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September 2011 Vol.31 No.5 INTERNATIONAL LIVING LIVING P. 18 P. 13 P. 16 P. 23 P. 24 INSIDE THIS ISSUE The Best Place in the World to Retire Make Money with a Travel Blog Where to Pick Up a Bargain Beach Home on Ecuador s Coast How to Get an Irish Passport A Romantic Corner of France from $92,000 THE WORLDʼS BEST RETIREMENT HAVEN SPECIAL ISSUE 2 Plus GLOBETROTTER LIFESTYLE PROFILES CALENDAR REAL ESTATE CLASSIFIEDS INTERNATIONAL LIVING Contents From the Editor 2 All your IL extras International Dates 3 Thai boat races and oysters in Ireland Savvy Traveler 5 Where to find a miracle in Colombia Market Watch 6 The best beach deal in the Europe of South America Retirement Lifestyle 8 Spain: Medieval towns and sandy beaches Living the Dream 10 IL readers enjoy the Old World pace Travel for Free 12 How to land a house-sitting gig Travel for Free 13 Make money with a travel blog Fund Your Life 14 Escape the snow and fund your overseas winter 15 Tulúm s Caribbean coast not just for millionaires 16 Where to pick up a beach bargain on Ecuador s coast Cover Story 18 The world s best retirement haven Investment 22 Three tips for profiting from passive paychecks Offshore 23 How to get an Irish passport and citizenship 24 A romantic corner of France from $92,000 Entrepreneur Profile 26 From British rocker to Argentine farmer Calendar of Events 27 Explore the secrets of Costa Rica Travel 28 Italy s Maremma: Savor the sweet life 90 minutes from Rome Property Picks 30 Homes near historic and protected sites Window on the World 32 Guatemala s giant kite festival Classifieds 33 Opportunities from around the world The Last Word 36 A victim of my own analysis International Living (ISSN ), Copyright 2011 by International Living Publishing Ltd. 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International Living presents information and research believed to be reliable, but its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. There are many dangers associated with international travel and investment, and readers should investigate any opportunity fully before committing to it. How to contact us: Customer service: To place an order for a product/subscription, renew a subscription, pay a maintenance fee, change an address, follow up on the status of an order, or inquire about a missed issue, etc., see: Editorial offices: Editors, International Living, International Living Publishing Ltd., fax (353) For our writers guidelines, see: International Living is happy to receive manuscripts on speculation, but the publisher cannot be responsible for unsolicited manuscripts received for review. All editorial requests will be reviewed and considered when we plan our issues. Not all requests, however, can be answered personally due to the volume of inquiries we receive. Media inquiries: For all press and media enquiries and to discuss syndication, contact Associate Editor, Carol Barron, tel. (772) , PG1 Contents.indd 1 I N T E R N AT I O N A L L I V I N G 1 04/08/ :35 IL s Calendar of Events Ecuador A Retirement Haven That Has it All Quito, Ecuador November 9 12, 2011 W VICTOR HUGO VILLAMIL/iSTOCK inner of the 2011 Global Retirement Index, Ecuador offers sophisticated historical cities miles of unspoiled, sun-kissed beaches fertile farmland and temperate mountain hideaways and all of it for pennies on the dollar. You can live well for a fraction of the cost of living back in the U.S. your budget here will be reduced to as little as a fifth of what it was. And with Ecuador s official currency the U.S. dollar, you needn t worry about complicated currency calculations or exchange risks. And real estate costs? They re among the lowest we ve found anywhere in the world. For example, you can get a Visit Costa Rica Ojochal, Costa Rica November brand-new home one row off the beach with a gorgeous ocean view for just $115,000. And Ecuador is just a four-hour flight from the U.S. less time than it takes to fly from New York to Los Angeles. If you re intrigued by the benefits our number one retirement haven in the world offers, then join us in Ecuador this November for our Live and Invest in Ecuador Seminar. We ll show you the best-value destinations, walk you through all the how-to secrets you need to save time, money, and effort, and introduce you to our best contacts on the ground. For more information go to: This Time Next Year, You Could Be Living Your Dream Thailand Through a Lens December Las Vegas, NV October 6 8 In Costa Rica s Southern Zone, knife-edge mountain ridges curve like a dragon s spine, dropping sharply to the coast s long, sandy beaches. Rich, pristine forests teeming with wildlife cloak the mountain slopes. Yet here you re only three hours from an international airport. It might sound like a pricey fantasy, but in fact, you can own a lot here for only $40,000. And it s in a place poised to boom. With a new road making access much easier than ever before, this region is well positioned to see an influx of tourists and transplants. Prices are likely to rise, just as they did along Costa Rica s northern coast. But right now, the values remain excellent. You can see the place for yourself on a Pathfinder Chill Weekend. For only $250, you ll get four days here meals, accommodation and transport included. For more information, see: Southern. I f money were no object, what would your dream retirement look like? This fall, we ll show you where you can easily make that dream your reality for $697 (or less) a month. Your own cottage on a quiet beach an apartment in a city vibrant with concerts and cafés a mountain villa where the air is crisp Whatever you dream about, come with that in mind. And dream big. Because at our Live and Invest Overseas Conference in Las Vegas, we ll pinpoint for you on a map the places where you can turn your dream into reality for a small fraction of what you d pay at home. You ll find about the best-value communities and our favorite finds in destinations like Belize, Panama, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, France, Ireland and beyond. We ll introduce you to the folks you need to know. You ll hear from our editors flying in from around the world experts in real estate, finance and from readers like you who are already doing it, living better for less in their new homes abroad. You ll have plenty of time to pick their brains about everything from renovating a home to shopping for groceries, from wealthprotection strategies to finding good medical care, from funding your life overseas to renting or buying that ideal escape. This is our only U.S. event of the year. There s no more efficient, enjoyable, or cost-effective way to put yourself on the path to the place that s right for you. For more information, see: PG27 Calendar.indd 27 From the magnificent, glittering temples and bustling street markets of busy Bangkok to the vast, verdant rice fields, elephant farms and enchanting rainforests of Chiang Mai Thailand is truly a photographer s dream. How better to capture heart-stopping beauty of The Land of Smiles than alongside professional photographers on AWAI s Thailand Photography Expedition. As well as being introduced to the locations to get the best possible shots, you ll also get the chance to attend a Thai cooking class and tour the jungle on the back of an elephant. Travel to Thailand this winter on what promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and you ll be sure to walk away with some breath-taking photos as well as a new appreciation for this beautiful country and culture. For more details and pricing, visit: phw/thailand/il. 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