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What It Costs to Retire in Cuenca Versus Florida

What It Costs to Retire in Cuenca Versus Florida

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September 9, 2018

I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, where seniors flock to retire because they can lounge in the warm weather, drink pina coladas under the shade of palm trees, and not have to pay state income taxes. So why would I leave my seaside home by one of the best beaches in the U.S.? Well, Florida’s not so cheap anymore…and it’s hot. I have worked hard all of my life and had good jobs,

3 Social Security Benefits You Could Be Eligible For—But Not Know It

3 Social Security Benefits You Could Be Eligible For—But Not Know It

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September 8, 2018

Many people believe that Social Security will contact them if or when they qualify for a benefit, or a change in benefits. Too often, this is not the case. By policy, Social Security staff are trained not to advise us on how to get the most from our benefits. Instead, they just answer our questions, and sign us up. Here are a few examples of what I mean...

Put Some Magic in Your Life in Mexico

Put Some Magic in Your Life in Mexico

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September 6, 2018

My husband Barry and I love visiting different parts of Mexico, our second home. Every year we explore a different region…and we always search out that area’s pueblos magicos (magic towns). Pueblos Magicos is a government program to promote tourism in towns that offer natural beauty, cultural richness, archeology, folklore, history, cuisine, and the arts...

Lead With Your Heart: The Secret to Becoming a Happy Expat

Lead With Your Heart: The Secret to Becoming a Happy Expat

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September 4, 2018

What makes a happy expat? After being an expat myself for 17 years—and observing and writing about other expats around the world the entire time—I’d have to say that one thing all happy expats share is a real interest and delight in the place they choose to live...

A Dream Retirement in Affordable and Ecological Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

A Dream Retirement in Affordable and Ecological Nuevo Arenal, Costa Rica

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August 23, 2018

Having dedicated 30 years of their lives to enriching the education of children in Southern Arizona, Allison and Jeff Spencer knew the time was right to make a change for themselves and enrich their own lives. They decided to do this in the beautifully lush and green countryside of Nuevo Arenal, in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica...

5 Fascinating European Castles You Might Not Know About

5 Fascinating European Castles You Might Not Know About

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August 23, 2018

Castles...There’s just something magical about them—about their beauty, their strength, the ancient history we can all imagine within their walls. For me, they’re one of the big draws of Europe and one of the reasons I keep taking trains to small Swiss towns and cycling along back roads in the French countryside and hiking up Croatian hills to tumbledown ruins...