Los Cabos: Mexico’s Gem of the Desert

Los Cabos: Mexico’s Gem of the Desert

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April 24, 2020

Growing up in Southern California in the ‘60s, the rumor was that if you wanted to catch a big marlin, it was easier and cheaper to go to Mexico than to take the usual expensive trip to Hawaii. It didn’t take long before word spread like wildfire that the tip of Baja California was the place to go. By the mid ‘70s, Cabo was born...

5 Things to Do in Montpellier, France

5 Things to Do in Montpellier, France

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April 21, 2020

The southern French city of Montpellier might be one of France’s largest, but that does not mean that it feels hurried—or even soulless. Situated about eight miles from the Mediterranean Sea and sandy beaches, Montpellier is characterized by its pleasant climate, elegant stone buildings, multicultural communities, and a joie de vivre...

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...

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...