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“The Quality of Life is Why We’re Here”

“The Quality of Life is Why We’re Here”

I am relaxing on our front porch at our home in Uruguay, about two miles from downtown Punta del Este. Another cloudless November morning, the crystal-clear sunshine and gentle sea breeze promise another comfortable spring day. Punta del Este has been a perennially solid place to invest, with a high-performing rental market.

A Wealthy Lifestyle on a Middle-Class Budget

A Wealthy Lifestyle on a Middle-Class Budget

I walked into Susana’s home on a Saturday night… a magnificent contemporary that overlooks the city of Cuenca, Ecuador, from a hillside high above. About half of her guests had already arrived and were seated around a conversation pit that faced a stunning glass wall through which we could see an ocean of sparkling city lights below…

Small Town Beach Life in Uruguay

Small Town Beach Life in Uruguay

I moved to Uruguay full-time in 2006. And since then I’ve explored more than a dozen different countries, from Spain to Argentina. I’ve lived in Brazil, have a second home in Colombia, and bought property in Nicaragua. Yet Uruguay is where I call home; and I can’t think of a better place to be right now. The lifestyle is unbeatable, and the cost of living and of properties is reasonable.

Life among Nazis, Kidnappers and Crime

Life among Nazis, Kidnappers and Crime

Over the past 10 years, I thought I’d picked some of the world’s best places to live…places that stood out because of their fantastic lifestyle, rich culture, and low cost of living. Walking the cobblestones of Spanish colonial cities… enjoying the convenient city living in a world capital… and beachfront living on a tropical island seemed pretty hard to beat.

The Overseas Cell Phone Fix

The Overseas Cell Phone Fix

When traveling abroad with an eye toward retiring or buying a second home, you’re going to need a local phone number. This allows you to make inexpensive local calls while you’re overseas. And, just as importantly, it allows local people to call you.

Last Word: The Truth About Entrepreneurship Abroad

Last Word: The Truth About Entrepreneurship Abroad

The young lady came out of the bar with three mugs of dark beer. She put one in front of IL Real Estate Editor Ronan McMahon, one was for Eoin Bassett—managing editor of this magazine—and one was mine. Ronan ordered a sizzling burger… which the owner assured us was the city’s best. We were discussing our day spent exploring Medellín, Colombia, and how we were going to write about our various discoveries. Within a half-hour, a few expats joined us — Rich, Sarah, Scott, and Dennis. Each has a fascinating story.

Colombia’s El Poblado: Mature, Active And Under-Valued

Colombia’s El Poblado: Mature, Active and Under-Valued

Medellín combines three important benefits that most of us look for when searching for an overseas destination; year-round excellent weather, an enviable lifestyle, and affordable properties. And in 10 years of searching the world for the perfect getaway, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

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Find Your New Horizons Overseas

When you first move abroad almost everything you see is a wonderful surprise. And if you’re lucky, as I was in Ecuador, the wonder can last for years.

Small-Town Latin American Life in Uruguay

Small-Town Latin American Life in Uruguay

The Uruguayan seaside town of Carmelo is a popular resort and boating center, situated next to one of Uruguay’s great wine-producing regions. It stands out because it’s the country’s lowest-cost resort option…with respect to cost of living as well as properties.

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A Victim of My Own Analysis

International Living’s Retirement Index always brings back fond memories of my own analysis that preceded my first move abroad. My means of choosing a country back then was simple. I only studied the categories on the Index that were important to me and threw out the countries that didn’t score well in those areas. Cost of living was high on my list…as were climate and real estate. I didn’t particularly care about the ratings for political stability, or the ability to get half-price movie tickets.

Nicaragua: Authentic Beach Life...at a Bargain Price

Nicaragua: Authentic Beach Life…at a Bargain Price

I came away from my first visit to Nicaragua, in 2004, with a lopsided image of the coastal lifestyle in Central America’s largest country…an image based only on the southern Pacific coast and its network of luxury, planned communities designed specifically with expats in mind.

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Where to Find Nicaragua’s Beach Bargains

I came away from my first visit to Nicaragua, in 2004, with a lopsided image of the coastal lifestyle in Central America’s largest country. There’s another, far more “authentic” and affordable environment to explore along this country’s central and northern Pacific coast.

Is the Easiest Place Really the Right Place for You

Is the Easiest Place Really the Right Place for You?

I retired abroad almost 10 years ago. And since then, I’ve re-retired and relocated a few more times, just to continue the adventure I started back in 2001. I’ve accumulated a large body of personal knowledge about where to retire…and how to evaluate retirement destinations.

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Nicaragua Better Than Ever: Colonial Homes from $145,000

Imagine yourself awakening to a symphony of tropical birds and brilliant sunshine. You walk into the open-air, center courtyard of your colonial home and pour yourself a rich cup of locally grown coffee. The courtyard’s lush, tropical vegetation is the home’s centerpiece oasis… and almost hides the blue, shimmering pool, right in your “living room.”

