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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 30 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 son and daughter.

Kathleen has traveled to more than 50 countries, invested in real estate in 24, 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, and “How To Buy Real Estate Overseas,” published by Wiley & Sons.

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

Entries by Kathleen Peddicord

The Romantic Past And Promising Future Of Lisbon, Portugal

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2016 | 5:41 AM


Romantic Lisbon

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I saw
Was the sun through yellow curtains and a rainbow on the wall
Blue, red, green, and gold to welcome you, crimson crystal beads to beckon

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Here's Why The Panama Canal Expansion Has Everyone Excited

(17) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 5:26 AM


The New Panama Canal

If you're wondering where the cash comes from to fund the seemingly boundless public works projects in the works here in Panama, look no further than the sliver of water that bisects the isthmus just west of Panama City...

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Does Living Overseas Make You Less American?

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 5:36 AM


Do I Feel More Or Less American Living Overseas?

I get this question a lot.

I've been living outside the States for 18 years, and, to answer the question I'm so often asked, I've never felt more American than I do today.


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7 Places You Can't Miss If It's Your First Time In Paris

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 1:30 PM


A Bucket List For Paris Virgins

Two expat friends in Panama are planning their first-ever trip to Paris. They'll spend Christmas 2016 and New Year's 2017 in the City of Light.

What should they be sure to see and do, they've...

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The Most Magical Expat Escape In All Of Europe

(58) Comments | Posted June 11, 2016 | 12:35 AM


"This Place Is Magical That Way..."

"Something about the Algarve just draws you back... and, every time you return, you find a new little village or you discover a new beach you didn't know. This place is magical that way..."


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Look What These Mad Men Have Done In Costa Rica

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 4:35 PM


Costa Rica is perhaps the most recognized option for Americans thinking about retiring or investing in a second home overseas. This is no accident.

In the early 1980s, somebody in a position of power in Costa Rica had a genius idea that...

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Comparing Cost Of Living Abroad: Apples To Apples

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 5:09 AM


Apples to apples.

That's the principle to keep in mind when comparing costs, both for living and for buying real estate overseas.

Readers of my daily e-letter, Overseas Opportunity Letter, write in to take issue with our costs references every day.

"Restaurants in...

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How To Retire In The Dominican Republic

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2016 | 7:44 AM


I've been hanging out in the cities that Spain built for a long time.

Over the past 35 years, I've gotten to know old towns from Granada and Leon, Nicaragua and Cuenca, Ecuador, to Old San Juan, Puerto...

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10 Reasons To Live, Retire, And Invest In English-Speaking Belize

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 5:36 AM


Belize is a little country with a population of fewer than 350,000 people, most all of whom speak English. Part Caribbean, part Central American, it's mostly wide-open spaces with a long coast and a sprinkling of small islands just offshore fringed by white...

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Retirement Overseas Is Cheaper Than You Might Think

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 5:52 AM


Two Reasons You Can't Afford Not To Retire Overseas

Your retirement nest egg has been marginalized, and you're thinking there's no way you could afford to retire overseas.

This is probably the most-often-given reason for why someone who's interested in the...

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The South American City I Couldn't Help But Fall In Love With

(10) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 5:29 AM


"This is your first trip to Colombia, and you've chosen to focus on Medellín? That'll save you a lot of time. This is the place to be in this country right now..."

That's how one of the real estate agents my husband...

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The Best Place In The World To Live Or Retire That Nobody's Talking About

(115) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 5:36 AM


The sunny coastal region of Algarve, home to more than 100,000 resident expat retirees, is the best place in the world to live or retire that nobody's talking about.

Particularly appealing are the two municipalities of Silves and Lagoa, both slightly west...

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A Single Woman's Best Choice For Retiring Overseas

(2) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 7:41 AM


It's easier to adapt to a new life overseas when you move with a spouse or partner. You can laugh (or cry) together at the inevitable trying times that arise. It's more of a challenge to move abroad on your own, and it...

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Cosmopolitan Living In Barcelona, Spain

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 5:49 AM


Seventeen years ago I flew into sunny, cosmopolitan Barcelona, thinking what a great place this would be to live but not for a minute at the time believing that would ever be possible.

What immediately intrigued me about Barcelona back in...

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The Key To A Happy Retired Life Overseas

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 6:37 AM


Should you really be thinking about retiring to a new country?

That is ... who should consider this idea? Surely it's not for everyone. Selling everything you own ... packing up or giving away every possession ... buying a plane ticket for some...

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Island Hopping Around Panama

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 6:10 AM


Panama has more than 1,400 islands, and, just like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.

Some are Caribbean, some Pacific, and some jut above the ocean's surface near the entrance to the Panama Canal...

Most all are blessed with white-sand...

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How To Customize The Retire Overseas Plan That's Right For You

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 6:22 PM


This doesn't have to be all or nothing. You could "retire overseas" and still spend part or even lots of your time back home.

I make the point in case it hadn't occurred to you already. The idea of moving...

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How To Earn Cash Flow And Support A New Life In The Caribbean

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2016 | 4:35 AM


Todd Schlosser came to the Dominican Republic from Ohio 11 years ago. The plan was to rent a house for a few weeks with a friend in resort-town Puerto Plata. After a couple of weeks on the island, Todd decided to...

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Seco, Salsa, Skyrockets, And Scantily Clad Women -- Carnaval In Panama

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 4:40 AM


In Panama recently, we witnessed the climax of the biggest party of the year in this country -- the weeklong bacchanal marked by around-the-clock drinking, dancing, and general debauchery known as Carnaval.

In Brazil, Carnival features bare-breasted women on floats. In...

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The 4 Best Beaches In Panama

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 5:13 AM


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...

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