Northern Portugal

Northern Portugal

Zipping along Portugal’s A6 high-way from the historic walled city of Evora to the popular beach resort of Cascais, just outside Lisbon, I marvel yet again at how easy it is to get around this European retirement haven. I’m coming to the end of a week-long scouting trip in North-ern Portugal. I started in the city of Porto, the country’s second-largest and home of port wine...

The Best Way to Explore Panama…With Insider Guides

The Best Way to Explore Panama…With Insider Guides

“When you get here, I’ll pick you up from your hotel and show you my favorite parts of the city”…this was a message I got from IL Panama Editor Jessica Ramesch when I told her I’d be visiting Panama City last week. I’m off the plane having spent 10 days exploring all that Panama has to offer. And it offers so much…the cost of living is affordable; I know couples who are enjoying life on $1,600 a month. Good-value real estate abounds…you can pick up a three-bedroom house, with a swimming pool, in a Pacific coast beach town less than an hour from Panama City, for $150,000. And then there’s the stunning beaches, picturesque mountain towns, and the best retiree benefits program in the world…all reasons why we picked Panama as the world’s number one retirement destination for 2016. And the reason I came here.

Bargain Buys in Three Spanish Mountain Towns

Bargain Buys in Three Spanish Mountain Towns

It’s a sun-drenched morning as I stand at a lookout point above the town of Mijas. Below me, the gleaming white buildings, with their roofs of rust-red tile, tumble down the mountainside. The pine-covered hills of the Sierra de Mijas mountain range reach up into the clear sky to my right. On my left, I can see the Costa del Sol—the Sun Coast—with the glittering Mediterranean Sea stretching to the horizon. It’s a comfortable 66 F here in Mijas, which is located in southernmost Spain. With more than 2,800 hours of sunshine a year around these parts, it’s the perfect place to escape a harsh winter back home.