Finding Adventure in Costa Rica

Finding Adventure in Costa Rica

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October 17, 2013

There I was 140 feet up a tree in the rainforest of Costa Rica's Southern Zone. I'd hoisted myself up using mountaineering gear--it took about 30 minutes. Now, as we rested dangling in our harnesses, we watched a trio of toucans of one species eating nuts on a nearby tree and then a pair from another species fly right by our heads.

Living in Spain: Enjoy an Affordable Lifestyle on the Coast

Living in Spain: Enjoy an Affordable Lifestyle on the Coast

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October 16, 2013

I love Spain. Every time I'm there I fall right back into the lifestyle. Someone recently described the Spanish as having “perfected the art of hanging out,” and I have to admit I agree. They've raised it to an art form. And the siesta? Greatest invention since sliced bread, in my book. I'm not alone in my assessment. I meet folks all the time who say, “Spain? Oh, yeah….” And then they sigh.

I’m Not Like Other Expats…

I’m Not Like Other Expats…

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October 6, 2013

I have a confession to make. I don’t like the beach. I know tropical beach is supposed to be the dream of every sensible expat. We’re supposed to want to swing in a hammock on it, listen to the surf gently lapping on it, stroll barefoot on it, drink ice-cold beer under umbrellas on it, and walk out of the front door of our seaside bungalows directly on to it.

Buying a Boat in Panama Could Save You Money

Buying a Boat in Panama Could Save You Money

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October 2, 2013

After landing in Panama City, Mike traveled to Shelter Bay Marina—situated at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal—to meet up with the owner and check out Escapade. Mike was thrilled with the vessel, so, after getting the green light from Ann, he bought it. The boat-buying process works about the same way as purchasing a house.

A (Junior-High) Dream Come True in France

A (Junior-High) Dream Come True in France

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September 29, 2013

My French adventure began in the ninth grade—in a classroom with a tall bearded French teacher called Mr. Kavanaugh. Mr. Kavanaugh adored la belle France—often showing us French films or playing the music of Edith Piaf—and his enthusiasm for the country was infectious. I nursed those fanciful high school moments into a dream of visiting and maybe one day, living in France.

Exploring Turkey’s Historic Turquoise Coast

Exploring Turkey’s Historic Turquoise Coast

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September 26, 2013

Called the "Turquoise Coast," the water really is turquoise—usually a brilliant shade of the color. You may argue that it's cyan, azure, or a shade of blue-green, but you won't dispute its beauty. If you like sailing, you will love it here. Until the 1970s, access to most villages was by sea only. There are still beaches and hidden spots you won't reach without a boat. You can easily and affordably take a cruise aboard a traditional wooden gulet (a type of sailboat), or charter one and go it alone.

Costa Rica: The Caribbean Coast v. the Pacific Coast

Costa Rica: The Caribbean Coast v. the Pacific Coast

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September 23, 2013

There are many differences between Costa Rica’s Caribbean and Pacific Coasts. The Caribbean coast stretches for some 125 miles between Panama and Nicaragua. The region is sparsely populated, but has splendid beaches, excellent fishing, great water sports and it gives endless opportunities for getting close to nature.