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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

Retire To The Jewel Of The Med

(51) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 7:37 AM


One of Europe's most historic outposts, the archipelago of Malta is today also one of this region's top emerging retirement havens. If your dream is retirement on the Med, you may not have considered Malta, but you should. This is the only place...

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Rowdy, Raunchy, Jet-Setting Barbados Can Be More Affordable Than You Might Think

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 3:41 PM


Barbados dreams are all about lapping tropical waters, swaying palm trees, and postcard-perfect arcs of white sand. The good news is that this Caribbean island lives up to the hype.

Barbados is quintessential escape, a place where the pace of life is...

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Live and Invest Overseas Survey Ranks the Cost of Property Purchase In 20 Top Latin American Markets

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 6:29 PM

A strong dollar coupled with expanding middle classes in some markets and windows of crisis opportunity in others make this is the best time in a decade to diversify into foreign real estate, specifically in Latin America.

Factors to consider when targeting a market for investment include the strength of...

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6 Dream Retirement Destinations In Europe, Now On Sale

(24) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 11:29 AM

If Europe is your fantasy, this is the opportunity of your lifetime. Right now, thanks to a weak euro and a surging U.S. dollar, you have more options for realizing your dreams of a new life in the Old World than in a decade or longer. Collapsed property markets and...

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The Best Way to Learn Spanish

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 6:12 PM


I've spent a big part of the past 30 years in Spanish-speaking countries, and I've been a full-time resident of Panama for seven. I figure it's time to learn to speak Spanish.

I studied French, not Spanish, in high school and college. A...

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How This Middle-Aged Floridian Started A New Life In The Caribbean

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 5:12 AM


A 10-year expat in Las Terrenas, Larry Stroup is a central figure in the expat social scene in this small Dominican Republic beach town. Larry's originally from Ft. Lauderdale, so it wasn't the great weather that attracted him to Las Terrenas; he enjoyed...

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Who Would Retire To Bangkok?

(107) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 5:57 AM


More expatriates live in Bangkok, Thailand than in any other city in Southeast Asia.

Bangkok has a population of roughly eight million people; about 25 percent of them are citizens from other countries, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Australia,...

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Top 10 Things to Do In Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2015 | 6:58 PM


In the Dominican Republic beachfront town of Las Terrenas, the sparkling Caribbean and the sands that fringe it are ever-present. You can use the beach as a thoroughfare to get from one part of town to another; it's the most pleasant pedestrian route....

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La Ruta Maya -- One of the World's Toughest and Most Historic River Races

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 9:26 AM


In the misty early morning light of March 6, 2015, dozens of athletes will gather with their canoes at the Hawkesworth Suspension Bridge on the banks of the Macal River in San Ignacio, Belize. More than 80 canoes are expected to participate in...

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From Northern Idaho To Cayo, Belize -- David And Cathy One Year Later

(226) Comments | Posted February 7, 2015 | 5:34 AM


One year ago, David and Cathy Thompkins moved from northern Idaho to Cayo, Belize.

How did that happen?

I'll let them tell you their story in their own words...

Cathy: When David came to me and said, "We are going to be retiring,...

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Our Children Took Us to Italy...

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:44 AM

Recently, my family and I undertook a do-it-ourselves Grand Tour that had been planned entirely by the children. My husband and I were along for the drive. And to pay.

Our objective was to explore some of the important sights in the history of Western Civilization in the company...

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6 Things You Need To Know About U.S. Taxes Before Retiring Overseas

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Can you eliminate your U.S. tax burden by retiring overseas?

No, you can't. It's not that simple, and you shouldn't believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

If you're simply and truly "retiring" overseas and intend to live on Social Security or other...

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Neckties, White Wine, and a Long and Sunny Coastline

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:17 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

(5) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 5:53 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 | 9:36 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 | 6:08 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 | 9:07 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 | 6:46 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 | 7:58 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 | 5:44 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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