A capuchin monkey is in a tree just a few steps from where I sit. I stay still for as long as I can—I am enjoying looking at him and don’t want to scare him away. Surrounded by lush rainforest, I could almost forget that I am in Panama City.
Millions of people travel the world as tourists and millions more on business. It’s wonderful to get out there for whatever reason to see different places and have new experiences. Fewer people choose to live overseas and obtain residence status in a foreign country.
With more than a million expats estimated to live there, Mexico is far and away the most popular destination for North Americans looking to move abroad. But—with so many places to choose from—where in Mexico should you move? It’s a very large country, after all.
With its relaxed Caribbean lifestyle and spectacular beauty, Belize’s Placencia Peninsula has proven irresistible to a growing number of expats. This popular retirement and tourism destination boasts 17 miles of golden-sand beaches on the shores of the Caribbean Sea.
“Travel opens up other worlds,” says Chuck High. Having worked for the royal family in Saudi Arabia for 10 years as an occupational therapist, Chuck is no stranger to foreign countries. While working in the Middle East he got to explore Egypt, Nepal, Tibet, France, and many other places.
My wife, Abbe, and I were living the American Dream in Naples, Florida. We had moved there in 2003 from the chilly Northeast for the warmer and sunnier climate. We had a beautiful condo directly on the Gulf of Mexico from where we could watch dolphins swim by.
Many people toy with the idea of living in another country but think it’s too expensive or just too complicated to figure out. Pick the right place, however, and moving overseas can be more affordable and easier than you probably imagine.
Seven years ago, hating the cold and dreary winters in British Columbia, Canada and worrying about the cost of living there when we would soon be living on our pensions, my husband, Gary, and I began researching where our next home would be.
Spring-like climate with highs reaching the upper 70s F and lows in the lower 60s F, the town of Volcan lies in a beautiful valley with rolling hills and lush vegetation.
Grecia is a medium-sized town with little in the way of tourist-driven infrastructure. However, this doesn’t mean that there isn’t plenty to do here. Grecia’s large and active expat community organize many groups and activities to keep its residents occupied, while the town’s mountainous setting is also perfect for outdoor adventure.