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About Elizabeth Dunkel

Elizabeth Dunkel is a writer and novelist who recently moved back to the U.S. after living in Merida, Mexico for 25 years. She is the Creative Director of www.campliza.com, her personal blog about stylish, creative and meaningful living. “A thoughtful life is a luxurious life.” Elizabeth is the proud founder of the Merida English Library. As a Cambridge CELTA certified teacher of ESL, she considers herself not just a teacher but a dream maker. “Teaching English empowers people to reach their dreams.”
Latest Posts | By Elizabeth Dunkel
6 Reasons Living Alone Makes You Feel Rich
1 year ago

6 Reasons Living Alone Makes You Feel Rich

Welcome to another installment of my “living like a millionaire on a retirement budget” series. No matter what our financial situation, we all have budgets. Living beautifully — or luxuriously can hinge on changing a perception or making an attitude adjustment. Read More

How to Relax Like a Millionaire – Your Spa Day Does Not Have to Cost a Fortune!
1 year ago

How to Relax Like a Millionaire – Your Spa Day Does Not Have to Cost a Fortune!

Say the word, “spa” and it conjures up lifestyles of the rich and famous.

There’s no denying that spas are extremely expensive. However, SPA, or “salute per aqua” is an ageless tradition dating back to Roman times. Honoring your health and well-being with body caring treatments should be a right of all human beings.
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How to Travel Like a Queen on a Retirement Budget
1 year ago

How to Travel Like a Queen on a Retirement Budget

Well, I certainly don’t have my own plane and can’t afford super luxury hotels on Lake Como. But when I look at the attributes of what is considered luxury travel, there are many ways I can accomplish them even on a budget. Read More

Feeling Sorry for Yourself? 8 Gentle Ways to Melt That Horrible Feeling Away
1 year ago

Feeling Sorry for Yourself? 8 Gentle Ways to Melt That Horrible Feeling Away

It was the Fourth of July. I had recently moved to the U.S., after 25 years of living abroad, and knew not one soul in the city. From the window of my high-rise flat, I could see the city was jubilant…
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Entertaining Like a Millionaire on a Retirement Budget
1 year ago

Entertaining Like a Millionaire on a Retirement Budget

I have long believed that taking someone into your home and giving them a meal is one of the kindest and most luxurious things you can do. The world is a noisy, busy place.

We are all involved in our own little dramas. And the act of being invited in from the cold (even when it’s hot!) is a true delight. To be treated kindly, to be fed is a luxury of the highest order. Read More

7 Priceless Tips for Retiring Abroad (#2 Could Save Your Sanity!)
1 year ago

7 Priceless Tips for Retiring Abroad (#2 Could Save Your Sanity!)

International moving is not for sissies! It’s a jolt to every cell in your body. I know – I just did a reverse commute! Read More

How I Lost Weight on My Cruise
1 year ago

How I Lost Weight on My Cruise

All you ever hear from people is how much weight they gained during their cruise. “The food was so good,” they groan. They ate like crazy and now they have to diet.

Well, I’m here to report that I went on a cruise and lost weight. Hah! Read More

How to Recover from an Illness Luxuriously… Even if You Aren’t Made of Money
2 years ago

How to Recover from an Illness Luxuriously… Even if You Aren’t Made of Money

Being sick is never fun. There are two schools of being ill: “Stop the world I want to get off,” (that’s me) or the stoic, “It’s nothing,” and carry on. I don’t know how the “it’s nothing” people do it. My body and soul say, Arthur Miller style, “Attention must be paid.”
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How a Single Older Woman Can Meet 150 New People in 3 Hours
2 years ago

How a Single Older Woman Can Meet 150 New People in 3 Hours

Recently, I wrote an article about being single and feeling fabulous about it. The response was enormous and the comments were enlightening! Read More

Loving Life After 60: Are You Living Where Your Soul Feels at Home?
2 years ago

Loving Life After 60: Are You Living Where Your Soul Feels at Home?

I live in the tropical jungle and dream of cities and cold. A friend lives in an Edwardian, Edinburgh townhouse and dreams of a chic, modern glass dwelling at the beach. Read More