In the winter of 2008 I was enjoying a bit of the dolce vita in Rome, Italy as part of what I'd told my friends and colleagues was a short-term "career break," but was actually my way of escaping the rat race in Southern California... and the real estate prices that seemed to be going sky high...
Living on the sunny Floridian coast, most people might think that Bob Normand was already made in the shade. Then he discovered Costa Rica, where the beaches were even more pristine, the living was even more relaxed, and the fishing was even better.
When a small inheritance came her way, Rachel Devlin was determined to make the most of it. Her plan? To buy an apartment in her favorite holiday spot: Chiang Mai, Thailand.
It was a recent trip to the state of Michoacán that truly impressed upon Ann the beauty to be found in Mexico. And, thanks to the affordability of the country, it was an unforgettable experience that didn't break the bank.
For Janette Sullivan and her husband, once they decided on a location, they knew there was no point in waiting to start their new lives in Ecuador. After a whirlwind tour of the country, they took the leap.
Most visitors never stray from the many all-inclusive resorts along the Riviera Maya. But for those who are seeking something a little different, there are plenty of options off the beaten path. Puerto Morelos is one little-known town with plenty to offer.
Guanajuato is a 16th-century colonial city in central Mexico, only a few hours north of Mexico City. It's home to art galleries, restaurants, cafes, and private homes in restored buildings. There's live music, theatre, film festivals, and more.
Portugal is home to some of the most affordable real estate in Europe. Whether it's along the banks of the Douro River or in the shadow of the Serra da Gardunha mountains, you'll likely find bargains all across the country.
Nestled on the edge of Costa Rica's Central valley is the town of Atenas. With a population of about 7,000 that mushrooms in the high travel season, Atenas has a tradition of welcoming visitors, dating back to the days when it was a hub for oxcarts making their way to and from the coffee fields...
I'm sitting at a big round table in a bar with a group of 20 friends who have all lived in Southern Costa Rica for a while. The conversation turns to why we moved here. What appealed to us so much that we would all buy properties in a foreign country and begin to think of it as "home?"