New Places to Live and Retire Around the World

Written by Phillip Townsend

Places to Live inrepparttar World: Emerging Alternatives

From Canada to Europe, Africa to Asia, it’s time for a fresh look By Phillip Townsend

The advent of fast Internet communication and inexpensive air travel makes it easier to turn any far-flung paradise into a permanent home. Which places inrepparttar 148385 world haverepparttar 148386 most to offer? The perfect place to live or retire, of course depends on your idea of perfection.

I’m taking a different approach for this article. Instead of giving an overview ofrepparttar 148387 better-known and increasingly-popular expatriate destinations aroundrepparttar 148388 world (Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, Panama, Nicaragua, Ecuador, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc.), I’ve decided to introduce you torepparttar 148389 below 7 locales you probably don’t know much about. All offer affordability and abundant recreational and cultural opportunities.

Nova Scotia Just east of Maine, inrepparttar 148390 North Atlantic, Nova Scotia’s pristine coast is slowly becoming a sought-after affordable getaway. Only two hours from New York or Boston, it feels a world away. A pleasingly crowd-free province on Canada’s Atlantic Coast, little-known Nova Scotia could just berepparttar 148391 perfect full- or part-time retreat. Halifax,repparttar 148392 capital, has been luring tourists for years. Waterfront cafes, European architecture, and spectacular seafood keep them coming back. Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island boastsrepparttar 148393 some ofrepparttar 148394 best scenery inrepparttar 148395 world, fromrepparttar 148396 picturesque highlands torepparttar 148397 picturesque Bras d'Or Lake (pronounced "bra door"), withrepparttar 148398 Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop. Inrepparttar 148399 winter months,repparttar 148400 Gulf Stream keepsrepparttar 148401 climate milder than most northern U.S. states, withrepparttar 148402 area more rain showers than snow storms. Picturerepparttar 148403 American East Coast a century ago, and you get a feel for what Nova Scotia is like. Almost an island, it is best known for its stunning coastline, sleepy seaside towns and friendly people. The province’s natural beauty, cheap real estate and low cost of living make it well worth a look: oceanfront lots start at $10,000, three-bedroom homes on acreage from $50,000. A lobster dinner with a bottle of good local wine set you back no more than a twenty spot. Scenes ofrepparttar 148404 Hollywood blockbuster Titanic were shot in Nova Scotia, and celebrities including Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore and Billy Joel maintain summer homes here.

Caribbean Almost everyone has had dreams of living a laid-back, stress-free life on a tropical island. One by one,repparttar 148405 Caribbean islands were discovered and eventually became sadly over-developed, terribly over-crowded, and ridiculously over-priced. Unfortunately, due to mass tourism, most places inrepparttar 148406 Caribbean have become little more than artificial, tropical Disneylands with luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts. But there is one place that still maintains its original charm and natural beauty. This place is quite inexpensive (by Caribbean standards) and is virtually unspoiled. Relatively undiscovered, here, you can still find ocean view lots for as little as $22,000 and have a small cottage built for prices starting at $25,000. To protect it fromrepparttar 148407 fate of its Caribbean cousins, I won't revealrepparttar 148408 name of this special place just yet. You can find a link to more information atrepparttar 148409 end of this article. Cuba Think Cuba, and vivid images come to mind: of men in Guayabera shirts and Panama hats, tropical breezes and cool drinks, steamy Latin rhythms and sultry women. It has always been an intriguing place, steeped in truth and in fiction byrepparttar 148410 novels of Ernest Hemingway. Because travel to Cuba is restricted byrepparttar 148411 U.S. government, relatively few Americans visitrepparttar 148412 island each year. While their counterparts from Europe, Canada and Latin America bask inrepparttar 148413 warm Cuban sun, most U.S. citizens can only hope to experience this "pearl" ofrepparttar 148414 Caribbean after Castro is gone. Of those who do manage to get to Cuba via Mexico or Canada, few are disappointed. The largest Caribbean island (pop. 11 million), Cuba is also one ofrepparttar 148415 most beautiful and unspoiled. There are miles of pristine, underdeveloped beaches, tropical forests teeming with wildlife and some ofrepparttar 148416 best deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelingrepparttar 148417 world has to offer. And there is Havana, not onlyrepparttar 148418 capital of Cuba, but also longrepparttar 148419 most important city inrepparttar 148420 Caribbean. With tourism once again thriving, Havana has regained much of its past allure. Famous old bars, restaurants and hotels are enjoying a proud comeback, and stunning new places are being built. As one taxi driver put it, "We haverepparttar 148421 best cigars, best rum, best music, and most beautiful women inrepparttar 148422 world. What more could anyone want?"

