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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

Neckties, White Wine, and a Long and Sunny Coastline

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 4:17 PM


Neckties and wine. Croatia may be better known for its long coast along the sparkling green Adriatic and its tumultuous, 1,000-year-long history, but, when I think of Croatia, I think of neckties and wine. This gorgeous, complicated country is the birthplace of both...

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Fund Your New Life Overseas Teaching English In Southeast Asia

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 6:53 AM


If you like the idea of living or retiring in a new country but lack the funds to support yourself in the adventure, consider Southeast Asia. The growth of the middle class in this part of the world, the progressive development of virtually...

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Emergency Stopover in Porte De Clignancourt

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 10:36 AM


My two children and I had been driving in France in the region northeast of Paris all morning. Clignancourt wasn't our destination, but, as we approached the Porte de Clignancourt exit on the ring road, I urged my daughter, who was driving, to...

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Why Panama Is Still A Top Retire Overseas Choice More Than 15 Years Later

(7) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 7:08 AM


I first recommended Panama as a top choice for living, retiring, investing, and doing business overseas more than 15 years ago, and I'm more bullish on this country's prospects and the opportunities it offers today than ever.

Why should you...

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The Most Beautiful Place on Earth

(1) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 10:07 PM


In Monte Carlo recently, we were window-shopping. Not only when we peeked at the displays in the windows of Cartier and Prada, Hermes and Dolce & Gabbana... but everywhere we went, all the time. We'd never witnessed anything like this up close.

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10 lições que aprendi em 17 anos de vida no exterior

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 7:46 PM

Dezessete anos vivendo no exterior, primeiro na Irlanda, depois na França, agora no Panamá, me ensinaram...

1. Paciência... do tipo que você aprende com o passar do tempo...


Outro dia eu estava junto ao balcão de uma pequena mercearia na Cidade do Panamá, observando o rapaz...

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Italy Versus France

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 8:58 PM


"The word for a scraping in Italian is graffito," explained our guide. "Here at Pompeii," he continued, "on the facades of the buildings and the columns of the forum, you see remains of scrapings made by the ancient Romans who lived here."


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5 Of The World's Best Places To Buy A Second Home In The Sun

(29) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 6:44 PM

Which overseas property markets should have your attention this shiny new year? The world is alive right now with markets in crisis and markets benefiting from the strong dollar (and the weak euro).

Specifically, here are five places where you could get a great deal on a second home in...

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10 Lessons Learned From 17 Years Living Overseas

(49) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 7:16 AM


Seventeen years living overseas, first in Ireland, then France, now Panama, have taught me...

1. Patience...the kind of patience you learn doing time...

The other day I stood at the counter of a small grocery shop in Panama City watching as the...

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Women's New Year's in Ireland

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 5:57 PM


Stepping back in Irish history a century from today, you'd find yourself in a season awash with quirky practices, most stemming from extreme superstition.

On New Year's Eve, the man or woman of the house would beat the walls with a Christmas loaf...

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A Turnkey Retirement Plan In This City Of Eternal Springtime

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 6:09 AM


Cuenca, Ecuador, has been one of the world's top retirement destinations for a decade. This former Inca capital is one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in the Americas. It enjoys spring-like weather year-round, the available health care is excellent and inexpensive, and...

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Walking Safari in Northern Kenya

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 5:30 PM

"Kait, please stand there, beneath that acacia tree," Tilas, our guide for this early-morning walking safari, instructed my daughter.


"Jackson, you must stand over there, beneath that acacia tree," he continued, giving instruction to my son.

"Kathleen, go there and stand beneath the...

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Retire In Style On As Little As $2,000 Per Month

(54) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 7:05 AM

Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a city where you could enjoy a rich, full, even luxury-standard retirement lifestyle on a budget of as little as $2,000 per month.


Other places in Latin America offer far more affordable retirement options, but nowhere else in this...

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New 10-Year Visa Makes It Easier Than Ever to Discover China

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 12:58 PM


It's now possible for Americans to obtain 10-year, multiple-entry visas to China. Each entry is good for up to 60 days. The 10-year visas cost the same as a single-entry visa, about $160.

The new 10-year visas became available after President Obama's...

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Where To Retire If You Want To Live 'The Good Life'

(19) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 6:58 AM

Friends returned recently from an extended stay in Thailand. They'd also recently spent time on the west coast of the United States (Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle) and a month in Paris.


Their conclusion?

That at street level Paris costs roughly double the...

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Why This Asian Paradise May Be The Best Place In The World To Retire

(13) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 7:58 AM

Tropical Penang, located just west of mainland Malaysia, offers one of the best overseas retirement opportunities in the world. This is a safe and affordable little island that also offers excellent medical care, an interesting and eclectic community from around the world that communicates largely in English, and diverse lifestyle,...

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Like Miss Daisy Motoring Around Paris

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 10:20 AM

An old friend always says: "Leave your worries where you board the plane."

So the deadlines, the off-schedule projects, the new ideas I just haven't been able to carve out time to pursue, they're all in Panama City.


I'm in France, where, thanks...

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The Questions To Ask Yourself Before Retiring Overseas

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 6:08 AM

Before you can begin to consider where best you might relocate overseas in retirement, you've got to get to know yourself better. What's important to you? What things would you miss from your current life if they weren't part of your new one? What services, amenities, niceties, and distractions could...

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How To Retire Overseas In 9 Simple Steps

(7) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 6:07 AM

It can be easy to overcomplicate the idea of retiring overseas, but, the truth is, in many ways, it's not much different than making a move within the States. In some respects, you could say it's easier. What makes it difficult is that you're working from a blank slate.


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Casco Viejo -- Panama City's Most Romantic Quartier

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:00 PM

On one of my first visits to Panama, more than 15 years ago, a longtime friend who was living in Panama City at the time invited me to take a drive with him.

"I'm going to show you the best this city has to offer," he promised.

We drove down...

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