Check out theTop 10 Places To Retire Abroad In 2018 according to Forbes.com

Check out theTop 10 Places To Retire Abroad In 2018 according to Forbes.com

Jan 9, 2018

As this Next Avenue article explains, International Living is out with its Annual Global Retirement Index and has chosen the Top 10 places to retire abroad for 2018. The researchers combined data on 24 countries with reporting from International Living correspondents to come up with the list. The top country for 2018: Costa Rica. See the following list to learn about each of the Top 10 places. 1. Costa Rica Costa Rica, a popular, safe, low-stress place for tourists and U.S. expats, jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 in this year’s International Living Annual Global Retirement Index. The economy is growing, the thermal springs are bubbling and the beaches are enticing.   2. Mexico In Mexico, International Living says, a couple can live on $1,500 to $3,000 a month — including rent and health care — depending on location. And talk about varying locations: You can choose to retire on a tropical beach, in the temperate mountains, in a Spanish-colonial city or in a small village. International Living says health care is “good to excellent.” Private health care typically costs a quarter to half of what it does in the U.S. If you have a residence visa, you can get Mexico’s public health care for a few hundred dollars a year. That public health care is free if you’re over 60 and a legal resident.   International Living’s Top 10 Places To Retire Abroad In 2018 Costa Rica Mexico Panama Ecuador Malaysia Colombia Portugal Nicaragua España Peru   Click here for full article on Forbes.com Source:...

Hopes and fears of prospective expats in Mexico

Hopes and fears of prospective expats in Mexico

Jan 7, 2018

Here’s an article by Chuck Bolotin of Best Places in the World to Retire published on Expat Focus regarding what people who moved to Mexico were hoping to achieve, and what were their fears…. A recently released research study, “Expats in Mexico: Expectations, Worries… and How It All Turned Out,” provides several fascinating insights into not only the motivations of those who moved to Mexico, but also their apprehensions. To read complete article...

I grow pot in California for a living. I’m worried about legalization

I grow pot in California for a living. I’m worried about legalization

Dec 30, 2017

As the daughter of a back-to-the-land homesteader and pot farmer, I learned never to speak of what my father did. We lived a simple life in times when only growing a few plants could sustain us. “Say I am a retired schoolteacher,” he lectured. “You don’t want to have to come visit your daddy in jail, do you?” It’s only recently that I can publicly tell stories from my childhood, of when my dad would pull me into the shade to hide from low-flying helicopters searching for cannabis patches across the hills of Mendocino County, California. In 1976, he began supporting our family as a black-market grower, planting blackberry bushes and building platforms in the trees to shield his plants from the local marijuana eradication team. When my husband and I began growing, we used the same techniques, tunneling through the blackberries to keep our plants hidden. We now support our two kids, ages 17 and 10, in the market that took shape when California legalized medical marijuana two decades ago. On Jan. 1, we can come into the sunlight as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act takes effect across California, legalizing recreational cannabis for adults 21 and older. Yet after waiting so long for the trophy of legalization, to finally be free in our lifestyle choice to live off the land, I can’t help but wonder: Will small farmers like me be wiped out by big business? Yes, New Year’s will be a day of celebration for many, including tech billionaire Sean Parker, who helped bankroll the Proposition 64 campaign to end cannabis prohibition in the sixth-largest economy in the world. Recreational use is now legal in every state along the West Coast. With California poised to earn up to $1 billion in tax revenue, other states likely will follow our lead, which could spur calls for a change in federal law. After Vietnam, many forward-thinking college graduates like my father, who’d had enough of the government and its wars, moved out to the mountains here. This was the baby-boomer generation – hippies, Deadheads and flower children who decided the mainstream way wasn’t working for them. They wanted freedom, peace and quiet. My father...

La Paz Whale Museum, one of the hidden gems of Baja Sur

La Paz Whale Museum, one of the hidden gems of Baja Sur

Dec 6, 2017

One of the neatest hidden gems in La Paz is the newly opened Museo de La Ballena (Whale Museum). Located right along the Malecon it is a place where families are invited to learn about the different whales living in the waters surrounding the magical town of La Paz. When we first arrived at the museum, after having lunch at Bismarkcito local restaurant, there was a giant whale skeleton outside the doors of the museum, and that was just a small taste of what was to come. We entered the museum into a gift shop where we were introduced to a guide who escorted us into the museum. The guide was one of the most knowledgable museum docents that I have had the pleasure of meeting, and carefully took his time to share everything he loved about the sea life in La Paz. The museum has one of the largest varieties of whale “skeletons” in the world, and all have been preserved from animals which have perished in the seas surrounding La Paz. Instead of disposing of the animal remains recovered on the beaches, the town has preserved the skeletons to be put up on display to help educate children and adults of all ages on the abundant life living in the ocean. The tour took about one hour, but if I had my children with me, I could have spent hours in the museum. There were interactive exhibits, a vast abundance of skeletons, and immersive displays. I recommend families taking their children to the whale museum before going on any snorkeling or boating tours. By visiting the museum first, children will be able to learn about the sea life in the waters that they are going to explore, and will have an added appreciation for the fish they will see through their snorkeling mask....

Expo “Mexicali” to take place in Yuma on Saturday November 25

Expo “Mexicali” to take place in Yuma on Saturday November 25

Nov 23, 2017

Due to the good relationship between residents of Mexicali, Baja California and Yuma, Arizona, an expo that seeks to promote the best of Mexicali will be held on November 25 on the American side of the border. The director of the Committee of Tourism and Conventions (Cotuco), Omar Dipp Núñez, informed that for the first time there will be an exhibition of the different attractions that Mexicali has to offer to the “Snowbirds”, visitors from Canada and other areas that seek to spend the winter in a warmer area, such as Yuma and Mexicali. He noted that Yuma has 100 thousand inhabitants, a figure that is doubled during this time of the year by these tourists, so in this event that will take place at the Casino Quechan on Saturday November 25, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, doctors, dentists and hospitals will be participating, along with local producers, and Mexican travel agencies and tour operators in order to advertise their services. At the same time, an artistic program will be held, headed by the Municipal Institute of Art and Culture, as well as presentations of charrería, folkloric dances, and regional music among other activities. Source:...

NFL Thanksgiving Day games, an American tradition

NFL Thanksgiving Day games, an American tradition

Nov 23, 2017

Week 12 of the NFL includes the traditional Thanksgiving Day action, which features three games of great rivalry, starting 11:30 am Mexico City time November 22. The game pits the Minnesota Vikings when they visit the Detroit Lions. Those led by quarterback Case Keenum, who has 12 Touchdowns and five interceptions, will seek to stay at the top of their division against the attack of Matthew Stafford and Golden Tate, who come from a streak of two games won.  The duel can be followed starting at 11:30 am by the signal of Fox Sports and Televisa. The second matchup will take place at Cowboy Stadium, when the Chargers visit Dallas. It will be the first time since 1969 that the Chargers have activity on this day. The Cowboys arrive without wins in their last two games. On the other hand, Los Angeles has found their way to the playoffs by winning four of the last six games. The match can be followed at 3:30 p.m. by Fox Sports and TV Azteca (channel 7). Thursday Night Football will have a confrontation of great rivalry. The Giants will visit Washington with the goal of getting out of the East Division basement of the NFC. Both have a losing record, but  New York is who most needs victories, having only two games won against eight defeats. While the Redskins, want to prevail to not miss the bad time facing the Cowboys in the same division and snatch second place. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. by Fox Sports....