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. So, today, let’s take a look at what this haven has to offer—starting with an account of daily life from John Clites, a full-time expat in the country:

“As I set out for my day, bicycles whiz by in their bike lanes. People are walking and jogging, singly, in pairs, or occasionally in threes. I spot a few regulars: Speedo Man powers past me in his white tennies and black Speedo—and nothing else; Roller Girl rushes toward me on her in-line skates. But at this early hour, the crowd is mostly middle-aged walkers, like me. At night and on weekends, rollerbladers and skateboarders join the throng.

“This is a nation of water babies and beach bums. I don’t think any other country in the world appreciates its beaches like Brazil does. I pass an interval-training class just getting underway. While interval training interests me—I’d dearly love to shed 10 pounds—I’m not ready for that level of intensity so early in the day. More likely I’ll join that older gentleman down there near the waterline, burning his calories as he jogs slowly but steadily along in the soft sand. Just another week or two of walking and I’ll be ready!

“There’s a soccer game being played seemingly on every block. Volleyball games are underway, some of them friendly seniors’ games, others hotly contested matches.

“I shake my head in wonder as I pause a moment to watch that most Brazilian of games, futevolei (footvolley): Beach volleyball played without the players using their hands or arms… if you can imagine it. The server launches the ball with a Continue reading

What Everyone Must Know About Algarve, Portugal Beaches

Head Here For Old World Charm And Spectacular Beaches

For my birthday earlier this year, I planned a week-long trip to Portugal, which included a few days taking part in our 2019 Live and Invest in Portugal Conference…

Before getting to work there, though, Harry and I spent a few days in a chic hotel in Lisbon, touring, sightseeing, and eating our way through the cosmopolitan city.

I love discovering new cities, especially those that are walkable—at least in parts—and those with easy-enough-to-use public transportation systems. We took buses across the city and back again to check every museum, monument, park, and notable sight off my list (I love a good checklist—never travel without one!).

If you visit, I highly recommend the Gulbenkian Museum. The collection was formerly theContinue reading

Medellin Colombia, view of the city and high rise apartment buildings

What I’ve Discovered After 9 Years Renting In Colombia

Dipping A Toe In Your New Home Overseas

Living overseas doesn’t have to be all or nothing. For many expats we know, it’s been a gradual process…

Take Jeff Paschke, for instance.

Jeff started out simply looking for a winter escape from his home in Dallas, Texas. He began his hunt by reading Life Magazine’s “100 Places to See in Your Lifetime,” whittling that list down to just two places he thought might suit him: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Cartagena, Colombia.Continue reading

houston skyline at night

Meet The Experts At Our 2019 Conference In Houston: Part 2

10 Experts You’ll Meet In Houston—Part 2

A few weeks back, I introduced you to a handful of the speakers we have lined up for our 2019 Live and Invest Overseas Conference.

Since then, we’ve received more confirmations from our globally-spread expert and expat friends… bringing the total to more than 50 guest speakers (all of whom will be at hand for you to connect with over four days… and ready to help with your questions).

Today, I’d like to introduce you to five more of the team you’ll meet in Houston this Sept. 7–10…

1. Mike Herndon—Expat in Valencia, Spain

Mike lived in Tennessee and Florida before leaving the United States in March 2016. A former sales manager, corporate trainer, real estate broker, and small-business owner (twice), Mike explored 47 states and 35 countries before finding “home” in Valencia, Spain, at the age of 65.

He is currently writing a book about his experiences with the sharing economy (Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, etc.) based on the four years he spent renting living spaces across eight countries.

Mike spends up to seven months a year in Valencia. He is now on a mission to find a cottage or cabin in a place he can enjoy a cooler climate from June to August and a festive spirit in November and December.

2. Maria Abreu—Immigration Attorney (Dominican Republic)

Born in the United States, Maria was chief of staff at a New York law firm for 20 years. Ten years ago, she relocated to the Dominican Republic where—after attending law school to become a licensed attorney in the D.R.—she’s been running her own law firm, Abreu & Associates Immigration Services, for the last five years.

The mission of Abreu Associates is to provide the very best legal assistance to its clients—whether you are coming to live here part-time, full-time, or would like to secure a second passport. With their experience and knowledge of the Dominican Republic immigration law, Maria and her staff will help you navigate the complex Dominican Republic immigration systems flawlessly.

