New Places to Live and Retire Around the World

Written by Phillip Townsend

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Asia's best-kept secret for expatriates, Malaysia has a vibrant mix of foreign and indigenous tribal cultures, creating a veritable melting pot of peoples, traditions and religions. A sizable enclave of foreigners (Brits, Americans, Australians, and Canadians) live full time or maintain holiday homes in Malaysia, and you'll find that just about everybody speaks English, since its compulsory in local schools. Not only are three world-class playgrounds (Thailand, Bali, andrepparttar Philippines) all within a few hour's travel from Malaysia, but miles of beaches and numerous coastal islands add to its tropical appeal. Despite beingrepparttar 148385 capital of a developing nation, Kuala Lumpur is a modern cosmopolitan with clean streets and every modern convenience to found in New York or London. Compared with other major Asian cities (Tokyo, Singapore, and Hong Kong, for example), Kuala Lumpur is downright cheap. The cost of 2-bedroom rental apartments begins at around $225 per month and 3-bedroom houses start at $35,000. Naturally, comparable housing in expatriate communities orrepparttar 148386 luxurious homes that date from British colonial period can set you back considerably more.

New Zealand Imagine an interesting land of breathtaking and contrasting scenery: craggy coastlines, golden beaches, lush forests, snow-capped mountains, bubbling volcanic pools, fish-filled rivers and glacier-fed lakes, all beneath a brilliant blue sky. New Zealand is accessible, spread over three relatively small islands with modern and efficient transport, quiet roads, plenty of flights and two stunningly scenic rail journeys. Other pluses are friendly, English-speaking people, virtually no crime, and a trio of rich cultural influences: adventurous Polynesian navigators (Maori), pioneering European settlers who followed a thousand years later, and modern Pacific Rim immigrants. The plant and animal life are unmatched, giving opportunities for close-up experiences with birdlife (including kiwis), seals, dolphins and whales. Enjoyrepparttar 148387 chance to explore two ofrepparttar 148388 richest wine regions onrepparttar 148389 planet, taste wonderful cuisine, stroll on sandy beaches. Prefer urban living? Immerse yourself inrepparttar 148390 culture ofrepparttar 148391 capital Wellington orrepparttar 148392 large cities of Auckland or Christchurch.

Tanzania Many people tend to associate African countries with wars, famine and political unrest rather thanrepparttar 148393 good life, but Zanzibar, Tanzania is an exception. Located only a short distance offrepparttar 148394 east coast of Africa, exotic Zanzibar has lured explorers, traders and colonists for centuries. The islands’ powdery white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and turquoise waters continue to attract European and Asian tourists. Outside of an unusual mix of black African and Arab cultures, you’ll findrepparttar 148395 islands teeming with tropical forests, remote villages and idyllic coastline. Despite flare-ups between residents of Zanzibar Island andrepparttar 148396 smaller island of Pemba (due to differing views on unification withrepparttar 148397 mainland), Zanzibar is usually quite stable. Cheap real estate (oceanfront or raw land with fruit trees), mouth-watering seafood, some ofrepparttar 148398 world’s best scuba diving, and pure tropical bliss make it an attractive expatriate haven. A few wealthy Europeans and African aristocrats have already made Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania home. Why not join them?

For more information about these and other locations, visit:

Phillip Townsend, an international reloacation consultant, is the author of Passport to Canada: The Complete Guide to Living and Retiring in Nova Scotia, and the special report The Caribbean's Best Kept Secret. His website is

Camping In Montana With Aliens

Written by Steve Gillman

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Maybe it was foolish to leave Ana alone. Just three months later, two boys were attacked by a mountain lion onrepparttar hill just behindrepparttar 148384 town of Anaconda. The fourteen-year-old fired his gun to scare it off. Both boys were probably larger than my gunless wife. Fortunately, we didn't meet any cougars or bears on this hike, but Ana had other things to worry about.

Camping With Aliens In Montana

"I hear voices," she told me inrepparttar 148385 tent that night. I assured her there was nobody within ten miles of us, and then she was worried about aliens landing inrepparttar 148386 meadow. Well, it would make a good landing site. The wind threatened to shredrepparttar 148387 tent all night, sounding likerepparttar 148388 whispers or screams of ghosts - or aliens. By morningrepparttar 148389 wind relented, but it was well below freezing - time to get Ana home.

Despiterepparttar 148390 cold she hates so much, Ana couldn't help stopping to take inrepparttar 148391 view as we crossedrepparttar 148392 high meadows on our way home. Mountains, grey with rock, green with grass and flowers, and painted with white patches of snow, were everywhere. Lakes sat in valleys below, unvisited for weeks at a time. We'll be back there again, but perhaps with bear spray and alien repellant.


Forty-five miles ofrepparttar 148393 Continental Divide Trail pass throughrepparttar 148394 Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. Other trails inrepparttar 148395 area are never heavily used. You can easily find mountains and whole valleys where you'll berepparttar 148396 only human residents for as long as you stay.

Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the U.S. and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. To read their stories, tips and travel information, visit:

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