Camilo Beach in Lagos, Algrave, Portugal

Living In The Algarve Where Every Day Feels Like August

Why Portugal’s Algarve Is Hard To Beat

Portugal’s Algarve is often called Europe’s most famous secret. This region boasts Europe’s best beaches, golf courses, some of Europe’s friendliest folk, and Western Europe’s lowest cost of living. It’s also Europe’s newest tax haven.

Today, as we gear up for our first ever Live and Invest in Europe Virtual Conference (it starts tomorrow), I’d like to share this piece from full-time Portugal expat Alyson Sheldrake on what you can expect to find in this charming corner of the Old World…

This Is The Algarve—Where The West Meets Paradise

By Alyson Sheldrake, full-time Portugal expat

“In August most of Europe goes on holiday,” said Tony Visconti.

Well, here in Portugal’s Algarve, sometimes it feels like every day is August.

We have been living here for more than eight years now, and still every day brings new delights and new things to enjoy… new moments that make you stop and relax and enjoy the Algarve’s slower pace of life and its fabulous landscape and people.

This wonderful region is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe… and for good reason.

Its name derives from the Continue reading

Abruzzo, Italy

Abruzzo, Italy: An Affordable Italian Lifestyle Beyond Tuscany

This Is The Best Of Italian Living—At A Bargain Price

As you ski lazily down a gentle slope, a ray of sunshine hits your face, and you look down to the coastline…

The sun is glittering on the Adriatic and has just illuminated the endless vineyards and olive groves that lead down from the mountains to the beaches.

The gently rolling hills are ablaze with blossoming cherry and peach trees, while lavender, daffodils, iris, and crocus are beginning to peek out after a short and temperate winter, punctuating the landscape like a colorful Renoir.

Arriving back down to the ski resort, you have a restorative espresso and meander back toward the coast.

An hour later, you’re enjoying fresh clams and white wine at a beachside café, to be followed by handmade pasta topped with today’s catch.

After a leisurely lunch, you take a walk on the beach, maybe settle into a quick nap on the sand, reveling in the warm springtime sun. Perhaps you take a quick dip, though the waters are still shaking off their winter chill.
This is April in Abruzzo, Italy.

Once one of the poorest regions in the country, Abruzzo had fallen off the national map until just a few decades ago.

Since the 1950s, however, it’s seen steady economic growth. In the 1990s, Abruzzo’s growth surpassed that of any other region; its per-capita GDP expanded to become the highest in the country. The construction of new highways made it Continue reading

Traveling family looking on Bled Lake, Slovenia, Europe

The Top 10 Greatest Advantages Of Living In Europe

Top 10 Reasons I Moved To Europe

Heart versus head. When it comes to choosing where to live overseas, both have to play an important part.

I’ve talked a lot over the last few weeks about the head side of things… thinking about environment, climate, infrastructure, etc. But the more abstract side of things is equally important… things that can’t really be quantified or put into a checklist. These things are mostly cultural—the things you just love about spending time in a place because that’s the way life is there.

Some of these things might be so vague you can’t even really put your finger on them. And they are intensely personal—you can’t expect others to feel the same way. I’ve fallen in love with places based on their scent as I stepped off the plane. When it comes to the heart, no reason is too small or silly to be ignored.

For example, here are 10 of the top reasons I choose to live in Europe. They are completely subjective, but they might matter more than Continue reading

a toy bus with suitcases on it in front of a graffiti wall

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