"In Arizona, it was hot in the summer and in the winter we got snow," says Beverley Scherberger. "I love the outdoors, but I never wanted to actually go out because of the weather."
"I'm kind of a social butterfly," says Linda Flierl Hooks, owner of The Donkey Den Cafe and Guesthouse in Santa Marianita, Ecuador. At 71 years old, Linda's life is socially active and satisfying.
As I wander through bustling streets, the soundtrack changes with each turn I take...first jazz plays, then hip-hop, rock, even a full gamelan (a traditional Indonesian percussion instrument) orchestra...
It was mid-December in the Mediterranean—a bright, sunny, blue-sky day, brisk and perfect for a light jacket—and I was on a quest for the best cannoli in town.
I'm not a morning person. But waking up in the plush surroundings of an ocean-view room in a luxury resort on the island paradise of Bali is a breeze. I happily left my cozy bed to take in the view from my private terrace as the soft orange and purple hues of dawn breaking lit up the ocean beyond.
It was a great feeling when my wife and I sold our car three years ago and got on the plane for a one-way flight to Salinas, Ecuador. Living without a car has been a wonderful experience, and it's one of the ways that expats are able to keep their living expenses so low.
As 2016 drew to a close and family and friends were starting to feel the growing pressure of the holiday season...we hadn’t a care in the world. My husband, Michael, and I were enjoying a stay in a three-bedroom apartment in one of the nicest suburbs in Quito, Ecuador...for free.
When you love something—be it anything from corgis and yoga to travel and Mexican food—you're going to want to share it with others. And while your friends and family won't always have the same enthusiasm for learning Spanish, traveling with pets, or buying a new home overseas, there are thousands of people online who do...and you can make money talking to them about the things you love.
If you had told me eight years ago that I would be leading the life I live today, I would have called you crazy. I get paid to travel to far-flung and exotic places—Madagascar one day, Iceland or Costa Rica next. I have no boss.
As the sun set over the Nam Song River in Vang Vieng, a riverside village in northern Laos, I sipped on my ice-cold cocktail and contemplated just how lucky I've been.