Colonial City Life in Uruguay

Colonial City Life in Uruguay

The city of Colonia is one of the best places in Uruguay for year-round living. In fact, when I originally visited Uruguay, it was my first choice for a second home.

How To Get The Best Deals On Your Rental Car

How to Get the Best Deals on Your Rental Car

When exploring a new overseas destination, there’s no better way to see it than by driving. And contrary to popular belief, travel in most any country can be safe and enjoyable.

Own Real Estate With Your 401k

Own Real Estate With Your 401k

I’d be excited about this place no matter what. But I’m particularly enthusiastic because I’m purchasing this condo in an unusual way—with tax-deferred funds.

Colonia, Uruguay Where History Holds its Value

Colonia, Uruguay: Where History Holds its Value

Colonia is probably the most convenient and attractive town in Uruguay. I always enjoy strolling along its wide, lazy river and watching the sun set over the peaceful marina.

How I Accidentally Became A Modern-Day Survivalist

How I Accidentally Became a Modern-Day Survivalist

I’m a 21st-century survivalist. One who’s traded that remote compound for a house on a tropical beach, and a hidden cash box for an offshore bank account. As much as I’d like to say in retrospect that my level of preparedness is the result of a deliberate plan, I have to admit: I got here completely by accident.

Medellín, Colombia: 3 Property Picks From $80,000

Medellín, Colombia: 3 Property Picks From $80,000

If I had to pick just one city for year-round living in Colombia, I’d have to recommend Medellín. Despite the old stereotypes, today’s Medellín is modern and cosmopolitan…clean and safe. And it’s also a great buy right now.

The Real Formula For Making An Income Abroad

The Real Formula for Making an Income Abroad

My ambitions were modest when I moved abroad, at least financially speaking. I planned to hang around town, explore South America and learn to speak Spanish. Like most expats, I didn’t plan to work.

2Park-View Medellín From $80,000

Park-View Medellín from $80,000

If I had to pick just one city for year-round living in Colombia, I’d have to recommend Medellín. Despite the old stereotypes, today’s Medellín is modern and cosmopolitan…clean and safe. And it’s also a great buy right now.

2Overseas A Fix-It Man and a Sense of Liberty

Overseas: A Fix-It Man and a Sense of Liberty

I was visiting family in Arizona recently and needed a washer…a tiny, rubber washer for a leaking faucet that’s been out of production since the 1980s.

$11,000 Riverside Lots in Argentina

$11,000 Riverside Lots in Argentina

During my travels in Northwestern Argentina, I looked at two planned communities that really caught my attention. The one I’m going to tell you about today is a small project—the most affordable I’ve seen—sited alongside a river, and offering very affordable lots.

Freedom and Fun in a Low-Overhead Lifestyle

Freedom and Fun in a Low-Overhead Lifestyle

Several years ago, I found the dream car I’d always wanted, sitting on a lot in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a 1988 Mercedes 560SL—a two-seater with a removable hardtop—with only 40,000 miles, for just $15,000.

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There’s Freedom and Fun in a Low-Overhead Lifestyle

Several years ago, I found the dream car I’d always wanted, sitting on a lot in Phoenix, Arizona. It was a 1988 Mercedes 560SL—a two seater with a removable hardtop—with only 40,000 miles, for just $15,000. And for just another $800, the guy even delivered it to my driveway in Vermont.

A Brazilian Island Home With Ocean View For Less Than $68,000

A Brazilian Island Home With Ocean View For Less Than $68,000

The island rises in front of you like a lush, green paradise…its verdant hills fringed with thick, tangled mangroves and studded with tall palms. As you approach from the mainland causeway, Brazil’s Itamaracá looks like an oasis rising out of the Atlantic.

Tropical-Island Opportunities—An Ocean View in Brazil from $68,000

Tropical-Island Opportunities—An Ocean View in Brazil from $68,000

The island rises in front of you like a lush, green paradise…its verdant hills fringed with thick, tangled mangroves and studded with tall palms. As you approach from the mainland causeway, Brazil’s Itamaracá looks like an oasis rising out of the Atlantic.

Find Your Own South-Jersey Shore

Find Your Own South-Jersey Shore

Part-time residence abroad? Not for me, thank you. At least that was my position 10 years ago, when I was preparing for my own move overseas.

How to Move Your Life Overseas

How to Move Your Life Overseas

My first international move began near the top of a highrise in mid-town Manhattan and ended on the cobblestoned colonial streets of Cuenca, Ecuador. The next was even longer, going around the continent to the shores of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Colombia's Caribbean Hideaways

Colombia’s Caribbean Hideaways

Foremost is the sunset. It caught me by surprise. When that huge orange ball drops slowly into the emerald-green sea, it brings the beach areas to a halt as everyone stops to watch.

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