Escape to a Tropical Island (and Live on $1,500 a Month)

Escape to a Tropical Island (and Live on $1,500 a Month)

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February 5, 2014

Thomas O’Neal had never been to Malaysia. In fact he hadn’t been anywhere in Asia, which made his sudden decision to move to the tropical island of Penang a brave one. "I figured that I’d take a chance and move lock, stock, and barrel. I could have just visited but where is the fun in that? After just a few months here I love it. It’s home for me now. New York has changed over the years and although I’ll always be a New Yorker I needed to travel."

In Pictures: Life in Asia

In Pictures: Life in Asia

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January 30, 2014

Exhilarating, comfortable, and affordable are just some of the ways expats describe their life in Asia. For those looking to relocate in Asia, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia are among the best places to live. The low cost of living, excellent health care and stunning scenery are some of the reasons why many expats choose to start a new life in Asia.

These Top Three Countries Offer the World’s Best Benefits and Incentives for Retirees

These Top Three Countries Offer the World’s Best Benefits and Incentives for Retirees

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January 23, 2014

Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador offer the most attractive programs in the world for retirees—wooing foreign pensioners with special visas and significant discounts on everything from airfare to health care, reports InternationalLiving.com.

Panama: The Best Place in the World to Retire in 2014

Panama: The Best Place in the World to Retire in 2014

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January 23, 2014

Panama is the best place for North Americans to retire overseas, according to InternationalLiving.com’s newly released annual Global Retirement Index 2014. In putting together the Index, now in its 23rd year, InternationalLiving.com’s editors collated data from its team of experts on the ground in the most popular countries among U.S. and Canadian expat retirees.

Top Climate Year-Round: One of the Best Reasons to Move to Panama

Top Climate Year-Round: One of the Best Reasons to Move to Panama

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January 19, 2014

Wherever we live, whatever lifestyle we choose, our lives typically fall into a rhythm. Here in David, Panama, where I live, the weather is a major factor in the rhythm of daily life, and the things we do depend on whether it's summer or winter. Winter in Panama? Yup, that's what we call it, el invierno in Spanish.

Better Weather, a Lower Cost of Living…and other Great Reasons to Move Overseas

Better Weather, a Lower Cost of Living…and other Great Reasons to Move Overseas

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January 16, 2014

Sometimes my old friends back home have a hard time understanding why I moved abroad. Just last week I was wrapped up like a polar explorer in borrowed coats, helping a friend I was visiting back home for the holidays shovel the drifting, blowing snow off his driveway. "What's the fascination with living abroad anyway?" he asked through the scarf wrapped around his face to avoid losing his nose to frostbite.

The Adventure of a Lifetime: A Dream Retirement in Ecuador

The Adventure of a Lifetime: A Dream Retirement in Ecuador

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January 12, 2014

I often catch myself being taken aback by the stunning view of the Pacific that greets me from every western-facing window of my home in San Vicente, Ecuador. I don't know exactly why I still experience a flash of surprise at the sight at this point. Maybe it's because less than two years ago, such a thing was merely a dream. Like so many when the Great Recession struck, my husband and I were struggling to maintain the lifestyle we had built over the years.

Spain: A Top Retirement Haven in Europe

Spain: A Top Retirement Haven in Europe

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January 10, 2014

For anyone who’s been there recently, it’s no surprise that Spain is one of the top five destinations in International Living’s Global Retirement Index—our pick of the top retirement destinations in the world. Spain is arguably the best bargain in Europe, offering First-World living at a cost that can compete with some Latin-American countries. Thanks to the ongoing recession, real estate prices in many parts of Spain have plummeted. Buying here is more affordable now than it’s been in decades.