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Why I Decided To Retire To Carmelita Gardens, Belize

How Dianne Found Her Simple And Self-Sufficient Paradise Overseas One of the interesting byproducts of the coronavirus era has been a new, global appreciation for self-sufficiency… People who had never lifted a whisk learned to bake their own bread… those without backyards figured out how to plant food, even if just some herbs… salon junkies…

White beach on beautiful Belize.

Living A Whole New Life In Belize

Potluck Dinners, Darts, And Dancing—One Expat Couple’s Trial Run In Belize It’s gray, dark, and rainy here in Paris… and it’s unlikely to change much over the next couple of months. It’s around this time of year that I’d usually try to organize a trip to someplace sunny. In fact, every January we hold our…

Senior couple at the lake having a picnic.

How You Can Plan A Move Overseas In Today’s “New Normal”

What Does 2021 Have In Store For You? I love the feeling that comes once Christmas has run its course… After all the gluttony and indulgence, the natural inclination come January is to swing toward austerity. Most of the world tries to give up some bad habit in the New Year… or to begin some…

Happy family with suitcases in the airport.

Moving Overseas Will Affect Your Family But It Can Be For The Better

How Will A Move Overseas Affect Your Family? As I celebrated my daughter’s first holiday season, the idea of legacy was strong in my mind. As all new parents do, I became nostalgic for my own childhood holiday traditions as I thought about the celebrations upcoming for her. And I thought about how different my…

Caye Marine Reserve in the near of the southwater caye, Belize.

The Best Way To Decide If Moving To Belize Is Right For You

A Land Of Adventure, Promise, And Quirky Placenames My first memory of travel is of my visit to Belize at about 5 years old. I had been out of the country just once before, and this visit to Belize was to be the first trip that imprinted itself on my memory. The snapshots are vague…

Christmas decorations in Alsace, France.

How To Celebrate A Traditional Christmas In France

Got The Stamina For A Traditional French Christmas? Paris has been alit since Nov. 24, give or take a few days depending on the quartier. The city’s Christmas streetlights bring a familiar cheer to strange times. It’s not the same this year as in years past, but there’s a festive feeling in the air despite lockdowns…

Scene with a female walking on the street of Iberic city.

Expats Lessons After Moving Overseas: The Challenges You Will Face

4 Steps To Surviving A Move Overseas—Part II Last week, I began telling you about the four biggest things I’ve learned through my international moves. We covered what you should take and what stays behind… as well as how to adjust to your new environment. (If you missed that first installment, you can catch up…

Woman enjoying beautiful panoramic view of Paris with cup of coffee.

The Truth About Moving Abroad And What It Really Means

4 Steps To Surviving A Move Overseas—Part I I gave a presentation for our recent Live and Invest in Europe Virtual Conference; it was my first ever “expat talk,” as we call them. I’d heard plenty of them over the years, but this was the first time I did one myself. My expat story started…

Cayo Zapatilla in Bocas del Toro province of Panama.

Why Bocas Del Toro Provides Panama’s Best Coastal Caribbean Living

The Other Side Of The Isthmus I lived in Panama City, on the country’s southern, Pacific Coast. My experience living in the Hub of the Americas is, therefore, somewhat limited. Sure, I visited the northern, Caribbean Coast… but it may as well have been a world away. I’ve holidayed in Bocas del Toro, arguably the…

Keel-billed Toucan, shot in Panama.

What Makes Living In Panama A Wonderful Experience

Top 7 Things I Miss About Panama It’s been nearly two full years since I packed my bags and left the tropics. I have to admit that I was more than eager to move on from Panama… I had waited so long to get back to Paris. But knowing that Panama would always be in…