Atenas, Costa Rica

The picturesque town of Atenas, Alajuela has always been a stable gem nestled in the mountains of Costa Rica’s breathtaking Central Valley. It is less than an hour west of downtown San Jose and just minutes away from the modern toll road leading into the capital or outbound to the beaches. When AARP named it one of the best places to retire abroad in 2010, the secret was out. Fortunately, though, it still retains its small-town charm...

Italy Itinerary: A Journey Through Southern Italy

When my husband, Keith and I were invited to a wedding on the beach in Puglia, Italy—Margherita di Savoia, to be exact—we decided to make a road trip out of it. Our trip was an ambitious undertaking, including travel from Portugal, through Spain and France, visiting 23 cities in 21 days. But my aim is not to exhaust but entice you to explore...

A 3-Bedroom, Coastal Community Home for $45,000 in Atlántida, Uruguay

Moving to a new country is a big change. Moving to a new country when you have lived in the same country for the first 60 years of your life is daunting. However, my wife, Gundy, had already lived in four different countries when we wed so perhaps that helps explain how we made our decision to move to Uruguay just four years later...

Crete and Corfu: For a Healthy, Simple, Greek Island Retirement

Today, the birthplace of democracy can still be a messy place—just as it increasingly is across the U.S., the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. But this, too, is Greece: A country so beautiful, calm, relaxing— and so relatively inexpensive—that it’s attracting retirees happily trading the messiness elsewhere for the messiness of a more fulfilling...