Jewel Havensas runs her e-commerce store from Trinidad and Tobago. She imports gemstones, crystals, and petrified wood products from suppliers around the world and sells them online.
I began importing folk art 13 years ago, after dreaming about doing it for years, and being encouraged by friends. There are many different kinds of importers, including those who work with large-scale manufacturers, or with companies that ship directly to clients, or who specialize in one product line or work only online.
I had no idea when I landed on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize that it would meet every point on my checklist, with the added bonus of being an English-speaking country with a currency that is pegged to the U.S. dollar (making conversion easy).
Cafe con leche is the typical Spanish coffee. Now, you could head to the American-style shop a few blocks from my apartment for a $7 plain coffee. However, I prefer the local café where you can sit outside on the cobblestone patio and sip leisurely while people-watching. The delicious treat only costs $1.25, the workers always greet you with an enthusiastic "Buenos dias!" and no one rushes you to vacate your seat.
I've worked with a range of clients, contributed articles to international travel publications, and visited over 12 different countries across three continents.
My girlfriend, Corissa, and I were still living in Calgary, Canada, this time last year. Anyone who has ever been to Alberta in winter will tell you how cold it gets in this part of the world—25 F below zero is not uncommon in Calgary. Therefore, we both decided to pack our bags and drive Read more...: I Moved to Panama and Switched Snow for Sunshine
When Leslie King’s parents decided it was time to retire, they had a family meeting about where they would live. Her dad was the first to come up with the idea of moving to Panama. After that, Leslie researched like crazy and came to the same conclusion. “It had the perfect temperature,” she says. “The Read more...: “I Started a Skate Rink Business in Family-Friendly Boquete”
When asked what drew her to Panama City, Jessica says it was the people, the country’s beauty, and the convenience of an affordable cosmopolitan city. “It was all of the above. I didn’t miss much from North America.”
For eight years, New Jersey native Michelle Bottalico has been calling the northwestern Italian city of Turin home. Along the way she's met her husband-to-be, acquired Italian citizenship through ancestry, and furthered her photography business.
One simple sentence from Brian Gough to his wife, Stephanie, changed the course of their lives forever: "I think we should do it." They were drawn to Costa Rica because it allows foreigners to own businesses and land outright; holding just a passport.