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Record Numbers of Americans Wave Goodbye to Uncle Sam

Record Numbers of Americans Wave Goodbye to Uncle Sam

The number of U.S. taxpayers renouncing their American citizenship or permanent-resident status is accelerating. For many, the benefits of U.S. citizenship no longer outweigh the costs. Whether you are a high-net-worth individual or a young entrepreneur with a lifetime of earnings ahead of you, renouncing your U.S. citizenship is the only way to end your U.S. tax obligations.

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Build a Portable Career that Allows You to Live Anywhere

Six weeks ago, I left my luxurious, sea-view condo in Costa Rica (my second home) to return to my first home—Malta, a Mediterranean island, surrounded by turquoise waters. Relaxing with a glass of champagne in First Class on the way over to London, I knew I was going to miss the long, sandy beaches, stunning sunsets each night after playing beach volleyball, and the amazing wildlife and postcard-perfect scenery.

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How to Make Money on Every Trip Abroad

Several years ago, my wife and I took a quick trip to Calgary, Alberta to visit some close friends who had recently given birth to twins. As an avid photographer, and someone who was breaking in the world of stock photography at the time, I couldn’t go without my camera.

The Ultimate "Backdoor" Play on Asian Growth...

The Ultimate “Backdoor” Play on Asian Growth…

I recently wrote about a new divide that separates the world. On one side of this divide you have countries that rely for their survival on imports of natural resources. On the other you have countries that rake in massive profits from natural resource exports.

Currencies: A Seriously Misunderstood Market

Currencies: A Seriously Misunderstood Market

110 miles an hour, by cab. I can now say I’ve experienced that…thanks to a misunderstanding last year. I had just finished speaking at a wealth symposium in Montreal. Right after my speech, my wife had our bags waiting, so we could head straight to the airport to catch our flight.

International Real Estate Investment Forum 2011

Dear Attendee,Thank you for joining us in Toronto for our International Real Estate Investment Forum. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with you and hope you found the event informative and fun.You can access the video and audio recordings as well as the PowerPoint presentations from the event.If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to […]

You Have No Choice But to Buy Canada

You Have No Choice But to Buy Canada

On Wednesday, I said many American would-be retirees were “dead men walking” unless they took immediate steps to shore up their retirement accounts. That’s because most Americans haven’t saved enough for a comfortable retirement in the U.S

2010 Quality of Life Index: 194 Countries Ranked and Rated

2010 Quality of Life Index: 194 Countries Ranked and Rated

Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

2010 Quality of Life Index By the Staff of International Living

2010 Quality of Life Index By the Staff of International Living

Every January, we rank and rate 194 countries to come up with our list of the places that offer you the best quality of life. This isn’t about best value, necessarily. It’s about the places in the world where the living is, simply put, great.

Air Canada Says Second Bag Still Free – But Not to U.S. or Europe

Air Canada, Canada’s largest airline that teetered on the edge of bankruptcy earlier this year, has started charging economy passengers for second checked bags on flights to the U.S., Europe, and Israel. However, second checked bags to Central and South America, Mexico, Australia, and Asia are still free… for now. Air Canada’s chief commercial officer, […]

Favorite Haunts of Overseas Canadians

Favorite Haunts of Overseas Canadians

Wondering where all those overseas Canadians who head south when the snow flies spend their winters?

Think sunshine, sand, and surf, and you’ll soon zero in.

For Canadian Expats, its Hard to Beat Yucatan

For Canadian Expats, its Hard to Beat Yucatan

Canadian expats have been living part- and full-time throughout Mexico’s Yucatan Penisula for decades.

What’s the draw?

First, warm weather. When the snow is flying up north, average temps in Yucatan are in the high 20s Celsius.

Canadians in Mexico – What’s the Draw?

Canadians in Mexico – What’s the Draw?

Canadians in Mexico enjoy the best of both worlds.

