A Hidden Pacific Ocean Jewel Where You Can Live for $1,000 a Month

A Hidden Pacific Ocean Jewel Where You Can Live for $1,000 a Month

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August 13, 2018

I first came to the laidback fishing town of Zihuatanejo (pronounced “zee-watt-an-a-hoe”) eight years ago, to visit an old friend. At the time, I didn’t even know its exact location, until I looked it up. I guess you may not know it either: it’s on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, about 150 miles northwest of Acapulco...

Living Simply and Happily in Costa Rica With Rent of $420 a Month

Living Simply and Happily in Costa Rica With Rent of $420 a Month

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April 16, 2018

Houston native Bailey Colby moved to Costa Rica in July 2015 after landing a teaching job at a local school. “I had visited this area before and loved it because it’s such a short distance to so many places. Each beach is different than the next, you have tiny, quiet towns and busy towns nearby Read more...: Living Simply and Happily in Costa Rica With Rent of $420 a Month

Living in Oliva, Spain

Living in Oliva, Spain

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January 14, 2017

"One of the best things about living in Spain is the simplicity," says Fiona Lennol. "Less is expected of you. You're not required to have a fancy car or a big house. You can be yourself and just enjoy life. When you wake in the morning to blue skies and sunshine the day is already good.

Quiet, Country Living in a Little-Known Part of Costa Rica

Quiet, Country Living in a Little-Known Part of Costa Rica

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September 27, 2016

As I drive east out of San Jose and its suburbs, the gridlock, gleaming shopping malls, and dense urban development of Costa Rica’s capital slowly melt away. Within 30 minutes I’ve found myself in the countryside, following a winding road that hugs a mountainside as it descends into the valley below.

Easy, Low-Cost Living on a Tropical Paradise Island in Thailand

Easy, Low-Cost Living on a Tropical Paradise Island in Thailand

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September 24, 2016

Turquoise waters lap the white-sand beach fringed with casuarina trees. There are no jet skis or banana boats here; just a few stand-up paddle boarders and a kayak or two. There’s not a beach lounger in sight, just some mats and towels strewn in the shade.