Never go home

Ever walked into a hotel and thought: “I could live here?” These five intimate, beautiful hotels can that feel like the swanky house of your dreams. Read more courtesy of FoodAndWine.com  

‘Leave No Trace’

The seven “Leave No Trace” (LNT) principles were formed by the Leave No Trace organization as a set of guidelines meant to educate campers and protect the environment. One of the tenets of outdoor recreation—camping, specifically—is the idea of enjoying the natural world while minimizing impact as much as possible. For future generations to be able to enjoy spaces that we use…

Lake Como? Affordable?

Italy’s most famous lake has appealed to second-home owners for hundreds of years, reports Liz Rowlinson. But where can you bag a bargain? Its deep, mirror-like waters beneath dramatic mountains, the tropical gardens flourishing in the balmy microclimate, have beguiled artists, writers and royals for centuries and, in recent years, Arab princes, wealthy footballers, Hollywood stars and entrepreneurs. Read more…

And now for something completely different

It’s possible that you’ve thought of living in another country.  But have you thought of working there, as well? Japan is an endlessly fascinating country that actively welcomes workers from around the world. Many foreign residents from English speaking countries, work in Japan as language instructors. The demand for native language instructors remains relatively high, with some major language schools…

Mystically fruity

Let’s move to East Grinstead and Forest Row, West Sussex, UK: mystically fruity. What’s going for it? Do you believe in the genius loci, the spirit of the place? Well, there must be a fruity old spirit in East Grinstead and Forest Row. Is there something in the water, in the soil, in the wind? How else do you explain the…

Don’t be afraid of ghost (towns)

With 25,000 euros and 1000 hours of work, Maurizio Cesprini and his partner Paola Gardin rebuilt a ruined home in the medieval village of Ghesc, Italy. They hope other young families will consider their example with a plentiful supply of medieval ghost towns. See more courtesy of Kirsten Dirksen  

Sleek, futuristic birdboxes

Norway boasts incredible, unspoilt nature, from sprawling fjords and jagged coastlines to snaking glaciers and green pastures. And now, one company has announced accommodation options that will capitalise on the stunning views, with guests sleeping in sleek, futuristic birdboxes with large windows to take in the surroundings. There are currently two birdboxes placed on the west coast of Norway, available…

How to say Thailand is my land

Over the centuries, travellers from Western Europe have been spellbound by the alluring cultures of the Far East. The ancient adventurers who arrived on the shores of Siam were instantly besotted, and there is ample evidence that a name change has done little to dampen the appeal of this remarkably captivating country. In the 21st century, perhaps no Asian country…

Top 10 countries easy to emigrate to.

Many of us wonder what it would be like to simply leave and live in a new, fresh and – ideally – economical place. Thousands of people do this every year, but it can be a cumbersome task, as many countries require some genealogical connection.  If you don’t have that, then you may be looking at very expensive fees (for…

Bivona, Sicily, is the latest Italian town selling homes for $1

You may have noticed, this is becoming a theme. Especially in Europe, some of the smaller Villages that are far outside of large cities are experiencing the loss of young people as they vacate the towns and move away. A result of this is that many of the buildings vacant and, in many situations fall, into disrepair. This particular article…

A retiree who lives on $24,000 and travels often explains how

It’s always a good idea to make your money go further, and that is especially true when you retire. There is no shortage of Doom and Gloom articles that describe what you will need to retire when that time finally comes. But, again it makes sense to plan for the worst and be happily surprised by the best. This article…

Hotel where you can get a bad night’s sleep

The title of this article may sound funny, but the genesis of the story is not. In the UK, an artist has designed a hotel room that’s difficult to stay in – on purpose. “The bed is difficult to get onto and has barely enough space to squeeze around. The bathroom door doesn’t shut, and gets in the way when…

A couple who retired abroad have this to say ….

  Edd and Cynthia Staton moved from Las Vegas to Cuenca, Ecuador, about 10 years ago to make their retirement savings stretch after the Great Recession. They’ve found that most aspects of their lives are just as they would be in Nevada or anywhere else. They said they had more free time now that they’re retired, and they described Ecuador as having…

Mi casa su casa

The idea of home-sharing / swapping has been around for decades, but has never really gained any traction until recently. Until the Internet came along, you were possibly taking a risk in loaning your home to strangers. But now, we are all so connected that it is becoming more difficult to perpetuate a scam for long. It is truly worth…

Paris – what it’s like to live there

What can you say about Paris? One of the most visited cities in the world, and for very good reasons. Romantic is only one word that describes the city of light. In addition to world-class sites museums and events, it also is the city to be compared with when it comes to vying for the best food in the world.…

Clarifying the myths about retiring abroad

The lure of moving to another country permanently is a constant tug on many retirees’ heartstrings.  Likely, we’ve all been there, where we found ourselves in a country, city or hamlet that ticked every single box when it comes to being the ideal place to live.  Sometimes it’s the attractive cost of living.  Other times, it’s that the place just…

There are other ways to live the dream

Ever think about renting, buying or home-swapping? With companies such as Airbnb appearing, as you travel, your options of where to stay become greater and more varied. Using the internet, now it is also very possible to have complete details of  the property that you’re considering so that you can make an informed and satisfying decision. Sometimes though, if you…

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