How Life Overseas Enriches You…

How Life Overseas Enriches You…

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March 18, 2014

I visited San Miguel de Allende recently while working on a video project, and I had a chance to catch up with an old friend from when my wife, Suzan Haskins, and I lived there back in 2007 and 2008. It pleased me to find him doing well and to hear that his two children were growing into handsome, intelligent young adults. Part of the reason for that, he told me, were the chances they'd had to travel.

Retirees Wanted to Test-drive Life Overseas For a Month—All Expenses Paid

Retirees Wanted to Test-drive Life Overseas For a Month—All Expenses Paid

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March 15, 2014

We at International Living are sending one lucky winner (along with a friend or spouse) to Coronado, Panama for a full month in 2014—free. The prize includes round-trip flights from the U.S. or Canada to Panama City, furnished accommodation in the beach-resort town of Coronado, plus a living-expense stipend of $1,500.

Make Room for an Overseas Adventure

Make Room for an Overseas Adventure

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March 4, 2014

We sold the house and had to decide what to do with all that stuff. So we took inventory—stuff we wanted to keep on one side of the ledger, stuff for the garage sale on the other. The idea was to get rid of all the things we didn't need and keep all the things that we thought gave our life meaning and stability...the stuff we absolutely couldn't live without.

Tasty, Filling, and Healthy: Five Foods to Try in Costa Rica

Tasty, Filling, and Healthy: Five Foods to Try in Costa Rica

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March 2, 2014

Costa Rica doesn't get much attention as a culinary destination. The national cuisine (known locally as comida tipica) hasn't extended across borders. And you won't find Costa Rican restaurants anywhere but Costa Rica. Yet, most tourists and expats find that this country is actually full of some great food. It's tasty, filling, healthy, and, in most cases, very reasonably priced.

Travel to Croatia: One of the Most Beautiful Places in Europe

Travel to Croatia: One of the Most Beautiful Places in Europe

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February 27, 2014

Before I arrived in Croatia, people told me that it was one of the most beautiful places in Europe. "If you love Italy, you'll love Croatia," they said. "After all, the Croatian coast is where the Italians go to vacation." Most of Croatia's coast is along the historic Dalmatian region—a place that perfectly meshes Italian and Eastern European inspirations in architecture, food, and even language. I based myself in Split...

The Easiest Way to Plan a Trip to Ecuador

The Easiest Way to Plan a Trip to Ecuador

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February 26, 2014

Just this month, I took an editorial trip to Ecuador to scout out what opportunities it offers to you today. I’m happy to report that it still has everything that you could look for in retirement and more—beautiful, temperate weather in the highlands and hotter weather toward the coast; warm, friendly people (expats and locals Read more...: The Easiest Way to Plan a Trip to Ecuador

A Wonderful Lifestyle in Berlin, Germany

A Wonderful Lifestyle in Berlin, Germany

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February 25, 2014

John Sklute, a retired English professor from California, has lived just about everywhere—from sunny Spain to spacious Sweden. So when he says that Berlin has a special something, you know he's done the legwork. John's love for Berlin started when he spent a summer there in 1994 and fell in love with a local. The relationship didn't work out, but John's passion for Berlin never waned.

What Do Retirees Overseas Do All Day?

What Do Retirees Overseas Do All Day?

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February 16, 2014

But nature abhors a vacuum, and I know of no one here simply staring out the window wondering how to spend their time. During four years of living in Cuenca I have been amazed to observe the many creative outlets foreign residents dream up to be active and productive. Free from the yoke of employment (although many expat-run businesses have sprung up) folks are starting foundations and volunteering, learning Spanish and teaching English, tending animals and growing food, traveling in Ecuador and far beyond its borders.

6 Reasons Why You Need a Second Passport

6 Reasons Why You Need a Second Passport

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February 7, 2014

If you believe that spreading your political risk beyond one jurisdiction is the single most important thing you can do today, then obtaining a second passport and citizenship in another country is a critical part in achieving your goal. This is because it's a fundamental step toward minimizing the political risk of being subjected to the whims of any single government. The political diversification benefits that come with obtaining a second passport are universal and prudent for anyone in the world to obtain...