What Life Overseas Really Looks Like... Skeptics inquire: Are the opportunities overseas really as great as we at IL portray them to be? The short answer is “yes.” But don’t take my word for it… Listen, instead, to the many ﬁrsthand stories we’ve collected in this month’s issue—on-the-ground reports from folks who decided to answer the question for themselves…at the beach…in the hills…in cities…or on islands…
A round-up of the weird and wonderful events taking place around the world over the coming months.
Contadora Island is a 20-minute ﬂight from Panama City. It is a watery wonderland straight out of the pages of The Beach. Forget about cars and taxis; everywhere worth visiting is a 10-minute walk away…
If you like gadgets and bustle when you go on vacation, look shells, and tumbling-down structures—anything that hints at a quaint chapter of Irish history. Using traditional methods, local craftsmen faithfully restore each lighthouse, cottage, castle, or 19th-century school house. The rescued structures stand as solid as they were back when they were in full use 150 to 600 years ago.
When Ernest Hemmingway was asked how he went broke, he replied, “Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly.” It’s the same pattern with hot new beach destinations (only instead of going broke, you could make money…gradually, then suddenly).
I’ve traveled in 92 countries, lived in Thailand and the Middle East, climbed the Pyramids, gone dog-sledding in Finland, trekked in Mali, seen the “gorillas in the mist” in Rwanda, and gone hot-air ballooning over the desert in Australia.
Malta offers an idyllic Mediterranean climate, extremely low levels of taxation, moderate property prices, reasonable living costs, excellent communications and a picturesque and friendly environment. For these reasons Malta continues to attract foreign nationals seeking to take up residency under the relatively simple procedures available.
Being a ﬁreﬁghter was the best job in the world according to my husband Clyde, but after 26 years, it was time to retire. However, we were buried beneath a mortgage, car payments, gym membership, the high cost of health care, outrageous electric bills, and taxes, with no end in sight.
I first went to Uruguay by ferry in 2003 and it was love at ﬁrst landing. I was living in Argentina, which meant I could make the hour-long crossing of the River Plate from Buenos Aires to historic Colonia.
The idea of moving to Uruguay came out of left ﬁeld. If it hadn’t been for my health, it would never have happened. But the savings on health care are only one of the beneﬁts of our new life.