Two Weeks in Ecuador: Touring Quito, Cuenca, and Salinas

Two Weeks in Ecuador: Touring Quito, Cuenca, and Salinas

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April 6, 2021

A lot has been written about Ecuador as a great retirement destination—and deservedly so. With mountains, beaches, and everything in between it is a land of an amazingly diverse range of comfortable climates and relaxed lifestyle opportunities. Perhaps overlooked in all of this is the fact that Ecuador is also a fantastic tourist destination...

Panama’s Surprising Island Destinations

Panama’s Surprising Island Destinations

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April 4, 2021

Swaying palm trees, soft white sands, and warm waters of clearest blue…Panama’s islands epitomize the best of the tropics. Panama has hundreds of islands, but the island destination I visit the most is Contadora—and with good reason. It’s just a 20-minute flight from Panama City, where I live. (And yes, I’ve boarded some truly tiny planes since I moved here!)

Chasing Glamour and Grit in Unforgettable Naples

Chasing Glamour and Grit in Unforgettable Naples

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April 3, 2021

Glamorous and gritty, beautiful and brash, there is nothing shy about Naples. Often maligned and misunderstood, this is a city of faded splendor and unbridled enthusiasm that gets in your face with its vivacious, and often audacious, culture. In short, there is no half-way with Naples: You either love or hate it...

13 Reasons to Choose Ubud, Bali For Your Retirement

13 Reasons to Choose Ubud, Bali For Your Retirement

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April 2, 2021

Ubud is a small beautiful town located in the very heart of the famous Bali island. Less touristy than famous beach towns, it offers a unique combination of local traditions and western service. Retiring in Ubud is a perfect choice if you are interested in nature, arts, and local traditions. Here is why.

Living the Ultimate Greek Lifestyle in Heraklion, Crete

Living the Ultimate Greek Lifestyle in Heraklion, Crete

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April 1, 2021

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...

Building an Off-the-Grid Dream Home in Roatan

Building an Off-the-Grid Dream Home in Roatan

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March 31, 2021

It’s a jungle out there! That was our first impression as we headed our small skiff towards the shore in Port Royal, Roatan, on the island’s remote east end. After seven years of living aboard our 38’ Bayliner, Diamond Lil, we were property hunting. Our floating home had allowed us to explore many parts of the island...

15-Minute Residency Renewal in the Mexican Caribbean

15-Minute Residency Renewal in the Mexican Caribbean

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March 30, 2021

Visa’s, renewals, legal residency, and visiting La Oficina de Inmigración—the Immigration Office, is something that makes a lot of expats break out in a cold sweat. When in reality, right now it’s quick, easy, and like catching up with an old friend. If you have ever thought of moving to Mexico, now is the time to do it...

Wine, Olives, and a Ski Resort: Island Living on Cyprus

Wine, Olives, and a Ski Resort: Island Living on Cyprus

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March 29, 2021

It took me just a few days to realize I wanted to live on one of the world’s most enchanting islands. Cyprus is located at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The island has sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, but it also has hills, mountain...

Six Pueblos Mágicos Where You Could Happily Retire

Six Pueblos Mágicos Where You Could Happily Retire

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March 28, 2021

It doesn’t take much Spanish to know that the phrase “pueblos mágicos” means “magic town.” In Mexico, the phrase pueblos mágicos refers to the governmental program launched in 2001 to promote tourism in towns that offer natural beauty, cultural richness, history, archeology, cuisine, and the arts...