Medellin or Manizales — Comparing Colombia’s Lush Expat Mountain Cities

Medellin or Manizales — Comparing Colombia’s Lush Expat Mountain Cities

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July 15, 2022

“There’s a sense of community here,” one expat told me. “Colombians are the warmest and most welcoming people I’ve encountered in the 26 countries I’ve been to. They don’t have much money, but they’d give you the shirt off their back if you needed it.” Same question, a different expat’s answer: “What does Colombia have? You mean, apart from the affordability, and the perfect climate?

We Swapped the American Dream for a Dream Life in Costa Rica

We Swapped the American Dream for a Dream Life in Costa Rica

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July 14, 2022

That successful American dream was killing me. So, my partner Michael and I decided to look elsewhere for our dream. A dream that would let us slow down and enjoy life. When our friends learned of our intent to retire early, outside the U.S., they looked at us askance and wanted to know why we would ever want to leave a life of success in the "good ol' US of A."

How We Cut Through the Red Tape to a Euro Home and Car

How We Cut Through the Red Tape to a Euro Home and Car

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July 11, 2022

My husband, Warren, and I dared to have a dream: We wanted to travel through Europe as slow roving retired nomads, with our two dogs. We knew that traveling by plane repeatedly with a dog weighing nearly 30 pounds was just not feasible, so we decided we’d travel by car. I won’t lie. Being Americans, it was somewhat complicated and daunting to...