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.

Sapodilla, Belize: In Search of the Most Beautiful Beach in Belize

Sapodilla, Belize: In Search of the Most Beautiful Beach in Belize

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June 23, 2018

There are few things that can motivate me to rise before the sun. But on a calm, hazy April morning I arrived at Garbutt Marine's dock before 6 a.m., as the sun was rising... I was joining a ReefCI day trip to the Sapodilla Cayes, in search of Belize's most beautiful beach. The other participants had fishing on their minds...

Is Ecuador Safe?

Is Ecuador Safe?

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June 21, 2018

Is Ecuador safe? This is a question we get a lot from International Living readers. We've asked our Ecuador correspondents Donna Stiteler (Cuenca) and Jim Santos (Salinas) to answer some of our readers' questions regarding safety in Ecuador. Here's what they said...

The Only 3 Spanish Phrases You Need…

The Only 3 Spanish Phrases You Need…

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May 29, 2018

I tried once to compliment a friend on her car and told her in perfect Spanish, "Me gusta su coche." She asked me to repeat myself a few times and with gesturing I was able to get the point across. But she still looked at me like I was crazy. What I didn’t know was that "Me gusta su coche" means "I like your cart" in Costa Rica, not "I like your car." I had just insulted her by comparing her car to a grocery cart.

The Benefits of Living in San José, Costa Rica

The Benefits of Living in San José, Costa Rica

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May 8, 2018

I have a pretty standard morning routine. I’m awakened very early by roosters but stay in bed for a while as the sunrise filters into the bedroom. I start the coffee, open the sliding doors, step out to my deck, and look down into the valley below. I usually see hummingbirds buzzing around my flowers, sometimes a blue-crowned mot-mot. Some mornings one of my neighbors, a farmer, has been up even earlier...

Living Internationally: How to Enjoy a Roving Retirement

Living Internationally: How to Enjoy a Roving Retirement

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September 25, 2017

Advances in technology have opened up the world. Planes, trains and the Internet are all getting faster and—if you know where to look—you can embrace these changes and make your dream of exploring dozens of overseas destinations come true. Right now, living internationally...