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

It's A Good Time To Stake Your Claim In Paris (Portugal Too)

It’s A Good Time To Stake Your Claim In Paris (Portugal Too)

Paris Will Always Be Paris…

“Paris is no longer Paris,” President Trump told the crowds at a rally in Washington last February, quoting a friend who had given up visiting the city following terrorist attacks on the City of Light in recent years.

Still, POTUS has accepted President Macron’s invitation to join France’s Bastille Day celebrations this July 14—when U.S. troops will join in the traditional military parade, marking 100 years since the United States’ entry into World War I.

And, while he may not tweet the world about it, I believe Trump will find that Paris is still very much Paris…

One of the most iconic cities in the world, it needs no introduction. If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit Paris in the past, it is everything you’ve seen in the movies… and more.

But here’s the thing that escapes most people about the City of Light…

It’s not just a tourist city… and those tourist prices you may have experienced inContinue reading

Plan B

The Ideal Destinations For Creating Your Plan B, Discussed

If you weren’t in the room for our Offshore Wealth Summit last week (or watching us via Live Stream), the bad news is that we won’t be running another one until next year.

However… you can get full access to our experts’ insider information on how to grow your wealth securely—and guarantee a safe and stable future for you and your family—with the best loot bag of the year: our 2017 Offshore Wealth Building and Diversification Kit.

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Ah, the advantage of being in the room and watching the Live Stream on my laptop at the same time…

 As I said last week, offshore diversification is a personal thing. You need to choose which jurisdictions to spend time and/or invest in based on your personal circumstances and, importantly, your own interests. This kit—holding all the important discussions from last week’s event—is the best place to start your planning.

And, as well as giving you all the information you need to put these life-changing strategies to work, I guarantee you some laughter.

No doubt this is a serious subject matter. If you’ve ever tried reading anything on the topic of offshore structures, diversifying internationally, minimizing your taxes, estate planning, etc., you’ll find it’s usually chock-full with jargon… and your mind can’t help but wander.

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2017 Wealth Summit

2017 Offshore Wealth Summit: Planning For The Life You Want

Today we kick off our 2017 Offshore Wealth Summit live from Panama City. If you’re in town, I look forward to meeting you later. If you’re at home watching our live stream from your favorite chair, I promise you’re in for a great show.

As I walked the room this morning, checking through the final preparations, I remembered the words that Kathleen shared in one of our opening sessions last year…

“We have all these dark suits up here,” she said‒indicating the panel of attorneys and offshore specialists sitting in their finery. “But I’m here to counteract that and remind you that this is your life.”

No question, our Offshore Wealth Summit covers serious matters‒from estate planning to residency to strategies that can help minimize your taxes. (Hence all the suits on stage.) But, as Kathleen reminded us all, you have to think about the big picture, too. So that, once you have all your flags planted, you get to enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to build for yourself and your loved ones.

If you’re investing in an overseas property, for example, you’re going to have to check in on your place from time to time. This shouldn’t be a chore that you dread. It should feel like Continue reading

Our Experts Help You Decide

Let’s Talk: Our Experts Help You Decide Your Next Adventure

How can this lady possibly tell me the single best place in the world to hang my hat?

If you’ve been keeping up with publisher Kathleen Peddicord’s Overseas Opportunity Letter you may be asking yourself this very question.

What’s going on?

She’s leaving Panama?

But she’s been touting the virtues of Panama for over a decade…

Does Panama suddenly suck?

Of course not. Just like Paris didn’t suck when Kathleen, Lief, Kaitlin, and Jackson left the City of Light behind nine years ago. Nor did life in Waterford, Ireland (their first home overseas), become unbearable before that.

The leap from Waterford to Paris was sparked by Kaitlin’s wish to spend her high-school “gap year” in Paris. The rest of the family were happy to tag along, trading the slow pace of rural Ireland for the surprise-at-every-turn experience of Europe’s most-visited capital.

Four years later, Panama City called. The strategic position of the “Hub of the Americas” was ideal forContinue reading

The Algarve the Florida of Europe

The Algarve: Proving To Be More Than “The Florida Of Europe”

So Much More Than The “Florida Of Europe”

The beaches along the coast of Portugal’s Algarve are among the best in the world. True they don’t come with water as warm as the Med… but the Atlantic waves that wash up here are clear, refreshing, and gaining a reputation among globe-trotting surfers.

But let’s not forget there’s so much more to this region than its beaches.

