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...

How I Built My Dream Home in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica for Under $100,000

How I Built My Dream Home in Playa Herradura, Costa Rica for Under $100,000

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July 25, 2020

When I first moved to Costa Rica six years ago, my real estate broker helped me find a cute, new-build, two-bedroom condo in Hermosa Beach for under $100,000. I loved it and lived there for two-and-a-half years but during that time I realized that there were a couple of things that needed to change…

Living Under Lockdown in Argentina

Living Under Lockdown in Argentina

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July 24, 2020

Raise your hand if you had ‘global pandemic’ on your things-that-might-happen-while-traveling-abroad checklist. We certainly didn’t. But here we are, idling in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, since March 20, waiting for the planet to reboot. It has been especially challenging for us since our travel plan involves...

A Beachside Apartment That Pays Its Own Way

A Beachside Apartment That Pays Its Own Way

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July 22, 2020

I’d flown to Uruguay to meet several American expats who’d retired to the small South American country, and as part of that trip I arranged to meet a real estate friend I’ve known for years, Sancho Santayana, who runs 360 Terra International Realty. I wanted to spend a morning touring various apartments in Punta del Este...

Why Now Is a Good Time to Buy in Guatapé, Colombia

Why Now Is a Good Time to Buy in Guatapé, Colombia

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July 14, 2020

When I was doing my check-out trip to Medellín in early 2012, Guatapé was one of my first day trips to the countryside. I had lived on the coast of Maine for 27 years before my decision to move overseas, so I was used to having quick access to water. The lake area in Guatapé is the closest body of water to landlocked Medellín...

Eight Days Without English: A Deep Dive Into Español

Eight Days Without English: A Deep Dive Into Español

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July 11, 2020

After living in Spain for a year, I was impatient to ramp up my Spanish language skills. I’d hit a point where I could handle all the basic transactions of life, as long as the replies to my questions were short and simple, but my ambitions in Spain go beyond the basic stuff. I really wanted to delve into life here, and that meant getting a grip on the language...