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The 7 Best Countries To Get A Residency In 2020

7 Easiest Backup Residencies In The World Today Last week I shared with you the hellscape that is the French residency process (if you missed it, you can catch up here)… but I neglected to set your mind at ease. Because, while some countries make residency difficult and painful to acquire (ahem, France), others make it…

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The Importance Of Obtaining A Backup Residency

Lessons Learned Standing In Line With 600 Other Desperate Folks… It’s 8 a.m. It’s cold and windy, with flecks of rain pelting down in angry bursts. I’m glad I grabbed that extra layer before heading out. I look at the line that snakes around the huge plaza I’m standing on. Nope, not mine. One small…

Tour Eiffel aerial view, Paris, France.

Returning To My Childhood Neighborhood In Paris

I Swore I’d Never Live In This Part Of Paris Again… I’m never shy when it comes to singing the praises of my adopted home and favorite city: Paris. But I’ve had Paris on the brain even more than usual over the last few weeks… I presented a couple talks on France and Paris at…

Camilo Beach in Lagos, Algrave, Portugal

Living In The Algarve Where Every Day Feels Like August

Why Portugal’s Algarve Is Hard To Beat Portugal’s Algarve is often called Europe’s most famous secret. This region boasts Europe’s best beaches, golf courses, some of Europe’s friendliest folk, and Western Europe’s lowest cost of living. It’s also Europe’s newest tax haven. Today, as we gear up for our first ever Live and Invest in Europe…

Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo, Italy: An Affordable Italian Lifestyle Beyond Tuscany

This Is The Best Of Italian Living—At A Bargain Price As you ski lazily down a gentle slope, a ray of sunshine hits your face, and you look down to the coastline… The sun is glittering on the Adriatic and has just illuminated the endless vineyards and olive groves that lead down from the mountains…

Traveling family looking on Bled Lake, Slovenia, Europe

The Top 10 Greatest Advantages Of Living In Europe

Top 10 Reasons I Moved To Europe Heart versus head. When it comes to choosing where to live overseas, both have to play an important part. I’ve talked a lot over the last few weeks about the head side of things… thinking about environment, climate, infrastructure, etc. But the more abstract side of things is…

Praia de Iracema, Fortaleza, Brazil

Discover Why Fortaleza, Brazil Is A Top Expat Paradise

Last week, LIOS’ widespread experts, expats, and editors took attendees at our 2020 Retire Overseas Virtual Conference on a tour of the top 21 destinations worth your consideration for living and investing in today… One of the places that recently entered this top 21 list is Brazil… We haven’t talked much about Brazil here before.…

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The Reasons Why You Should Live Near Water

The benefits of spending time in water are well documented, as are the ways in which simply living near water is good for you. New studies are showing that spending time in and around water has positive impacts on both cognitive and physical health. Just to see and hear water can reduce cortisol levels, provide…

Immigration and residency

How The Residency Process Gets Easier

Keeping It Legal In Your New Home Last week Harry and I successfully renewed our residency permits here in France, and, boy are we relieved to be official again. Our first-year visas expired in January 2020, and we were supposed to go to get them renewed the day Ariadne was due to be born. We…

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Make Your Way Back To School (And Life)

Back To School (And Life) In Paris Springtime in Paris is well acclaimed… but I’d like to make a case for autumn in the City of Light, which, for my money, is just as alluring… perhaps more so. September in Paris is a magical time. To misquote Nora Ephron, “Don’t you love Paris in the…