“As a young adult, I dreamed of a tropical paradise where the sun almost always shined, it never got cold, and I could swim in the ocean whenever I liked. I dreamed of breakfasting on fresh papaya and mango, or sipping mango lassies while feasting on curry at a beach-side restaurant. Now those dreams, and more, have come true… I live on Olango Island in the Philippines.” So begins the story of Philippines’ Correspondent Victoria Clair, an American expat who has lived on Cebu for three years and just recently moved to Olango Island, a 20-minute boat ride from Mactan and the bridge to Cebu.
Olango Island, Philippines | Overseas Havens Report
Our Overseas Haven Report details daily life on the island from finding a rental to shopping, the importance of good food, and the joys of living a back-to-basics lifestyle about moving to and living on a Philippine island.
Retirement & Lifestyle, Italy, Get Started, Overseas Haven Reports
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In our Overseas Haven Report for Abruzzo, Italy we uncover the hidden-gem that will let you step back in time. No over-crowding, no heavy industry, just the best of Italian country life.
Life in Abruzzo hasn’t changed much over the centuries, and coming to Abruzzo is like wandering into a gentler, kinder yesterday…a yesterday with little or no crime and neighbors who watch out for each other.SKU: OHR-ABRUZZO-ITALY
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In this Overseas Haven Report, we feature Tralee, Ireland.
In Tralee, you’re surrounded by some of Ireland’s most dramatic land- and sea-scapes, while remaining close to conveniences. This is a welcoming town that preserves its past culture and history like no other.SKU: OHR-TRALEE-IRELAND
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This Overseas Haven Report features the pretty mountain town of Pai in northwest Thailand. Pai is a peaceful spot, where lovers of organically grown food and alternative living can really flourish and live a quiet but complete life.SKU: OHR-PAI-THAILAND
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In this Overseas Haven Report, we feature Vila Velha, Brazil.
Less than one hour north of Rio de Janeiro by air lies the small coastal city of Vila Velha. Life here centers around the beaches; with lovely weather throughout the year, locals take advantage of the warm ocean waters no matter the month.
It’s ideal for those who enjoy the beach, outdoor activities, or relaxing with a beer… and for those who relish the thought of being lulled to sleep and then awoken again by the sounds of crashing waves…SKU: OHR-VILA-VELHA-BRAZIL
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Bocas has been regarded before as little more than a slum. To be fair, some corners of the town could leave you with that impression, but things are changing here. The government is beginning to take note of the tourism potential and is investing in infrastructure accordingly. As recently as a decade ago, paved roads, sewage treatment, and even slightly reliable electricity had yet to arrive to town. Today, Bocas is more attractive than ever before and continues to improve thanks to the locals, tourists, and foreign residents alike.
Improvements in infrastructure are ongoing and at a steady pace.
Small-scale, start-up tourism businesses have begun to take hold here, becoming the best option for a Caribbean escape in Panama. From cheap backpacker hostels and bars, to extensive forest, yoga, or adventure retreats, a trip to Bocas can be a “roughing it” experience or a luxury relaxation. Improvements in infrastructure are ongoing and at a steady pace. Even recycling has now been recognized as a necessity if they are to save their pristine sand and surf.
Come nightfall, Bocas buzzes with activity. Hostels, bars, and hostel-bars are full of visitors from around the world, eating, drinking, socializing, and enjoying live music.
You could even do business in Bocas if you know what you’re doing and can find the right market niche or demand, and do well for yourself. As for real estate, you can find properties at prices from both sides of the spectrum; old buildings from failed businesses, renovated houses, or luxurious forest mansions designed by acclaimed architects.
Bocas has beauty, charm, and progress. Bocas is never boring.
This carefree, stunning destination has a character and a magnetism all its own.SKU: OHR-BOCAS-DEL-TORO