costa rica

Los países más felices del mundo están en América Latina

Posted on 05/27/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolNueve 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?

Posted on 10/17/2012 by |Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelMy 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?

Posted on 08/22/2012 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Money & Savings | TravelNo 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

Posted on 06/25/2011 by |Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis 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, …