From the back terrace of Marilyn and Jerry Johnson's home in Panama, you can hear the faint sound of the waves rolling in. "I guess I take it for granted sometimes," says Marilyn. "You look out at the water and it's so beautiful and relaxing."
"It's tough to find a place in the world with a better climate than here." You'll hear that from nearly every expat that lives in Mexico's tranquil Lake Chapala region. Restaurant owner Trip Wilmot is no different.
"What I love the most about Paris is every day brings an opportunity to see and do something new. It stimulates the brain. Every street you haven't traveled down before leaves you room for discovery and learning," says Texas native Leah Walker.
Once you’re in a new place, entrepreneurial expats report, it’s not hard to spot niches or gaps in the market that you’re perfectly suited to fill. You may end up making money in a way you’d never have predicted back home. To prove that point, we’ve collected the stories below from expats abroad who happily fund “the good life” through ventures they discovered—or created—overseas.
"You're starting a business where?" That's the question you'll get, over and over, when you tell your friends you've decided to pack your bags and move to Panama. They'll likely know that Panama is famous for its...
Nick Fawcus-Robinson wakes most mornings well before the sun rises. Padding around his bungalow in bare feet to make a cup of tea, while the cocks crow outside, I'm sure he ponders his past life now and again. Maybe. Nick was an officer in the army for many years and a highly paid corporate executive in the tobacco industry after that.
Scott Dinsmore, 47, and David Russell, 52, keep busy running their Spanish colonial-style boutique hotel, El Castillo, on Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast. It sits 600 feet above the beach in the jungle-clad mountains that rise sharply from the deep blue waters. But they never forget to enjoy the natural beauty of their adopted home...
Two years ago I never would have imagined that I would be sharing the intimate details of my bikini-clad life on a deserted Caribbean beach.
A fun way to fund your Mexico vacations is by having an import-export business: buying local products in Mexico like handicrafts and selling them back home when you return.
In exchange for looking after the house, garden, pets, and pool, my husband Michael and I have saved around $24,000 in accommodation costs. Whether you want a dream vacation or to sample a retirement destination, the trick to being successful is to stand out from the crowd. Competition is fierce, with many homeowners receiving 20 to 60 responses to their "housesitter needed" advertisements. Here's how you can join this group of savvy travelers and score the best housesitting gigs around the world.