At the bottom of a steep crater is a lake with water that is emerald green.

Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Volcán Irazú

The slopes north of Cartago rise gradually to the summit of Volcán Irazú. Read about hiking the trails to see the volcano’s five craters—including the Diego de la Haya crater—and discover information on local restaurants and accommodations.

A blue train traveling through the small town of Agua Calientes.

Getting to and around Machu Picchu

Trekking to Machu Picchu isn’t for everyone (although once you’ve reached the ruins, the only way to get around is by foot). Here’s how to take a train or bus to Aguas Calientes, where there are frequent shuttles available for the last leg of the journey.

The ruins of Ollantaytambo in Cusco, Peru.

Tips for Buying Cusco’s Tourist Ticket

Must-see ruins such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo require this ticket. At first glance, it seems overpriced, but when you consider the total number of sites it covers, it’s worth it. Learn about which sites are included, when to buy your ticket, and more.

A woman at a park bench texts on her phone with the Eiffel Tower visible in the distance.

Cell Phones in France

Whether you’re on vacation or making the move to France, getting set up with a cell phone, or “mobile” (as it’s called there), poses challenges for Luddites and techno-wizards alike. Aurelia d’Andrea breaks down the different types of services and options for those who want to stay connected abroad.

A multi-story concrete building at the seaside.

Building and Restoring Homes in Belize

Living abroad doesn’t always mean renting a home. If you’re planning to build your dream house in Belize, author Victoria Day-Wilson gives you a head start with an overview on budgeting and building materials.

Photo of a river and waterfall in Tharnboke Koranee National Park in Thailand.

Tips on Visiting Thailand’s National Parks

Thailand has more than its share of national parks, many of which cover not only mainland nature areas but also swaths of sea and some of the islands off the coast. Learn about options for staying in the parks, how to get around, and more.

View of multi-story buildings in warm colors clustered along a narrow street.

Italy: The Cost of Living

Renting a home in the largest Italian cities is doable when compared to New York or San Francisco, but the longer you stay, the more hidden costs you will find. Author and expat John Moretti talks about the cost of living in Italy—and wage expectations—for those hoping to work abroad.