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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

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

(1) 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'

(16) 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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Retire To Istria, Croatia, For The Best Of The Old World

(21) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 7:18 AM

"But haven't we done this already? Haven't we already bought an old stone house surrounded by mud? Isn't that what we did in Ireland? Why do you guys want to do this again?"

In 2004, my husband Lief, our two children, and I spent a week touring around Istria, Croatia,...

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Limousin, France, Where Food, Wine, and Hospitality Are Taken Very Seriously

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 12:50 PM


In rural France, businesses and shops close for two hours at lunchtime. It's not possible to have lunch in a restaurant in much less time than that anyway, so you don't really mind that there's nothing else to do at lunchtime but to...

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12 Bests of Continental Europe

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 7:39 PM

When we spent two weeks recently motoring across Continental Europe with our kids, we were tourists. No sense pretending otherwise. We were Like Chevy Chase and his kin, we're an American family on a European Vacation.

Biggest, oldest, tallest, don't travel far in this part of the world...

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

(6) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 1:16 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

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 8:21 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 | 3:57 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 | 7:19 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 | 7:25 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 | 1:23 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 | 8:42 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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