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No matter how affordable the destinations we talk about are, the simple fact is: You can't live anywhere for free...
But what if you had an income that went with you? An income that could give you the freedom you need to just pick up and go?
You could spend half the year in your own cottage on the beach… work in the mornings and snorkel and relax in the afternoons. Maybe spend the other half of the year up in the mountains where it's cool... and get paid while you're at it...
With this kind of flexibility, it doesn't matter where you're based. That means you can travel whenever you feel like it. You could rent a place in Paris or Buenos Aires for a month or two of vacation, work from home a few days a week and spend the rest of your time enjoying the city...
You could earn an income from back home while you go live someplace where the cost of living is much more affordable. That way you put dollars in your pocket, but you spend in a place where those dollars really stretch.
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I don’t have a degree in Education or English or even something like International Studies. What I studied was Forestry. Yep, that’s right, I learned about trees!
I awoke this morning to the sound of birdsong and breakers. Usually I like to begin the day with a brisk walk along Leme beach—only one block from my home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
When you get to a certain age, the idea of blowing out candles jammed into a cake laden with thick, sickeningly-sweet wallpaper paste-like frosting is no longer appealing.
I happen to be a pretty lucky guy. I get an income doing something I would happily pay money to be allowed to do. It’s true. If I wasn’t paid to do it, I would do it for nothing.
I’ve made a business out of leading groups of people on walking tours and the year ahead is looking good. I am going to visit two wonderful regions of Colombia where English-speaking tourists are almost non-existent. Then there’s a trip to the Ecuadorian Andes that incorporates stunning vistas and a shopping extravaganza at indigenous markets. Following that, I’ll enjoy a magical walk in Peru on Inca trails that aren’t under the spotlight of big tour companies. The plan is to extend that trip to explore the Nazca region, famous for the figures etched in rock only visible from the air. I turned 60 a month ago and will celebrate my 40th wedding anniversary this month.
If you want to set up business overseas, you will most likely consider doing it by yourself. But if you don’t have the language and you’re not familiar with the country itself, this can be a daunting prospect. A solution could be partnering with a local.
Would you love a life on the water? If you spend your weekends fishing, surfing, diving, sailing, or kayaking, have you ever come home wishing it could be like that all the time? Maybe it could. You could wear a wetsuit to work, use your boat as an office, and spend your days showing vacationers your favorite reefs or rapids.
Weddings bloom in magical locations all over the world… sunset on a Caribbean beach…a spectacular hilltop in Spain…in front of the romantic Eiffel Tower in Paris. And you could be there, making money while fluffing the bride’s gown, basking in compliments, and popping open Champagne.
If you dream of becoming a publishing magnate, you should probably marry a Hearst rather than start an English-language newspaper in Colombia. But find the right niche for a publication and you could create a profitable new business, while delivering essential information to news-hungry expats, travelers, and locals.
Our two children, Daniel and Angelina, are having the time of their lives in southern France. They’re riding their bikes along the canal under giant Plane trees, playing in the white sand and surf of the Mediterranean Sea, and enjoying long summers as well as skiing the snow-peaked Pyrenees in the winter. They absorb French culture as they play outdoors.
Latin America is seeing huge growth in the number of senior citizens. Birth rates are falling across the region. According to a study published by the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America, the population of those 65 years and older will increase three times faster than the total population between 2000 and 2025 and six times faster from 2025 to 2050.
In case you don’t know—and some don’t—copywriting means writing ad copy. The headlines. The print ads you see. Billboards. TV ads. And sales letters.
Opening a franchise in Latin America can be a great way to fund your overseas dream. And your options are vast. In Brazil alone, you have more than 1,800 franchise brands to choose from. Mexico has more than 900. The biggest benefit of franchising is that the business plan is already done for you. Franchising allows entrepreneurs to operate from a proven business model that is continuously perfected and adapted.
A career as a freelance copywriter is a pretty cushy “job.” You can work at home or from wherever in the world that you want that to be.
Last week, I had one of those moments when I realized how fortunate I am to have the life and career that I do. I am a freelance copywriter living Paris, which means that not only do I live in one the most beautiful cities in the world, I have the flexibility to actually enjoy it and my life here.
The “bean-to-bar” production of artisan chocolates is a way to make tastier chocolate in a more sustainable manner—and charge a premium to willing customers (three-ounce bars in the U.S. can go for as much as $8).
My friend had some shocking advice about Thailand: “Spend as little time as you can in Bangkok,” he said. “It is just another dirty big city with nothing to offer but noise, pollution, and endless crowds.” I knew I wouldn’t take his advice because my research had told me otherwise. Bangkok is loaded with fascinating temples, palaces, historical locations and exotic things to see.
In South Africa last month I spent more than 26 hours on safari, took more than 700 pictures and gained 10 pounds. I’ve always liked photography as a hobby because it’s active.
You probably remember a time when the U.S. wasn’t heaving with coffee shops. Back in the early 1980s, Starbucks was just another place to get a coffee in Seattle. Then they tapped into the trend of European-style cafes. Within 10 years Starbucks had more than 400 stores in the U.S. Today they have almost 18,000 stores worldwide.
