Earlier this year I had cataract surgery in Mexico. As an expat there on a valid residence visa, I could have gotten the surgery for free through Seguro Popular, Mexico’s national healthcare service. But, because I’d had eye surgery some time ago, I chose to go to the opposite extreme: To get the very best Read more...: Modern, Friendly Care for my Eye Surgery in Mexico
One of the quandaries facing potential expats is what to do with their possessions. Is it worth shipping these to their new home abroad, or should they leave them behind? Some expats pack up all their belongings; others move with just a few suitcases and leave or get rid of everything else. But most people fall somewhere in between...
While traveling across northern Spain, I took the highway south from the city of Ponferrada, in western León, to Las Médulas. This region is hilly, isolated, and sparsely populated—strange and striking. Sunset-red outcroppings of rock rise abruptly from green, forested slopes that stretch for miles into the distance. The sky seems to go on forever...
"I was very happy with the whole process overall,” says expat Patricia Barovetto, 69, of her free hip replacement surgery through Mexico’s public healthcare plan, Seguro Popular. When the Davis, California, native moved to Guanajuato, Mexico, in August 2015, “I had no health insurance at all,” she says...
Moving to Mexico brought home to me how easy it is, really, to move from place to place, especially if you’re retired or have a portable career. In the U.S., tied down with a job, a kind of inertia sets in…horizons contract. Move abroad, and they do the opposite.
Let’s face it: Building or renovating a home is hard work. It’s time-consuming, stressful…and if you know anyone who has finished a major construction project on time and under budget, I’d like to shake their hand.
In Porto, a mild climate complements a history-rich heart and a sparkling café scene making this—Portugal’s second city—one of my new favorite destinations.
For many North Americans, moving to Italy to live in a stone cottage with its own olive grove is dream-worthy enough on its own. But for Bruce Adgate and Joanna Ross, it was just the start of their adventures.
When Tom and Laine Berning first decided to give overseas living a try, they knew exactly what they wanted: “A place with good public transport [and] a lot of culture,” says Laine. “Walking neighborhoods and excellent-quality food.”
It’s evening on the Cais da Ribeira, the waterfront quay. The lights from the many cafés cast a golden glow into the night. Lights gleam golden, too, across the broad expanse of the bridge spanning the Douro River, whose waters, black in the darkness, flow just past the Cais to the sea.