Finding the best lawyer or doctor or accountant when you retire overseas can be an interesting process. In many cases, reputation may be your only guide. This applies to professionals of any kind ... plumbers, electricians, doctors, you name it.
"What would we do in Wisconsin in retirement?" says Lance Koehler, reflecting on his new life in beachside Tulúm, Mexico. "Go to the mall, shovel snow. Here I love the warm weather, the sun, and going to the beach."
In the states this summer visiting family and friends, the constant barrage of political news was exhausting. It's saddening. Maddening. Lucky for us, in our hometown in Ecuador, we are far removed from this madness.
Here we were -- a couple in our mid-50s -- who wanted to do something different. But where would we go? It's a huge world out there. How would we choose? Living in the U.S. northeast, we wanted to choose a part of the world that was a reasonable commute back to visit family and friends.
For these reasons ... the stunning beauty, excellent flight connections, an extraordinary culinary scene, modern shopping, and great infrastructure ... you'll find a good number of English-speaking expats here. They say they don't lack for anything, especially fun activities.
Some 2 billion years ago, give or take a couple of months, Mother Earth gave an enormous belch off the north coast of Norway, though Lord alone knows ...
Lysefjord in southwest Norway might not have the official cachet that inclusion on UNESCO's World Heritage List bestows on Geirangerfjord and Nærøyf...
Despite the beauty of Sète's gleaming waterways, the old quarter's graceful architecture, and lilac-colored sunsets that make you catch your breath, this is a working-class fishing town before anything else. And it's not apologizing for it.
When UNESCO in 2005 inscribed Norway's Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord on its World Heritage list, it cited them as 'exceptional in scale and grandeur...
Imagine what it would be like to climb to the top of a pillar in the blazing sun, surrounded by thousands of vaquilleros...
This part of Mexico, around Lake Chapala, has been an expat haven for generations. It's estimated that 30,000 foreigners live in the small towns and villages that dot the north side of the lake -- the closest proximity to the big-city services of Guadalajara.
Cosmopolitan cities, glorious sunshine, delicious cuisine, and low costs -- as a retirement or second-home destination, Spain is hard to beat.
For those who can imagine living in another country, experiencing another culture, leading a different, more affordable, more relaxed lifestyle, and even purposely getting a little bit outside their usual comfort zone...the options are many and varied. And those options don't depend on the outcome of the next U.S. presidential election.
When we talk to people thinking about retiring overseas, we talk a lot about 'deal breakers.' Those are the things that can make or break your life in a foreign country. Trying to identify these deal breakers beforehand is part of the exercise we recommend to anyone considering moving abroad.
I'm sitting on a bench, looking out at the deep blue waters of Panama Bay. A row of tall palm trees lines the walkway in front of me. Food stalls serve fresh ceviche and grilled fish to the many locals and visitors that come here to walk, jog, or just sit and enjoy the view.
You'll find it 50 miles west of another popular and better-known expat retirement enclave, San Miguel de Allende. Both are in the state of Guanajuato, and the city of the same name is the state capital.