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Living the Good Life…Like It Says in the Constitution

Living the Good Life…Like It Says in the Constitution

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September 11, 2018

My wife, Rita, and I have been living in Salinas on the Pacific coast of Ecuador for almost five years now, and we have started the process of applying for Ecuadorian citizenship. This isn’t a political statement, as we are still keeping our U.S. citizenship—it’s just that there are some real advantages to being a citizen of more than one country, and having a second passport...

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,

In Pictures: A Snapshot of Mexican Markets

In Pictures: A Snapshot of Mexican Markets

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September 7, 2018

One of the joys of living in Mexico is shopping in local markets, rather than sterile supermarkets or larger department stores. Browsing the market stalls and meeting the vendors is a much more “homely” experience, and brings you closer to the source of the goods themselves.Each market has its own distinct character and atmosphere…

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...

5 Reasons Slovenia Should Be On Your Bucket List

5 Reasons Slovenia Should Be On Your Bucket List

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August 24, 2018

Not enough people are talking about Slovenia.We’ve all heard of Italy—with its perfectly poised pizzas and its hilltop towns—and France—with its fancy cuisine and Medieval castles.But somehow this small Alpine country tucked away along the Italian and Austrian borders isn’t on as many people’s radar.Which is a shame...

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...