Lee Harrison

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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.

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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.

NewHorizons

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.

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