Great-Value Real Estate in Lake Chapala: Mexico’s Welcoming Expat Haven

Great-Value Real Estate in Lake Chapala: Mexico’s Welcoming Expat Haven

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June 14, 2016

Lake Chapala is a snowbird’s paradise that is home to a large and welcoming expat community. And that’s not all. In my opinion, Lake Chapala has the best-value real estate you’ll find in any of this country’s expat hubs. Sitting at an altitude of 5,000 feet in west-central Mexico, Lake Chapala (the country’s largest freshwater lake) boasts one of the best climates in the world.

The World’s Top 4 Heavenly Retirement Havens

The World’s Top 4 Heavenly Retirement Havens

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June 1, 2016

What makes a particular spot a “perfect" retirement haven? Usually the answer depends on who you ask. Admittedly, one person’s heaven on earth could be the last place in the world another would choose to live. But there are a few special places on the planet—undeniable favorites with travelers, expats and retirees—that are so extraordinary, they are often described as being “heavenly” or “like paradise.”

Retirees Sail the Caribbean for 8 Years On a $1,000-Per-Month Budget

Retirees Sail the Caribbean for 8 Years On a $1,000-Per-Month Budget

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May 25, 2016

Gary and Julie discovered that learning how to sail, buying a sailboat, and cruising from island to island isn’t as difficult – or expensive - as they once believed. In fact, they wound up spending eight full years sailing the Caribbean on their own boat, without any major problems, and spent only $1,000 a month to do it.

The Top Towns and Cities in Latin America for Healthy Living

The Top Towns and Cities in Latin America for Healthy Living

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May 19, 2016

In many of the world’s best retirement havens, embracing a healthier lifestyle just comes naturally. And it’s easy to see why. With warm weather year-round, it’s easy to get out and about whenever you feel like it. Abundant fresh air fills your lungs with each breath. With everything you need within walking distance, many expats can get by just fine without a car. And those extra yards you walk each day add up to a shrinking waistline over time. Lower costs make it much easier to eat healthily, too.

10 Best Places in the World to Escape the 2016 Political Season

10 Best Places in the World to Escape the 2016 Political Season

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May 10, 2016

In the hours after one presidential debate recently, Google searches for “how can I move to Canada” reportedly spiked 1,150%. Here at International Living, we have nothing against Canada. But it should be said: There are warmer, better-value options to consider…all over the world. Each year at International Living we release our Global Retirement Index. Researched over months with the help of our ever-growing team of correspondents, editors, and contributors all over the world, this Retirement Index is the ultimate resource for helping you find your ideal retirement haven.

The Most Affordable Retirement Havens in Western Europe

The Most Affordable Retirement Havens in Western Europe

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May 9, 2016

“You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy everything Malta can provide,” says Gigi Griffis. “Rents in the capital start from as low as $450 a month. Milk, bread, and other groceries can be bought for $1 apiece, while a bottle of quality wine can be had for $6. Private insurance is a fraction of what you would expect to pay back in the States, with annual premiums for a couple starting as low as $800 for expats I spoke to.”

Enjoy A Relaxed And Comfortable Lifestyle On Your Social Security In Cambodia

Enjoy A Relaxed And Comfortable Lifestyle On Your Social Security In Cambodia

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April 19, 2016

Phnom Penh has hundreds of years of history that can be discovered by visiting the main landmarks. The Royal Palace allows visitors to join a special tour each day where you can see so many cultural highlights, including the Silver Pagoda (a royal tower with a spectacular silver floor, home to Cambodia’s Emerald Buddha) and the Throne Hall, where many national ceremonies take place.

Five Countries Where $1,500 A Month Is Plenty to Live on

Five Countries Where $1,500 A Month Is Plenty to Live on

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March 29, 2016

Thousands of retirees (and younger folks, too) are benefiting from a higher quality of life and a lower cost of living in places overseas where even a little goes a long, long way—whether it be filling a tank of gas, getting the week’s groceries, paying for health insurance, or making all the other ends of a monthly budget meet.

The 10 Best Things About Ireland

The 10 Best Things About Ireland

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March 17, 2016

Maybe it’s the music. Or the breathtaking landscapes. Or the witty humor and long, effortless conversations. Even without a drop of Irish blood in your veins, it’s easy to fall in love with Ireland’s charms, traditions, and strong sense of community. The recession that followed the Celtic Tiger boom hasn’t altered the essentials that make the Emerald Isle special.

The Most Romantic Retirement Havens in the World

The Most Romantic Retirement Havens in the World

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February 16, 2016

Valentine’s Day may be the most romantic day of the year, but it’s undeniable that some locations have a certain "je ne sais quoi", which adds that something special to the occasion. International Living ranks the top five most romantic locations on their beat—great places to visit with a loved one or to strike out and find love anew.