As if you need incentives . . . retire here

Are your “sunset years” approaching?  Do you find yourself longing for something completely different?  Do you wake up at night pondering how you will continue to maintain that 8 bedroom house of yours?  Or, do you simply want to “go off the rails” and take a 180 degree turn in your life? What better time to shake up your life…

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Seasons change, and so will we

Home:  there is nothing better than coming home.  A place for everything, everything in its place.  A home, not a house.  There’s no place like home.  To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. There are many platitudes that describe home, but the last one, above, is what we’re talking about here.  Why is home where it is now? …

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Au revoir, Paris. Vous allez me manquer.*

Je vous aime . .  the heart of Paris, a city that has beckoned artists, philosophers, romantics and young wide-eyes over the millennia. But now, especially in the times of Covid-19, millions of French people who would rather die than leave this city home are now packing their bags and saying au revoir. Watch this short story courtesy of France24.com.   In…

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Free akiya!

As the world gets larger, it also gets smaller, as it gets richer.  Overall world income is increasing, with the resultant buying power of a newly richer population.  People travel more, which can often change their outlook.  Uprooting and landing somewhere else is no longer an activity only for the rich.  The world is mobile. As evidence of this, there…

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Young, fast and scientific

Let’s face it – finding travel deals is not easy. There are not enough hours in the day for most of us.  And it’s a moving target. Well, let’s give a big thank you to our affiliate friends CheapAir.com have created their annual Cheapair 2021Annual Airfare Study. You don’t have to feel stymied by convoluted pricing structures, what comes with…

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Chunnel of love

As of this writing, the past few years have been tumultuous, to say the least.  Between pandemics, anger in the streets, despicable political maneuvering and change in almost every country, the world is not the one we that thought we knew. One such event was Brexit.  For those not aware, this was an event that happened at the end of…

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Buy land in Thailand

Thailand has everything you want from a holiday paradise – golden sandy beaches, year-round warmth, exotic cuisine and culture, friendly people and a low cost of living. It’s also easy to get to from anywhere in the world and has close and friendly ties with the West. Thailand was part of the “hippy trail” from the 1960s and a backpacker standby…

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European self-sufficiency

Europe is often looked upon as a model of efficiency.  With nearly 750 million people living in a relatively tight space, they need to be.  But, Europe has also been the mother of invention there.  Spain created the spacesuit.  Iceland created the power transformer.  Ireland created the submarine . . .  and more. One modern and practical thing that Europe…

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Ahead of the curve

As of 26 March, 2021, there are two pieces of welcome news for British people looking to buy an overseas property or prepare a home for rental. From March 29th the ‘reasonable excuses to travel’ abroad allows journeys from the UK ‘in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property’. This means travel to visit estate…

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Sick of your country? Well, read this.

It happens to all of us:  we just get sick and tired of it.  We see no escape.  We feel boxed in, with no hope.  And it feels like there are no options. Is all of the world like this?  Cities are all the same, are they not?  Dirty, gritty, chaotic and grim.  Maybe yes, maybe no. Are there no…

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Quick! Go see yeah, Nicosia

Sometimes, places that are not necessarily on your radar are often the ones that you might fall in love with.. Take Cyprus, for example.  In the distant past, there were problems between the country and Greek Cypriots.  But, those tensions have subsided and Cyprus has become an intoxicating and inexpensive destination to enjoy endless sun, sea and healthy surroundings. Regular…

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Staycation situation

It appears, despite our best wishes, 2021 is also going to be the summer of staycations as restrictions against non-essential foreign travel continue for the foreseeable future. Naturally, the recent government crackdowns on international travel have sparked a surge in online searches. Searches on Airbnb for summer staycations more than quadrupled in comparison to the first few weeks of January.…

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Something to Belize in

Who doesn’t dream of living on an island in the sun?  Really…who even needs shoes? An updated report from International Living, a website devoted living and retiring overseas, has identified some of the best and most affordable Caribbean Islands on which to live. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, interest in Caribbean islands has heightened: web traffic for the…

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A wunnerful, a wunnerful

If you’re of “a certain age” you may remember Lawrence Welk, who was an American musician, accordionist, bandleader, and television impresario, who hosted the television program The Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. His style came to be known to his large audience of radio, television, and live-performance fans (and critics) as “champagne music.” But, as is often the case, he was also a…

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You should settle down

In the wonderful world of finance, you can often do well by buying a property, especially if it’s in a place that you love.  Fortunes go up and down, but property – well chosen – is usually a good bet. Our friends at A Place in The Sun have recently published a selection of desirable properties from around the world…

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Mask not required, only $250!

This is maybe not a good idea. The TSA, (USA) which has a hard enough time finding guns and scissors, has a new distraction from its primary mission. They’re now the transportation mask police as a result of taking existing mask rules and making non-compliance a federal offense. The Transportation Security Administration has announced its new fines for mask non-compliance: first…

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Fly abroad? Why not buy abroad!

2020 has been rough, in so many ways, and it looks like we will need to ease our way – very carefully – into 2021.  But, word has it that travel experts are targeting July 2021 for when we may be able to travel and get back to our lives again. One effect of 2020 is that situations have changed…

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Lithuania mania!

One of the most beautiful and friendly countries in Europe, Lithuania is a hidden gem. But that may soon not be the case, as the country is opening its doors for those looking for a new experience. If you want a change, this is a wonderful opportunity.  And the Lithuanian government makes it easy – they’ve created an easy-to-navigate plan…

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No stigma in Antigua, virtually

In keeping with the current trend of providing people remote-work visas, Caribbean country Antigua and Barbuda has become the latest nation to open its doors for people looking for a change of scene. According to The Independent, the country is willing to welcome digital nomads amid the pandemic — which has made it clear that for many jobs, one does…

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Remain in Spain

We often feature Spain here at Matouring, because it has so many things to offer. One of which is that it is an ideal place to retire:  sun, sea, mountains, excellent healthcare, incredible food and really good €3.00 bottles of red wine –  we are not joking. This article out lines how to gain your residency in Spain – and…

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