The Hidden Secrets of Salinas, Ecuador in the Low Season

The Hidden Secrets of Salinas, Ecuador in the Low Season

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July 5, 2016

When you think of Salinas, on the southwestern Pacific Coast of Ecuador, you picture big crowds and lots of water activity under a hot summer sun. But this is not the only side of Salinas. It is one of the most popular beach destinations for Ecuadorians and an increasing number of North American “snow birds”, but us year-round residents get to experience something wonderful—Low Season!

In Pictures: The Top 3 Island Retirement Havens in Malta

In Pictures: The Top 3 Island Retirement Havens in Malta

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July 2, 2016

The five-island archipelago that makes up the nation of Malta offers a mix of historic Europe and modern international culture. Just south of Sicily and about 300 miles off the coast of Tunisia, these Mediterranean islands give visitors the very best in sunshine and cyan-hued waters. Expats in Malta enjoy a relaxed, low cost lifestyle, which is made even easier by the fact that most natives speak fluent English. They entertain themselves by attending the many festi (feasts) hosted on the islands, exploring the natural beauty of their home, or going out for a meal in one of the many diverse restaurants available to them.

My Favorite Place For a Day Trip to the Beach in Panama

My Favorite Place For a Day Trip to the Beach in Panama

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June 30, 2016

Growing up in Oregon, I spent the summers at our beach house on the ocean. For most of my life, I’ve lived inland, away from any coastline. So every vacation, my first preference was to go somewhere with an ocean. When I decided to move out of the U.S., top of my list was sun and sand. I found that and more in my new hometown of David, Panama. Although not directly on the coast, David is close enough that when I start craving sand between my toes, a short drive takes me to the beach and the wonderful salt air.

How to Get an Irish Passport (and Where to Live When You Get There)

How to Get an Irish Passport (and Where to Live When You Get There)

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June 30, 2016

An Irish passport is a good thing to have. If either parent was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth, then no matter where you were born, you’re entitled to Irish citizenship. Even if both you and your parents were born outside of Ireland, but one of your grandparents was born there, then claiming citizenship is simple.

Mediterranean Island Living That’s Good For the Soul

Mediterranean Island Living That’s Good For the Soul

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June 28, 2016

On my first morning in Malta, I peeked out my hotel window, unsure of what to expect. I had landed in Malta well after midnight and despite the sight of palm trees lining the road from the Valletta airport to my hotel in Sliema, it seemed hard to believe I was on an island in the Mediterranean. That changed when I drew back the curtains to reveal a cobalt blue sea, shimmering in the sunlight. Yep, all was it should be.

Surfing, Hammocks, and Feeling Free in a Nicaraguan Beach Town

Surfing, Hammocks, and Feeling Free in a Nicaraguan Beach Town

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June 26, 2016

"Our days are so different from how they were in the States," says Jennings Wright. "Everything is more relaxing here and work often just feels like fun." After many months of travel, searching for a new and exciting place to live, Jennings (51) and her husband Chuck (56) chose Nicaragua for its low cost-of-living, natural beauty, and welcoming people.

In Pictures: Corozal, Belize–A Subtropical Haven for Active Expats

In Pictures: Corozal, Belize–A Subtropical Haven for Active Expats

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June 25, 2016

Corozal sits on the expansive Bay of Corozal. This traditional Belizean family town is a throwback to the 1950s, with residents that are friendly and a pace that’s laidback. A growing number of expats are choosing to relocate to this region, appreciating the simple, serene, and relaxed Caribbean lifestyle. A major attraction is the reasonable cost of living...

5 Reasons That Make Medellín a Great Retirement Haven

5 Reasons That Make Medellín a Great Retirement Haven

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June 25, 2016

Everyone claims to want a better quality of life. But what does that actually mean? It´s something different for each person. For me, it means doing more of what I want to do, and less of what I don’t. At this point in my life I want to experience more and regret less. Here are five reasons why you should consider spending your “best-are-yet-to-come” years in Medellín, Colombia.

A Comfortable Lifestyle for $509 a Month in Cambodia’s Second-Largest City

A Comfortable Lifestyle for $509 a Month in Cambodia’s Second-Largest City

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June 24, 2016

Cambodia’s second-largest city (home to around 250,000 people) doesn’t feel at all like the capital, Phnom Penh; in fact, wandering around Battambang, I felt as if I had traveled back to the early 20th century. While most of Southeast Asia is developing at breakneck speed, Battambang gives the impression that it’s quite content to have settled into an earlier, simpler time.