“We decided to sell our Lisbon apartment and look for a house with some land, but we ended up buying a farm,” Bill says. In central Portugal, the quaint village of Figueiró dos Vinhos is where they found their dream home, casa da lomba. Situated on a large plot of land with fruit trees, vegetation, and even a bio pool, the property offers the couple...
All around the world communities celebrate the holiday season in unique ways, and one of the joys of expat life is getting to experience those traditions. Read how IL's contributors are celebrating Christmas in their adopted countries—France, Colombia, Belize, Italy, and Costa Rica.
All roads lead to Rome, but I was driving in the wrong direction. The hot and dusty chaos of the Italian capital disappeared from my rear view mirror. Heading eastward, I was entering a different kind of Italy. Green, mountainous, traditional, and laidback. An Italy still somewhat undiscovered by the masses who take to the Amalfi Coast, the Lake region...
International Living’s in-country correspondents and contributors have shared the best snowbird locations in their adopted countries—places where the weather is pleasant, amenities are plentiful, and the landscapes are breathtaking.
We live in a small house on a quiet hill within walking distance to the center of the village. It’s roughly 1,110 square feet with the same amount of space below in a walk-out basement which we use as our business. We pay $690 a month for rent, with another $63 a month for water, trash, and electricity.
There's something magical about a white Christmas. Being cozy by the fire…watching kids playing in the snow….having a hot drink after being out and about shopping for the holidays. But on the other hand, you do have to contend with gloomy skies and bone-chillingly cold weather. So why not trade the boots for sandals, the big coats for swimsuits?
My wife, Vivien, and I never miss the opportunity to hit the road and get out and about in Thailand, particularly when the route takes us deep into lesser known parts of the Thai Kingdom. While Thailand is one of the most visited countries in the world, its largest region—nearly one third of its landmass—is still off the beaten track.
My husband David and I are renting a one-bedroom house in the Los Arcos area, with a full view of the 18th-century aqueduct that stretches from the hills in the east to the center of town. We pay $800 a month for our one-bedroom duplex, which is fully furnished and includes all utilities and the occasional homemade dinner that our landlord brings to us (he's awesome!).
When people want details about my life in Costa Rica, I never fail to brag about its excellent medical and dental services. There’s a multitude of choices on tap for locals, expats, and tourists alike. Newcomers here are often pleasantly surprised by the attention that doctors and dentists give to their patients.
When trying to decide where to put your money for retirement, the first question you need to answer is: “What do you want your money to do?” If the answer is market-type growth, then you do not need any type of annuity. You need to keep your money in market-type investments and manage and oversee the heck out of them.