Rent for $300 a Month in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Rent for $300 a Month in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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May 15, 2018

Each morning, I begin my day by opening the French window of my studio apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I am greeted by views of towering mountains on the horizon and the golden peak of the famous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple glittering against the lush green background. Although Chiang Mai is the second-largest city in Thailand, with a population of around 1.5 million people, you won’t see high-rises dominating the skyline. Instead, the ruins of ancient moat walls and crumbling Buddhist stupas continue to thrive, keeping Thai history alive against a backdrop of modern development.

Enjoy a Great Lifestyle by the Beach in Sitges, Spain

Enjoy a Great Lifestyle by the Beach in Sitges, Spain

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May 13, 2018

Salud! Ching, Ching! These three words are so simple, yet they hold so much meaning. Friendship, happiness, and a lifetime of health—that's what we toast to as we raise our sparkling Catalan cava to the blue sky. A refreshing glass of sparkling wine is just what the doctor ordered to celebrate this sunny day with friends in Sitges.

Laid-Back, Affordable Living on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Laid-Back, Affordable Living on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

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May 12, 2018

Head out of San Jose, crest the cloud forest-covered mountains to the west of Costa Rica's capital, and in about two hours you're on the Caribbean coast. Another two hours or so south and you're in the heart of the region. A pretty short ride...but it's like a different world.

The Benefits of Living in San José, Costa Rica

The Benefits of Living in San José, Costa Rica

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May 8, 2018

I have a pretty standard morning routine. I’m awakened very early by roosters but stay in bed for a while as the sunrise filters into the bedroom. I start the coffee, open the sliding doors, step out to my deck, and look down into the valley below. I usually see hummingbirds buzzing around my flowers, sometimes a blue-crowned mot-mot. Some mornings one of my neighbors, a farmer, has been up even earlier...

Discovering the Villages of Le Luberon, Provence, France

Discovering the Villages of Le Luberon, Provence, France

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May 2, 2018

Exploring the villages of Le Luberon, France, and beyond, it’s hard to ignore the overwhelming sense that the French have it all figured out. Here is my evidence: In Bonnieux a visit to the Musée de la Boulangerie (Bread Museum), followed by a flawlessly executed warm baguette snack perched on a wall overlooking the valley floor, was the perfect way to start the day.

In the Heart of France’s Wine Country, Burgundy, You’ll Find All This…

In the Heart of France’s Wine Country, Burgundy, You’ll Find All This…

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April 30, 2018

It's always a bit of a bummer when a vacation comes to an end, even if you live in Paris. I felt this way recently driving back north after spending one fabulous week with my family in sunny Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.

How to Own a French Vineyard without Lifting a Finger

How to Own a French Vineyard without Lifting a Finger

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April 30, 2018

Owning a French vineyard is the ultimate dream for many expats—and it’s easy to see why. From Burgundy to Bordeaux, France’s vineyards lie in some of the most beautiful areas of the country and have produced extraordinary wines coveted throughout the world. To live in such an idyllic setting, drinking wine from your own grapes and playing some small role in wine’s ancient story, is a concept that’s both thrilling and gratifying.

Three Little-Known Havens in Italy, France and Spain

Three Little-Known Havens in Italy, France and Spain

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April 17, 2018

If you're in love with classic Europe and its history, romance and culture, take heart: Spain, Italy and France aren’t only for the vacationer who saves for months just to visit. Each one of these three countries has numerous small towns and villages that lie under the radar—places with enticingly affordable properties to rent or buy

Looking for Culture, Comfort and Low-Cost Living? Try Guatemala

Looking for Culture, Comfort and Low-Cost Living? Try Guatemala

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April 16, 2018

It's largely thanks to these folks that Guatemala has such a rich and unique culture. And it's this culture that entices many of the expats who have made their homes here. "I love how different it is, and I want it to stay that way, too," says Jean Johnson who lives in the colonial city of Antigua. "It's like traveling into some epic or bygone landscape," says Portland-native John Kin, of traveling around the highlands.