Our $1,800-a-Month Ecuador Life Gives Us the Freedom to Travel

Our $1,800-a-Month Ecuador Life Gives Us the Freedom to Travel

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October 12, 2017

My wife, Rita, and I have always loved to travel. There is just something about visiting someplace new and different, that keeps us feeling young and enjoying life. Unfortunately, travel can be an expensive hobby, so we used to have to limit ourselves to one or two trips a year.

Priceless Friendships in Historic Southern France

Priceless Friendships in Historic Southern France

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October 11, 2017

“I never tire of looking out my window, seeing the centuries-old buildings, and wondering about the people who lived here before us,” says Holly Kurzman, who moved from San Francisco to Pézenas six years ago. Holly and her late husband Chris had long contemplated moving to Europe, but began seriously eyeing France shortly after Chris retired. “We were fed up with the rat race and cost of living in...

Why I Love My Friendly, Peaceful Panamanian Neighborhood

Why I Love My Friendly, Peaceful Panamanian Neighborhood

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October 10, 2017

I live in a community called Caimito, between Boquete and David, Panama. We are the only expats in the area, and all of my neighbors go out of their way to help in any way they can. They even watch over my house when I’m away. I find it a comfort to know, that there is a land as peaceful and accepting as Panama.

Our High-Spec Ecuador Penthouse Cost $500,000 Less Than it Would in the U.S.

Our High-Spec Ecuador Penthouse Cost $500,000 Less Than it Would in the U.S.

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October 7, 2017

Ecuador had been on our radar as a potential home overseas for a while… My wife Barbara and I had read articles in International living about it, but a chance encounter with a lady who’d lived in Cuenca pushed us over the edge.

I Bought My Beach Townhouse in Tamarindo, Costa Rica For $85,000 Cash

I Bought My Beach Townhouse in Tamarindo, Costa Rica For $85,000 Cash

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October 4, 2017

When Chicagoan John Marrero started his international house hunt in Costa Rica in 2013, he had tropical villa dreams in mind. Maybe Spanish style, a tropical landscape, maybe an ocean view. “I originally planned to put $100,000 down on a place...

A City View Condo For $166,000…the Zero-Stress Lifestyle is Free

A City View Condo For $166,000…the Zero-Stress Lifestyle is Free

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October 3, 2017

I’m sitting at a pub eating proper U.K.-style fish and chips, sipping a local microbrew, and watching the beautiful people (and cars) go by. This is Panama City, so it’s lovely and warm. It was clear skies all afternoon so, as soon as the clock hit 5 p.m., I headed out for a bit of sun and social time.