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Top 10 Things to Do in Madrid

Top 10 Things to Do in Madrid

Residents of Madrid call themselves “gatos,” Spanish for “cats,” perhaps because they nap in the afternoon and prowl the streets at night. Dinner is never served before 9 p.m. and is often enjoyed at midnight. Conversation, drinking, and dancing continue into the wee hours. If you’re early to bed, you will miss the vibrant spirit of this sophisticated city.

What Are Your Live-Overseas Deal-Breakers?

What Are Your Live-Overseas Deal-Breakers?

Will the wrong peanut butter ruin your life? This is a serious question, and the first one anybody thinking of moving abroad should ask themselves. It’s called profiling yourself. And I suggest you do it ruthlessly. Try this—get a piece of paper and a pencil. Now list all the things you think make your life worthwhile…

Avoid the Crowds and Explore the World’s 5 Best Secret Beaches

Avoid the Crowds and Explore the World’s 5 Best Secret Beaches

A great beach can be one of the deciding factors when considering a move overseas. But, what constitutes a great beach is different for everybody. Some people are looking for quiet natural beauty, where the only sound is the breaking waves and the only other visitors are seagulls. Somewhere away from the crowded tourist spots Read more...: Avoid the Crowds and Explore the World’s 5 Best Secret Beaches

Exploring the Old World Chateaux of the Loire Valley, France

Exploring the Old World Chateaux of the Loire Valley, France

Byron and Kelly Harker had traveled internationally for many years. But one country ticked all the boxes as a retirement destination for the Canadian couple. “We’ve always loved France,” says Kelly, “and when we had a chance to move to Europe in 2004...

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live

I’ve been living in various areas of Portugal for the last six years and find it incredibly safe. In fact, the Global Peace Index, which rates 163 countries for safety, ranks Portugal number three. The U.S. State Department rates Portugal a Level One, meaning take normal safety precautions. Some of this is obvious: don’t leave Read more...: Is Portugal a Safe Place to Live