Romania Best known for Transylvania,repparttar 148423 legendary home of Count Dracula, Romania is steeped in history, myth and folklore. Unlike other Eastern European countries with Slavic origins, Romania, whose name means 'land ofrepparttar 148424 Romans,' absorbed much ofrepparttar 148425 culture, religion, and language ofrepparttar 148426 Roman Empire. Bordered byrepparttar 148427 Black Sea (which is being called “The Next Riviera”) andrepparttar 148428 Danube River, withrepparttar 148429 Transylvanian Alps and Carpathian Mountains nestled inrepparttar 148430 center ofrepparttar 148431 country, Romania has long stretches of seacoast, mountains, forests, medieval villages and gothic castles galore, giving it allrepparttar 148432 makings of a fairy-tale setting. The capital Bucharest, a former communist citadel, has a growing number of discos, while restaurants at most major hotels double as nightclubs, there are several Parisian-style cafés, and cheap wines and plum brandy flow freely everywhere. Due to its wide boulevards, sidewalk cafés, and Triumphal Arch, Bucharest, was known asrepparttar 148433 "Paris ofrepparttar 148434 Balkans" prior to World War II. Todayrepparttar 148435 city’s 19th century neoclassical architecture and numerous tree-lined streets still maintain its charm. A sizable enclave of foreigners (Germans, Jews, Turks, Russians, Ukrainians, Serbs, Croats, and Gypsies) live in Romania. French isrepparttar 148436 most widely-spoken second language and English is spoken by many ofrepparttar 148437 younger generation. The real estate prices are some ofrepparttar 148438 lowest in all Europe (the country’s economic woes spells opportunity for you).

Camping In Montana With Aliens

Written by Steve Gillman

Ten minutes out of town, we foundrepparttar dirt road that goes up to Storm Lake. We had been there before, shortly after moving to Anaconda, Montana. The road was hard onrepparttar 148384 car, but we couldn't resist going. This time we would hike up torepparttar 148385 tundra and stayrepparttar 148386 night. My wife Ana had never been camping aboverepparttar 148387 treeline.

There were a couple cars, but nobody in sight. The lake was sparkling inrepparttar 148388 sunlight, andrepparttar 148389 mountains ofrepparttar 148390 Anaconda-Pintler range rose up all around it. It was quiet and cool here at 8,000 feet. We put on our packs and started uprepparttar 148391 trail. Twenty minutes later we were pastrepparttar 148392 lake, andrepparttar 148393 trail steepened.

Hiking With Guns In Montana

After an hour of zig-zagging uprepparttar 148394 mountain we met another hiker. We talked briefly, and noticedrepparttar 148395 handgun on his belt. This is common in Montana. We've seen guns onrepparttar 148396 hiking trails and inrepparttar 148397 bars, andrepparttar 148398 bank tellers don't even blink when customers walk in wearing guns - they probably have their own.

We never did ask this hiker why he had one, and didn't find out until later that there are grizzlies inrepparttar 148399 area at times, something some "experts," have denied. At least we had our freon horn to blast if we met a bear, but then maybe that would just getrepparttar 148400 bear angry.

The trees got smaller as we climbed, and ended just before Storm Lake Pass. Ana waited patiently atrepparttar 148401 pass while I ranrepparttar 148402 five minutes - which became twenty - up torepparttar 148403 peak of Mount Tiny, about 10,000 feet high. Small, compared to some ofrepparttar 148404 surrounding mountains, but it seemed almost rude to give a beautiful mountain a name like that.

Later, past goat meadow, Ana waited again while I scrambled uprepparttar 148405 rocks torepparttar 148406 top of Kurt Peak (also about 10,000 feet). I couldn't findrepparttar 148407 route where I came up, so I went back up, then downrepparttar 148408 west side and finally back north torepparttar 148409 grassy slope where Ana was waiting.

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