San Francisco Neighborhood of Panama City.

San Francisco Neighborhood of Panama City.

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September 28, 2018

To live the big city life for less and enjoy a world-class retirement look no farther than the San Francisco neighborhood of Panama City. I chose to live in San Francisco because of its walkability, its amenities, and just how close it is to the kind of action that makes for a great city life...and from gourmet delis to evenings at the opera, I enjoyed every minute.

Perigord, Dordogne

Perigord, Dordogne

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September 24, 2018

Every day in my travel research I come across the terms "hidden gem," "off the beaten path," "unspoiled, authentic, undiscovered..." The Dordogne region of France is the only place I have been to date where it is actually true. Castles sit like crown jewels along the river banks. My family and I often found ourselves beating our own path through the oak forests toward the river bank.

Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia: Three Great Destinations to Live in Southeast Asia

Thailand, Cambodia and Malaysia: Three Great Destinations to Live in Southeast Asia

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September 12, 2018

Living in Southeast Asia is a lot easier than you probably think…it’s easier to get around, to get what you need, to find a community that will welcome you. While the distance may be intimidating, the reality on the ground is much less so than you may imagine. Expats living in this part of the world report that life is at once exhilarating, comfortable and affordable.

Alicante, Spain: Will It Get Under Your Skin, Too?

Alicante, Spain: Will It Get Under Your Skin, Too?

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September 6, 2018

I arrived in Alicante planning to stay just a few months, thinking I'd wait out Spain's scorching summer months here beside the city's languorous stretch of Mediterranean coastline, a chance to relax and recharge before returning to a larger city. My German landlord eyed me dubiously. He'd moved here almost a decade ago, planning to stay just one year.

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

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July 1, 2018

The 2014 Fast Track Costa Rica Conference is over and done with - and as expected, it was a roaring success. I'd wager the people who attended this conference were people who had read and heard about Costa Rica's breath-taking natural beauty, very affordable cost of living, and the Pura Vida lifestyle—and were interested in seeing if it's somewhere where they could enjoy a happier retirement for less than what they are paying at home.

One of the Best Retirement Destinations in Northeast Brazil

One of the Best Retirement Destinations in Northeast Brazil

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June 24, 2018

If you're a regular IL reader—or you've been following the World Cup hoopla—then you've likely heard of the cities of Fortaleza, Natal, and Recife. If you're not familiar with them, they're all state capitals in the tropical northeast of Brazil. All are popular tourist destinations for Europeans, although North Americans have been slow to catch on to their delights. All are hosting World Cup games.

Sapodilla, Belize: In Search of the Most Beautiful Beach in Belize

Sapodilla, Belize: In Search of the Most Beautiful Beach in Belize

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June 23, 2018

There are few things that can motivate me to rise before the sun. But on a calm, hazy April morning I arrived at Garbutt Marine's dock before 6 a.m., as the sun was rising... I was joining a ReefCI day trip to the Sapodilla Cayes, in search of Belize's most beautiful beach. The other participants had fishing on their minds...

In Harmony with Nature in Mindo, Ecuador

In Harmony with Nature in Mindo, Ecuador

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June 7, 2018

If you've ever sat at a desk dreaming of owning your own jungle lodge in paradise, look no further than Wendy Green for inspiration. On the outskirts of Ecuador's cloud forest town of Mindo, two hours from the capital, Quito, Wendy runs wellness/yoga retreats on her five-acre parcel of land, complete with three waterfalls and a freshwater spring.