Important Things We’ve Learned Since Relocating to Cuenca, Ecuador

Important Things We’ve Learned Since Relocating to Cuenca, Ecuador

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June 17, 2016

We chose Cuenca, Ecuador as our retirement home six years ago because the city seemed to check all the boxes on our “wish list.” After discovering Cuenca through International Living we booked a 10-day investigative trip to look for red flags that would be deal breakers and, finding none, moved there a year later.

The Top 3 Cultural Retirement Havens in France

The Top 3 Cultural Retirement Havens in France

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June 17, 2016

Few places in the world offer the cultural bounty that France does. The country offers excellent and diverse cuisine, jaw-dropping works of art, fascinating historical relics and so much more. Culture can be found in virtually every corner of France, but here is my take on the top three French cultural retirement havens…

Laidback and Low-Cost—Cambodia’s Hidden Gem

Laidback and Low-Cost—Cambodia’s Hidden Gem

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June 17, 2016

It's another hot day in Battambang, Cambodia and what better spot to linger than at a downtown sidewalk bistro with a platter of cheese and a chilled glass of French wine... Cambodia's second largest city moves at a slow and lazy pace. Maybe it's the heat, but I get the sense that Battambang is like this every day of the year. People stroll down the sidewalk, taking time to stop and chat along the way. No one is in a hurry.

Low Costs, Friendly People, and a Carefree Life in Quito, Ecuador

Low Costs, Friendly People, and a Carefree Life in Quito, Ecuador

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June 16, 2016

Having grown up a military brat, I was no stranger to living overseas. After working for corporations for over 30 years, when retirement came around my wife Mary and I had become unhappy with the way things were going in the U.S. So we decided to find somewhere else to retire to. We made a list of 15 countries including some in Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia. We spent a year doing research, eventually settling on Ecuador. We took a couple of scouting trips and finally moved to Quito in February 2015.

In Pictures: The 5 Most Charming Colonial Cities of Latin America

In Pictures: The 5 Most Charming Colonial Cities of Latin America

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June 15, 2016

As they conquered and colonized Latin America, the Spanish conquistadors—and later settlers—certainly left their mark. Using the old cities of Spain as a model, they built imposing cathedrals, well-tended public squares, large homes, and other structures. Throughout the region, from Mexico to Argentina, and everywhere in between, you can find these historic districts often covering dozens of city blocks, full of ornate buildings.

Chiriquí, Panama: Your Perfect Climate Awaits

Chiriquí, Panama: Your Perfect Climate Awaits

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June 15, 2016

There are plenty of valid reasons to rent a home before you buy when you relocate overseas. For those who choose to live in Panama’s Western-most province, Chiriquí, one major reason is to check out the weather in various locations to find what suits you best. Despite being a small country in the middle of the tropics, you’ll find Panama has a variety of climate zones and even within the province there are variations in temperature, rainfall, wind, and cloud cover.

Great-Value Real Estate in Lake Chapala: Mexico’s Welcoming Expat Haven

Great-Value Real Estate in Lake Chapala: Mexico’s Welcoming Expat Haven

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June 14, 2016

Lake Chapala is a snowbird’s paradise that is home to a large and welcoming expat community. And that’s not all. In my opinion, Lake Chapala has the best-value real estate you’ll find in any of this country’s expat hubs. Sitting at an altitude of 5,000 feet in west-central Mexico, Lake Chapala (the country’s largest freshwater lake) boasts one of the best climates in the world.

Life on Ecuador’s Coast is a Full-Time Vacation

Life on Ecuador’s Coast is a Full-Time Vacation

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June 7, 2016

I'm sitting on my roof terrace looking out at the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It’s an absolutely picture-perfect postcard kind of day here in my new home of Olon, on Ecuador’s coast. And I'm basking in the feeling of being on a permanent vacation. If I turn around, I can see the coastal mountains awash in various shades of green. While much of the coast here is desert-like, the weather is perfect most of the time, creating a micro-climate that is quite pleasant for people, animals, and the large variety of birds that fly in and out of the terrace and the garden below.

Beware – These 3 Costa Rica Stories Might Change Your Life

Beware – These 3 Costa Rica Stories Might Change Your Life

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June 6, 2016

Long stretches of deserted and undeveloped beaches, on the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts…dense jungles teeming with exotic wildlife…towering volcanoes, lush green valleys, and hundreds of crystal-clear lakes, rivers, streams, and waterfalls… mesmerizing sunrises, sunsets, and star-filled evening skies…all these things, and much more, are drawing IL readers to Costa Rica.