We have six grandchildren now ranging from one month to 11 years old, with another due in four months. So what's wrong with us? Are we cruel and heartless grandparents, who don't care about our kids or their kids?
It seems like a silly notion, but we've seen it happen ... people move to some exotic location, like Ecuador or Panama, with perfect weather and interesting culture and, within a few months, find themselves at loose ends.
If we had a super power such as 20/20 hindsight, would we have done things differently back in 2001 when we were preparing to leave the pastures of Nebraska for greener ones overseas?
There is much we 'northerners can learn from Latinos and their culture, similar to ours in many ways and very different in others. If you intend to retire overseas, these are some things you may want to know in advance. Latinos live life with gusto.
When you buy a piece of property overseas, it can sometimes come with an important bonus -- it can open the door to foreign residency. Here are five of my favorite places where you can obtain residency by buying real estate.
What would prompt someone with a serious medical condition to move, by themselves, to a foreign country without being able to speak the language? And why wouldn't they at least have a necklace, bracelet, or wallet card on them at all times to alert medical personnel about their condition?
After almost two years of full-time travel, of extended stays in Italian university towns, Croatian coastal retreats, and forested German hideaways, I've finally come home. All it took was some exploration, a lot of paperwork, and a little luck.
As an expat retiree, you'll find yourself with more free time: time to retool and learn new skills. Time to spot opportunities, and to pursue them. Your retirement is likely to be much longer than your grandfather's was. What you do with it will be up to you.
Central America is recognized as the place to shop for a top retirement option if you're retiring on a budget. Indeed, a retiree's nest egg can stretch far in this accessible, sunny, and affordable region. But here's news: A retiree's nest egg can stretch just as far right now in Portugal.
Many people still feel that if they retire abroad, they'll end up somewhere in the back of beyond, without connection to their loved ones back home. But the ability to communicate instantly with almost anyone, almost anywhere, is now woven into the fabric of modern life.
Nestled in an Andean valley at 6,000 feet, the Bolivian city of Tarija is truly one of South America's great undiscovered gems. You'll find colonial architecture, a near-perfect Mediterranean climate, and vineyards outside town stretching to the horizon. It's also one of the most affordable cities in the Americas.
I didn't move abroad just for access to cheaper medical care. Rather, I did it for the sheer joy and exuberance I get from the overseas experience. I also did it for lifestyle considerations that, indirectly, also improve my health.
Regardless of where they've come from, the people who find their way to Belize live in the present, remain optimistic about the future, and bask in the sunshine and freedom of one of the world's quirkiest nations.
Founded by the Spanish in 1533, Cartagena grew quickly to become a thriving seaport. At one time it was second only to Mexico City in commercial importance in the Western Hemisphere. Today Colombia's best-known city on the Caribbean is also an appealing coastal retirement option.
When you're researching your options for retirement or work abroad, it's not unusual to run into indexes and rankings of the relative cost of living in different countries. These can be excellent guides when comparing various locations.
Standing knee-deep in clear Caribbean blue water looking back at the white-sand beach and the swaying palms, I thought it over. I was on vacation, but what was stopping me from living here? Rent here was a fraction of what I paid for my apartment in Washington, D.C.