One of the things I love most about traveling is that it reminds me just how fundamentally decent and good most people are. And talking to them is crucial to unlocking the genuine and authentic in travel. To be honest, instead of bemoaning the evils of tourism I should really be delighting in the advantages of the Internet age.
With all this natural beauty, it's no wonder that Baños, cupped in a small valley at about 5,900 feet above sea level, is a thriving tourist town, equally popular with both Ecuadorian and international visitors
From noodles to grilled snacks and everything in between, the dishes on offer in Bangkok are endless. Dining on the street is incredibly cheap, typically just a few dollars or less.
Well, there are lots of ways to score discounted (or even free) accommodations these days. We've done it ourselves in both our personal travel and for our work for International Living.
Before you can begin to consider where best you might relocate overseas in retirement, you've got to get to know yourself better. What's important to you? What things would you miss from your current life if they weren't part of your new one?
It can be easy to overcomplicate the idea of retiring overseas, but, the truth is, in many ways, it's not much different than making a move within the States. In some respects, you could say it's easier. What makes it difficult is that you're working from a blank slate.
That night a broad-shouldered, wide-smiling Cuban man -- the lead singer in the boisterous salsa band -- took me under his wing.
Before you're ready to retire, you're likely to notice places around the world where you'd like to be able to spend time. Not just once every several years or so in a hotel, but more regularly, as often as possible, in the company of your family and friends, and in a place of your own. That's the realization we made years ago in Istria, Croatia.
The most important thing to remember is that flexibility means savings. If you can move your travel dates, departure times, and itinerary -- even just a little -- far more fares will be available to you, including those better suited to your budget.
Moving overseas can be the right move for a lot of us, especially those of retirement age or those with portable careers or even for families with children. If you want your kids to become true citizens of the world, there's no better way to give them some top-notch educational and cultural opportunities than by immersing them in a foreign culture.
David wanted to spend our vacation somewhere that could provide fantastic saltwater fishing, and he hit the bull's-eye with Pedasí, Panama. Located on the Azuero Peninsula, Pedasí sits on what is known as the "tuna coast," though a more apt nickname might be "anglers' paradise."
If you've decided to buy a boat and live the cruising lifestyle, you have all the same questions we did. Where do you start? What makes a good boat? How much will it cost? Where do you shop?
Xalapa is a rare blend of rich Mexican culture with the energy and spark of a university town. It is supported by modern conveniences but remains old, traditional Mexico with no cultural influence from expats.
There are always a few expats who feel that, once they arrive in a country, no other foreigners should be allowed in. As soon as they're settled, they'd like all talk of this great place they've found to live or retire to cease (except for their own blogs and posts about what a great place they've found to live or retire).
Kilkenny Town itself could be a great retirement choice, but I'd say that the best retirement spot in all the Emerald Isle would be just outside that city, where you can embrace quintessential Irish country life while remaining in easy reach of the shopping, entertainment, festivals, and town amenities of Kilkenny proper.
Folks say that when you move to a foreign country, you'll have a defining experience: one so intense, so filled with emotion, that it's the point when you decide if you want to stay in your new place or move on.