Laughing Bird Caye Belize

Appreciating All That Belize Has To Offer (Even Its Quirks)

This Is Where You’ll Know You Have Arrived

At our Live and Invest in Belize Conference last year, Belize resident and developer Phil Hahn opened his presentation with some important advice from the world’s favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow:

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem.”

Undeniably, you will encounter setbacks on any new adventure overseas. You’ll wonder if everybody else is completely crazy—or it’s just you. These are times when you have to do a reality check and remember that you are a guest in your new country… and it will take some time to adjust. If you can just wait out the panic period, you will be rewarded. And, in Belize, the rewards far outweigh the quirks of day-to-day life…

For a start, Belize is a natural wonderland. Just as the Mayans chose to settle along its impressive network of rivers some 4,000 years ago, a strong Mennonite community works the land around the town of Spanish Lookout in the Cayo District today. For a country of its size (22,966 square kms), the diversity of Belize’s landscape beggars belief. In the same day, you can trek through the rainforest and wind down snorkeling its coral reef (the second largest in the world)… while running into people from all walks of life.

The perfect place for a river adventure

The Perfect Place For A River Adventure

Most expats who spend time in Belize appreciate the country for the true sense of freedom they feel here. “When you come to Belize,” says Phil, “it feels like you have arrived. You may not have opera, haute cuisine, or Mall of America… but you have fresh local produce and all the services you need in close proximity. Where else would you want to go?”

You don’t, of course, have to go to Belize and dig the land. If you’re drawn to the ocean, Belize has almost 300 miles of mainland coast… not to mention its many Caribbean islands. Ambergris Caye is the best known and most developed—meaning prices are higher here. For more laid-back island living, at a lower price, Caye Caulker is one to check out. “Go slow” is the motto of this island… and the locals make sure it is obeyed.

Caye Caulker—The Place To Go Slow

Caye Caulker—The Place To Go Slow

The only way to fully appreciate all that Belize has to offer—and to find out the lifestyle that suits you best—is to come down and see it for yourself… in the company of the experts and expats who can answer all your questions.

Seats are already filling for our Live and Invest in Belize Conference 2018. If you’ve been thinking about joining us, now is the best time to do it… while we still have a number of VIP packages remaining. (Full details on what you’ll enjoy as a VIP attendee here.)

Over two and a half days in Belize, our team of Belize-loving expats and experts will take you on a journey from the islands to the mainland coast to the rainforest interior and show you the real Belize…

The folks you’ll meet at this event have chosen to spend their time and their money in Belize. They’re fans… but they’re not fools. They recognize not only the pluses, but the minuses, too, of day-to-day life and of trying to do day-to-day business in this country. They’re enjoying the advantages… and they’re reconciled to the downsides which they’ll share with you in our meeting rooms… and over cocktails…

Most of all, they’re enthusiastic about showing off their adopted home and welcoming new neighbors. They remember when they stood just as you are now, contemplating a big move. And, they’ll do everything they can to help you prepare for a smooth transition.

While the opportunities in Belize are unlimited… I’m afraid our VIP packages are not. Once we have our first 40 attendees registered, they are gone. To join us in Belize City next January—and grab one of our last VIP packages—register here now. (For personal assistance with your booking, please contact my team at the details below.)

And, be sure to use your exclusive reader Coupon Code—PREBZ50—to save an extra US$50 on your seat.

Valentine Fouché
Editor, Live and Invest Overseas Confidential

laughing bird caye in Belize

How Belize Is Setting Itself Apart: From Residency To Retirement

Doors Are Now Open For Belize 2018 (Plus 40 VIP Seats Up For Grabs)

We haven’t talked about the country in these pages in a while. (Our Belize conference last February already seems like a lifetime ago.) But now, especially for you Belize fans out there, we’re getting ready to return to one of our favorite spots…

We haven’t ignored this little English-speaking, ex-British colony completely, of course. If you were with us for our recent Retire Overseas Conference in Orlando, you may have joined our Belize break-out session. Really, though, that was just an appetizer compared to what we have planned for our 8th in-country Belize event…

Before I give you more details on our 2018 Live and Invest in Belize Conference, though, let’s recap on some of the Belize highlights from Orlando—as told by our duo of Phil Hahn and Jamie Ganger, both of whom have been living different lifestyles in Belize for more than a decade…

First, some things that set Belize apart: Continue reading

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The Truth About What You Need To Move Overseas Today

“Do I really have what it takes to start a new life overseas?”

This kind of doubt creeps into the mind of every prospective expat as they consider their options for a new adventure overseas. (I asked myself this, too, when trading in Paris for Panama two years ago.)

But, for a moment, let’s approach this from the other side…

What don’t you need to move overseas?

Many prospective expats start out believing that they need to amass a certain (usually unattainable) amount of savings. But, as Latin America Editor Lee Harrison told our audience here in Orlando this week, you should go when you’re able, not when you’re comfortable…

“The great news is that Social Security goes a long way in many of the places we recommend,” said Lee. “US$1,000 to US$1,500 is often enough for a couple to live the good life. Also, turning up with an open mind and a sense of adventure can lead to money-making opportunities you may never have imagined. You can also get creative with your IRA and 401(k) in ways that will not incur penalties.”

