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Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

The 2 Biggest Concerns Retirees Have Before Living Overseas

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Tuesday February 21, 2017 (15:50:03)   (7035 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

The Forbes reporter who interviewed me this week wanted me to give it to him straight.

“Living or retiring overseas,” he began, “is an exciting idea on the surface… but there must be downsides.

“What are the biggest concerns people have after making a move to another country, once the honeymoon is over?” he wanted to know.    more ...


Columnists > June Finnigan

June Finnigan

A Double Tragedy, Befana, Calcio And Il Bar Fiano In Beautiful Chianti

Posted by: junefinnigan on Tuesday February 14, 2017 (17:54:48)   (589 Reads)

June Finnigan

Benvenuti and Welcome to all my Lovely Followers,

Now, if you are a regular follower of my column, you will know that I like to reflect on the previous month’s happenings, both nationally and locally from my little bit of Tuscany. So this time we are looking back to January.    more ...


Columnists > Barry O'Leary

Barry O'Leary

Bringing Up Bilingual Children Just Isn’t That Easy

Posted by: bazseville on Monday February 13, 2017 (22:53:24)   (9134 Reads)

Barry O'Leary

Bringing up two Spanish kids to be bilingual is immensely harder than I expected. Since arriving in Seville, back in 2005, I’ve spoken to many British expats about getting their kids to be completely bilingual and have come across a vast range of experiences.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Top 10 Things To Do In Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday February 13, 2017 (19:46:22)   (324 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

As we’ve been reporting lately… and as I can confirm from experience based on my own scouting adventures… in the Dominican Republic beachfront town of Las Terrenas, the sparkling Caribbean and the sands that fringe it are ever-present. As you’re coming and going around town throughout the day, you never have to look far to enjoy a view of the azure sea.    more ...


Columnists > Vanessa Anderson

Vanessa Anderson

How I Became A Nomadic Expat After Living In Panama

Posted by: Scar on Friday February 10, 2017 (10:49:31)   (564 Reads)

Vanessa Anderson

For some of us, expat living wasn’t necessarily a conscious plan.

For others it might have arisen out of a need for dramatic change in our lives. Even retirement is a life changing event, where the urge or necessity to reinvent yourself finally becomes stronger than the desire to remain safe and secure in your present circumstances.

I have always had a love of travel and change, but I think my latest lifestyle choice took all my friends and family, including me, by surprise!    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

10 Best Places To Walk On The Wild Side Panama Style

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday February 06, 2017 (16:36:19)   (435 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

Panama is a natural marvel.

Few places on earth offer the wildlife-watching, close-to-nature experiences you find here.

This country’s ecological riches are thanks to volcanic activity that took place more than 3 million years ago, when the Isthmus of Panama and Central America arose. This formed a land bridge between South and Central America that, in the millennia to follow, creatures of all descriptions have used to migrate from north to south and vice versa.    more ...


Columnists > Rosemary Border Rabson

Rosemary Border Rabson

February In The Morvan

Posted by: marelebas on Tuesday January 31, 2017 (16:12:29)   (553 Reads)

Rosemary Border Rabson

January brought snow. Our birds and squirrels cost us a fortune in grain and fat balls.

Squirrels? Yes: far from hibernating, Tufty and Tess visit our kitchen windowsill daily. John took this photograph through the window.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

Top 9 Places To Retire Overseas So The Grandkids Will Come Visit

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday January 30, 2017 (15:49:48)   (3632 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

One of the biggest downsides to retiring overseas can be the distance it can put between you and your grandkids. If this is a concern, consider choosing your retire overseas destination accordingly. That is, pick a place to relocate in retirement that’d appeal to your grandkids, as well.

Here are nine places to retire overseas where your family will beg for chances to come visit.    more ...


Columnists > Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord

The 9 Questions To Ask Before Joining A Gated Community Overseas

Posted by: KathleenPeddicord on Monday January 23, 2017 (22:25:55)   (180 Reads)

Kathleen Peddicord

If you’re considering the idea of retiring to a new country, one of the most important questions you must address is whether you will live among the locals in a neighborhood or whether you would prefer to be in a gated community.

Many people considering a move overseas have strong feelings about this.    more ...


Columnists > Vanessa Anderson

Vanessa Anderson

Try Before You Buy With House Sitting

Posted by: VanessaAnderson on Wednesday January 18, 2017 (20:46:52)   (12759 Reads)

Vanessa Anderson

Are you considering moving abroad? I'm guessing that's why you might be here, browsing the pages of "Expat Focus".

But how do you know you're doing the right thing when buying a home in another country?

How do you figure out if you'll even like living there?    more ...