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Kathleen Peddicord
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Kathleen Peddicord has been researching, writing, speaking, and presenting on the topics of living, retiring, and investing overseas for more than 28 years. Her newest book, "How To Buy Real Estate Overseas," is the culmination of decades of personal experience living and investing around the world.

Kathleen has moved children, staff, enterprises, household goods, and pets from the East Coast of the United States first to Waterford, Ireland, then, seven years later, to Paris, France, and, most recently, to Panama City, Panama.

For more than 23 years, Kathleen was Editor and Publisher of the International Living group. In 2007, she decided to take a break, during which she did two things. First, Kathleen launched a new publishing group, Live and Invest Overseas. Second, in the summer of 2008, Kathleen and her husband, Lief Simon, decided to make a third international move, with their family and Kathleen’s new business, this time to Panama, where they live today with their 13-year-old son and 23-year-old daughter.

Kathleen has traveled to more than 50 countries, invested in real estate in 21, established businesses in 7, and renovated properties in 8. She has appeared often on radio and television detailing opportunities for living and investing around the world and has written innumerable books on the topic, including “How To Retire Overseas,” published by Penguin Books in 2011, and, most recently, “How To Buy Real Estate Overseas,” to be published by Wiley & Sons in April 2013.

Kathleen is the generally recognized Retire Overseas expert by The New York Times, the AARP, Money Magazine, The Economist, and U.S. News & World Reports, for whom she writes regularly.

Entries by Kathleen Peddicord

Discover the Paris of Central America (You Can Afford It)

(2) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 12:16 PM


I returned to Nicaragua recently for the first time in more than five years. I didn't choose to stay away so long. Circumstances and schedules kept me absent. Nicaragua is one of the places I daydream about regularly, one of the countries I...

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Your New Life In Old Mexico For As Little As $38,000

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 7:21 AM

Xalapa is a rare blend of rich Mexican culture with the energy and spark of a university town. It is supported by modern conveniences but remains old, traditional Mexico with no cultural influence from expats.


To top it all off, this is...

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10 Things To See And Do In Panama City's Rowdiest, Bawdiest Zone

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 2:57 PM

El Cangrejo is the best place to base yourself in Panama City for a real taste of all this cosmopolitan center has to offer. Other Panama City neighborhoods can be more affordable (the area around Via Tocumen, for example), more luxury (Punta Pacifica), more historic (Casco Viejo), and more scenic...

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The Best Of Irish Country Life In Retirement

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:19 AM

When I relocated to Ireland years ago, it wasn't as a retiree but a businesswoman and a mom. My partners and I made application for and were accepted into the investor-incentive program the Irish Development Agency (IDA) was offering at the time. The group had targeted areas of the country...

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Everything You Need To Know About Renting As A Retiree In Cuenca, Ecuador

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 6:25 AM

"When we first started our property management office, we had six rental properties that were rented maybe 25 percent of the year," explains Graciela Quinde, owner of Rentals Cuenca in Cuenca, Ecuador.

"Now I manage between 30 and 50 rentals," Gabriela continues, "and they are occupied 90 percent of the...

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Belize -- Still for the Intrepid

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 12:23 PM


Returning to what has been one of my favorite places on earth since I was a young girl for my first extended stay in years, I found Belize's Cayo hardly changed. Me? I have to admit that, back in Belize at last, I...

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Settling In The Most Romantic City In The Americas

(6) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 7:42 AM

I felt like a schoolgirl playing hooky. We awoke early Friday morning, dressed, ate, and then, instead of heading to the office, we took off for the airport to catch a flight to Managua. Just Lief and me. No kids. No checked luggage. Not even our laptops. We had planned...

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9 Points of Etiquette for the Traveler in Ecuador

(3) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 11:44 AM

First off, always start with "Buenos días" (Good morning).

People in this part of the world don't jump right into the issue when addressing each other. When you get into a taxi, for example, don't start with, "Take me to _____." Start with "Good morning." When entering a store,...

