After the kind of week I had, this article was a nice way to dream about moving to a beautiful relaxing place. Mind you, I really do think the St Petersburg-Tampa area is beautiful and relaxing but it was just one of those weeks! I am highlighting a few of the exotic places from that list that I have enjoyed visiting and certainly wouldn’t mind going back to any time. The other top places include Fiji, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Prague, and Cairo. Hmmm, now where is my passport?

Explore far-off locales featured on HGTV’s House Hunters International

By Shannon Petrie, FrontDoor.com

A nature lover's paradise, Costa Rica boasts an impressive range of landscapes, plants and wildlife.A nature lover’s paradise, Costa Rica boasts an impressive range of landscapes, plants and wildlife.
#4: Costa RicaWant to embrace your adventurous side? Then take your quest for a vacation home to the lush Central American country of Costa Rica. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, the country’s prime waters and varied landscapes make it the perfect place to surf, snorkel, hike and spot wildlife. One area of Costa Rica to consider is Santa Ana, a fast-growing suburb just a 15-minute drive from the capital city of San Jose. With a prime location about an hour from the beach, property development is high, yet the area still retains its local flavor. This, combined with affordable real estate, makes Santa Ana popular with second homebuyers.
Rome's deep influence on history can be felt throughout the city to this day.Rome’s deep influence on history can be felt throughout the city to this day.
#6: Rome, ItalyAlthough it’s no longer the center of a great empire, the depth of the Eternal City’s past can still be felt in its rich art, fashion and culinary traditions. The capital city of Italy, Rome is the ideal destination for homebuyers who not only want to be immersed in history and surrounded by legendary monuments, but also want to experience Italian culture in the city’s small squares and meandering streets. But real estate in Rome doesn’t come cheap. Finding an affordable place to call home requires working with a great real estate professional.
 
       
Panama's beautiful coastlines are constantly attracting more homebuyers from abroad.Panama’s beautiful coastlines are constantly attracting more homebuyers from abroad.
#7: PanamaThe Republic of Panama is probably best known for the canal that runs through it, dividing North and South America. In 1999, the U.S. returned control of that canal to the Panamanians, along with valuable acres of oceanfront land. Nowadays, the buzz on Panama is that it’s a great spot for adventurous homebuyers searching for beachfront property at affordable prices. The La Barqueta coast is one up-and-coming area attracting homebuyers from abroad. Located off the beaten path more than 100 miles from the nation’s capital of Panama City, La Barqueta offers unspoiled beauty that’s truly breathtaking.
Greece's Santorini island is famous for its gorgeous sunsets and whitewashed, cliff-perched buildings.Greece’s Santorini island is famous for its gorgeous sunsets and whitewashed, cliff-perched buildings.
#9: Greece Greece offers something for everyone, from the stunning sunsets of Santorini to the exciting nightlife of Mykonos. International homebuyers frequently flock to the Greek islands, particularly Crete — Greece’s largest island known for its diverse landscape and excellent cuisine. On the mainland, the less established Peloponnese region is quickly becoming a favorite escape for city folk. On this picturesque peninsula in southern Greece, you’ll find fresh air, cobalt blue water and quaint villages of stone cottages dotting the hillsides that overlook the Mediterranean.
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