In a recent article in Forbes, contributor Ann Abel writes:

“The southern edge of Portugal, called the Algarve, has long been known as the Florida of Europe: the continent’s warmest weather and mildest winters, an embarrassment of golf courses, beachfront condo high rises and all-inclusive resorts designed for EasyJetters’ weekend breaks. Even with the delectable oranges—nearly the size of my head and dripping with sweet juice—it wasn’t enough to sell me onContinue reading

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2017 Conferences: From The Caribbean To The Old World

Live Healthier (Without Trying) In This Retirement Jewel

It was tough leaving the white sands, palm trees, and warm waters of the Dominican Republic behind last week.

It’s hard to beat Caribbean beach. And the DR has a lot more to offer than your typical Caribbean outpost. I especially loved the mix of culture on the island and its strong European influence (including a number of authentic French bistros and boulangeries).

But, if it’s traditional Old World Europe you’re after, then you need to cross the Atlantic with us next month…

This July 5–7, we’re returning to Carvoeiro in Portugal’s Algarve region for our annual Live and Invest in Portugal Conference.

Over two and a half days, we’ll introduce you to the best spots along this stunning coastline with its dramatic cliffs, golden-sand beaches, traditional fishing villages, andContinue reading

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic: The Town That Has It All

Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic: The Town That Has It All

Raising The Bar On Tropical (And Affordable) Overseas Havens

Do you have your checklist ready?

The one that lists out everything you truly need—as well as the things you’d rather avoid—in your new neighborhood overseas?

Your checklist is a guideline rather than a rule, of course. It’s tricky to find a place to tick all boxes. Compromises must often be made.

Often, but not always…

Bill Piatt, who spoke to our audience in Santo Domingo last week, had an ambitious checklist when he went scouting for his ideal tropical home. Over a decade, Bill and his wife traveled around Central America and the Continue reading

Beach property in the Dominican Republic

The Insider Scoop On All Things Dominican Republic

Best Vibe In The Caribbean

Most visitors to the Dominican Republic come for the white-sand beaches and tropical waters that can be enjoyed here year round. The more adventurous hike or join a donkey trek into the hills, stopping to take a plunge in a tucked-away waterfall…

But this week, we’re in the capital city of Santo Domingo for our 2017 Live and Invest in the Dominican Republic Conference. Santo Domingo is a different slice of this diverse Caribbean island—one that many tourists fail to check off their list. But for would-be expats and investors, the capital is worth stopping by.

Some expats we know have settled happily here, preferring city life, while still being within 30 minutes of the beach. Those who live over in our favorite beach community on the island, Las Terrenas, make the two-hour trip to Santo Domingo when they’re in need of more sophisticated shopping… or dinner and a night at the opera… or just a complete change of scenery…

Many of the havens we recommend to you offer diverse living options. Usually, though, it’s hard to find true diversity on a Caribbean island. But the DR is full of surprises. It even has its own mini Hollywood…

Last year, Rico Pester from Lifestyle Group Realty told us about the up-and-coming beach community ofContinue reading

Go Overseas When You’re Able, Not When You’re Comfortable | Live and Invest Overseas Conference

Go Overseas When You’re Able, Not When You’re Comfortable

Whatever’s Delaying Your Move, We Have The Solution…

Go when you’re able… not when you’re comfortable.

This is one of our big mottos at Live and Invest Overseas.

Let’s face it, there’s nobody in the world who’s going to be 100% comfortable starting over on new territory.

But what you may not realize is that you’re more able to go than you think.

If you thought your biggest barrier to going overseas is money, for example, have you considered any of the places in the world where you can live for US$1,000 (or less) a month?

That’s less than the average U.S. Social Security check… yet you’d be far from struggling in Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Thailand (to name a few)…

Or had you thought about some of the freelance careers you could start to supplement your income—like travel writing or blogging, photography, or import/export? Wendy Howarter, who semi-retired at the age of 49, took up travel writing to fund her new life in Medellín, Colombia.

Maybe you don’t want to move too far from your kids and grandkids or elderly parents… Had you thought about Mexico? Depending on where you currently live and where you choose to settle, you may be able to just drive on down (or fly in less than two hours)… Mexico offers a diverse range of lifestyle options, too… not to mention favorable prices for U.S. dollar-holders today.

Or perhaps your biggest fear is the language barrier. In Belize, that little English-speaking country in the Continue reading