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Wild Stories from Vegas (Safe for Work!)

Wild Stories from Vegas (Safe for Work!)

“What happens in Vegas… stays in Vegas.” Well not today! I’m breaking the cardinal rule of Las Vegas. No, I’m not going to reveal wild tales of crazy escapades. Today, I’m spilling the beans on all the valuable expat information and ideas we learned here. When used, these will pay off in a big way as you make your overseas retirement plans.

Uruguay: A Tiny Country with Big Potential for Expats

Uruguay: A Tiny Country with Big Potential for Expats

David has a story to tell about his new home, Uruguay. And tell it he did, today at the International Living Fast-Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference. You see, Uruguay is a tiny country… with big potential for aspiring expats. It has a growing middle class. An inclusive and optimistic culture. An expanding economy. “It kind of feels like the United States in the 1950s,” says David.

How to Retire 10 Years Early (Yes, You Can!)

How to Retire 10 Years Early (Yes, You Can!)

Even if you don’t think you’re ready to retire… we learned today that ANYTHING is possible…no matter your age… or the size of your bank account. For example, in 2000, Suzan Haskins and her husband Dan Prescher took an early retirement from their marketing jobs. Ten years early, in fact. These Omaha natives had a modest income, some money tucked away and grown children.

The Next Best Thing to Being in Ecuador

The Next Best Thing to Being in Ecuador

If anyone needed a retirement rescue—it was Ron and Terresa Moore. “Our 401k turned into a 201k after the economy went sour in 2008,” Ron joked today. Their story is all too familiar. Back in July 2007, Ron and Terresa made six-figures managing a car dealership, they had real estate and $1.2 million in assets. But fast-forward to December 2008.

Blooms, Tango And Horseback Patrols

Blooms, Tango and Horseback Patrols

Europe’s buzzing boho center, Berlin, bursts into life this month with the Carnival of Cultures. Thousands of performers will take to the streets and stages of the German capital to entertain over a million revelers. The party starts May 25.

Pickled Sharks, Asparagus, And Art As Life

Pickled Sharks, Asparagus, and Art as Life

Throughout this month, the Shanghai International Flower Festival puts exotic flowers and herbs on display. You can see a kaleidoscope of color—rare orchids, chrysanthemums, lotus flowers, plum blossoms—you name it, it’ll be there in full bloom.

Witches, Irish Pubs, And Shakespeare

Witches, Irish Pubs, and Shakespeare

Iceland celebrates Beer Day on March 1 to honor the end of prohibition. Only legalized in 1989, beer is now consumed openly throughout the country, especially in the capital Reykjavik.

Ditch Your Cubicle and Work Overseas (All Expenses Paid)

Ditch Your Cubicle and Work Overseas (All Expenses Paid)

Four years ago, I worked in a cubicle in a basement office in San Francisco’s financial district. The pay was decent. I worked in sales for a litigation support company. But putting on business-casual garb, schmoozing with paralegals and hitting the phones…sucked. So I did something about it. I sold my belongings. And I gallivanted around South America for 14 months.

Drums, Buskers, and a Circus Festival

Drums, Buskers, and a Circus Festival

January 1, get initiated into the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club by diving into the frigid English Bay. The swim dates back to the 1920s. The coldest recorded water temperature? 38 F in 1928.

Turn Your Passions into Free Trips

Turn Your Passions into Free Trips

Imagine sipping hot apple tea with shopkeepers in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey… bargaining for beautiful handicrafts and textiles… exploring a 11,000-year-old temple—one of the world’s first—at Gobekli Tepe in the country’s southeast… then hitting the Aegean coast to check out ancient cities of the Roman Empire… That’s what Celeste Nossiter is doing in May 2012… and she isn’t paying a dime.

Retirement Rescue 101

Retirement Rescue 101

If anyone needed a retirement rescue—it was Ron and Terresa Moore. But thanks to low-cost Ecuador, they’re enjoying a relaxing early retirement in a warm, sunny climate. They have quality health care for $133 a month. And today they “sleep like babies every night,” says Ron. Back in July 2007, Ron and Terresa were living easy. But fast forward to December 2008. After 30 years, they found themselves out of work.

