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International Living: Retire to Paradise

If you’re a baby boomer, retirement is probably one subject that has been on your mind for some time. You’ve worked hard all your life and have probably given a lot of thought to how you want to spend the next part of your life. However, if you’re like many boomers, you might have delayed retirement due to the economy ... Read More »

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Puerto Rico: The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secret

With its palm-fringed white sand beaches, warm turquoise waters and verdant rainforest, Puerto Rico is as dreamy a Caribbean island as Bermuda, Jamaica, Antigua or the Bahamas. Its culture is a vibrant blend of Spanish, Taíno Indian, African and American influences. This tropical, salsa music-filled paradise is a world away from frigid winter, yet direct flights from most major U.S. ... Read More »

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Quintessential Caribbean Paradise—St. Lucia

With its ribbons of sandy beaches, swaying coconut palms, translucent warm waters, and coral reefs teeming with tropical fish, Saint Lucia (pronounced LOO-sha) is a quintessential Caribbean paradise. It has evolved over the years into one of the region’s most popular vacation destinations-particularly for romantics enticed by the island’s striking natural beauty, splendid resorts and easygoing hospitality. One of the ... Read More »

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Ecuador—A retired couple’s choice in this troubled world

Even before the current economic crisis, my family and I were concerned about our financial future. We are retired and live on a modest fixed income. Expenses to maintain our lovely home were escalating daily and we had reached the tipping point, incurring a negative cash flow that dipped aggressively into our savings. Partially because of financial reasons and partly ... Read More »

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Living in Costa Rica

The cold, the slush, the snow, the endless on-and-off of parkas, gloves and boots—it's reached a point where something must be done. There has to be another way, and, fortunately, there is. Go south, where the weather is warm, the costs are lower and the living is easy. Well, maybe it's not quite that simple—but it's certainly worth considering when the cold weather has reached too deep into your soul. Read More »

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