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Our Home Conference Kit Has All The News From Portugal

As Sunny, Enjoyable, And Affordable As Europe Gets

Great weather… amazing ocean views… friendly locals… and some of the freshest, most delicious seafood on the planet…

What a pleasure it was to return to the Algarve last week for our 2018 Live and Invest in Portugal Conference.

We were surprised by the mix of nationalities represented among our 100-plus attendees in Carvoeiro. It’s usually North Americans who fill our event rooms. But for our three days together last week, we had a diverse mix that included visitors from Britain, Germany, South Africa, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Bermuda, and Oman.
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7 Reasons To Consider Cali: The Salsa Capital Of Colombia

7 Reasons To Live In “The City Of Eternal Summer”

A couple weeks back, I ran a comparison of Medellín and Cartagena—the two Colombian cities most popular with expats.

With our 2018 Live and Invest in Colombia Conference just around the corner, I’d like to bring a third option to the mix today: Cali.

Renowned as the sports capital of Colombia, Cali is the country’s third-largest city—after Bogotá and Medellín—yet still relatively unknown to expats.

Digital nomad Jeff Paschke, who has lived in Colombia for over five years (spending time in all its major cities), says of Cali:

“Santiago de Cali, also known as Cali, is considered the salsa capital of Colombia and the ‘city of eternal summer.’ I have traveled to Cali several times and, considering the low cost of living and many things to do nearby, I don’t understand why more foreigners haven’t discovered this attractive city.

“In some ways, this city is like Medellín 10-plus years ago—before all the positive press brought many foreigners there. Cali has a warmer, summer-like climate that doesn’t change much during the year… but real estate can be up to 50% cheaper when compared to Medellín, and even cheaper when compared to Bogotá or Cartagena.

“While in Cali recently, I met a couple of expats living in the city. One said he had lived in Medellín for a few years until he discovered Cali, which he says he likes better, as he prefers a warmer climate with more sun, along with the lower cost of living, less traffic, and less pollution.”

To give you a quick snapshot, here are the seven top reasons the prospective expat should consider Cali today:

1. The real estate market in Cali is active and under-valued… Cali has a well-organized real estate industry with a fairly generous inventory of quality properties. Construction standards are high—even in older buildings—yet prices are lower than you’ll find in other Colombian cities… an amazing value considering Cali’s quality of life and amenities.

2. It’s near the Pacific Coast and the coffee region…  Cali is only about two hours by road from the Pacific Coast and only about three hours by road from Colombia’s coffee region, meaning you can go whale-watching or explore the Eje Cafetero (coffee region) on the weekends. Expats in Cali report that the city frequently clears out on the weekends, as there is so much to do within easy driving distance.

3. It’s a First World environment… Cali boasts drinkable water along with dependable phone service, electricity, and high-speed internet. You’ll find many shopping options, from mom-and-pop stores to upscale boutiques… as well as several large, modern shopping malls, including the Chipichape and Unicentro malls. The banks and financial services in the city are the same as you’ll find in Bogotá and Medellín, and they are solid and dependable.

4. It’s the salsa capital of Colombia… and is considered by many to have the best nightlife in the country. There are countless bars and clubs in Cali, many salsa-based, but also with other themes like rock and reggaetón. If you like dancing, brush up on a few steps before you arrive or take some classes once you get here. In Cali, knowing how to dance may even be more important than knowing Spanish.

5. It’s an enjoyable place to be… From the hole-in-the-wall shop selling homemade empanadas to elegant restaurants with fine cuisine, your dining experience will be varied in Cali with a tremendous number of options in the city. The sizzling nightlife draws visitors from the entire country.

6. It’s away from the typical gringo trail… Cali is not a typical tourist destination in Colombia (yet), and the city hasn’t gotten much press, so not many foreigners have discovered or visited it. This is currently changing, with foreign tourism in Cali growing at double-digit rates.

7. Cali is Colombia’s Pacific gateway… With its proximity to the Pacific port of Buenaventura, Cali has attracted a major multinational presence, with over 150 multinational companies including Abbott, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Colgate-Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Unilever, and many more. The path of progress here is clear…

Again, this is just a sneak peek at the lifestyle on offer in Cali today. Our experts gathered in Medellín, Colombia, this June 6–8, will give you the full story on all your top options for carving out a new life—or a part-time escape—in Colombia.

And, remember, though the dollar has weakened recently, it still goes farther in Colombia today than it historically has. Thanks to the current exchange rate, you have about 50% more buying power today than four years ago. And, in a place like Cali, you can find some outstanding bargains—with the added benefit of living in a sophisticated city. This type of opportunity is rare… and it can’t possibly last long.

If you’d like to join us in Colombia, but haven’t yet reserved your seat, I urge you to do so this week… because our Early Bird Discount of US$250 expires this Friday.

Also, remember to use your exclusive coupon code PRECOL50 to save an extra US$50.

