3 Places To Live Like A Local Overseas In Retirement

Many people who move or retire overseas enjoy the familiarity of like-minded company and seek out destinations with expats already in residence. Other retirees want to live among the local community, become a part of the local culture and are happy if they rarely see another American or Canadian expat. Living a local lifestyle in […]

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2 Simple Steps To Afford An Overseas Retirement On A Budget

How much money do you need to move to a new country? That’s not the question to ask. The question to ask is this: How much money do you have to live on? In these dispatches, I introduce you to places where you could live comfortably on as little as $1,200 or $1,500 a month, […]

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Why We Always Return To Offshore Real Estate As A Top Asset

It’s important to discuss the importance of diversifying both your life and your assets offshore in the current global climate. The question then becomes: What should you diversify into? As a speaker at this year’s recent Offshore Wealth Summit put it: “Physical gold is about as useful in an end-of-days scenario as my ability to […]

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Unretirement: How You Too Can Take Control Of Your Life

I made my first international move from Baltimore, Maryland, to Waterford, Ireland, with the support of my longtime employer who’d given me the marching orders to establish an EU base for that firm. I did not choose Waterford but liked the idea of an adventure in the Old World, something I’d daydreamed about since I […]

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Your New Life In France: “Ooh La La” On An Affordable Budget

Detailed Budgets For Your New Life In France (They’re Way Lower Than You Might Think) Years ago, when we were preparing for our move from Paris to Panama City, my husband Lief presented me with a budget showing that it would cost slightly more for our family to be in Panama City, Panama, than it […]

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The Palio Of The Contrade: Passion, Intensity, And Intrigue

The World’s Best Horse Race No one knows for sure when it began or exactly why, but official record formalizes the event starting in 1310. By that time, it was already an institution. I’ve wanted to witness this spectacle firsthand since I learned of it more than 30 years ago. The Palio of the Contrade, […]

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Back In Paris: This Is What “Retirement” Looks Like To Us

One Of My Favorite Things About Paris I lay still with my eyes closed wondering if there were any chance I’d be able to fall back asleep. Outside my window, in our courtyard, buzz saws were buzzing, hammers were pounding, and workmen called to each other in French. I gave up on the idea of […]

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7 Surefire Tips For Managing Your Financial Life Overseas

Living or retired in another country, how do you manage your financial life? Virtually, with the support of a laptop and an internet connection. At least that should be your goal. This way, you don’t have to worry about not being able to access an account, get cash, move money, send a wire, or pay […]

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Cost Of Living In The Algarve: A Detailed Breakdown

When you think about the world’s cheapest places to live or retire, you probably think first of Latin America or Asia, writing off Europe altogether, figuring no way someone of modest means could ever afford to move to the Old World.For most of Europe, that can be a reasonable perspective. But Portugal, especially the Algarve, […]

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The 4 Best Beaches In Panama

One of Panama‘s greatest assets is its beachfront. This is a little country with two long coasts and several clusters of outlying islands… meaning lots of different beaches — Pacific and Caribbean, touristy and undiscovered, developed and emerging, accessible and remote.Here are my top picks, depending on your agenda, based on almost two decades of […]

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