No Car, No Watch, No Problem, in Laidback Dominican Republic

No Car, No Watch, No Problem, in Laidback Dominican Republic

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August 24, 2018

“I came here on vacation and quickly realized this is where I needed to be,” says Kathy Pow. She lives in Cabarete, a small beach town on the Dominican Republic’s north coast. With two international airports nearby, in Puerto Plata and Santiago de los Caballeros, it’s fairly easy to get to and from North America, with many direct flights from the major cities there...

Village Life and Rental Income in the Heart of France

Village Life and Rental Income in the Heart of France

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August 24, 2018

Byron and Kelly Harker enjoyed their life in Canada. Both natives of Vancouver, their roots went deep, with family, friends, and jobs in the area. But adventure often comes calling at unexpected times, and this was the case with the Canadian couple. Today their home is nestled in the bucolic riverside landscape of France’s picturesque Loire Valley...

Finding a Profitable Niche (or Two) in Puerto Armuelles

Finding a Profitable Niche (or Two) in Puerto Armuelles

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August 24, 2018

A GPS system, a rental car, and a few wrong turns. That’s how Debbie and Patrick Fishell found their way to the coastal town of Puerto Armuelles, Panama. Originally from Oahu, Hawaii, the couple were always keen travelers. “We spent eight years in Micronesia running a charter boat business, and all three of our children were born overseas...

Loving Small-Town Life in Ao Nang, Thailand

Loving Small-Town Life in Ao Nang, Thailand

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July 26, 2018

After visiting a friend in Ao Nang, in western Thailand on the Andaman Sea, J.D. Gruen decided he wanted to live by the sea for the first time in his life. “I love it here. I prefer small-town life, even with the busy tourist areas here. It’s friendly and everything needed is within reach: supermarkets, computer shops, electrical shops, many good Western (non-Thai) and Thai restaurants.”

Enjoying Affordable Luxury in Phnom Penh

Enjoying Affordable Luxury in Phnom Penh

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July 26, 2018

“Moving to Cambodia was the smartest decision I ever made,” says Ryan Preston with a smile. “Everything, and I mean everything, is affordable. I didn’t know what luxury was before coming here. My refrigerator is full of organic fruit, French wine and cheese, Australian lamb, Belgian chocolates…and you know what? I can buy whatever I want and still spend under $75 a week...

Growing a Family Business by the Beach in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Growing a Family Business by the Beach in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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June 22, 2018

New Yorker Eddie Ryan could arguably be named one of Puerto Viejo’s original expats. “I came to Costa Rica for the first time 34 years ago, with a friend who was visiting family. During that first trip, someone mentioned the Caribbean coast to me,” he remembers. “It wasn’t a tourist destination at the time...

Experience the Healthy Beach Vibe of Langosta, Costa Rica

Experience the Healthy Beach Vibe of Langosta, Costa Rica

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June 22, 2018

Smiles are infectious. But for Bob and Sue McMahon, who moved to Costa Rica from Arizona in July 2013, their smiles then were not as vibrant as they are today. Sue, a professor with master’s degrees in sports medicine and physical therapy, was teaching at a medical university. Bob was the general contractor for a construction company.