That’s a total of US$300 off your seat when you book before midnight this Friday.

I hope to see you in Medellín…

Valentine Fouché

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All Aboard The European Wealth Cruise: Destination Offshore

Luxury Cruise Of Portugal’s Douro Valley… Adventure Of Your Lifetime

Last week, Founding Publisher Kathleen Peddicord extended you a special invitation to join her inner circle of close friends—among them offshore and wealth-building experts—on a luxury cruise in Europe.

Today, I’d like to go over the details of what you can expect from this special event… an event unlike any we’ve ever hosted at Live and Invest Overseas…Continue reading

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Medellín Vs. Cartagena: Comparing Colombia’s Best Cities

Medellín Versus Cartagena: Colombia’s Two Top Destinations

Medellín versus Cartagena…

Which is the better Colombian city for living and investing?

I hear this question a lot, so today we’re going to take an in-depth look at their strengths and weaknesses.

Cartagena is a historical resort city located on the Caribbean coast. Medellín is located in a valley in the Andes Mountains, and some expats consider it the most livable city in Colombia.

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Get Hard-Won Advice From Real Expats At Our DR Conference

The Whole Truth About Living In Paradise

When Lindsay de Feliz, originally from the U.K., decided to relocate to the Dominican Republic, she needed to find a way to support her new life in paradise. With a background in marketing and a love of working out, Lindsay decided to set up a gym.

Being the only gym in town, she was excited for her new venture.

With no showers already on site, Lindsay went to extra expense to fit out her studio with full changing and showering facilities. She also offered a monthly payment schedule for her clients.
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2 More Reasons To Attend Our Retire Overseas Conference

Why This Is The Best Week To Reserve Your Seat In Las Vegas

My colleague Allison Jokinen, Senior Events Coordinator here at Live and Invest Overseas, recently started writing a newsletter exclusively for attendees joining us for our 2018 Retire Overseas Conference (or “ROC” as we call it in-house).

Allison’s letter is called Backstage ROC: A Peek Behind The Conference Curtain, and if you’re already on the list to join us in Las Vegas this fall, you know what I’m talking about.

If you’ve been thinking about joining us for this year’s event—but haven’t gotten around to reserving your place just yet—here are two reasons why you should grab your seat this week…

1. Get Insider Tips—Before You Go—To Help You Get The Most From This Life-Changing Conference

We’ll do everything we possibly can on the ground in Las Vegas to help you identify the place—or places—worthy of your attention… and devise a plan of how you’re going to get from where you are now to inserting yourself into your new life in paradise.

But, to get the most out of your conference experience, it helps to come prepared. And that’s why Allison started writing her monthly notesNot only to help ROC attendees with the format of the event (we pack a lot into these three and a half days)… but also to engage you in a little personal preparation (getting to know your own needs) that will help you make every minute in Las Vegas count.Continue reading

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A “White City” Welcome: Discovering Portugal Through Lisbon

Welcome To The “White City”—Sophistication In The Sun

If you’re intrigued by the idea of Portugal but you’re not sure whether the Algarve region has enough to offer you in terms of culture, entertainment, and the sophistication of city life that you sometimes crave, then remember that the Algarve is not the only option on the Portuguese table.

As we’ll show attendees at our Live and Invest in Portugal Conference this May, Lisbon is another top option for expats seeking affordability in Old Europe.

Blessed with 300 days of sunshine a year, Lisbon is ringed by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and protected on the other by the calm, deep-blue waters of the Tagus River. It offers the sophistication of a real city while also offering its residents a clean, swimmable beach.
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Restricted Access: The Event Within The Event

Good news for you if you managed to secure one of our VIP seats for this year’s Retire Overseas Conference

But, also, good news if you didn’t…

Remember, the Retire Overseas Conference is the biggest event on the Live and Invest Overseas’ calendar. Not only do we welcome our biggest audience to the room… we also have more speakers at this Stateside conference than any other event on the calendar.
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Life In The Dominican Republic: The Caribbean Within Reach

9 Reasons To Pack Your Bags For The Dominican Republic

ust a little over five weeks from now, we’ll be touching down in Santo Domingo for our fourth Live and Invest in the Dominican Republic Conference.

If you’re dreaming of the good life in the Caribbean and you haven’t yet grabbed your seat in Santo Domingo, this week is the time to do it—before our Early Bird Discount expires on Friday.

I recently told you about how Bill and Anne Piatt found their paradise in Las Terrenas—the Samaná Peninsula beach town that’s been drawing European expats for decades. This is a truly unique community (one that a growing number of Americans is falling for) where each nationality brings its own flavor to town and provides an eclectic mix that’s not typical of a Caribbean island. (Expats in town complain that, no matter how long they stay, they’ll never have time to check out all the tempting restaurant and café options on offer.)

It helps that property prices, too, are not typical for this part of the world…Continue reading