Meanwhile, others worry that they need a special set of skills—somewhere on the level of Liam Neeson’s character in “Taken”—to survive expat life…

Or that there’s an ideal age for starting over… and they’ve left it too late…

Meeting with our Retire Overseas Conference attendees this week, I can tell you that there is no single demographic that’s best suited to (or able for) a new life overseas.

Of your fellow readers gathered here, some are in their late 30s, others in their 80s… some are married, some single… some have health concerns… some have kids to raise (and find good schools for)… some are looking to retire… others are looking to start a new business venture…

They don’t have all the answers just yet. But they’ve taken a leap of faith, trusting that these issues can be figured out.

And, here’s something else I’ve noticed about our attendees…

Everybody I’ve met here tends to have:

  • An open mind…
  • A spirit of adventure…
  • A good sense of humor…

As a reader of these pages, I’m guessing you measure up well on these traits, too.

Now, it’s time to put these personal strengths to work as you figure out:

  1. The best place for you and…
  2. How to get there with the least possible hassle…

How do you manage this? Unfortunately, I can’t give you the answer here today. It’s different for everybody. It’s why 400 attendees traveled to join us in Orlando this week… to discover the best opportunities through our expat presentations… and be walked through the nuts and bolts of getting there safely, legally, with minimal hassle, and without being ripped off…

Knowledge is power… and with 70 presentations on our schedule over these four days, our attendees will be leaving fully equipped to face their new adventure… and armed with the numbers of the on-the-ground contacts they’ll need to consult with to see their plans through.

If you can’t be with us in person (or aren’t following us via our Live Stream), there’s one last chance for you to tap into every nugget shared here this week… in effect, every building block to your new life overseas…

Armed with your 2017 Live and Invest Overseas Home Conference Kit, you can, right there from home, tap into our experts’ decades of experience to find out:

  • The World’s 21 Best Budget Destinations and how to make one of these 21 special places your home in as little as 12 months…
  • How to retire in style on your Social Security alone
  • Where to enjoy high-quality medical care for a fraction of the cost…
  • Which parts of the world roll out the welcome mat for expat retirees in terms of residency, offering special incentives, perks, advantages, and benefits for the “silver-haired” crowd…
  • How to own your own second home in the sun for as little as US$120,000…
  • The world’s cheapest beach retirements… the best mountain hideaways… romantic colonial towns… world-class cities…
  • And much more…

Right now, as we bundle our video and audio recordings together (and wait for the last speaker to finish up), you can get all 70 presentations—plus a special selection of bonus reports—for more than 65% off. Complete details on reserving your risk-free copy are here.

Valentine Fouché

Editor, Live and Invest Overseas Confidential

the Orlando florida skyline

Kick Off Your Overseas Adventure By Joining Us In Orlando

The Easiest First Step Toward Your New Life Overseas

Just six days till we open the doors of our 2017 Retire Overseas Conference…

If you’re joining us in Orlando next Sunday, I look forward to meeting you at our biggest event of the year—where we’ll walk you through all those big-picture issues of planning a new adventure overseas… and help you figure out, once and for all, the best place (or places) for you to focus your attention on.

If you can’t make the journey this year… but don’t want to miss all the action of these three and a half days with our experts (and risk your plans being put on hold once again)… here’s the great news…

For the first time ever at the Retire Overseas Conference, we’ll be Continue reading

Why Mexico’s Beaches Are Better Appreciated By Canadians

Sorry, Mexico… We Haven’t Been Doing You Justice 

Mexico is on the forefront of our minds this week as my team continues to work out the schedule (including those all-important coffee and cocktail slots) for our second Live and Invest in Mexico Conference.

I wrote to you about Mexico last week. But Canadian expat in Mexico Russ Reynolds maintains that we haven’t been doing this country the justice she deserves…

I’m handing over to Russ today, so he can tell you, straight from the scene, how it really is south of the border…

Valentine Fouché
Editor, Live and Invest Overseas Confidential Continue reading

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Busting Myths: Expectation Versus Reality Of Moving Overseas

Expat Myth: You Have To Be Rich To Live Overseas 

Recently, Mary M., United States, wrote in to say:

“Kathleen, I do not believe a word of the article you published from the people who say they quit their jobs and are traveling around.

“Please don’t print stuff that is fantasy. It just isn’t fair.”

All Access Pass Member Dusty Tubbs wrote a reply to Mary that I’d like to share with you today; it’s an important reminder of Continue reading

sweet home france

The Feel Of Home: A France For Every Season And Lifestyle

The Good Life Defined

One of the reasons I left Paris behind more than two years ago was the frantic pace of life in a city that’s always moving.

Back in the City of Light last week, I realized what I missed most about Paris was exactly the same reason that I’d left: the nonstop rhythm of movement…

After living my first 13 years in Paris, my family moved to Normandy—where we remained just 45 minutes from the capital. But the city always feels like my true home. And, landing here from Panama City, I appreciate Paris in a new way…

I no longer feel caught up in the bustle as I did in my early career, commuting into the city for a long workday. I’ve realized that, convenient as the Métro is, it’s not always necessary…

Once you take the time to walk its historic streets, you’ll find that Paris is not as big as it seems… and you have the chance to stumble upon a street artist… a new art exhibition… a lunchtime concert… or a charming café. This is another thing I miss about Paris—culture at every corner. And Continue reading