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.

Ambergris Caye vs Roatán: Which Caribbean Island Would You Retire to?

Ambergris Caye vs Roatán: Which Caribbean Island Would You Retire to?

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June 24, 2016

So you’ve decided to retire to a Caribbean island paradise. You can already see yourself, toes in the sand, sipping a mojito by the turquoise-blue sea. Behind you, children laugh as they cartwheel down the beach, and by the waterfront fishermen chat as they haul in the catch of the day…but where are you?

Enjoying a Simpler Life in Costa Rica’s “Hidden” Valley

Enjoying a Simpler Life in Costa Rica’s “Hidden” Valley

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June 23, 2016

For Steve and Nancy Riley…it’s paradise. They live on a little over 12 acres of land on a hillside, with panoramic views of the surrounding forest and farmland thanks to the elevation of 4,300 feet. A former coffee plantation, they’ve transformed their property into a botanical garden with walking trails and thousands of tropical plants like heliconias, bromeliads, 550 different species of orchids, and more. It’s Nancy’s vision and passion, and with a helper, she works hours a day in the garden.

The Insider Travel Network Bringing You the Best Overseas Intelligence

The Insider Travel Network Bringing You the Best Overseas Intelligence

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June 21, 2016

Here at International Living we’re very much a global family. One that’s spread out around the world…across four continents, actually. Our correspondents and editors—who are always on the move, scouting out new locations and revisiting old favorites—are our eyes and ears in the world’s best retirement havens. And like any good family, we’re in constant contact with each other.

Moving Overseas Was My Opportunity For a “Life Do-Over”

Moving Overseas Was My Opportunity For a “Life Do-Over”

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June 21, 2016

Remember back when you were young and everything was possible? You could do anything, be anybody, go anywhere. In recent years, more than once, I found myself longing for those days and that feeling. After spending more than 30 years working in a high-pressure career as a healthcare executive, I’d had enough.

Rent for $350 a Month in Ecuador’s City of Music

Rent for $350 a Month in Ecuador’s City of Music

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June 20, 2016

I recently spent a few days in the beautiful city of Loja, “cradle of art, literature, and music,” in the southern Andes of Ecuador. You know you are in a special place almost from the moment you arrive. Between the ornate castle-like structure of the City Gates, or the walking bridge displaying pipe organs, cellos, and guitars, it is clear that you are entering a city that appreciates music and culture.