A few years ago, shortly after my retirement, I stumbled across an online photography workshop and decided to give it a try. I learned a lot about photography from this course, but the breakthrough moment for me was when I learned how to use the video setting on my camera.
Hiking to the top of a volcano...scuba diving in crystal-clear turquoise waters...long walks on vast golden-sand beaches...these were the kind of adventures I would have almost every day while living in Fuerteventura, one of the seven Canary Islands off the western coast of Africa.
I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd see a real lion kill with my own eyes. And yet here I was, in the heart of Tanzania, watching as two lionesses pounced on two unlucky wildebeests.
Fifty-year-old Sue Vasquez grew up in the harsh winters of the Midwest. She wanted nothing more than a life where she could spend more time with her husband, Carlos, enjoying sun and warmth.
After nearly four years living in San Pedro town on the tropical island of Ambergris Caye in Belize, I still wake up every morning to the sweet sound of birds singing and think how lucky I am.
Just one short year ago, I announced over the dinner table that I’d decided to sell my business and move to Belize. My family wasn’t a bit surprised since I had been threatening to do so for the better part of a decade. But, this time, I followed through!
As a soft breeze gently moves the palms around me, I gaze out across a sea of green, perfectly-kept lawn tennis courts. In the distance, where the grass courts end and the playing field begins, there's an early morning cricket match kicking off—a gentle reminder of Penang’s rich colonial history.
Even though my wife Susan and I live in the midst of a historic, colonial city, at night we are lulled to sleep by the sounds of the river flowing just across the street. It’s just one of the many things I’ve grown to love about Cuenca, Ecuador.
"I get to wake up in the mornings, have coffee on my balcony overlooking the ocean," says Shane Cavilee. "And it never gets cold. I could be home doing the same type of job, but be cold and miserable in the winter time. Who needs that?"
“I didn’t realize how easy living here would be. How easy it is to get around, to buy food, to go to the beach—things that make it so livable. Everything is so easy here—it’s remarkable.”