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Living In The Algarve Where Every Day Feels Like Vacation

This Is Portugal… Where The West Meets Paradise My husband Dave and I have been living here in Portugal’s Algarve for more than 10 years now, and still every day brings new delights and new things to enjoy… new moments that make you stop, relax, and enjoy the Algarve’s slower pace of life and its…

Lush hazy forested limestone hills in Cayo, Belize.

How I Discovered New Confidence Living In Cayo, Belize

From Idaho To The Cayo: How We Escaped The Frozen North Here’s our tale of How We Escaped The Frozen North… We came to Belize from northern Idaho. We were used to nine months of winter each year. Now we have 12 months of summer. When my husband David first got this idea of moving…

Lisbon, Portugal skyline with Sao Jorge Castle at dawn

We’ve Found These Are The Downsides To Living In Portugal

Portugal, The Flip Side—Here’s What’s Not To Love I’ve been spending time in Portugal since 2013. I knew after the first visit that this was a special place… a place where I wanted to spend as much time as a busy life like mine could handle. So my husband and I went house-hunting… We searched…

Cityscape panorama of Porto in sunset light, traditional architecture near Douro river in Portugal

Find Out Why Porto, Portugal, Is Our Dream Overseas Location

Tasty And Healthy Living On Portugal’s Northern Shore Clearly the Celts, Romans, and Moors knew something long before the rest of us. With abundant sunshine, stunning architecture, and affordable prices, the secret is out: Portugal is a top retirement destination. A few years before my husband’s retirement, and after extensive discussions over many glasses of…

Christmas lights in the city of Medellin, Colombia

Christmas In Colombia: Celebrating The Festival Of Lights

The World’s Best Christmas Festival Of Lights I’ve been spending Christmas abroad since 2001 and have come to love the traditions and celebrations that take place throughout Latin America. Christmas in Medellín is the most impressive extravaganza I’ve experienced. My first half dozen Christmases overseas were in Ecuador and were the most enjoyable Christmas experiences…

christmas in Belize

Celebrating Christmas In Belize

Krismas da kum! Brukdong, Bram, Deer Dances, And Horse Races—Christmas In Belize Belizean for: Christmas is coming! Belize, a nation of immigrants, has adopted and adapted Christmas traditions from abroad and combined them with Mayan traditions that existed when colonists arrived centuries ago to create some of the most eclectic holiday customs anywhere. December is…
Paseo del Niño Viajero parade in Cuenca, Ecuador

Celebrating Christmas In Cuenca, Ecuador

Cuenca’s Colorful Christmas Traditions It’s been years since I visited Ecuador myself, but as we prepare for our Live and Invest in Ecuador Workshop, my mind has been cast back to this enchanting country… When I was last there, it was for work but it felt more like play. Ecuador is one of the best…

Thanksgiving dinner table with sliced turkey and sides, overhead shot

How Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving Abroad

Like Most Things… Thanksgiving Is Better Overseas I would argue that most things in life are better with a twist… something unusual… unexpected… unfamiliar… makes anything more interesting. For me, that’s about 90% of the allure of living overseas—nothing is ever as you expect it to be. And this has been the case with Thanksgivings…

Colorful buildings in Medellin, Colombia

A Detailed Guide To The Top 4 Expat Neighborhoods In Medellin

10 Years Later, Here’s What Wendy And Darren Really Think About Life In Medellín, Colombia I am still surprised by the reactions I get when I tell people I live in Medellín, Colombia. A few years ago, my friends and family expressed fear, concern, and disbelief. Today I hear admiration, curiosity, and even a little…

To the left an image of Cartagena, Colombia and to the right an image of Medellin, Colombia

Medellín Vs. Cartagena: Comparing Colombia’s Best Cities

Medellín Versus Cartagena—Two Top Colombia Options Square Off Medellín versus Cartagena… which is the better city for living and investing? We hear this question a lot, so today I’m going to take an in-depth look at the respective strengths and weaknesses of these cities… both with much to offer. Cartagena is a historical resort city…

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