Making the decision to transplant ourselves to Italy was easy. Making the move itself was painless. Making ourselves at home was smooth and immediate. We have a feeling of belonging that we've not known anywhere else.
My husband had to yank the steering wheel and stop the car to avoid a crash. The snake-like road that we were driving along gave such a dramatic view of Pitigliano that we couldn't help but pull over and gape.
Lucca is one of my favorite towns in all of Italy. Its most notable feature, and one of the things I love most about it, is the magnificent wall that surrounds the entire historical center of the town.
On my international real estate beat I look for two things: Capital appreciation and strong rental income. Some locations will offer appreciation potential, others the income. Only in a rare place at a unique moment does an opportunity tick both boxes.
When we think of moving abroad, particularly to a Spanish-speaking country, we become nervous and intimidated at the daunting idea of having to learn a foreign language. For most baby boomers, the thought of learning Spanish is daunting or seemingly impossible.
You want to move abroad. You want to retire, or expose your grandchildren to a different environment, start a business overseas, or simply buy a home overseas. But...but...the language. How will you ever get a job, run a business, make friends, speak to real estate agents...if you can't speak the language?
Picture yourself having breakfast on your terrace savoring freshly picked fruit and rich Ecuadorian coffee, feeling the relaxing warmth of sunlight on your skin as the sun makes its appearance from behind Imbabura Volcano.
Panama is attracting more and more expats. They've been mainly drawn to Boquete, where an expat community has been established for about 15 years, but now many are choosing to live in David.
Mexico is a place that I love...particularly the Riviera Maya. I'm sure you've heard me talk about it before. I'd enjoyed the experience of my first visit to this part of the world, but I was keen to explore more during my second visit.
As tourism grows and infrastructure improves, retirees have turned their attention toward Nicaragua. Here, you can get great-value land and property if you get in before the crowds come—think Costa Rica pricing 40 years ago.