5 Reasons to Retire in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands

5 Reasons to Retire in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands

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June 17, 2018

When many people think of Mexico, they think of the beach. But one of Mexico’s most popular areas for expat living is the Colonial Highlands, a region a few hours north of Mexico City…and there’s nary a beach in sight. So what makes the Colonial Highlands so special? Here are five reasons why expats love the Highlands…and why you might, too.

Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

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June 8, 2018

My husband and I are starting to consider seriously retiring in either of Costa Rica or Panama in the next couple of years. We need a country with easily accessible and excellent healthcare, plus one to which our Canadian pensions are easily portable. Our combined retirement income would amount to approximately $2100.00 net per month. Read more...: Should we retire in Costa Rica or Panama?

In Harmony with Nature in Mindo, Ecuador

In Harmony with Nature in Mindo, Ecuador

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June 7, 2018

If you've ever sat at a desk dreaming of owning your own jungle lodge in paradise, look no further than Wendy Green for inspiration. On the outskirts of Ecuador's cloud forest town of Mindo, two hours from the capital, Quito, Wendy runs wellness/yoga retreats on her five-acre parcel of land, complete with three waterfalls and a freshwater spring.

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

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June 4, 2018

I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Retire on a Sailboat – From Just $1,000 a Month

Retire on a Sailboat – From Just $1,000 a Month

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May 30, 2018

This life could be yours. Plenty of everyday people are choosing to live on the water full-time—in their retirement, no less. After a bit of training and hands-on experience at home, they're tying up beside mega-yachts in the Mediterranean...finding large floating communities of like-minded expat sailors in the Caribbean...and island hopping in the Gulf of Thailand, heading wherever their fancy takes them.

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.