Carol Barron, IL’s Associate Editor, believes she has experienced “international living” at its best. She lived as a student in France and Spain, worked for the American Embassy in Switzerland and raised her family in Germany while also working for a German company.
While back in the US, she built two international travel companies selling one of them to a top global corporate housing company. More recently, Carol joined IL to serve as liaison to members of the news media seeking information about International Living.
Carol continues her lifetime quest to experience as much of the world as possible – 23 countries already traveled and counting ….
Carol graduated from Bowling Green State University of Ohio with a degree in Foreign Languages and History. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Policy from The American University in Washington DC.
Articles by Carol Barron
- 96% of Readers Polled Say I.R.S. Shouldn’t Have Power to Seize Passports
Posted on May 24, 2012 by Carol Barron
96% of readers surveyed in an online poll said they disagreed with a new provision in the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” which would allow the State Department to revoke, restrict, refuse to grant, or to deny renewal of the passports of U.S. citizens who the I.R.S. alleges owe back taxes.
Journalists carrying out research in Uruguay on behalf of InternationalLiving.com found high-quality real estate at prices lower than in the U.S., low taxes, a varied climate, and excellent and very affordable healthcare in modern hospitals.
Irish property prices have been in free fall since 2008 and so-called “fire sale” auctions, in which real estate is put on the market with price tags that are a fraction of previous valuations, have become a regular occurrence.
U.S. citizens can retire overseas for as little as $600 a month per couple, according to the live-abroad experts at InternationalLiving.com. An article in InternationalLiving.com’s latest magazine issue highlights the world’s five best low-cost, high-value retirement destinations outside the U.S.
U.S. citizens planning on investing in property should focus on booming emerging markets overseas, new research has found. InternationalLiving.com’s Global Real Estate Index 2012 highlights the world’s 27 most attractive—and potentially lucrative—real estate hotspots outside the U.S.
InternationalLiving.com is looking for a single person or couple willing to spend a month road-testing an overseas retirement in colonial Cuenca, Ecuador – a destination that earned the top spot in their 2012 Global Retirement Index, a listing of the world’s best retirement havens.
- The Depth of the Collapse in the Hard-hit Irish Property Market
Posted on November 24, 2011 by Carol Barron
Ireland’s property price boom, which began in the 1990s, came to an end with the onset of the global downturn and real estate asking prices have been in free fall ever since.
- Panama: Most Business-Friendly Country in the Americas
Posted on November 10, 2011 by Carol Barron
Panama is the most business-friendly country for expatriates anywhere in the Americas, a major new study in the International Living November issue reveals. When compiling our Business Index 2011, IL’s researchers examined factors such as visa requirements, ﬁnancing, how easy it is to set up a bank account, local taxes, business expenses, infrastructure and the local business culture in seven business-friendly countries.
- Real Estate Price Drops Create Bargains in Colonial Latin America
Posted on October 10, 2011 by Carol Barron
InternationalLiving.com unearths rock-bottom pricing in colonial properties in the historic districts of Panama City, Granada and Cuenca. High-quality colonial-era real estate is coming onto the market with price tags from as little as $115,000 in historic city districts across Latin America.
- Savvy Travelers Can Bed Down in Some of the World’s Most Exotic Locations—Without Paying a Cent
Posted on September 14, 2011 by Carol Barron
Homeowners preparing for trips overseas are turning to the Internet to find people willing to mow the lawn, take the dog for a walk or feed the goldfish in their absence. In return, the house-sitter can save thousands in accommodation costs.
- North Americans Living “Lighter on the Land” on Small Farms Overseas
Posted on May 31, 2011 by Carol Barron
In the June 2011 issue of International Living Magazine, editor Suzan Haskins talks with several expats embracing a more self-sufficient life outside the U.S. in her article, “Farms and Gardens: The Freedom of Self-Sufficiency.”
- Retirees Sail the Caribbean for 8 Years On a $1,000-Per-Month Budget
Posted on May 25, 2011 by Carol Barron
Gary and Julie discovered that learning how to sail, buying a sailboat, and cruising from island to island isn’t as difficult – or expensive – as they once believed. In fact, they wound up spending eight full years sailing the Caribbean on their own boat, without any major problems, and spent only $1,000 a month to do it.
- Savvy World Travelers Saving Thousands With SIM Cards, Skype, and Smartphones
Posted on May 23, 2011 by Carol Barron
Checking emails, making phone calls, texting friends, and surfing the web with your mobile phone overseas can be a pricey proposition. But it’s easy to stay in touch from abroad – on the cheap – if you know how best to use the technology available to you these days.
Prices on beachfront properties along certain stretches of Costa Rica’s coast have tumbled. It means a window of opportunity has opened there for Americans anxious to “rescue their retirements” by looking for dollar-stretching opportunities overseas.
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