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11 Travel Tips Italians Want Americans To Know Before They Arrive There

Lisa Condie | Posted 04.09.2014 | Fifty
Lisa Condie

Italians are very kind, and extremely patient (unless they're driving). They are the guardians of some of history's most magnificent treasures, and they are used to sharing them. However, there are a few things Italians want Americans to know before you arrive in their country.

How To Best Enjoy The World's Most Exotic Travel Destinations | Posted 03.21.2014 | Fifty

Southeast Asia is adventure travel at its most exotic. Each day brings new sights, smells, tastes, and experiences. Cultural encounters, too.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Retiring Overseas

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.19.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

There's so much we've learned by living overseas. The nuts and bolts alone can be overwhelming. What about Social Security? (Yes, you can still collect it when you live overseas.) Do you have to give up your U.S. or Canadian citizenship? (No, never... unless you choose to officially do so.) What about Medicare?

When Not Knowing the Month Is a Good Thing

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.18.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Instead of scurrying about in the Fall to prepare for the onslaught of Old Man Winter, we open a bottle of wine and sit on the terrace until it passes. Sometimes we even share a big bowl of strawberries and cream.

Popular Expat Haven in Panama | Posted 03.12.2014 | Fifty


Confessions Of A Serial Retired Relocator

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.07.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

It was a good plan. And like all good plans, the Universe laughed while we made it.

These 5 Countries Provide The Best Health Care In The World | Posted 02.20.2014 | Fifty’s annual Global Retirement Index reports that France, Uruguay and Malaysia provide the best and most affordable health care ...

What Good Is a Global Retirement Index?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Deciding to change your entire life and relocate somewhere with a different culture, economy, government and probably a different language altogether isn't the kind of thing you do by picking a country off a menu.

Expats Open Successful Hotel Business in Caribbean Belize | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty

It's a far cry from their previous existence in Denver, Colorado. But John and Ellen consider themselves to be the luckiest people in the world running their small hotel and restaurant in the Belizean beach paradise of Placencia.

The Country Named The World's Best Place To Retire | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty


Escaping the Big Freeze

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.17.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

For U.S. Midwesterners like us, traveling back to the old country for the holiday season is one of the greatest joys of being an expat. We get all the family, friends, and food we can handle. Then we can go back to sunshine and blue skies and leave the deep-freeze of January and February behind.

The World's 10 Best Places To Retire In 2014 | Posted 03.08.2014 | Fifty

In this, our annual Global Retirement Index 2014, we profile the best destinations for good-value living around the world today.

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.04.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Life is lived for the moment. On those rare special days when there is less work to be done, they turn the music up (loudly) and share that priceless commodity called time with friends and family.

The New Year's Tradition We Should Adopt From Overseas

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 02.12.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

It's a widespread tradition in much of the world and one worth adopting no matter where you live.

Why New Year's Resolutions Are Hard for Expats

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

If they're like us and they make New Year's resolutions at all, they make the usual fall-back types...the kinds of resolutions that, if you don't accomplish them, won't seriously damage your self-esteem.

Why Your 'Mighty Important Stuff' Might Have to Wait This Holiday Season

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 02.21.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

The U.S. hierarchy of life's important things is often topped by Work, with Family and Community taking second and third places. In much of Latin America, however, Family is firmly at the top, followed by Community. Work takes a distant third place.

Ireland's Lost Town -- Where Santa Claus Is Buried | Posted 02.21.2014 | Fifty

On the grassy banks of the River Nore in County Kilkenny, Ireland what remains of the town lies across the road from the imposing ruins of Jerpoint Abbey. The abbey has been a big attraction for years, with its elaborate carvings and intact cloister. But the town was a mystery...until now.

3 Adventures Not to Be Missed in Belize | Posted 02.08.2014 | Fifty

Flying always makes me feel a bit like Indiana Jones heading off for adventure... And Belize is definitely one of my favorite countries for adventure.

How To Thrive Overseas In 'The Place Of Opportunity' | Posted 02.08.2014 | Fifty

Warren Ogden couldn't afford to set up his ideal business in the U.S. Yoga and fitness had been part of his life for years. He had studied it at Duke University in North Carolina -- and later in India, at the Agama Yoga centers in Rishikesh and Dharamshala. He completed his yoga teacher training at the Holistic Yoga School in Boulder, Colorado. So he decided to open it somewhere else.

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.

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.