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Everyone Is Hot On Colombia, Even The U.S. State Dept.

From “Bad-Ass Town” To Latin America’s Most Sophisticated Lifestyle Option

You may have missed this announcement. It wasn’t shouted about in the press…

But, on Jan. 12, 2018, the U.S. State Department raised Colombia’s overall travel advisory status from “Level 3: Reconsider travel” to “Level 2: Exercise increased caution.”

So, “increased caution” is good? Well, yes… Continue reading

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Portugal Is An Old World Gem, You Owe It To Yourself To See

Portugal—An Endless Sea Of Opportunity

We knew they’d go fast—but we weren’t prepared for just how fast…

As I alerted you last week, all 40 of the original VIP seats for our Live and Invest in Portugal Conference sold out within a few days of announcing the event to the full readership…

To deal with this huge demand (and reward our early responders), we then opened up 20 more bonus VIP seats…

As of this writing, just 7 of these seats remain. You can claim yours here.

This underexposed, Old World gem sure is gaining traction. And, over three days together, we’re looking forward to showcasing the best of Portugal… as well as preparing you for the day-to-day challenges of expat life.

That said, there is a certain amount of barrel-scraping involved when it comes to Portugal… Continue reading

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Q&A: What It’s Really Like Living In The Algarve

Best Of Old-World Europe—Still On Sale

Last week, I gave you early notice of our 2018 Live And Invest In Portugal Conference, kicking off in Carvoeiro, Algarve this May 9.

Doors are now officially open to all readers—and VIP seats are disappearing fast.

If you’re in two minds about joining us, the following interview with Luis da Silva—our correspondent on the ground in the Algarve—may help you make the call (while you still have time to join us as a VIP)… Continue reading

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Getting Lost In Portugal: Finding Warm Locals And Hot Coffee

Meet The World’s Friendliest Neighbors

Picture the scene…

Google Maps has completely let you down. You’re lost in a foreign city… where you only speak a little of the local language.

You decide to step into the nearest café, hoping the staff may be able to help you out.

The owner, an elderly gentleman, is inside. He understands your predicament. He kindly confirms your suspicion that you are nowhere near your destination. Then, he offers you some coffee on the house.

You appreciate the offer. But you have paperwork that needs to be sorted at the local government offices. You explain (as best you can with your limited language skills) that you need to get to your destination as quickly as possible.

No problem. The old man instructs you to follow him… Continue reading

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Belize: An English-Speaking Escape, Both Quaint And Quirky

English-Speaking And Quirky: This Is Belize

Most North Americans know Belize as a sunny, tropical destination. But white sand isn’t the only reason drawing people here to stay…

In Belize City last week for our 2018 Live and Invest in Belize Conference, I caught up with many attendees over cocktails the first night.

One of our guests came looking to buy land. But, after a day in the city, he upgraded his plan to include a condo, too… Continue reading

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The #1 Regret Expats Have When They Move Overseas

The Most Common Expat Complaint—And How To Avoid It

“In my 15 years of living overseas, I’ve never met anybody who hated their new home so much that they packed up and went home,” Latin America correspondent Lee Harrison told the audience at last year’s Retire Overseas Conference.

“What almost everybody has admitted to me, though,” continued Lee, “is that they wish they had done this sooner… that there are now precious years of their lives wasted that they won’t ever get back.”

We hear this from our readers, too. Often, it’s only when people fully understand what’s on the other side that they realize they could have done it all a lot sooner…

After 15 years of traveling to Nicaragua, Darrell Bushnell and his wife Amy finally settled in Continue reading

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Opportunities To Live and Invest In Panama Are Everywhere

Never-Ending Opportunity In Panama

The mañana attitude may still be upheld in Panama (really, there’s nothing that can’t wait until tomorrow), but, somehow, this tiny country—about the size of South Carolina—continues to move forward…

If you’re worried that you’ve missed out on the best opportunities in Panama by now, please know that opportunities are everywhere for the foreign retiree, investor, adventurer, and entrepreneur. Canal expansion means the economy continues on the upswing… infrastructure is always improving… and our own staff and contacts on the ground continue to discover new lifestyle options… and opportunities for investment. Continue reading

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You Should Be Investing In Property Overseas, Here’s Why

How To Secure Your Overseas Property This Year

Of all the investment options out there, why put your money into real estate? And, more specifically, why overseas real estate?

Our global property expert Lief Simon—who continues to grow his international real estate portfolio every year—says that diversifying into markets outside the United States helps him sleep better at night.

You can have better nights, too—even as the owner of a single foreign property…

As Lief reminds our audience every year at his Global Property Summit, there’s a certain comfort that comes with owning a hard asset like real estate. Stocks go up and down every day. They go in cycles. You have to keep watching them (or pay somebody to watch them for you)…
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Christmas In The Tropics: All Of The Spirit, None Of The Snow

Pump Up The A/C: Celebrating Christmas In The Tropics

It’s my first time staying in Panama for the holidays. And—while I can’t have the cold, snow, and Christmas vitrines of Paris—I’ve been working hard to continue my own festive traditions in the tropics.

(I’m a huge fan of Christmas, by the way—second only to our Senior Events Coordinator Allison Jokinen whose story I’ll share with you in a moment.)

I’ve had to make certain adjustments, of course… Continue reading

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Private Access: Your Very Own Team Of Overseas Experts

The Most Help You’ll Ever Get For Your Overseas Move

Secretly, my favorite thing about being Conference Director for Live and Invest Overseas is seeing attendees’ spirits transform over the course of a day or two (and, often, within just a few hours).

I’ve met many readers who, when they first step up to our registration table, are in the I’m-not-sure-this-is-for-me Camp…

And a handful of others in the I-just-came-to-see-if-you-guys-are-for-real camp.

Within 24 hours, I’ll witness some serious mood shifts. The dubious become proactive. The cynical become proactive… and apologetic.

Sometimes, of course, our attendees find that the country they’ve traveled to isn’t for them. But all is not lost—another option is simply checked off their list. And, they get pointers from our team on where to look next.

The point is to get your start… and then keep moving.

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