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.
For three days now, I've been telling you that in Ecuador, you can have it all...but at what price? What must you give up to make a good life here? International Living is, at times, accused of seeing the world through rose-colored glasses...of overlooking the bad and omitting the blemishes. If you've been here in Quito the past few days, I doubt you'd agree with that.
When my wife and I operated a Thai restaurant near San Francisco, we decorated it by putting Thai artwork on the walls. It was beautiful, and added to the ambiance of the restaurant. Then we had an idea. We started putting a few discreet signs up that the artwork was for sale—and people started snapping it up. Our extra business became very profitable. We already traveled to Thailand...
I've always been fascinated by Spain, with its unhurried pace...warm people...and colorful history. So a year ago I spent several months traveling from the medieval villages of Girona in the northeast, down to the windswept beaches and emerging surf towns of the southwest.
Opening the front door of your very own hotel, you step out onto an unspoiled, black-sand beach and dig your toes into the sand. You're looking forward to your morning walk along the beach, enjoying the warm sunshine and listening to the gentle hush of the rolling surf.
From 1993 to 1999, I traveled and lived all over the world. And during that time, I got to experience wonderful places like the white-sand beaches of the British Virgin Islands...the cafes of Aix-en-Provence, France...the wild summer parties of Corfu, Greece...the exotic culture of Bali, Indonesia...and more.
You wake up early for work. But you’re not slapping at the alarm clock in disgust, then rushing out the door for a long commute. You want to get up...you’re looking forward to the day. You get to enjoy that first cup of coffee as the rising sun makes the Pacific glitter...watch wildlife—toucans, parrots, even monkeys—make their morning rounds in the trees...and bask in praise from departing guests...
When I chose to drop out of school at 14, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life other than to fulfill my lifelong dream to travel the world. Back then, I didn't know how I would do so, I just knew I would make it happen. I grew up next door to an Italian family, the Picos, who had migrated to Australia with their sons, Giovanni and Pietro.