Seductive and sensuous, an amalgam of cultures, Andalucía gets under your skin. Maybe that’s why so many of Spain’s signature sounds and images come from this vast, southern region of the country: castanets, gypsies, flamenco dancers, bull fighters, strumming guitars…
The deep influences of centuries of Spanish occupation are clearly visible almost everywhere in Mexico, from small villages and large cities. The spectacular architecture and beautiful stonework, along with the layout of villages and cities, provide a distinctive and historic European feel throughout much of Mexico.
I never get tired of the view from my stone-walled terrace in Basilicata, Italy. My little 300-year-old casa is built on the edge of town and overlooks fields of grain and grazing sheep—their bells tinkling as they meander the hillside across from us.
Usually when people think about moving to the beach, it is to enjoy sunshine, surf, sand, and good weather. When my wife Rita and I moved to Salinas, Ecuador on the Pacific coast, great weather was at the top of our checklist.
Cambodia is becoming known for its competitive affordability and low expat living costs. It is because of this that the country has ranked as the most affordable retirement destination in the world, two years running, in International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index.
While most people in Canada are bundling up against the cold right now…and preparing for or enduring heavy snowfall and treacherous ice…Canadians Brian and Janette Sullivan are enjoying the temperate, weather of Cotacachi, Ecuador.
When planning your retirement overseas, many factors come into play. Low costs, real estate, and healthcare are some of the main concerns…but what about being able to mix well with the community or make friends with the locals?
At home, prices are rising. It costs more to put gas in the car, buy groceries, and pay for health insurance. At the same time, retirement savings eroded in the market downturn. If you’re looking overseas for a low-cost alternative to an uncertain retirement at home, there’s good news. You can ﬁnd it in places that offer not just “cheap” living, but a whole basketful of beneﬁts, too—places where a mild spring-like climate is yours all year round…beaches are of powder-white sand…snow-capped mountains soar above colonial towns…and your costs could be as low as $1,000 a month.
Wandering down the narrow, enchanting cobblestone streets of San Miguel de Allende, the peal of church bells directs me towards the town’s center of activity, the Jardin Principal (Main Garden).
Ahhh…the Caribbean Sea. If you live in the U.S. or Canada, it’s paradise practically on your doorstep—just a short flight away. The perfect escape from blustery winter weather.