Los paí­ses más felices del mundo están en América Latina

Nueve de los 10 paí­ses más optimistas del mundo están en América Latina, según una nueva encuesta de la consultora Gallup, que establece el índice de Experiencias Positivas, en la cual se le pregunta a la gente cómo vive y qué expectativas tiene para el futuro. “A pesar de los conflictos y los trastornos que dominan gran parte de las noticias, la gente en todo el mundo experimenta muchas emociones positivas”, concluye Gallup. La buena noticia es que Latinoamérica ocupa …

If I Retire Abroad, How Do I Pick Where to Live?

My husband, Dan, and I will soon celebrate 11 years of living the expat life. We’ve lived in seven different locations (in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Ecuador) and spent a considerable amount of time in many, many more – especially Belize and Costa Rica. Believe me, we’ve learned a lot in the past decade! Importantly, we’ve learned that it’s impossible to compare and contrast the merits or disadvantages of entire countries. And if you’re thinking about retiring to a foreign …

If I Go Abroad, What Happens to My Medicare?

No matter what happens this November or in the four years that follow, one thing is for sure: your Medicare coverage won’t be going with you should you decide to retire overseas. Luckily, though, there are many countries where, as a legal resident, you can qualify for a local health care plan that’s often even more comprehensive and less costly than Medicare. Here’s what you need to know:”¨ Medicare doesn’t normally cover health care costs outside the U.S. (And the government’s definition …

There Were Moments: a Snapshot of My Volunteering Experience

This is a guest post by Gwendolyn Hudson. Hudson was the winner of AARP’s 2010 Create the Good raffle for a one week volunteer program in Costa Rica through Cross Cultural Solutions. She volunteered in a home for 30 children cared for by the foster parents, Doña Melba and Don Victor. In addition to her volunteer work, she visited local attractions such as the Irazu volcano. She also learned local dance, cooking, and was even able to learn some Spanish, …