Kathleen Peddicord

Happy couple relaxing on the beach

Making The Most Of 2024

All the calendar days of a new year in front of us… Each one begging to be filled with discovery. I’d say that this world of ours is a pretty great place to be. I make the point in case you’re worried the opposite is true. In this age of 24/7 real-time news, it can…
Ambergris Caye Beach, Belize

Following The Path Of Progress On This Charming Caribbean Island

When you come to Belize, pay no mind to Belize City. This is the Calcutta of the Caribbean, the city a friend says he’s going to put on the cover of the “World’s Worst Cities” coffee table book he’s threatening to publish. Belize City isn’t Belize. It’s just the place where the country’s one and…
Small tropical island at Barrier Reef with paradise beach in Belize

A Caribbean Beach Lifestyle At A Bargain Price

My first trip to Belize, some 30 years ago, was organized courtesy of the Belize Tourism Authority (BTA). I was a starting-out travel writer; the BTA was looking for press. This was well pre-“Survivor,” pre-“Temptation Island.” The only people who knew this tiny country existed way back then were divers and backpackers. And Morley Safer.…
City skyline with green grass and flag flying. Blue sky and white clouds

Panama In 2023—The Truth About Life On This Isthmus

I woke up this morning, brewed a pot of Irish breakfast tea, and, as has been my custom for decades now, sat down at my laptop to write you a letter.  I want to focus your attention this week on Panama. Trouble is... I’ve been telling people about Panama for 25 years. In fact, I…
Colombia Overseas

A Rich Cultural Scene And World Class Health Care

Dear LIOS Confidential Reader, The first time I ever recommended Americans think about retiring overseas was back in 1985. When I began making these kinds of suggestions, I was sometimes met with suspicion… sometimes ignored… now and then even attacked as part of the lunatic fringe. The good news is that today the idea of…
Plaza Grande in old town Quito, Ecuador 

Live In Ecuador And Drop 50% Of Your Expenses

The Cheapest Place In The World To Retire Well—On Less Than $800 A Month Ecuador is the number-one place in the world for a cheap and luxurious retirement. In fact, no matter where

Red Frog Beach, Bocas del Toro, Panama

Move To Panama: Live Better And Save More

We Chose Panama When We Could Have Based Ourselves Anywhere—Here’s Why “In 2013 my wife Carolyn and I decided we needed a change. Our lives in Hawaii

Senior couple hiking during summer

Take Your Pick: Custom-Tailor Your New Life Overseas

What Makes You Miserable? Start Your Overseas Adventure There This will be a piece of cake, I told myself as we prepared for our move from Baltimore to Waterford what now seems like a lifetime ago… How different can Ireland be from the United States? My husband, my daughter, and I, we’ll slide right into…

The beach El Rompio on Azuero Peninsula, Panama.

Is Retiring In Panama Still A Good Choice? If So, Where?

From Laid-Back To Luxury, Panama Offers Every Lifestyle A Retiree Could Wish For… All A Bargain I was the first to suggest Panama as a good choice for any North American looking for a place to retire that was sunny and cheap. I made that recommendation for the first time in 1998. Back then, I…

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