3. Adrian Beales—Expat in Medellín, Colombia, and Director of Sales at Lifeafar Investments

Adrian’s Colombian journey started at the age of 24 when he was studying as an exchange student in Rouen, France. There he made Colombian friends who opened his eyes to a country he knew nothing about.

Returning home to Australia, Adrian sought out the growing Colombian community to continue learning about their culture. In 2014, he made his first trip to Colombia—visiting Bogotá, Medellín, Cartagena, Santa Marta, and a few little towns in-between. Six months later, he returned to spend the Christmas season with the family of a friend and became determined to live in Colombia one day.

In 2017, Adrian left his job, sold some property, and moved to Colombia where he enrolled in a language school for six months of intensive Spanish classes. Blown away by the incredible property opportunities, he sought out a fellow Australian, Sam Miller, to discuss opportunities for investing in Colombian real estate and was introduced to Lifeafar where he now works as Director of Sales.

Based in Medellín, Adrian enjoys showing others the possibilities of living and investing there. Despite being 100% “true blue Australian,” he feels at home in Colombia where he is treated like family among the locals and gets to enjoy the amazing outdoors.

4. Lief Simon—Global Real Estate Investor and Offshore Diversification Expert

Lief Simon is Live and Invest Overseas’ resident global real estate investing and offshore diversification expert. His twice-weekly free newsletter, Offshore Living Letter, covers both topics with direct and easy-to-understand language.

Lief has lived and worked on 5 continents and traveled to more than 50 countries. His real estate investing experience began nearly 20 years ago with a multiunit building in Chicago.

After selling that building for a leveraged total return of more than 1,800% in two-and-a-half years, Lief began to diversify internationally. In the 17+ years since, Lief has purchased more than 45 properties, investing in 21 different countries around the world. He has developed land, managed rentals, and flipped pre-construction buys. Lief has more experience buying and profiting from real estate around the world than any other individual investor you’re likely to find.

In addition, Lief specializes in offshore diversification, asset protection, and tax mitigation. Over the last 20 years living and doing business around the world, he’s built a network of reliable and expert contacts he trusts on such matters—attorneys, bankers, tax consultants, and other advisors, both Stateside and in the jurisdictions where he spends time and money. You’ll get to meet many of these trusted contacts, alongside Lief, in Houston this September.

5. April Hess and Peg Fairbairn—Expats in Veraguas, Panama

April and Peg started their life as expats on March 28, 2014 when they packed up their two dogs, two cats, and eight suitcases and moved to Pedasí, Los Santos, Panama. After three months of Spanish lessons, they moved to the mountain community of Santa Fe where they enjoyed the cooler mountain climate, green hills, and cool rivers. Today they live in their newly-completed home in the beautiful Los Islotes community on the Azuero Peninsula.

Peg taught 8th grade science in and around Austin, Texas for 30 years. She was passionate about teaching and education, but once she could, she took her money and ran… to Panama. April grew up in Southern California, studied accounting at the University of Hawaii, and moved to Austin in 2003 in order to give her three children a shot at the “American Dream” of affordable home ownership.

Peg and April chose Panama for its central location, affordability, stable government, infrastructure, quality of health care, and its convenient currency (the U.S. dollar). They believe that life should be an adventure. It’s their ongoing mission to learn more Spanish so they can communicate with their Panamanian neighbors.

Technically, that’s six speakers not five. But, if you’ve met Peg and April before, you’ll know that they often present together… and tell a great story.

Again, this is just a sample of our lineup of expat and expert speakers for this year’s bigger-than-ever Live and Invest Overseas Conference.

In Houston, Sept. 7–10, in the company of Publisher Kathleen Peddicord and more than 50 experts and expats, you’ll:

  • Get introduced to all our top 21 havens… under one roof. After hearing from our experts and expats, you’ll be able to narrow your search down to the three… two… or even one place that you should focus on. Prepare to be surprised… and to change your mind (maybe dramatically so).
  • Understand all the big-picture “moving overseas” issues—like health care and health insurance, visas and residency, renting and buying property, tax obligations for the expat… and things you can do to prepare for your move before you ever step foot outside the United States.
  • Start to build your own support network. As well as having the chance to ask questions following each presentation, you’ll also have the opportunity to meet with experts and expats in the more casual setting of our exhibit hall—the people who can help walk you through your relocation, start to finish.

