How I’m Living Each Day in my Personal Paradise

Oh wow...it’s the start of another day in paradise. The smell of coffee wafts into the room, as do the first rays of daylight here in Lagos, Portugal. Retirement is a beautiful thing...but it hardly means sitting in the rocking chair as the day evaporates before your eyes. The day holds many adventures, and I start it off with a trip to the nearby gym, to get the gears rolling...

Enjoying the Warm Embrace of Portugal

Portugal first took my husband, Keith, and I into her warm embrace when we visited in 2002. On that vacation overseas, we fell in love with the country’s people, architecture, topography, and relaxed way of life. Yet when down the line we began to think about leaving the U.S., a different country was first on our list. Keith had been an International Living Magazine subscriber for years...

Single, Happy, and Carefree on Caribbean Shores

Marion Seaman first visited Roatán with friends in the early ’80s, with no intention of making it her permanent home. She recalls that it wasn’t long before Roatán worked its magic on her. “A few months after I returned to the States, I walked away from everything, including the love of my life. I went to Roatán with only my suitcase, and a dream to spend my days wiggling my toes in the sand...

Be Sure of a Warm Welcome…Where Everybody Knows Your Name

When you move overseas, no matter where you go, food and shelter are the first things you’ve got to arrange. And when those things are looked after, you ask yourself: “Now, what is there to do?” That’s when entertainment comes to mind. Let me tell you a bit about nightlife in Dominical, my little corner of Costa Rica, down here in the Southern Zone of the country’s Pacific coast...

Living the Good Life…Like It Says in the Constitution

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

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,