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In Pictures: 7 Livable European Cities You Might Not Yet Know About

In Pictures: 7 Livable European Cities You Might Not Yet Know About

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August 22, 2018

It’s no secret that Europe is a great place to live. Its many countries are known for excellent cuisine, gorgeous ocean views, jagged Alpine landscapes, great healthcare, and some of the best public transportation systems on the planet. But in an enormous and appealing continent, it can be tricky to know where to start your search for the most livable cities...

I Don’t See Myself Ever Going Back

I Don’t See Myself Ever Going Back

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August 16, 2018

When people come to visit me in Costa Rica I’ll often jokingly say, “Be careful, you’ve been bitten by the bug and the symptoms will keep growing on you.” By the “bug,” of course, I mean the desire to be in Costa Rica as much as possible once you’ve set foot here once. Take David Harris, for example. David was born and bred in California...

In Photos: Colombia’s Up-and-Coming Coffee Triangle Region

In Photos: Colombia’s Up-and-Coming Coffee Triangle Region

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August 15, 2018

The Eje Cafetero—called the Coffee Triangle by English speakers—is one of Colombia’s best-kept secrets. When I traveled through the region, locals told me this mountainous region is increasingly popular as a retirement destination…for Colombians seeking an escape from the big city...

A Hidden Pacific Ocean Jewel Where You Can Live for $1,000 a Month

A Hidden Pacific Ocean Jewel Where You Can Live for $1,000 a Month

I first came to the laidback fishing town of Zihuatanejo (pronounced “zee-watt-an-a-hoe”) eight years ago, to visit an old friend. At the time, I didn’t even know its exact location, until I looked it up. I guess you may not know it either: it’s on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, about 150 miles northwest of Acapulco...

A Happy Heart on a Budget of $1,300 a Month

A Happy Heart on a Budget of $1,300 a Month

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July 29, 2018

For years, I dreamed of moving abroad to live more simply, with less stress and a less expensive lifestyle. Somewhere I could enjoy my retirement (although not quite yet) and not worry about crunching numbers. My journey to Costa Rica started in 2011, on a scuba-diving trip to Guanacaste, north of San José. I knew Read more...: A Happy Heart on a Budget of $1,300 a Month

Playa Negra: An Off-The-Beaten Path Paradise for Surfers and Foodies

Playa Negra: An Off-The-Beaten Path Paradise for Surfers and Foodies

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July 28, 2018

Playa Negra’s town (officially the pueblo of Los Pargos—but hardly anyone calls it that) on Costa Rica’s northwest Pacific coast is not typically on most people’s radar when they make plans to explore Costa Rica. It barely shows up as a dot on a map, and the journey along rutted dirt roads keeps away some of the less ambitious travelers...