Old beliefs die hard—but we’re doing our best here at International Living to speed them on their way. From Penang, Malaysia to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico… Dublin, Ireland to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua… from Bilbao, Spain to Bangkok, Thailand, … this month’s issue is packed with boots-on-the-ground revelations about destinations you may think you know…
Here's a note from our executive editor, Jennifer Stevens, on what we've covered in our November issue.
Seventy percent of Americans have no passport. No wonder, as a people, we know so little about the world beyond our borders. Not you. You’re reading International Living… I trust you possess both a passport and the regular urge to use it.
For this year’s Global Retirement Index, we crunched hundreds of data points and spent weeks on the ground in the field. The extra effort proved worthwhile.
“The easiest places in the world to retire” didn’t strike me as controversial. So the riot of emails from our editors surprised me.
We’re always on the lookout for that “next” place. That place where geography and price-point and accessibility come together at just the right time to create a window of opportunity for pioneering investors.
"The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.” So wrote Thucydides more than 1,000 years ago. I was reminded of those lines lately. Because we see a trend among our readers who have picked up stakes and moved overseas.
When I was in Ecuador recently for our Ultimate Event, I snuck out with some colleagues before dawn one day. We drifted down in elevation, past the equator, through cloud forest into the town of Mindo. It was silent, save for the sound of a stream…water gurgling over rocks in its rush to get under the bridge.
Thirty years ago, in the first issue of International Living, Bill Bonner, our founding publisher, laid out the promise that IL would “show you ways to make your international lifestyle profitable...or at least self-supporting...help you adjust to a rapidly changing world in which national chauvinism is both costly and confining.”
You could lounge on a talcum-fine beach in Mexico, palm trees rustling overhead…or hop from B&B to B&B in lushly green Ecuador…or scuba dive at one of Australia’s luxury resorts…and do all of it on the house.