Colombia is probably one of the most misunderstood countries in the world. People of my generation have had very little exposure to this country. We remember the Juan Valdez coffee commercials, and of course, the news stories of Pablo Escobar and the drug cartels...
Belize is well-known for its famous Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. For decades adventurous scuba divers and anglers have vacationed in Belize, in pursuit of their favorite marine sports. But this tiny country also has some fine beaches. But they aren't always obvious to the first-time tourist. Fortunately, the majority of Belize's beaches are public and accessible. The 60-foot strip of beachfront adjoining the Caribbean Sea is usually public property.
There is no hard data on the number of singles abroad—for that matter, the U.S. doesn’t know how many of its citizens live abroad, period. But at International Living, we hear from our worldwide network of correspondents (of whom I am one), who tell us who’s coming and going in their countries.
Some Italian walled cities can feel a bit eerie. It’s as if centuries of trying to ward people off finally worked and there is no one left clamoring to get in. Other walled cities, like Orvieto, are bustling with tourism but feel a bit staged for the benefit of day trippers.
I used to hate Mondays. I would dread waking up at the crack of dawn on Monday mornings, dragging myself to the gym, and stare down the barrel of another grueling week at work. But since moving to Penang, Malaysia, I look forward to my new Monday morning ritual.
I love living in Paris, but with so much going on in the ‘City of Light’ it’s easy to get caught up in the crazy pace of life and take the city’s wonders for granted. So, whenever I have a free moment, I make sure to spend it savoring the best of Paris.
There is no perfect place in the world. But when my husband and I were looking to relocate and start over in another country, we did a lot of research and soul searching, trying to pinpoint the place that was as close to perfection as we could get.
For decades Costa Rica has been among the world’s premier retirement destinations. It still is. Chuck and his wife Anna launched their Pura Vida lifestyle in 2012. They sought a mild climate, better healthcare, amazing views, and lots to do…and all at a lower cost of living. You’ll find established and welcoming expat communities all across the country. It’s easy to make friends to explore the jungle with, or to share an ice-cold, two-buck Pilsen beer while watching the sun set from a beach.
Madrid, like most of Europe’s big capital cities, offers plenty of excitement and culture, but these thrills tend to come with a sizeable price tag. So why not head out of the big city? If you live in Cuenca, Spain (the provincial capital) you can enjoy affordable, convenient small-town living…yet you’re as little as 55 minutes from central Madrid and its big-city action.
Not surprisingly, Europe delivers strongly on healthcare; in each of our five picks, you’ll find healthcare professionals and facilities of a world-class standard. But perhaps more surprisingly, the care on offer in these countries won’t leave you counting pennies.