I've been a real estate investor for a little over 15 years now. So I've seen firsthand how the internet has made the vacation rental business more hands-off and profitable than it's ever been...if you know what you're doing.
I fell in love with the South Pacific island of Fiji way back in 1999. The year-round warm tropical climate...sparkling blue waters teeming with brightly colored fish...the laidback locals and chilled out vibe of island life... It was paradise.
Some days, I still feel like pinching myself. I never thought a middle-class gal like me would end up owning a vacation home in Fiji. I'm here right now, lounging on the hanging bed that looks out over the sparkling South Pacific.
"Melaque is a 100 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. It's a vacation spot for Mexicans. And in the winter months, about November to February, there are about 300 Canadians who come to town," says CJ Singer.
In the heart of Panama City, surrounded by gleaming new high-rises and the buzz of a modern capital city, New Yorker Litha Wilson feels at home. "It's a lot like New York City," she says.
"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.
Over the last decade, there's been a revolution in the beer industry. Beer drinkers have increasingly sought out alternatives to mainstream lager beers, and embraced small-batch craft beers—flavorful brews inspired by Old World recipes and experimentation with ingredients.
A few years ago, my wife, Jana, and I moved to the Czech Republic to be closer to her family. I immediately fell in love with the country's rich and storied medieval history. And its position at the center of Europe made it the perfect base from which to explore.
Rounding the bend of a narrow country road, flanked on either side by hedges filled with thorny briars, I caught sight of the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most visited attractions. The Rock is an imposing fortress set high upon a rocky green mound.
Iceland seems to be on everybody's bucket list right now and, after a flying visit to photograph it's spectacular, other-worldly scenery, I can see why. The island nation isolated in the North Atlantic Ocean is unlike anywhere else I've been before.