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How One Couple Used Overseas Property Investments To Fund A Dream Retirement

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 02.21.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

A friend, Lee, a retired engineer from New York, bought a beachfront home, a place right on the sand with the surf just feet away, for less than $62,000. Then he furnished the 2,000-square-foot house and moved into it with his wife Julie. The couple proceeded to have one of the most enjoyable times of their lives together, living in that house, enjoying a retirement that their dreams had long been made of.

Why This Former War Zone Is Emerging As A Top Retirement Haven

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 02.14.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

While both Granada and Nicaragua historically have been and can still be short on amenities, they have always been long on heart. I discovered this country was pulling herself up by the bootstraps.

The 50 Small Towns Across America Midlifers Are Flocking To

Moira McGarvey | Posted 02.13.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

I'm approaching a point where my kids are almost grown and I have a whole new blank chapter to write. Where will I go? What will I do? Who will I become? I could really do anything. Or be anyone. Do I want warm? Water? Country? City? Do I want to start a new adventure or a new career or business?

How to Live in Paradise for Less Than $1,500 a Month

Norm Schriever | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel
Norm Schriever

First off, there is a HUGE difference between being on vacation and living abroad. That image you have of sitting around on a beach chair all day with a coconut drink in your hand at a luxurious resort?

How To Start A Business And Live The Good Life In Mexico | Posted 02.07.2014 | Fifty

There are places in the world where artists seem to congregate and San Miguel de Allende in Mexico's colonial highlands is one of them. They began arriving here in the late 1940s thanks to the establishment of two art schools, Instituto Allende and the Escuela de Bellas Artes, which drew, in particular, former American soldiers who were funded to study abroad on the G.I. Bill.

How To Earn A Living When You Move Abroad

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 02.06.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

It may sound strange at first -- aren't most expats who move abroad retirees? Don't they have pensions and Social Security and savings to live on? Aren't their lives overseas already 'funded'?

Living in Placencia, Belize: Paradise Found

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 02.05.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

When we first started visiting Belize's Placencia peninsula more than two decades ago, small towns here were no more than sleepy fishing villages. The only tourists were serious divers and fishermen. Today, things have changed.

How The Internet Has Changed The Expat Experience

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 02.05.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Every couple of weeks the thought strikes us... the Internet has changed everything, including the expat experience. It struck us again just last night as we were sitting at home watching the World Series.

3 Best Places To Live The American Retirement Dream Overseas

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 02.03.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Perhaps you like the idea of stretching your retirement dollars as far as possible (who doesn't?) and reducing your cost of living and of health care, while at the same time enriching and enhancing your quality of life, but you're not up for learning a new language or putting up with the day-to-day challenges and frustrations of life in the developing world. Fair enough.

The Best of Both Worlds: Expats Enjoy Great Weather Year-Round With Winters in Texas and Summers in Costa Rica | Posted 02.01.2014 | Fifty

Over the years Barry and Claudia Leon lived happily all over the States. They both had full and varied careers in psychology, college teaching, business, and biology. But after retiring to their 56-acre ranch in Texas, the couple decided they wanted to add another place to their long list of residences.

The Trouble Down Below

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

It's certainly still possible to find a place to eat overseas that will make you sick, but over the past dozen years of living in and traveling around Latin America, we've found that many of the stomach problems expats get come from two common sources that have nothing to do with poor food preparation or foul water.

Finding Your Place in the World | Posted 01.26.2014 | Fifty

Going abroad sometimes comes as a response to a personal shakeup: the end of a relationship, a financial loss, or the passing of a loved one. Getting out of Dodge, at least for a while, can provide the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective and explore your options.

Putting the 'Thanks' in Our Expat Thanksgiving

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

No matter who we are or where we come from or why we moved in the first place, there is something about Thanksgiving that--somehow, somewhere--brings us together. Even Canadians, Europeans, and locals.

Why Everyone Seems To Be Moving To This Gorgeous Retirement Spot

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.24.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Expats have settled all over Belize, but one spot is starting to earn lots of attention lately... Corozal, the northernmost of Belize's six districts.

Leaving Stress Behind In Search Of A Better Life South Of The Border | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

Isabelle and Robert Shahverdians lived and breathed stress and chaos in Los Angeles. Their lives were filled with long work days and long commutes, all to pay for life in the fast lane.

What Are Expats Running From?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Let's face it, dumping your old life and taking off to live -- even part time -- in Ecuador or Belize or any other likely foreign haven is not what most folks do. They may dream about it. But actually doing it is not something most folks seriously consider. It isn't what most people would call "normal."

Why So Many Americans Would Be Better Off If They Retired Overseas

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Millions of us have already chosen to move abroad. I submit that more Americans would be better off acting with the same get-up-and-go. All change is for the better.

Retiring Overseas: It Takes a Village

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

We now find life more convenient than it ever was back where we could get 10 brands of anything on the planet. Because we no longer need 10 brands of everything... we just need one, and we've become very used to it being within easy walking distance in excellent weather.

The 3 Life Lessons I Learned During My First Month In Florence

Lisa Condie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

When the taxi driver dropped me off at my new apartment, and I saw it was adjacent the Duomo, I was relieved. My sense of direction is questionable at best, so I knew this location was a stroke of good luck and perfect for me!

The 44 Cities Attracting The Most Baby Boomers (These May Surprise You!)

Moira McGarvey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

I cannot believe how much fun I'm having thinking about where I might like to live, once the kids are gone and my husband and I are in a position to think about retiring. Well, maybe not retiring exactly, but doing something different than the same old thing. We very well may continue working but I'd like to have a new adventure.

Why The World's Top Retirement Haven May Not Be For Everyone

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 11.13.2013 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

The Retire Overseas Index that my Live and Invest Overseas group published this year ranked Panama as the world's top retirement haven. I'm not alone in this idea. For the past half-dozen years at least, this country has been recognized by many as the best place on earth to think about living or retiring overseas.

The Question Every Retiree Overseas Has To Ask

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Pizza is essentially comfort food. For many, if not most, U.S. citizens, it carries with it a lifetime of associations with happy times and full stomachs... parties and get togethers, congenial late-night work sessions, relaxing weekends watching sports, special evenings at that favorite little Italian restaurant with family and friends.

We Call it the Rashomon Effect

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

No matter what you read, no matter what you hear, no matter what you see on TV or YouTube, if you're making a decision as big as moving or retiring abroad, you HAVE to get your boots on the ground in the places you're most interested in and experience them for yourself.

The Decision That Changed My Life Forever

Lisa Condie | Posted 11.25.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

I'd felt something here I hadn't felt in a very long time, JOY! And I wanted to feel more of it. Now, let's agree on something here. There's no logical reason for a middle-aged woman, of Danish ancestry, born and raised in Utah, to think she belongs in Italy.

The Best Reasons For Living Out Your Golden Years Overseas

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Those facing Catch-55 approach the end of their careers, meaning no need to worry about a move overseas limiting your career options. So why not see if you could get an overseas assignment? I'd say all -- well, maybe nearly all -- workers could benefit from an overseas job, whether they face Catch-55 or not.