As a busy carpenter and contractor in his native Canada, Steve Quinn, 52, relished his regular trips to Costa Rica with his wife, Lisa, to relax and unwind on the beach. After six years of short visits, he decided to make this beach lifestyle permanent. He took over a beach bar and restaurant in Tamarindo, a funky surf town on the country’s northern Pacific coast. He’s leasing the property for three years, with an option to buy, which is a great way to test the waters without committing to purchasing property right off the bat.
If you’re planning to make the big move abroad, you can create a new occupation for yourself right now—something you will simply love doing and make money from at the same time.You can even get it going before you give up your job, making the transition to your new life overseas seamless.All you have to do is start writing a blog on something you’re passionate about and turn it into a money-making website.
Few places on Earth ignite the romantic senses like Italy—it’s a country people dream of visiting, and once they do, they dream of returning. From the mouthwatering food, the exquisite wine and classic art, to the rolling hills of Tuscany, the glittering Mediterranean Sea and la dolce vita lifestyle, Italy is the stuff of dreams. In spite of the challenging economic climate, Italy is a place where you can follow your passions and turn a love of Italian food into a business by teaching others how to cook it.
I practiced law for almost 20 years. I always had an interest in photography and had been published a few times, but I never thought it could be my main source of income.
In the Black Forest, the darkest tales often seem linked to the loveliest places. So it’s no surprise that Staufen’s historic center of cobblestones, courtyards and fountains is straight from central casting’s Enchanted Germany file.
Moments after my daughter and I arrived at Santa Lucia train station in Venice, we were headed down the Grand Canal. After soaking up all that beauty, she turned to me and said, “You know how you imagine a place and then you get there and it’s smaller than you expected it to be?
If you’ve ever dreamed of escaping to an exotic place and opening a small hotel in your retirement years, you’re not alone. But many folks never get past the thought. Expats Kim Macphee and Tony Clark made the dream a reality; they got started after their employer laid them off in 2006. They used their free time and severance pay to map out a strategy for the future…
If you are thinking about teaching English overseas, Cuenca in Ecuador has got to be one of the easiest places to start your career. Imagine sitting back, relaxing and sipping freshly ground Ecuadorian coffee in your favorite little haunt. The sun is shining—as it does every day. Smartly dressed locals are strolling around…
Few countries in the world can compete with Malaysia for natural beauty, the warmth of its people and diversity of cultures…not to mention the amazingly low cost of living (my live-in maid costs $400 a month). I feel blessed and wish that I had moved here years ago. Betty Cotton loves telling her friends about Malaysia, too—especially Penang.
As you know, you have a skill that can easily translate into a steady income overseas—English. In fact, thousands of people just like you have used the fact that they speak English fluently to become English teachers in exotic new countries. That’s the path I’ve chosen, too. Although I wasn’t always so sure how I’d fund my life overseas… The fall of 2008 found me sitting in Santiago, Chile after nearly a year of traveling through Latin and South America.
My second cup of coffee is half gone as I fill in the last square of the Sudoku. The LA Times crossword has already been vanquished. Now it’s time for Eduardo, my first student of the day, to join me. He’s a few minutes late (as usual). But I don’t mind. When you teach English online to students via Skype, everything is easier.
This photo of a couple kissing in Paris is where it all started for Cheryl Bigman: But let’s jump back to the beginning of the story…
Margit Gantt wanted to find a more fulfilling lifestyle than the one she had in California. She was looking for great weather every day.
Here’s a simple idea for making money. If you can buy something for 20 cents and sell it for $3 you can make a lot of cash.
Certainly you know that the bikinis you’ll see on the beach this summer—along with the sand buckets, shovels, beach rafts, towels and tank tops—
“My typical day starts with a steaming cup of excellent Panamanian coffee,” says Jade Wills. “I settle down at my desk and work for a few hours then I take a smoothie break using fresh papayas from our yard. “Later, I’ll ride my bike to the vegetable truck or maybe spend some time gardening. I’ve plenty of time for things like yoga and pilates, and some days I’ll pack up my laptop and work from right on the beach. Life is good.”
Work doesn’t start until nearly 8.00 a.m. but I’m an early riser so I like to get up around 6.00 a.m. I’m greeted by the sun shining in my window.
About three years ago my husband, Scott, and I started talking about leaving Indiana and moving abroad, possibly to Central or South America. We had both traveled there and loved what it had to offer in the way of lifestyle.
They have a thriving and long-standing business in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, but Rob and Kelly Thomas, owners of El Gato Negro Coffee Shop and Bookstore have the most relaxed workdays of their lives.
My new life started in late 2008, just after I had been certified to teach English as a Second Language. I knew I wanted to live in Latin America, so I looked for a job – where else – on Craigslist and responded to an ad from a placement agency.
Ecuador, Costa Rica and Belize are three of the Latin American countries in the “cocoa belt”—the 10 degrees either side of the equator where the cacao tree grows. Here you’ll find a burgeoning cottage industry devoted to this type of chocolate making.
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