An Insider’s Guide to Eating Cheap in Foodie France

An Insider’s Guide to Eating Cheap in Foodie France

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June 2, 2016

Since I moved to rural Burgundy, France more than two years ago, I have discovered that a Frenchman and his money are not soon parted. This is a culture where attention to centimes is ardent…every resident can tell you the exact price of a baguette, a coffee, or a liter of gas. My wife and I have done our best to adopt the techniques of the locals, always searching for bargains, especially when it comes to food and wine.

More Leisure, Less Work…in Coronado, Panama

More Leisure, Less Work…in Coronado, Panama

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June 1, 2016

When Toni Munoz, 53, visited Panama in 2014, she did what no one should. "I came just to look around, but I ended up buying a house!" she says. Conventional wisdom says it's best to visit a couple times and maybe even rent for a while before buying but Toni's spur-of-the-moment decision to buy in the beach resort of Coronado turned out to be a good thing. "I just fell in love with the community," she says.

Bubbling Springs, Rainforests, and a New Life in Ecuador

Bubbling Springs, Rainforests, and a New Life in Ecuador

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June 1, 2016

In 2007, Robin Moulyn and her partner, Rob "literally sold the farm" near a small town in British Columbia to move to Ecuador. "We decided we needed an adventure," says Robin. Rob had done some research and found that Ecuador offered a low cost of living and ranked highly in terms of safety and medical care. For six weeks, they traveled the country, visiting all the likely places they might want to live.

The Truth About What it Really Costs to Live Abroad

The Truth About What it Really Costs to Live Abroad

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May 31, 2016

My wife, Suzan, and I hear from a lot of people asking about the actual cost of retiring and living overseas. After almost 15 years of doing that ourselves, we can honestly answer, “As much or as little as you want.” A lot of these questions arise because of some extraordinary claims about how cheap it is to live overseas. Many of the people who ask us about this can’t figure out how a person could possibly live on a single Social Security check each month. And there are good reasons they can’t figure it out.

The Top 3 Beaches in Thailand for the Perfect Retirement by the Sea

The Top 3 Beaches in Thailand for the Perfect Retirement by the Sea

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May 31, 2016

Do you want to retire in one of those places that looks like a postcard? I know you've seen those picture perfect cards with the turquoise waters, white sands, and a single palm tree stretching towards the bluest sky. Those places do exist, even without the aid of Photoshop. Not only are they real, but there are many countries in Asia where you can find those beaches. I spent three weeks exploring some of the best beaches in Thailand and found three beach areas where you could send home those kinds of postcards, but with pictures you’ve taken yourself.

“Why We Feel Safe and Happy in Mexico”

“Why We Feel Safe and Happy in Mexico”

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May 30, 2016

As a retired expat and current resident of Mexico, I frequently get asked if Mexico is a safe place to live? Media outlets in the States are fond of highlighting occurrences of cartel-related violence near the U.S. border, leading many to conclude that all of Mexico is a scary, unsafe place. Further, the U.S. Department of State does a great job of issuing real-time warnings to travelers regarding upticks in violence in various Mexican locations.

Quiet Beach Town Living on Panama’s Pacific Coast

Quiet Beach Town Living on Panama’s Pacific Coast

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May 30, 2016

Santa Catalina is one of those out-of-the-way beach towns with its own quiet charm. As you walk through town along one of the two narrow streets you pass young men with their surfboards under their arms, headed for the break. Kids on bicycles roll past, avoiding a dog or two. The bus from Santiago arrives and a few backpackers get off, hoisting their loads as they're passed down from the top of the bus.

Living an Affordable Beach Lifestyle in Placencia, Belize

Living an Affordable Beach Lifestyle in Placencia, Belize

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May 29, 2016

With 17 miles of continuous golden-sand beaches, a low key, laidback Caribbean lifestyle, a small population, and plenty of top notch restaurants and funky beach bars, it’s not surprising that expats are pulling up stakes to move to Belize’s Placencia peninsula… In February of 2014 Laura and Dave Diffendal left Cleveland, Ohio, for Placencia Village...

Captivating Mountain Views in Cerro Azul, Panama

Captivating Mountain Views in Cerro Azul, Panama

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May 29, 2016

To sit on a porch in the tiny mountain town of Cerro Azul is to experience true serenity. That's how I feel as I relax in an old Adirondack-style chair, gazing at hillsides carpeted in green. A single pick-up truck is the only vehicle that trundles past. Though I don't know him, the driver gives me a friendly wave. Earlier in the day I took a mini-hike to a hilltop mirador (lookout point) and caught far-off glimpses of both the Pacific and the Caribbean. Now I sit sipping my coffee and watching a pretty blue tanager swoop around the garden.

Retirees Sail the Caribbean for 8 Years On a $1,000-Per-Month Budget

Retirees Sail the Caribbean for 8 Years On a $1,000-Per-Month Budget

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May 25, 2016

Gary and Julie discovered that learning how to sail, buying a sailboat, and cruising from island to island isn’t as difficult – or expensive - as they once believed. In fact, they wound up spending eight full years sailing the Caribbean on their own boat, without any major problems, and spent only $1,000 a month to do it.