Slow-to-recover real estate markets across Europe are producing pockets of great value, report the editors at InternationalLiving.com, whose new report highlights an array of attractive properties on offer for less than $150,000 in France, Italy, Ireland, Spain and Greece.
“Plenty of everyday people are choosing to live on the water full-time—in their retirement,” says InternationalLiving.com editor Jason Holland, author of the publication’s new report. “After a bit of training and hands-on experience at home, they’re tying up beside mega-yachts in the Mediterranean, finding large floating communities of like-minded expat sailors in the Caribbean, and island hopping in the Gulf of Thailand, heading wherever their fancy takes them.”
“Paris thrives on its glamorous reputation, but discounts and deals are available here just as they are everywhere else,” reports Barbara Diggs, InternationalLiving.com’s France correspondent. “With a little inside knowledge you can enjoy the best of Paris for far less money than you’d think.” Diggs reveals the best places to eat and shop in the City of Light, as well as detailing cultural attractions from museums to the theater, all at a fraction of the price a tourist would expect to pay in a city like Paris.
After topping Amazon best-seller lists for New Releases, Retirement Planning, and Personal Finance, The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget, written by the senior editors at InternationalLiving.com, is now available in Audible audiobook format from Amazon.
InternationalLiving.com’s Brazil correspondent, John Clites, an American who has been living in the country since 2008, reveals his top insider picks for what to see and do in Rio de Janeiro during the FIFA World Cup. Visitors from all over the world will descend on Brazil for the event, which starts on June 12. Most will visit Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf Mountain, but Clites offers advice on activities not typically published in guidebooks.
Malta is a safe place to put your real estate dollars, reports InternationalLiving.com’s property expert, Ronan McMahon. Though economic crisis has plagued much of Europe over the last six years, this stable and peaceful haven in the Mediterranean has escaped untouched.
Just three weeks after its official release on March 17, “The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget”—the definitive guide to living a happier, healthier, more affordable life abroad— has sold more than 14,000 copies.
Less than a week after its official release, The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget—the definitive guide to living a happier, healthier, more affordable life abroad— has claimed top rankings in two of Amazon’s financial book categories—Retirement Planning and Personal Finance.
When authors Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher left Omaha, Nebraska, in 2001, they had no idea what the future would hold. Thirteen years later, they’ve lived in seven different locations in four Latin American countries and explored dozens more around the world. They’ve distilled those years of experience into this new, definitive guide to choosing, moving to, and living in good-value locales around the world, from Latin America to Southeast Asia to Europe.
In Mexico, Ecuador and Costa Rica properties with stunning views can be bought for as little as $119,000, according to a new report by InternationalLiving.com. “A great view usually translates into a premium price tag. But if a buyer knows the right places to look, he can find properties with world-class vistas for much, much less than you’d expect,” reports InternationalLiving.com’s property correspondent, Margaret Summerfield.
The retire-overseas experts at InternationalLiving.com will send one winner (along with a friend or spouse) to Coronado, Panama—for a full month in 2014, free. The prize includes round-trip flights from the U.S. or Canada to Panama City, furnished accommodation in the beach-resort town of Coronado, Panama, plus a living-expense stipend of $1,500.
InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index reports that France, Uruguay and Malaysia provide the best and most affordable health care in the world. The Health Care category in the Index considers the cost of care and the quality. Also considered are the number of people per doctor, the number of hospital beds per 1,000 people, the percentage of the population with access to safe water, the infant mortality rate, life expectancy, and public-health expenditure as a percentage of a country’s GDP.
InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index names Ecuador, Uruguay and Malta as the best three countries in the world when it comes to climate. Their temperate weather throughout the year, moderate rainfall and little risk of natural disaster saw them rise to the top of the Climate category, one of eight categories in the Index, which details the top countries in the world for retirement in 2014.
Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador offer the most attractive programs in the world for retirees—wooing foreign pensioners with special visas and significant discounts on everything from airfare to health care, reports InternationalLiving.com.
Panama is the best place for North Americans to retire overseas, according to InternationalLiving.com’s newly released annual Global Retirement Index 2014. In putting together the Index, now in its 23rd year, InternationalLiving.com’s editors collated data from its team of experts on the ground in the most popular countries among U.S. and Canadian expat retirees.
InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index 2014 profiles the best destinations for good-value living around the world today. The Index considers not only a wealth of statistics, but—critically—more than three decades of expertise and current insights from a network of correspondents around the world.
