Is Ireland Really Like That? A Californian Couple Finds Out

Few countries conjure the kind of romantic images that Ireland does. The mind immediately fills with images of rolling green hills and quaint villages, like the pictures you’ve seen on innumerable postcards and travel magazine pages. It also evokes the idea of simpler times and slower living. But is Ireland really like that? Well, it Read more...: Is Ireland Really Like That? A Californian Couple Finds Out

Five Reasons Why Expats Should Enroll in Medicare

Everyone has their own healthcare strategy, particularly when they become an expat. That said, I want to offer my top five reasons I believe everyone, including full-time expats, should enroll in Part A and Part B of Medicare as soon as they become eligible. Medicare is an endless maze of rules and regulations, but at Read more...: Five Reasons Why Expats Should Enroll in Medicare

The Perks of Not Being a Pioneer: Enjoying Ease and Comfort in Panama

While we wait for the boat to pull away from the dock, we pose in our orange lifejackets. The breeze is whipping our hair into our faces, and the sun is shining brightly. The ocean varies from intense sapphire to a crystal clear aqua. There’s exuberant greenery along the shore, and the striking city skyline Read more...: The Perks of Not Being a Pioneer: Enjoying Ease and Comfort in Panama

The Future of Real Estate is on the Blockchain

In 2011, I uncovered an amazing deal: 7,500 acres of land with almost four miles of virgin white-sand Caribbean beach and 11 miles or so fronting a lagoon. It was perfect for land banking for future development. I went back and forth with the seller for quite a while…and he eventually dropped his asking price Read more...: The Future of Real Estate is on the Blockchain

Where and Why to Look Beyond Wall Street

No doubt that now is a challenging moment to think about buying stocks—especially those overseas. The coronavirus has stirred global panic and will likely slow the world economy, particularly the two primary engines of growth: the U.S. and China. But like all crises, this, too, shall pass. I don’t write that to be dismissive or Read more...: Where and Why to Look Beyond Wall Street

A “Computer Guy” Switches Seattle for Peru

Paul Beckman, 70, is no stranger to living abroad. As a computer engineer, he has worked on IT contracts in various countries around the world, from France to Hong Kong to Belarus. Although he originally hails from Iowa, he spent eight years in Seattle, Washington, before recently retiring to Arequipa, Peru. It’s fair to say Read more...: A “Computer Guy” Switches Seattle for Peru

An Archetypal French Festival…Once We Found it

It was my first summer living in the South of France. My French was coming along, and, somewhere between bonjour and je ne sais quoi, I decided it was time to take the plunge. My husband, Nicolas, and I would attend our first summer festival. In the summertime, festivals spring up in the seaside villages Read more...: An Archetypal French Festival…Once We Found it

Indulgent Old World Luxury in Funchal, Madeira

Initial impressions can be so telling. Within minutes of leaving the airport I sensed the dizzying scale of Madeira’s mountainous peaks and craggy cliffs. I saw houses surrounded by blazing bougainvillea and banana leaves, the vegetation offering clues as to what to expect. High-rise buildings on this mid-Atlantic Portuguese island are mercifully few. Instead, it’s Read more...: Indulgent Old World Luxury in Funchal, Madeira

Five Tips for European Travel Without the Crowds

It was 10 a.m. in Prague and I’d nearly finished my run, crossing the Svatopluk Cech Bridge toward the Jewish Quarter. I’d attempted to avoid the tourists I’d seen amassing on the nearby Legion Bridge I had crossed earlier. Yet, once over the river, I rounded a corner, finding myself on a narrow, packed street Read more...: Five Tips for European Travel Without the Crowds