7 Things Expats Won’t Tell You Before Moving to Salinas, Ecuador

7 Things Expats Won’t Tell You Before Moving to Salinas, Ecuador

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July 19, 2016

I can’t stay silent any longer. There are some things that expats don’t warn you about before you make the decision to move to Salinas, on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. In the interest of full disclosure, I feel you have the right to know these seven things that expats don’t like to mention, but will surely happen to you as a full-time resident.

Happy, Healthy, and Stress-Free in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

Happy, Healthy, and Stress-Free in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone

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July 18, 2016

Nothing beats the diagnosis of an incurable disease for putting the spurs to a plan. When my wife Christine and I left the neurologist’s office in Charleston after being told she had Parkinson’s disease, our trip home to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina began in tears and anger, but then turned to some serious strategic planning…

Why We Love Living in This “City of Poets and Presidents”

Why We Love Living in This “City of Poets and Presidents”

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July 17, 2016

My husband Paul and I first traveled to Costa Rica’s Central Valley in 2008 with the intention of discovering whether or not we might want to retire there. We visited big towns and small towns, looked at apartments, condos, and houses…some very basic and some built to U.S. standards.

Falling in Love…With Your Perfect Retirement Haven

Falling in Love…With Your Perfect Retirement Haven

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July 15, 2016

A good friend emailed me the other day to say he was disappointed in me. He’d just visited a Latin American city and had fallen in love with it. He went on for several paragraphs about how it reminded him, not only of one of his favorite mountain towns in Italy, but also of one of the Paris neighborhoods he loves the best.

Feeling at Home and Happier Than Ever in Beach-Town Costa Rica

Feeling at Home and Happier Than Ever in Beach-Town Costa Rica

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July 14, 2016

Graham Cooper first became an expat when he moved from his native England to Toronto, Canada in 1972, to pursue what would be a long and prosperous career in mechanical engineering. When he became eligible for retirement after 30 years with the same employer at the age of 55, he didn’t hesitate. “I figured, why would I work any longer if I can retire now,” Graham reflects. “My company offered me a nice retirement package including my pension and health benefits until I die, so I took it and planned to pursue my passion for travel.”

The 5 Best Towns in Latin America

The 5 Best Towns in Latin America

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July 13, 2016

What makes for a good retirement destination? For those on a budget (and those who aren’t) a place with a lower cost of living is key. But it’s not only about the money. You want to be comfortable and feel safe. Modern services like high-speed internet, top-notch medical care, and good value real estate are also important. And if you’re from a northern climate, the benefit of warm weather year-round (no more coats, no more snow tires) might be the biggest motivator.

Leisurely Living in a Caribbean Garden Paradise

Leisurely Living in a Caribbean Garden Paradise

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July 11, 2016

It’s another leisurely morning in paradise for Helen Murphy, as she strolls through the garden of her tropical-island home. She repots her plants and reorganizes her purple orchids. She has all the time in the world to spend, as she plants new seeds in her nursery and takes photos of the latest blooms to post online later.