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The City Of Medellin, Colombia, Offers Sophisticated Living On A Budget

Property Opportunities In Medellin, Colombia

Sophisticated Living At A Much-Undervalued Price I have a quick-fire question for you… When you hear mention of “Colombia,” what’s the first thing to spring to mind? (Don’t overthink it. Just settle on the very first thing.) Was it coffee… drugs… gangs… Pablo Escobar… or beautiful women? Or—if you caught Narcos on Netflix—maybe Escobar making…

Morillo Beach shoreline in Panama

Morillo Beach On Panama’s Azuero Sunset Coast

Why You Need To Follow The Surfers If you want to find the best beaches in Central America, my advice is to follow the surfers. Not the tourist surfers… but the local guys. You don’t need to be a surfer… or care about ever stepping foot on a board. But, if you’re a lover of…

Panama City Skyline

Insights On Living In Panama: The Land That Has It All

Experiencing Life In Panama I’ll admit I knew little about Panama before I arrived in the country—and not even about that guy who faked his death in a canoe. (If you haven’t heard that one, don’t worry—I’ll share more details later.) I’d heard, of course, about the furious pace of construction in Panama City over…

Reasons For Moving Overseas

How Do You Explain Your Reasons For Moving Overseas?

What Your Well-Meaning Friends May Never Understand When friends dare to ask why you’re even entertaining this crazy notion of moving overseas, what do you tell them? Do you have a list of justifications ready to defend yourself… in the hope that it will help them understand what, in your mind, is a very logical…

Beach property in the Dominican Republic

Advice On Buying And Living In The Dominican Republic

“Why Would We Bother Going Anywhere Else?” When Bob Granger proposed to Janet, part of the “deal” was that they wouldn’t retire in the United States. He wanted to get away—and he was giving her the opportunity to come along for the ride. (She said yes.) More than a decade later, while the Grangers worked…

Beach in Dominican Republic with expats standing on the shore

Dominican Republic Expat Stories

Secrets Of The Accidental Expats Diana and Don weren’t planning an international move when personal circumstances brought them to visit the Dominican Republic 18 years ago. But the more they saw, the more they were drawn to this little country—and particularly the Samaná peninsula. As the couple stood on a mountain just outside the beach…

Beautiful clear water beach in Belize with a small property

Quirks, Conferences, And Property In Belize

Buying Into The Good Life “Welcome to Double Head Cabbage,” reads an actual village sign some 40 kilometers outside of Belize City. It’s not the only quirky name you’ll find around this Caribbean country. Expats we know have settled around the village of Teakettle… in the Gallon Jug area… and out on Banana Bank. Such…

Vacationing on a beach

Why Living Overseas Is Different Than A Vacation

Better Than Any Vacation Aren’t you glad we’re almost out of January? By now, you’ve recovered from the post-holiday blues, you’ve snapped back into your routine, and you’re looking forward to a greater year ahead. A lot of people, of course, are mentally skipping right ahead to summer. They’re taking advantage of January sales and…