Despite increasing interest from investors and vacation-home owners, properties continue to change hands at a quarter of what comparable real estate would sell for in southern California. Officially known as the country’s Southern Zone, the area is one of the most biodiverse regions in Costa Rica—home to howler monkeys, toucans, sloths and hundreds of other species, as well as lush plant life that ranges from towering tropical hardwood trees to delicate orchids.
“There are those who adore Paris but could think of nothing worse than living in the city center,” reports InternationalLiving.com’s France correspondent, Barbara Diggs. “Romanticism aside, Paris is a big city—and an intense one, at that. After living here awhile, you start to notice that the streets are endlessly thronged. And most reasonably-priced apartments are about the size of a walk-in closet,” says Diggs, based in Paris.
“Thailand is one of the world’s most popular locales for good living abroad,” says InternationalLiving.com writer Heather Van Deest, who has lived there with her family for the past eight years. “For pennies on the dollar expats gain a year-round tropical climate and access to modern comforts and conveniences, including affordable, high-quality medical care.”
Based in Minnesota, Mike and Ann Roess bought their sailboat in Panama and saved at least 15% on the cost, reports InternationalLiving.com. They found Escapade—a Hylas 49 sailboat, which sleeps up to eight people—on Yachtworld.com, a website that connects boat sellers and buyers. A Spanish mariner owned the boat and docked it in Panama. The Roesses had a gut feeling that it was the right boat for them, so Mike flew to Panama.
The Caribbean island of Roatan is great for good-value, laid-back living in the sun. It’s a good pick for anybody who likes to dive, snorkel, swing in a hammock or sit with feet in the sand. Thirty-five miles off the coast of Northern Honduras, English is widely spoken. That, along with an established expat community, makes it a relatively easy place to settle in.
Malta is the smallest country in the European Union (just 122 square miles), but it has long been a vacation spot for sun-starved northern Europeans and a tax haven for the wealthy. Multi-million-dollar yachts fill Malta’s marinas. Yet you’ll find great bang for your buck here. A couple could live well on a budget of $2,000 a month.
A new world-class port is being built in the city of Pecém in northeast Brazil, and is set to become a major integrated-manufacturing hub, reports InternationalLiving.com. This project is already in the works and billions of dollars are being invested.
On the eastern side of Basilicata is the region’s most famous and fascinating city, Matera. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is thought to be Europe’s oldest continually-inhabited town.
For almost half a century, Burma—also called Myanmar—was ruled by an oppressive military regime. As a result, this sprawling Southeast Asian nation is renowned for its raw beauty.
InternationalLiving.com reports on three top countries in Southeast Asia where life is exhilarating, comfortable and affordable.
InternationalLiving.com has uncovered a range of properties in sought-after San Miguel de Allende—with price tags starting at $130,000. San Miguel de Allende is one of Mexico’s best-known Spanish-colonial towns and has been a top expat haven for decades. Its cobbled streets are lined with gaily-painted houses and the town attracts artists, writers, and musicians from […]
Costa Rica is becoming ever-more popular with North American expats and retirees. Today an estimated 20,000 Americans live there either full- or part-time.
A new InternationalLiving.com profile shares the story of trend-setting baby boomers Tim and Lynne Martin—senior nomads—who are “happier and healthier” since they sold their California home to roam the world and experience life in other cultures. The latest travel trend for boomers in England, the “Golden Gap Year” is an idea starting to take off […]
InternationalLiving.com steps up its hunt to find the ideal candidate(s) willing to try out life as expat retirees in Granada, Nicaragua for a month – all expenses paid.
InternationalLiving.com reveals how citizens from the U.S. and Canada can access affordable, quality health care in seven top retirement havens overseas.
InternationalLiving.com report reveals how to access premium-neighborhood homes in South America’s most exclusive resort at rock-bottom prices.
InternationalLiving.com report uncovers colonial homes for under $40,000 in the city of Granada, situated along the bank of Lake Nicaragua.
InternationalLiving.com has just launched its 2013 hunt for Americans or Canadians willing to live as expat retirees in Nicaragua for a month – all expenses paid.
Ecuador tops InternationalLiving.com’s Annual Global Retirement Index for fifth straight year, first among 22 nations ranked and rated.
Congratulations to Americans Barry and Denise Luckenbach who are the lucky winners of International Living’s Win A Dream Retirement Overseas competition. The couple will spend a month “test driving” an early retirement in Cuenca, Ecuador, all expenses paid. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two, a 4-week stay in a furnished apartment and $1,500 spending money.
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.