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Living Large In This Lively, Colorful Snowbird's Paradise

(38) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 6:27 AM

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico was discovered, you could say, in 1937, by the American writer and artist Stirling Dickinson and the wealthy Peruvian artist Cossio del Pomar. Cossio was so impressed with the potential of the colonial city when he saw it that he purchased and renovated several properties...

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Anthony, Cleopatra and Flying Carpets -- Discovering Ancient Izmir

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 1:26 PM

For me, nothing compares with the sense of excitement I feel when approaching a new city... anyplace where I haven't been before. Especially if that place has a past.

Few places on this earth have more of a past than Izmir. Originally called Smyrna, this is one...

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Burqas And Mankinis In This Playful, Colorful City Of Contrast

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Years ago, a friend in Belize pointed out that a country never escapes its origins. The United States, he told me, is a land of puritans. Belize is a land of pirates.

And Istanbul is a land of traders. Once the end of the 4,000-mile-long Silk Road, the mother of...

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The 21 Best Places To Retire Overseas In 2014

(20) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 7:28 AM

Live and Invest Overseas has published its annual Retire Overseas Index, naming the 21 best places to retire overseas in 2014. Number one on the list is the Algarve, Portugal.


Which is to say that, all things considered, nowhere in...

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The World's 7 Most Retiree-Friendly Nations

(23) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 7:03 AM

Before you spend a lot of time and money conceiving a plan for a new life overseas, take a close look at the options for establishing residency in each country on your list. Understanding the various visa options available to you is an important part of making your ultimate where-to-retire-overseas...

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Good News From One Of The World's Top Retirement Havens

(4) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Over the past three decades I've been writing about Belize. I've regularly borrowed Morley Shafer's line from the mid-80s, when he traveled to Belize City to film a segment for 60 Minutes.

"The good news from Belize," Morley said looking up from a little wooden boat in the middle of...

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Two Affordable, Turn-Key Retirement Options In Europe

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 6:55 AM

Over the past decade, as relocating overseas in retirement has become an increasingly appealing idea, communities of expat retirees have developed in places like Ajijic, Mexico, Boquete, Panama, and Cuenca, Ecuador, making those spots particularly attractive to those who want to enjoy the advantages and benefits of being retired overseas...

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Retire To The Paris Of The East

(47) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 7:46 AM

Years ago, a friend in Belize told me that a country never escapes its origins. The United States, he said, is a land of puritans. Belize is a land of pirates.

And Istanbul is a land of traders. Once the end of the 4,000-mile-long Silk Road, the mother of all...

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Eight Great Places To Watch The Sunset

(33) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:50 AM

Following are eight of the world's best places to think about spending time in retirement. These locations have something else in common, too. Each is also one of the best spots in the world to savor sunset.

1. Siem Reap, Cambodia -- Every day around 4 p.m. the streets near...

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Chile Versus Colombia -- Two Top South American Retirement Choices Compared

(27) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:03 AM

Two top choices for retirement in South America right now are Colombia and Chile. These are two beautiful countries offering diverse lifestyle options from mountain to coastal, small-town to upscale big-city. Thinking more specifically, how do these two destinations compare?

Chile's coast extends over thousands of miles and a number...

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Europe's Best-Known Retirement Secret

(15) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 6:39 AM

Portugal's Algarve, located at Europe's westernmost tip and boasting 100 miles of Atlantic coastline, could be Europe's most famous secret. This region boasts Europe's best beaches, Europe's best golf courses, some of Europe's friendliest folk, and Western Europe's lowest cost of living. It's also Europe's newest tax haven.

European retirees...

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Why Cuenca, Ecuador, Remains A Top Retire-Overseas Choice

(38) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 7:14 AM

Many retirement destinations are promoted on the basis that they're "just like the United States"... touted for the fact that living there you'd be in familiar surroundings. That's not the case with Cuenca, Ecuador. Walking these cobblestoned streets past the historic Spanish architecture and the old colonial churches, you know...

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