Stretching from along the eastern edge of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, from Cancún in the north to Tulúm in the south, the Riviera Maya is one of the world’s top vacation destinations.
If you visited Playa del Carmen 10 or 15 years ago, you wouldn’t recognize it today. This once sleepy seaside town on Mexico’s Riviera Maya used to be primarily known as the place to catch the ferry to the island of Cozumel just offshore.
My wife, Suzan Haskins, and I were married in Costa Rica 14 years ago and have been back for business and pleasure almost every year since. We also lived in Panama in 2006 and, like Costa Rica, have returned nearly every year for International Living events, editorial trips, and vacations. So it is inevitable that...
Recently, when a friend and I were traveling by train in Spain, she used her senior discount card to get a hefty discount off the ticket price. She’s not Spanish; she’s a U.S. tourist.
One of the biggest expenses when traveling is your accommodation. This is especially true in popular tourist spots. But my wife Rita and I have discovered a way to save money and at the same time experience the country we’re visiting in a more intimate and exciting way.
Over the summer I moved with my family to Mexico’s Riviera Maya, to a condo near the water just outside the seaside village of Akumal. It’s the perfect location, with several white-sand stretches of shore—with that brilliant blue Caribbean Sea—within a five-minute drive.
Italy is home to the Cittaslow movement which combines “Slow Food” with the art of leisurely good living. As delectable dining is one of the great joys of Italy, make time to discover at least one or two of the network’s 70 small towns. Most Cittaslow communities come with historic treasures, but the big attraction is their strong sense of identity and spirit of place. To be accredited, they must have less than 50,000 inhabitants. With an emphasis on regional recipes, traditional agricultural practices and seasonal local produce, it’s an authentic taste of Italy guaranteed to make your tastebuds zing. Here are four inland and coastal gems to whet your appetite.
Picture this… You’ve just risen from a good night’s sleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore. You slept like a baby because you’re free from your old worries. The smell of salt water permeates the air and an ocean breeze tickles your cheeks.
“I never imagined I’d be staying in the homes of people I didn’t know, taking care of their pets and valuables in exchange for free accommodation,” says Denny Rudin. “If someone had mentioned it to me five years ago, I would have thought they were crazy.”
As the managing editor of International Living's Daily Postcards, I hear from our editors and correspondents on the ground in the world’s top retirement havens on a daily basis about what makes these countries perfect…their affordability, the great weather, good-value real estate…the friendly people.