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A Country Club Life for Less on the Shores of Lake Chapala

A Country Club Life for Less on the Shores of Lake Chapala

One of Barbara Hoyle’s memories of her first visit to Mexico almost 20 years ago was the singing of birds. “My first impression off the plane was that the airport was a good size, the people were friendly, and driving away from the airport at 5:30 a.m., how wonderful the sound of the birds was,” she says...

Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

The decision to retire abroad is not something that should be taken lightly. For many people it’s the best decision they’ve ever made—the adventure of a lifetime. And their only regret is that they didn’t make the move sooner. While other people just can’t adapt to life in a new country. How do you figure into which camp you fall...

The Ups and Downs of Living in Paradise

The Ups and Downs of Living in Paradise

You’ve probably heard that living in Costa Rica is like living in Paradise, Nirvana, Utopia; heck, I’ve even said it myself. And living in Costa Rica is awesome—but living here is not like vacationing here. It’s not all drinks on the beach and the high-life at the pool. I mean, real life has to go on, right? So what are some of the things...

The Empowering Effects of Learning a New Language

The Empowering Effects of Learning a New Language

An interesting thing happened to me recently while shopping in our local SuperMaxi in Salinas, the popular beach town on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. I was in the spice aisle, and another shopper asked me a question. “Lo siento, no entiendo,” I said, as I didn’t understand what she had asked...

A Life Worth Living for $1,100 a Month in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

A Life Worth Living for $1,100 a Month in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Retiree Alan Read says Playa del Carmen, Mexico is “the easiest place in the world to live.” The Texas transplant spent his financial career traveling the world, before retiring to work with nonprofits in East Texas. His off hours found him playing golf and tennis. Life was good. But something was missing.

I Turned My Unique Pastime Into a Profitable Income

I Turned My Unique Pastime Into a Profitable Income

The family-oriented, traditional town of Sabaneta, Colombia, just south of Medellín, is where Chris Cajoleas now calls home. Its central park is the perfect location to meet with friends or people-watch. With a beautiful church at one end that faces benches shaded by flowering trees, a fountain, and footpaths, the park follows the formula that Read more...: I Turned My Unique Pastime Into a Profitable Income