I Don’t Have a Car, I Don’t Have a Watch

I Don’t Have a Car, I Don’t Have a Watch

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October 6, 2018

“I came here on vacation and quickly realized this is where I needed to be,” says Kathy Pow. She lives in Cabarete, a small beach town on the Dominican Republic’s north coast. With two international airports nearby, in Puerto Plata and Santiago de los Caballeros, it’s fairly easy to get to and from North America, with many direct flights from the major cities there....

What is the Meaning of Pura Vida?

What is the Meaning of Pura Vida?

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October 4, 2018

We’ve had a lot of questions about the meaning and origins of the Costa Rican phrase Pura Vida. Our Costa Rica country correspondents give their thoughts on Pura Vida and what it means to them. The Meaning of Pura Vida If there were only one Spanish phrase to learn before coming to Costa Rica, it Read more...: What is the Meaning of Pura Vida?

Is a Roving Retirement Safe?

Is a Roving Retirement Safe?

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October 3, 2018

One of the things at the forefront of our minds as my husband, Tim, and I travel across the globe is our safety. After all, if you believed the TV and newspapers, just stepping out your front door is fraught with danger, let alone traveling through many countries around the world. And yet after traveling to over 135 countries, including 34 in Africa, much of the Middle East...

Perigord, Dordogne

Perigord, Dordogne

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September 24, 2018

Every day in my travel research I come across the terms "hidden gem," "off the beaten path," "unspoiled, authentic, undiscovered..." The Dordogne region of France is the only place I have been to date where it is actually true. Castles sit like crown jewels along the river banks. My family and I often found ourselves beating our own path through the oak forests toward the river bank.

3 Places for a Tropical Beachfront Retirement Outside the Hurricane Zone

3 Places for a Tropical Beachfront Retirement Outside the Hurricane Zone

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September 19, 2018

Mention the word “tropical” and most people will think of turquoise-blue waters and powder-white beaches. But one downside of a tropical retirement can be the threat of hurricanes. But there are many idyllic retirement havens where savvy retirees can get all the pleasures of life...