My First Christmas as a New Repatriate – One Big, Gloomy Mess

Christmas. . . a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of loved ones. . . beautiful lights and decorations. . . music. . . Or, maybe, not so much. Medical professionals know that, around Christmas time, depression increases. The days are shorter and there’s less sunshine (at least in the part of the world […]

10 Things I (Already) Miss About Las Tablas and Panama

Last week my husband and I flew out of Panama’s Tocumen International Airport for the last time. Well, maybe not the last time forever, but for at least a couple of years. If you’re not on my mailing list, Facebook page or Google Plus page, you might have missed the announcement. Long story short, my […]

Countries with the Best Quality of Life in 2014 for Expat Retirees

Last week I wrote about the best places for expat quality of life in general. Today we’re looking at the places that are best for retirees. By “retiree” I don’t mean you have to be over 65 and not working. I just mean you’re not employed full-time by a multinational company. You could be in […]

Countries with the Highest Quality of Life in 2014

Where in this big, glorious world can you find the countries with the highest quality of life? There’s no single answer to that question. Mark Twain famously said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Keep that in mind when you’re reviewing “best of” and “worst of” rankings. Several organizations produce […]

Where’s the Best Place in the World to Retire?

It’s a great big world out there. If you want to retire — or just live — overseas, where’s the best place to go? Naturally there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. You can start with a list of questions to ask yourself about what quality of life means to you (and your significant other if you’re moving […]

Where’s the Best Country to Retire Overseas in 2013?

Where’s the best country to retire overseas? I get that question a lot. I wish I had a simple answer, but as long as people are different — with different hopes, wishes, dreams, likes and dislikes — there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. And sometimes asking “which country” isn’t the right question. Because different parts of a […]

Dancing In the Fountain: An Expat Book Review

Dancing in the Fountain: How to Enjoy Life Abroad recounts the adventures of an American couple who moved from Cleveland, Ohio to Seville, Spain. Of all the expat books I’ve read, I have to say this is one of the best, rivaling only Peter Mayle’s tour de force, A Year in Provence. This was my […]

More Expat Info from the Interwebs

It’s time for another list of helpful web sites, blogs and resources for expats and travelers. Here are 11 for your edification and enjoyment. Expat Sites AngloInfo Panama. AngloInfo has been providing English-language information for expats in a variety of locations. The Panama site has just launched. It’s a good all-around resource, very focused on […]

Where’s the Best Quality of Life in 2012?

Numbeo has just released its annual Quality of Life information for 2012. Factors that comprise overall “quality of life” rankings include purchasing power (including rent), ratio of house prices to incomes, safety, health, pollution, traffic and consumer price index. On a country-by-country basis, here’s the Top Ten lineup. The number in parenthesis represents the quality […]

Reading for Expats

“Quality of life” involves dozens of items. Some are huge — where you live and work, and who you live with. Some are small — a favorite coffee mug. I love to read. For me, it’s a quality of life issue. If I couldn’t read, my life would be far less enjoyable and meaningful. So […]