Enjoy a Better Quality of Life in Ecuador

Enjoy a Better Quality of Life in Ecuador

I was at the International Living Live and Invest in Ecuador Seminar 2011 that wrapped up about a week ago. I wish you were there, too. We learned why Ecuador makes so much sense for anyone looking to find a way to stretch their modest savings and social security checks…and yet enjoy a high quality of life.

Pirate Week and a Monkey Banquet

Pirate Week and a Monkey Banquet

The Cayman Islands hosts an annual Pirates Week Festival from November 10 to 20. It’s got everything you’re looking for in a pirate fest: an underwater treasure hunt, paddleboard races, and a Miss Pirate Queen pageant. Don’t forget your costume!

Seven Tips For Driving in Ireland

Seven Tips For Driving in Ireland

For your own, genuine Irish adventure, it’s best to get out into the countryside and explore. A rental car gives you the freedom to see Ireland on your schedule—if from the “wrong” side of the road.

Ireland’s Wild West and the “City of the Tribes”

Ireland’s Wild West and the “City of the Tribes”

Sunlight spills through the clouds to shine on the silky flanks of two gray horses grazing peacefully on the mountainside. Behind them the Atlantic Ocean stretches to the horizon, swirling around the islands of Inishturk and Turbot. Thousands of miles out there is North America…. But here, on the ragged fringes of Europe, I still feel at home.

Fly Free

Fly Free

Ever heard of the Pudding Guy? His name is David Phillips and among airfare junkies, he’s a legend. In 1999, he spotted a promotion: In exchange for every 10 Healthy Choice brand barcodes it received, the company would reward 500 frequent flyer miles. So he bought 12,150 pudding cups.

Live Well, No Charge: How to Land a House-Sitting Gig

Live Well, No Charge: How to Land a House-Sitting Gig

From Singapore to Sydney, Athens to Auckland, hundreds of opportunities exist for travel to exotic places, without paying for accommodation. Just take care of the morning paper, the pets, or the garden and you can stay in homes when the owners are away…at no cost. 55-year-old Mike Hopkins is a veteran house-sitter who loves the Caribbean.

Feeling Happy and Healthy With a New Life in Mexico

Feeling Happy and Healthy With a New Life in Mexico

When Pat Cornwell gets up, it’s not a blaring alarm clock that wakes her. And it’s not the need to hustle to a job. Rather, it’s the crow of the neighborhood roosters and the warm sun on her cheeks. With the U.S. rat race behind her, just cool Mexican breezes, lush landscapes and endless possibilities lie ahead.

Drink Beer, Fling Tomatoes, Race Pigs: Festivals from Around the World

Drink Beer, Fling Tomatoes, Race Pigs: Festivals from Around the World

In the West, we have Valentine’s Day. In Hong Kong, they have the Seven Sisters Festival. Kicking off on the seventh day of the seventh moon (August 6), single girls attempt to woo potential suitors by weaving, offering fruit, and waving incense near the famous Lover’s Stone.

Wander Lisbon’s Alfama Neighborhood

Wander Lisbon’s Alfama Neighborhood

Of the grand capitals of Europe, Lisbon in Portugal is unjustly neglected by North Americans visiting the Old World. At the edge of the continent, facing the Atlantic Ocean, it’s just a little off the beaten track.

Cuban Fire, Books in Scotland, and Hungry Ghosts

Cuban Fire, Books in Scotland, and Hungry Ghosts

Celebrate the arrival of a fleet of sailing ships in Waterford, Ireland, to kick-start the Tall Ships Festival June 30 to July 2. Three days of live music, theater, dance, and cultural events culminate in the “parade of sail” when the 70 ships start their race to Halmstad, Sweden.

Globetrotter: News From Around the World in July

Globetrotter: News From Around the World in July

Do you use frequent flyer miles? Then you’ve experienced the annoyance of keeping track of various account numbers, passwords, and accumulated miles with different airlines. Or worst yet, you may have painfully realized that your miles expired for one reason or another.

