I’d Never Live on This Caribbean Island…

I’d Never Live on This Caribbean Island…

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April 2, 2018

I'm writing this postcard from a veranda overlooking the Caribbean Sea on a nearly forgotten tropical island. The ocean is showing off several shades of blue and a slight breeze teases the palms. The piña colada at my side completes the picture. But as my family's annual vacation draws to a close I'm actually a bit anxious to return home to Cotacachi, Ecuador.

Explore the Panama Canal by Boat

Explore the Panama Canal by Boat

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March 24, 2018

This year marks the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal, and celebrations are taking place throughout the year. The first boat to make the ocean-to-ocean transit of the canal was the SS Ancon on Aug. 15, 1914. Most visitors who come to Panama make a point of seeing the canal, usually at the Miraflores Locks just outside of Panama City, or the Gatun Locks, just west of Colon city. Personally, I can think of no better way to honor and enjoy this wonder of the modern world than to see it at eye level and take a boat trip on the Panama Canal. The complete transit takes about nine hours, passing through three sets of locks. There are a number of ways to do this, and no matter which one you choose it will be a memorable experience.

Making New Friends in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

Making New Friends in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

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March 22, 2018

When the old man waved first, and offered the faintest of smiles, I knew we'd made progress in making Puerto Cayo, Ecuador our home. I begin almost every day with a one-hour walk from our home into town and back. And every day, without fail, I see the same local people, going to the same places in their own morning routine. In the beginning, the Puerto Cayans weren't unfriendly at all. They just didn't seem overly friendly.

The Trick to Buying Affordable Property in Punta del Este, Uruguay

The Trick to Buying Affordable Property in Punta del Este, Uruguay

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March 10, 2018

Punta del Este, less than two hours from Uruguay’s elegant capital of Montevideo, has long been the most fashionable beach resort in South America. An apartment sold here a few years back for $7.2 million… but believe it or not, you can still find a nice condo in a coveted Punta del Este neighborhood for less than $150,000. There’s a secret to buying affordably here. And it’s simple.

Tasty, Filling, and Healthy: Five Foods to Try in Costa Rica

Tasty, Filling, and Healthy: Five Foods to Try in Costa Rica

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March 2, 2018

Costa Rica doesn't get much attention as a culinary destination. The national cuisine (known locally as comida tipica) hasn't extended across borders. And you won't find Costa Rican restaurants anywhere but Costa Rica. Yet, most tourists and expats find that this country is actually full of some great food. It's tasty, filling, healthy, and, in most cases, very reasonably priced.

Travel to Croatia: One of the Most Beautiful Places in Europe

Travel to Croatia: One of the Most Beautiful Places in Europe

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February 27, 2018

Before I arrived in Croatia, people told me that it was one of the most beautiful places in Europe. "If you love Italy, you'll love Croatia," they said. "After all, the Croatian coast is where the Italians go to vacation." Most of Croatia's coast is along the historic Dalmatian region—a place that perfectly meshes Italian and Eastern European inspirations in architecture, food, and even language. I based myself in Split...

Traveling the World on a Social Security Budget of $2,200 a Month

Traveling the World on a Social Security Budget of $2,200 a Month

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February 25, 2018

A travel-and adventure-filled retirement might not be for everyone, but for Chip and his wife, Bonny, it has been a life-changing experience. Six years ago, they left the comfort and security of their home in Florida to explore the world and they haven’t looked back...