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01 Jan
Belize Cayes - Small tropical island at Barrier Reef with paradise beach

Key West Without Florida Prices

Jimmy Buffett found his island escape when he relocated to sunny, sand-fringed Key West, FL, from Nashville, TN, in the early 70s. He’d been trying to make it in Nashville’s music scene, but with his unique style that wasn’t quite country and wasn’t quite rock, he didn’t have much success. Everything changed after a busking [...]
21 Dec
Skyline of Panama City, Panama

It’s Not What You Think

I woke up this morning, brewed a pot of Irish breakfast tea, and, as has been my custom for decades now, sat down at my laptop to write you a letter. I want to focus your attention this week on Panama. Trouble is… I’ve been telling people about Panama for some 25 years. In fact, [...]
14 Dec
Beach near Lagos in Panta da Piedade, Algarve, Portugal Expat Haven

Reasons To Love This Expat Haven

Portugal is the oldest country in Europe, with the same defined borders since 1139. Before that, it was part of the Umayyad Caliphate and the Roman Empire. The country is home to the oldest bookstore chain in the world, Livraria Bertrand, which opened its doors in 1732. Here, too, is one of the oldest universities [...]
11 Dec
Sunrise at Caye Caulker Island Belize

Why You Want A Dog In Belize

It’s Not For The Reason You Might Think… One of the questions I am most frequently asked about Belize is… Is it really safe? Unlike Mexico, Guatemala, and other countries in the region, Belize has no organized crime. In Belize, no drug cartels are fighting for dominance or control… This sleepy little country seems too [...]
23 Nov
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

A Thanksgiving Gift From Our Family To Yours

When my children were young and we lived in Paris, we looked forward to our once-a-year trips to the boutique épicerie known as Thanksgiving. Each year, the weekend before that shop’s namesake celebration, my teenaged daughter and preschool-aged son and I would set out from our apartment in Paris’ 7th arrondissement for the hour-long walk [...]
20 Nov
Scandinavian Mountains, Norway. global crisis

A “Way Out” From Global Crisis

Are you looking for a “way out”? With everything that’s going on in the world… war in the Middle East… war in Ukraine… seemingly endless political dysfunction in the United States… we could all be forgiven for wanting an escape. I’m not talking about a vacation… I’m talking about a “bolthole” where you feel safe. [...]
19 Oct
Plaza De Botero, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia

2 Nights In The City Of Eternal Spring—On Me

The first time I ever recommended Americans think about retiring (and investing) overseas was back in 1985. When I began making these kinds of suggestions, I was sometimes met with suspicion… sometimes ignored… now and then even attacked as part of the lunatic fringe. The good news is that today the idea of living or [...]
16 Oct
Camel caravan at Gobi desert. This is a famous place part of the silk road in Dunhuang, Gansu, China. silk road

The Silk Road—Part 2: Ancient Cities, And A VIP Invite

“Few people like you make it this far,” our guide Anthony told us with a big smile as we approached the ruins of the central pagoda of the 2,300-year-old city of Jiaohe. He meant white people. In this part of this country, the travelers are nearly all Chinese. The burgeoning local middle class is keen [...]
02 Oct
How To Be Wealthy

How To Be Wealthy

Years ago I heard a definition of “wealthy” that has stuck with me. Being wealthy, the thinking goes, is having enough passive income to cover your living expenses. I know people who make a lot more money than I do each year, but they aren’t wealthy. Some of them are living paycheck to paycheck. They […]