If you’re a Canadian in Mexico, you already know the powerful draw of Mexico’s miles of sandy beaches and dozens of cozy mountain villages, especially during the Canadian winter.

Medicare-Abroad

Medicare Benefits for U.S. Citizens Living Abroad By Suzan Haskins “In 2009, there is currently the best opportunity yet seen to bring Medicare services to eligible retirees living in Mexico. This is due to a confluence of political and economic events in the United States and Mexico.” So says a group called AMMAC (Americans for […]

Coast-to-coast across Canada…by rail

Coast-to-coast across Canada…by rail

In the broad protected harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, General Sir William Howe organized the invasion fleet that captured New York City in 1776.

Property hunting on Canada’s Sunshine Coast

US$1 equals 1.14 Canadian dollars* As my 7-year-old daughter slept peacefully in the back seat, I was trepidaciously climbing an alpine hillside whitewashed in fresh, falling snow in a rental car that handled more like a glorified lawnmower. As carefully as I could, I fumbled for the cell phone to call my gracious tour guide, […]

Shaking your shamrock around the world this Paddy's Day

Shaking your shamrock around the world this Paddy’s Day

A much bigger event overseas than in Ireland itself, St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) is a good excuse for expats around the world to get nostalgic and indulge a little. Here’s a whirlwind tour of how this green day is celebrated on different parts of the globe…

Bargains on Vancouver Island

Dear International Living Reader, Some of the world’s most pristine real estate is still available for rock-bottom prices. In Tahsis, Canada, for example, three- and four-bedroom houses with ocean views can be snapped up for about US$35,000, and one-bedroom condos start at $15,000. Although born and raised in British Columbia, I’d never heard of Tahsis. […]

And the Winners Are…

And the winners of our Live Overseas Conference photo quiz are: Alice C. Dames, Cornelia Garren, and Roseanne Bell. Congratulations, tickets for you and your guests to attend our upcoming Live Overseas Conference in Montreal, Canada, are on their way to you as I write. (By the way, the speakers we asked you to identify […]

The Good Life is Calling Your Name

Imagine a new life with less stress, a lower cost of living, and an endless number of new and exciting opportunities for fun, adventure, and profit… Imagine better weather, more free time to flex your creative muscles, and more time to spend with loved ones… Well, we want to give you the chance to stop […]

Vancouver Pointers

“Vancouver is the urban jewel of western Canada. Below is my subjective short list of pointers to help you get around easily when you visit.” Dear International Living Reader, Nestled between the mountains and the sea, Vancouver offers the best of cosmopolitan city life with a backdrop of natural beauty in every direction. This is […]

Ahead of the Curve in Canada’s Ocean Playground

Shelburne, on Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore, offers unspoiled coast and natural beauty…with all the necessary framework already in place for future tourism, summer home construction, and a lot more seasonal interest. Photo courtesy of www.novascotia.com. Dear International Living Reader, It’s been almost eight years since I first visited Nova Scotia, Canada. Since then I’ve bought […]

Eating Well in Montreal

The designer of Montrel’s Notre Dame Basilica was so moved by the result of his work he converted to Catholicism. © Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin Dear International Living Reader, A quest for warmth led us to a tour of Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica, completed in 1829. Inspired by Paris’ Sainte-Chapelle–though truly cathedral in scale–it boasts […]

Montreal: The Best Welcome in North America

Place Jacques-Cartier, Montreal, Quebec. Photo courtesy of © Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin Dear International Living Reader, It’s 11 degrees Fahrenheit. The wind is whipping blade-like off the St. Lawrence River. Locals, shoulders hunched into the blow, keep warm under fur trapper hats and long, black wool overcoats. On snow-dusted cobblestone streets, against a backdrop of […]

Tips from Around the World

“Do not feed or molest the animals.” Believe me, I have no intention of going within sandwich-throwing distance of these animals. Along with monkeys and racoon-like coatis, the wildlife in Iguazu National Park includes jaguars. Being torn apart by spotted beasts with ravenous appetites…

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