About Kirsten Raccuia


Uluwatu—Surf, Surf…and more Surf

We are perched on a cliff high above the beach drinking a watermelon juice at Single Fin. It’s a prime place for sundowners or to spend the day gawking at the surfers’ skills below. This bar is famous for their Sunday Session, a “see and be seen” night with the area’s most fashionable people, and DJ’s from all over the world until 1 a.m...
Abang, Bali, Indonesia

Bali: Getting There, Visas And Healthcare

Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport), in the southern portion of the island has daily direct flights to nine cities in Australia including Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. From here you can fly to 20 different places within Indonesia—most won’t cost you more than $150...

5 Reasons to Live in Penang

Penang is well-known in Southeast Asia as a foodie haven. It’s a passion that the locals don’t take lightly (you can’t even take a taxi without getting into a big discussion about food). But, unlike many top foodie spots, Penang’s gourmand attitude doesn’t stem from its expensive Michelin-starred restaurants or celebrity chefs...

In Pictures: Retire in Bali—Top 5 Towns

Bali, an island located in the Indonesian archipelago, often evokes images of idyllic blue oceans, beautiful sunsets and verdant green rice paddies. But Bali is much more than that. It is a rich, cultural, spiritual island that can best be explored by taking advice and guidance from friendly locals...
Dumaguete, Philipines

A Slice of Oceanside Life: Yours For $1,900 a Month

Dave Christopherson was feeling fed up with the everyday drudgery of work. He dreamed of spending his days golfing amid beautiful surroundings and diving in crystal-clear waters teeming with tropical fish. And he found a place where the low cost of living meant he could enjoy an early retirement with his family on only $1,900 a month—Dumaguete in the Philippines.
penang, malaysia

Why I Changed my Mind About my Overseas Move

My husband Mark and I were moving to Costa Rica. We planned it for eight years…we’d visited the country 10 times, we knew it was for us. It had it all…boundless natural beauty, a low cost of living, kind people…plus it had plenty of expats living there. It seemed to check all of our boxes.