Your day starts with a cup of coffee brewed from beans grown right outside your window. Stepping onto the terrace, you look out over rows of hand-planted, organic avocado trees growing lush and tall in the equatorial sun. Beyond them is a patchwork of farms and forests overshadowed by the towering Andes Mountains. Breakfast is eggs from your free range hens, with slices of papaya and a juice prepared from freshly picked naranjillas (think lime mixed with rhubarb) grown on your own patch of land. You breathe in the fresh, clean mountain air and savor the sound of the nearby river and the birds singing on your own peaceful mountain retreat.
Time has slowed. I’m squinting from the midday sun. The low roar of gentle waves lapping the white-sand shores all along the three mile-long bay mixes with the calls of seabirds. On the horizon, breakers foam over the reef, contrasting with the vivid turquoise sea. It’s hypnotic…a nearly out-of-body experience. Tulúm, a community of around 30,000 people on the south end of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, tends to have that effect on people. It’s the type of place where vacationers fall in love and the next time they return it’s for good.
From the air as your plane descends, you see banana trees of every shade of green stretching as far as the eye can see, ﬂanked by cobalt-blue waters dotted with ﬁshing boats. Lots of foreigners have landed in Dumaguete before me. This quaint ocean-side town of about 120,000 locals is home to 4,500 expats. The town is famed for its energy and vibrance, thanks to seven universities and colleges. You’ll ﬁnd the ﬁrst private U.S. university in Asia here—Silliman University. This in turn houses the best private hospital in town, where for $56 a night you can get a private room, if need be.
You walk out of a gleaming new shopping mall, where you’ve just caught the latest Hollywood release in English and enjoyed a Starbuck’s coffee. You catch a taxi and head toward the edge of town. In less than 10 minutes your taxi stops, as a woman in traditional Andean dress—a skirt, short jacket, and multi-colored wool shawl—guides her small ﬂock of hesitant sheep safely across the road.
In 2009, the global financial and economic crisis steam-rolled through fragile Portugal. In the six years since, I have been closely watching the real estate market in the Algarve (that’s the popular tourist destination at the nation’s foot). I have made four scouting trips here in recent times. Finally, it’s time to make a move.
Within a generation, the world’s population will surpass nine billion people. Do you know how much food the world will have to grow and produce in order to feed all those hungry mouths? Right now, we produce about 3.94 billion tons of food for consumption each year, but experts say we will need 50% to 70% more food in order to meet demand by 2050. That’s a huge increase and an extremely daunting challenge.
The debt-ridden U.S. government is desperate to keep your money inside the country. That’s why the government will always be spreading misinformation…such as the lie that offshore asset protection is dead. The truth is that, for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, the offshore option is alive and kicking. It’s never been a more necessary part of your personal wealth preservation plan than right now. It’s also never been easier.
Where else can you wake up in the morning, put on shorts and a t-shirt, sit outside, and have breakfast from the fruit on your property with delicious, locally grown coffee? Our new lives are great,” says Sue Dickinson. Home for Sue and her husband Jim is the tiny fishing village of Boca Chica, on the coast of Panama’s Chiriquí province.
We’ve been everywhere, all over Costa Rica,” says Jessica Sueiro of her family’s travels through this Central American haven. “This week we’re going to Flamingo beach on the northern Pacific, Montezuma on the Nicoya Peninsula, and the mountain town of Monteverde, with the cloud forest.”
Amsterdam is famed as a freewheeling city with a touch of the naughty. And it’s true that Amsterdam has its red-light district and cannabis coffee shops. But don’t let these distract you. Away from the shuffling crowds and overpriced tourist zones lies a quiet, charming city with a different—and more sophisticated—allure. The hidden Amsterdam is just waiting to be discovered.