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How to Enjoy High-end Paris on a Budget – a France Insider Reveals the Secrets

“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.

New Audible Audio Edition Now Available of Best-Seller

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.

Local Knowledge: Fun Things to do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the World Cup

Insider Reveals Best Travel Picks for Rio De Janeiro, Brazil During the FIFA World Cup

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.

IL editors Dan Prescher and Suzan Haskins offer their expertise on retiring overseas in their new book.

InternationalLiving.com Editors Release New Book from Wiley: The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget

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.

Properties with stunning water views can now be bought for less than $150,000 in places like Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.

Best Places to Own Premium Water Views for Less than $150,000

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.

Would you be interested in winning a month-long dream retirement in Panama all expenses paid?

Test-Drive a Dream Retirement Overseas in 2014

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.

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Where to Go for the Best Health Care in the World

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.

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Ecuador, Uruguay and Malta Boast Best Climates in the World

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 has taken the number one spot in this year's Global Retirement Index.

Panama: The Best Place in the World to Retire in 2014

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.

Panama is the winner of International Living's best place to retire in 2014.

Revealed: The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2014

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.

In Costa Rica's Southern Zone property prices continue to change hands at a quarter of what comparable real estate would sell for in southern California.

Coastal Property in Costa Rica a Quarter the Price of Southern California

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.

Living just outside Paris may be a more affordable and enjoyable option for those looking to live in France.

Five Historical Towns an Hour or Less from Paris Where Property and Living is More Affordable

“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 offers every type of lifestyle for expats to choose from—ranging from beach or mountain living to cosmopolitan cities.

Five Expat Havens in Thailand Offer Low Costs and a High Quality of Life

“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.”

Docking your boat in Panama offers many geographical advantages.

Panama Offers Boaters Overseas Big Savings on Yachts and Docking Fees

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 island of Caye Caulker in Belize sits in "dream-worthy, turquoise Caribbean waters.”

Seven of the World’s Best Islands for Good-Value Living

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.

Opportunity in Brazil with Huge Profit Potential

Opportunity in Brazil with Huge Profit Potential

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.

Burma—Now Opening Its Doors to Tourists

Burma—Now Opening Its Doors to Tourists

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.

“Best Property Values in a Decade” in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

“Best Property Values in a Decade” in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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 […]

5 Top Expats Havens in Costa Rica

5 Top Expats Havens in Costa Rica

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.

InternationalLiving.com Highlights New Retirement Trend Among Expat Retirees

InternationalLiving.com Highlights New Retirement Trend Among Expat Retirees

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 […]

Winners of IL's Win a Dream Retirement Overseas Contest

Winners of IL’s Win a Dream Retirement Overseas Contest

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.

Uruguay: “More First World than the U.S.”

Uruguay: “More First World than the U.S.”

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.

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Irish Real Estate: Prices Now “80% Off-Peak”

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.

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Americans Retire Overseas “From 600 per Month”

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.

World's Top Real Estate Hotspots Revealed

World’s Top Real Estate Hotspots Revealed

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.

IL's Jen Stevens Talks to CNBC About Retiring Overseas

IL’s Jen Stevens Talks to CNBC About Retiring Overseas

In this video, International Living Executive Editor Jennifer Stevens talks to CNBC about the growing number of U.S. retirees moving overseas — to countries like Panama, Mexico and Ecuador. Jen also talks about International Living’s just released retirement competition. We’re looking for someone to spend a month in the world’s top retirement haven—on us.

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