It’s the only time all our globally spread experts are in one place… stateside… and totally at your service.

And, if you’d like to spread the cost of registration, then this is the week to get in…

Today, we launch our Live and Invest Overseas Conference Easy Payment Plan.

Using this Payment Plan, you can reserve your space today in Houston for only US$235. That’s followed by two monthly payments of the same amount, allowing you to spread the cost of this event over three affordable payments.

The Payment Plan is entirely optional. If you prefer to pay in full, you still have that option, too.

But whichever way you prefer to pay, don’t forget about your discounts…

Remember to use your exclusive LIOS Confidential reader Coupon Code PRELOC50 when signing up, and you’ll save an additional US$50 off the cost of registration.

This is in addition to other available discounts, including the US$200-per-person Early Bird Discount currently in effect.

Both the Early Bird Discount and the Easy Payment Plan are available for a limited time only.

Go here now to get full details on pricing, discounts, and what’s included in your registration for Houston.

I hope to see you at our biggest gathering of the year…

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Prents hold thier child's hand at the beach

For Some, Going Offshore Is All About Protecting Loved Ones

How This “Ordinary Guy” Is Building His Wealth, One Flag At A Time…

In Santo Domingo last month—for the first time in Offshore Wealth Summit history—one of our alumnus took the stage.

Every year, it’s a packed schedule, but we made time this year for All Access Pass Member Dusty Tubbs to share his story as the “ordinary guy” in the room…

“Six years ago, my wife Carolyn and I were sitting exactly where you’re sitting now,” Dusty told our audience. “You’re here today because you want to learn from Lief and his team of offshore experts who have been planting flags for decades. But I’m here to show you that the ordinary person can have success, too—and turn things around within a few years… Continue reading

Woman overlooking the ocean

How, When, And Why I Decided To Make The Move Overseas

Confessions Of An Expat Living Happily Ever After

When you’re planning a move to a new country overseas, it helps to surround yourself with a bunch of supportive, like-minded people.

Your fellow reader Melanie Veah admits that she felt shy about coming to a Live and Invest Overseas Conference. But, once on the scene, all that faded. She felt right at home and was confident approaching our experts with her questions.

Not only that, but, three months later, she made her first international move.

Melanie recently sent us a letter with some advice for readers who are still waiting to make their move. Here’s what she says…

I admit it. If you’re right now looking into making a move to a new country, I’m a little jealous.

Don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t be happier with my own situation. I’m living a life I didn’t even dare to dream about a few years ago.

I know all the delights and adventures you have in front of you if you’re at the starting stages of making the leap yourself. And, again, I have to confess that I’m a little envious of the journey of first-time discovery you have to look forward to.Continue reading

Early 2018 Calender

A Sneak Peek At Our Early-2018 Conference Calendar

Some Good News And Some Bad News

The bad news is… no Live and Invest Overseas events this month.

The good news is… time to plan your schedule for 2018…

Here’s what we’ve got lined up in the first half of next year…

January In The Jungle

Belize is where our adventures begin, Jan. 17–19, with Belize City as our base once again for our 2018 Live and Invest in Belize Conference. We’ll introduce you to your top Belize options—from the unadulterated, unpretentious Caribbean shores of Ambergris Caye… to back-to-basics living in the lush Cayo… to Corozal in the north, close to the Mexican border—an area that’s growing in popularity with expats.Continue reading

Expats Finding A Personal Paradise In Portugal’s Algarve

Three Expats Find Paradise In Europe’s Top Retirement Haven

“It instantly felt like home,” full-time expat Alyson Sheldrake says of her adopted home village of Ferragudo in Portugal’s Algarve.

After visiting the Algarve for some years, Alyson and her husband were immediately sold on the first and only property their agent showed them. And that was before the agent revealed the surprise “cave” below… which Alyson maintains is big enough to fit a two-bed apartment.

The couple couldn’t believe it when their “cheeky offer” was accepted. With Alyson a professional artist and her husband a photographer, they now haveContinue reading