Life is Simple in Panama’s Serene Mountain Town

Life is Simple in Panama’s Serene Mountain Town

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February 9, 2019

When I first discovered Sora, I had been looking for someplace quiet to spend a weekend away from Panama City. I wanted a place that was an easy drive from the capital. Somewhere with a cool climate and little noise or light pollution. I wanted to be able to look up and see the stars, maybe wear a light jacket, and have a relaxing weekend.

Fall in Love with Jungle Life in Tena, Ecuador

Fall in Love with Jungle Life in Tena, Ecuador

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February 2, 2019

Toucans and macaws glide around the lush jungle canopy and scores of monkeys parade through the overhanging branches. Neon-green and electric-blue butterflies of preposterous sizes flit across gurgling streams, while waterfalls drop into deep pools. Welcome to one of my favorites among Ecuador’s secret spots…a place hidden in the east of the country, where indigenous shamans still perform timeless rituals and a small number of adventurous expats have found new lives surrounded by nature.

Enjoying Simple Pleasures in Salamanca, Spain

Enjoying Simple Pleasures in Salamanca, Spain

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January 20, 2019

Cafe con leche is the typical Spanish coffee. Now, you could head to the American-style shop a few blocks from my apartment for a $7 plain coffee. However, I prefer the local café where you can sit outside on the cobblestone patio and sip leisurely while people-watching. The delicious treat only costs $1.25, the workers always greet you with an enthusiastic "Buenos dias!" and no one rushes you to vacate your seat.

Live Well in Attractive Machala, Ecuador For $1,200 a Month

Live Well in Attractive Machala, Ecuador For $1,200 a Month

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January 3, 2019

If you’re someone who is looking for the conveniences of a good-sized city close to the beach and the mountains, I may have found the sweet spot for you. Especially if you are a trailblazer—someone who would enjoy the experience of immersing yourself in a new language and culture.

Medical Tourism: Turn a Knee Replacement into a Lengthy Vacation in these 5 Spots

Medical Tourism: Turn a Knee Replacement into a Lengthy Vacation in these 5 Spots

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December 4, 2018

When we talk to U.S. expats about their healthcare experiences abroad, we repeatedly hear about three things that impress them: the personal, caring attention; how quickly they are able to see a doctor; and, inevitably, how affordable the care is, especially given the high quality...

Where to Find the Best Beaches in Belize

Where to Find the Best Beaches in Belize

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November 27, 2018

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...