are housesitting in Western Australia and looking after an adorable dog, Peppi, and five chickens. We have been here for three weeks, since before the virus put the brakes on travel and made social distancing, quarantining, and panic buying the new norm...

Ecuador Coastal Itinerary: Driving the E15, Ecuador’s “Ruta del Sol”

Ecuador Coastal Itinerary: Driving the E15, Ecuador’s “Ruta del Sol”

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April 20, 2020

Under the leadership of former President Rafael Correa, the Ecuadorean government created the new coastal highway called the Ruta del Sol, or in English, the Route of the Sun. Thanks to that Herculean effort, we can now drive the entire coastline northward from Ecuador’s “Miami Beach,”

Living the Ultimate Greek Lifestyle in Heraklion, Crete

Living the Ultimate Greek Lifestyle in Heraklion, Crete

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April 16, 2020

If you long to experience ‘the real Greece’, one of your best options is to head to Heraklion, an alluring small city on the island of Crete. Crete is a beautiful, down-to-earth place where you can take full advantage of the sunny, Mediterranean lifestyle. It’s the biggest of the Greek islands: rich in natural beauty, ancient history...

21 Great Value Beach Destinations Around The World

21 Great Value Beach Destinations Around The World

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April 14, 2020

Eventually, planes will fly again—making all sorts of beautiful corners of the world accessible once more. Among them will be these 21 great-value beaches. They’re all spots where it’s possible to live with the sand and surf steps from the front door—and that luxury won’t cost a fortune.

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

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April 11, 2020

I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Things to Do in Vietnam

Things to Do in Vietnam

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April 11, 2020

One of the reasons why Vietnam has become such a popular destination for tourism is that there is so much to do. Whether you’re exploring unspoiled, hidden beaches, trekking in remote mountains, taking photos of ancient Cham ruins, or simply relaxing at a bia hoi with the locals over a glass of fresh-brewed beer, Vietnam has...

How to Learn Spanish

How to Learn Spanish

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April 8, 2020

The very best way to enjoy the culture of any country is by being able to speak the language. And fortunately, Spanish is one of the easiest languages to quickly pick up. You don't have to be fluent. You don't need to be perfect every single time. But you do need to master a few basics...

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Colombia During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Colombia During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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March 31, 2020

As of March 21, Colombia has 196 cases with nearly half of those in the capital city of Bogotá. The situation has been changing rapidly over the past two weeks as health and government officials are reacting to the spread of the virus and doing their best to contain it.

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Panama During Lockdown?

Expat Diary: What is Life Like in Panama During Lockdown?

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March 28, 2020

As I write this—halfway around the world from most who will read it—it occurs to me that we are all in the same boat. No matter where you are, there are worries…compassion for many who have lost jobs or worse, loved ones…and hope that we can slow the spread of the specific strain commonly referred to as the Coronavirus...