Friday, August 5, 2016

The World's 9 Most Irresistible And Welcoming Choices For The Retiree

Searching for a place to enjoy your retirement years, to stretch your nest egg, and maybe even to reinvent yourself and have a grand adventure at this stage of your life?
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A Trip From Panama To Colombia By Boat

By Rosella Campbell

Navigating across large water mass provides an adventure that most passengers would envy every time they are on board. Sailing from Panama to Colombia by boat has over the years emerged the predictable path that most backpackers utilize while navigating the American waters. Alike other new adventures, many travelers are hardly aware of the unpredictable nature their journey.

The culture of sailing by boat to Colombia is a welcome platform for many compared to alternative courses. Initially, traveling overland presents a mounting task for many owing to the risks posing threat to public safety. The rain forest region is inhabited by guerrillas lodging series of abduction for rookies. The natural habitat attracts poisonous snakes, thus making risk involved unbearable for travelers. Taking a flight would overcome the above mentioned challenges. Given that few would raise the high cost required, it offers a deterrence force that many would find difficult to circumvent. This leaves sailing excursions the comfortable culture for backpackers.

Although sailing aboard the prestigious vessels as the privileged individuals is a desire for many, the beginners would hardly afford the feat. For them taking a boat trip offers them admissible description of the navigation course. Completing the boat tour to the South American region from Panama involves a five-day pleasure trip. This mandates the sailors execute prepared navigation by implementing precautions to avoid exposure to the controllable risks.

The primary attention of sailor revolves around eliminating seasickness often associated to the motion. This requires the sailor to eliminate it amongst persons affected by strong air currents. Sailing in rainy weather grants a permanent solution to the condition as the sea environment experience lower winds. However, this would limit the sailing cycles, thus compelling use of medications to prevent the victims from suffering the full-blown phase. On the other hand, eating light meals reduces the incidence of the condition.

Given that most boats have limited space, few would provide ice for the beverages. This obligates the traveler to bring their own booze and ice, since the fridge is meant for storing the food. This suggests that few would provide ice for beverages brought by the passenger. It is essential to observe the zero tolerance to drugs policy by the coast guards. Equally, most sailors would advise the travelers to avoid purchasing beverages held in glass containers. This arises from the limited space for storing the garbage on board, hence preferring the plastics that one can crash easily.

Conducting safety meetings presents an opportunity where the sailors brief the travelers essential information before departure. At this point, all bags are organized and stored to create more space for all aboard the vessel. This will facilitate an environment where all will enjoy the night breeze since most trips start in the late hours for travelers to experience the beautiful scenery of San Blas Islands in the morning.

During the second day, the travelers would spend the time to stroll the islands, thus deriving unique experience from the coral gardens. A similar encounter with the golden beach generates a lasting impression that they would never realize in other modes of transport. Finally, the natural glimpse of reefs submerging the sun rays provides a spectacular view of the sunset.

Contrary to the wish of travelers, most boats leave San Blas on the fourth day. The sailors facilitate the timely dinners as the last stage while approaching Cartagena territory proves a difficult level with seasickness a common condition. Unlike the initial stages, a calm weather would present a peaceful environment for games and watching movies. The boat is expected to sail to Cartagena in day six slightly after breakfast.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Which U.S. Cities have the lowest Cost of Living?

As you know we're very big proponents of 'getting out'. That is we believe the cheapest and happiest places to live are not to be found in the fast paced, get rich quick false promises espoused by the supposed developed countries like the United States, England and Canada. But for those who simply cannot see themselves breaking free of their homeland here's an interesting look at living cheap in  the U.S. 

CBS Money Watch asks, Which U.S. Cities have the lowest Cost of Living?

Jason McCormrick writing for Moneywatch reviews the Cost of Living data from the Council of Community and Economic Research  to show us the 10 cheapest places to live in the United States

The council hasn't produced one of those fluff with out substance lists either. This is a proper index that looked at over three hundred urban areas in the States and complied data on more than 50,000 prices for a huge basket of common good we all need to live. Things like food, transport and homes were examined. So, lets' a have a quick peak at which communities they found to be the cheapest -

#1. Harlington Texas has topped their list for the past 3 years as the most affordable place to live in the U.S. In Harlington you can rent for under $700 a month or buy a home for under $220,000. Movies are still under $10 and milk will set you back just over $2.

#2. McAllen Texas sits in second place. Interesting to note that the state of liquid gold also boost the top 2 cheapest places to live. I didn't look in detail at all the numbers but noted that the cost of buying a home was even less than Harrlington at just over $200,000

#3. Norman Oklahoma had a cost of living more than 14% less than the national average.

#4. Oklahoma hits the list again with Ardmore coming in 4th.

#5. Memphis Tennessee is the 5th least expensive city to live in.

#6. Fayetteville Arkansas

#7. Wichita Falls Texas - there's Texas again with it's 3rd entry into the top 10 cheapest places to live.

#8. And Oklahoma hits the list another time too with Muskogee in eight place.

#9. Not only is Pueblo Colorado the 9th cheapest places to live according to Pueblo is one of America's Best Places to Live as well.

 #10 and coming in as the 10th cheapest place to live in the US is Ashland Ohio.

When you look at this list it could mean where ever you currently live in the States it may not be that far a stretch to see yourself moving to one of these cheap places north, south, east or west!

Now it's your turn - what do you think? Do you live in any of these places? Are you surprised, pleased to learn about these spots? Leave your comments below and let us know what you're thinking. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The 10 Cheapest Places to Visit

I was skimming the Huffington Post last night and came across this interesting little bit that was reposted from Smarter Travel has created a nifty and current list for the cheapest places to go for 2014. It will be interesting to see if the list remains relatively similar a year from now.

Here's what the Smarter Traveler says are the best places to visit on the cheap this year:

The Philippines

The combination of cosmo affordability and beautiful nature (kind of sounds like Panama) make the Philippines one top place that gives you a lot for your money. Lonely Planet even called it one of it's top value destinations for 2014. According to C.I.O. Wealth Management research Manila boasts some of the cheapest shopping and best dining in the world.


Greece hopes to be the cheap place that for planes, trains, and automobiles and cruise ships too! The goal to bring visitors back to the ancient ruins and famed beaches they are known for.  Greece is now uber cheap and quite empty so there's lots of room to play.

Dominican Republic

While the Caribbean isn't typically known for being cheap the Dominican Republic is a bastion of great value in the green sea of high Caribbean prices.

Mexico City

Two things continue to make Mexico a cheap place to visit, especially for Americans, first are the flights. You can there from pretty much any major city in the US and for low fare. And once you're there you can enjoy high end benefits like first class accommodation for far less than you would pay anywhere else.

Round out the top five is

Lisbon, Portugal

According to C.I.O. Wealth Management research Lisbon's middle price range hotels are the cheapest of 72 cities surveyed, the average rate is just $80/nite -- that's 50% lower than the global average.

Tune in tomorrow as we finish off the list...

Friday, November 6, 2015

Cost of Living around the World

I just came across this very cool map and website called Expatistan.

Go check it out! It has an interactive map where you can hover over places to live represented by dots. It then shows you the cost of living for that place. You can drill even deeper on this site and even get sample shopping lists which give you a really good idea of what it costs for day to day items - things you need to live.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

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