Overnight for Free Anywhere in the World

Overnight for Free Anywhere in the World

Connecting with locals overseas is one of the best ways to guarantee a successful trip, no matter where on the planet you’re headed. And there’s a way you can do that – gaining all the helpful tips, cultural insights, and lasting friendships a local contact can provide – and cut your accommodation fees to zero at the same time.

Great Jazz…Fast Horses…and a Wine Fight…

Great Jazz…Fast Horses…and a Wine Fight…

Takigi O-Noh takes place in Kyoto, Japan June 1 and 2. Noh is the oldest form of Japanese musical theater, where performers dance in the evening behind fiery torches.

Globetrotter: News From Around The World in June

Globetrotter: News From Around The World in June

While discount travel websites can be helpful, the only real way to grab an awesome flight deal is by researching and getting a bit lucky. Airlines offer short-term sales that often expire within days of starting. And some carriers advertise discounts at only certain (and often late) hours.

5 Ways to Save Money Making Calls Abroad

5 Ways to Save Money Making Calls Abroad

Imagine spending three beautiful weeks traveling in Italy, wandering the cobblestone side streets of medieval villages, spending nights in Rome and mornings on the Almalfi Coast…and then coming home to find you’ve amassed a $230 cell phone bill.

Globetrotter

Globetrotter: News from Around the World in May

On the road in South America, travelers’ lore says that getting to the majestic Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador can be expensive, only for the most well-heeled backpacker. Trips there often cost upwards of $1,000 just for a few days. However, Chile’s LAN Airlines has recently started flying to the islands and now offers accommodation packages for $352 per person for three nights.

credit-cards

The Best Credit Card: Get Good Deals Every Time You Spend

Today credit and debit cards are the safest and most hassle-free way to pay for day-to-day purchases and take out cash while on the road. As a rule, you should use credit cards for big purchases and debit cards to withdraw cash.

MakingCalls

5 Ways to Save Money Making Calls Abroad

Imagine spending three beautiful weeks traveling in Italy, wandering the cobblestone side streets of medieval villages, spending nights in Rome and mornings on the Amalfi Coast…and then coming home to find you’ve amassed a $230 cell phone bill. Not a pretty thought. But that’s just what happened to my neighbor.

Where-To-Find-Beer,-Mummies,-And-More…

Where to Find Beer, Mummies, and More…

This April 9 experience what’s called “the world’s greatest steeplechase,” run every year since 1839 in Aintree, near Liverpool in the U.K., the Grand National is one the most popular horse races in the world and attracts huge, festive crowds.

New Online Travel Tips Will Save You Money

New Online Travel Tips Will Save You Money

If you’re not taking advantage of the newest trends when you book travel online, you’re probably leaving cash on the table. Cash you could use to enjoy a few more days on the road, upgrade your hotel room or treat yourself to a nice dinner on the town.

Make Money On The Road: Rent Your Home While You Travel

Make Money On The Road: Rent Your Home While You Travel

Ever had the itch to travel but found that household bills meant you had to put your vacation plans on hold? It’s not always possible to pay for that well-deserved break upfront and still cover the cost of mortgage payments or rent back home.

New Online Travel Tips Save Time, Hassle and Money

New Online Travel Tips Save Time, Hassle and Money

If you’re not taking advantage of the newest trends when you book travel online, you’re probably leaving cash on the table. Cash you could use to enjoy a few more days on the road, upgrade your hotel room or treat yourself to a nice dinner on the town. New companies have popped up promising new ways to save you time, headaches and cash.

How to Make Your Home Pay for Itself While You Travel

How to Make Your Home Pay for Itself While You Travel

Ever had the itch to travel but found that household bills meant you had to put your vacation plans on hold? It’s not always possible to pay for that well-deserved break upfront and still cover the cost of mortgage payments or rent back home.

How to Trade Up Rent-Free Overseas

How to Trade Up Rent-Free Overseas

Imagine you could live abroad rent-free…no hotels, no guesthouses…your own home for a week, a month or more. Where would you go?

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