Small-Town Italy for Less than $2,000 a Month

Small-Town Italy for Less than $2,000 a Month

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October 17, 2013

It was New Year’s Eve 2012 and the view outside my window was perfect. In the darkness, I could just make out the rolling Italian hills, dotted with brick houses with terracotta rooftops. A lone bell tower rose from a small, ancient church into the sky. And as the bell tolled midnight, the sky lit up with fireworks from three different directions.

How to Define and Measure Success

How to Define and Measure Success

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September 1, 2013

For some time now, I’ve silently wondered if I am the only one who winces at the frequent admonishment to “go big or go home.” Why, I muse, would folks smart enough to abandon a large working environment want to replicate that? Why is millionaire status still flaunted as the pinnacle of success? Or home ownership the epitome of the American Dream? It all seems so…well…20th century.

Furnishing for Profit in Latin America

Furnishing for Profit in Latin America

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September 1, 2013

Combine your creative talent with the craftsmanship and designs of another country and you could find an opening for an interior design business. In Jacó, on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast, Lynn Gensemer, 56, of Chungo Interior Designs, eschews expensive imported furniture and fixtures from the U.S. in favor of working with local craftsmen to create custom designs.

Taking Face-to-Face Sales Skills Online in Costa Rica

Taking Face-to-Face Sales Skills Online in Costa Rica

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September 1, 2013

Despite his many years working as a car-insurance salesman in Portland, Oregon—and making good money— Caelan Huntress always considered it a temporary gig. Today he has thrown out the cubicle, tie, and daily commute…and taken his sales skills online. He lives and works from his home in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone—a region on the southern Pacific coast, near the border with Panama. The beach is 45 minutes away. Shopping and quality medical care is just 15 minutes down the hill. And the verdant green mountains of the interior are an even bigger draw.

Take the Plunge: Three IL Subscribers Are Glad They Did

Take the Plunge: Three IL Subscribers Are Glad They Did

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April 30, 2010

Over the last 30 years, IL has helped many readers fulfill their dreams and move overseas. Below we profile three couples: Lifetime Members Anna and Joel have been living blissfully on the tropical island of Roatan for the past four years; Derek and Lesley have just quit their jobs and are leaving Canada in an RV, in search of Paradise; and Scot and Kristine have recently opened a new resort on Little Corn Island off Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast.

The Most Powerful Man in Mexico

The Most Powerful Man in Mexico

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March 1, 2010

Bob Mandel is constantly on the move in PuertoVallarta, hustling up donations for Make-a-Wish Mexico, organizing charitable events like golf tournaments and parties. As he says, “There’s always a pile of wishes waiting to be granted.” On the daywe spoke, he had 56 requests on his desk. Remarkably, not a single wish has ever been declined.