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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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Panama

Chiriquí Needs a Handyman and Lawn-Care Service

One almost sure-fire way to succeed in business is to find a gap that needs filling, or a niche that is unoccupied. And right now there’s a great big gap in the Chiriquí Province of western Panama for home maintenance, lawn care, and handyman services. Of course, there are locals who carry out yard work, but that laidback outlook that expats find so appealing in some ways can leave them waiting to have work done. And when it comes to home repairs, it’s hard to find qualified tradesmen with the right tools. With an expat population of around 20,000, Chiriquí Province has a market.

Thailand

Exploring the East for Profitable Art and Craft Imports

Importing crafts and folk art is a great way to fund your travels or create an income living overseas. You get to bridge the gap between an artisan producer in an emerging country and a market back home that can afford to pay top prices for unique, high-quality products. In the process, you can mark-up the goods to create an income for yourself.

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Performing Your Way to a Paycheck Overseas

Your voice could be your passport to an income overseas…and we’re not just talking about singing. Sure, if you can carry a tune, you can take that talent with you. Many expats make their money, or at least a supplementary income, from singing. Some even discover that carving out a singing career is easier overseas.

Paris

Take a Camera to Paris and Earn

I love shopping with my daughter, Allison. I always come away with something terrific, at half the price I’d pay at a department store. So, when she graduated from university, I invited her to join me for a week in Paris. Since I discovered how much you can earn from travel photographs, I’ve turned it […]

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A Travel-Photography Nest Egg

I have been in love with photography since my grandmother handed me a camera when I was 6 years old. But I never imagined that something I loved so much could turn into a career, allowing me to travel all over the world and see my images in magazines, newspapers, and websites across the globe.

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Earn $1,000 for a Photo from Your Travels

“Do you need an assistant?” I get this question all the time, once people learn I am a travel photographer who regularly visits exotic locations and earns an income doing it. But why be an assistant when you can travel the world and take pictures yourself? Getting paid for your photos is easy if you know how.

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Seize the Income Opportunities in Mexico

A while back I ran into an expat friend here in Mexico who was in a quandary. He’d just been offered a commercial space in a popular neighborhood to open a coffee shop, an extension of his original café. The thing is, my friend already had some other projects in the works, so he was feeling stretched a bit thin. But the offer was very appealing…not to mention flattering. After all, it was a vote of confidence from another business in the area.

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Snowbirding with Family on the Riveria Maya

“I wanted to run away from the cold weather and perfectly manicured lawns,” says Kiona Hartle of her decision to start snowbirding with her son. “I needed to find a simpler, more authentic, and warmer life in a picture-perfect beach town. I researched places online and Playa won by a large margin!” Kiona, 41, and her seven-year-old son, Luke, first came to Playa del Carmen, on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, in 2010.

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Fund an Early Retirement with Self-Publishing in Costa Rica

My wife and I are a couple of quitters. Two years ago I left my successful career as the vice president of a litigation support company in Dallas, Texas, and Jen left her career in commercial title insurance. We were both in our early 40s. Changes in the industry I worked in and at the company I managed prompted a career adjustment.

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“In Phnom Penh, I Can Afford the Good Life Again”

Once famed as the “Pearl of Asia,” the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, has lots to offer expats. You’ll find a stunningly low cost of living, bustling markets, and a thriving food scene, set to a backdrop of colonial French architecture and Buddhist temples. It was Phnom Penh’s beauty and its people’s warmth that inspired expat John Grady, 65, to start taking photos here. And it is through photography that he now supplements his retirement income.

Merida

Get Greater Rewards Earning Overseas

Kate Barron isn’t one to sit still. So far, she has lived in Italy, Thailand, and Africa. Now, her home is in Mérida, the sultry and beautiful capital city of Mexico’s Yucatán state, about three hours west of Cancún. And she’s found opportunities to earn throughout her travels. In Thailand she studied yoga, which she now teaches for a living, and in Italy, she taught communication skills to executives of multinational corporations and UN agencies.

Athens

Fresh Income Ideas for Your Overseas Life

What did you love about the work you have done in the past? What do you never want to do again? How can you take the parts you love and put them to work in an exciting new way? Those are the kind of questions Kate Butterworth asked herself when she moved to Athens, Greece. Kate had a background in education but there were already numerous programs available for students wishing to learn about ancient Greece.

Placencia

“I Love My Work…and My Less Stressful Life in Belize”

Dick Walton, 53, and his wife, Dawn, 47, have always loved to travel. And they knew for a long time that they wanted to retire to English-speaking Belize…the tiny Central American country on the Caribbean Sea. But when Dawn had an aneurysm in 2009, the couple pushed up that timetable to escape the stress and fast pace of life in their hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Merida

How A Few Hours Online Funds a Mexican Adventure

With several feet of snow on the ground not uncommon during winters in their native Calgary, Canada, Warren Schoff and Rhoda Parent were looking for an escape south of the border. “In 2002, we visited Playa del Carmen and fell in love with Mexico. We kept coming back twice a year. In 2009 we started scouting properties on the Yucátan Peninsula. We liked the lower cost of living and the inexpensive, more personalized healthcare. And there’s a party every weekend,” says Rhoda, who adds they wanted to have an adventure while they were still young enough to enjoy it.

Readers Rights

A Travel Writer’s Life…Everything You Dream Of

So, what’s happened to me in the past year since becoming a travel writer? Well, I’ve received the services of a butler…enjoyed a helicopter thrill ride…and called a best-selling author “neighbor.” Before travel writing, I thought these things only happened to people in the movies. Now, my dream-come-true is happening as we speak.

Pedasi

Swapping the Corporate Ladder for Laidback Living in Panama

From our new home town of Pedasi every beach seems to offer its own playground. From a launching point for Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge, to waves fit for championship surfers and beginners alike. Located on the Azuero peninsula on Panama’s Pacific coast, Pedasi is an ocean-lovers dream. Driving out of town towards the popular beach of Playa Venao offers picturesque views of rolling hills on one side and stunning Pacific views on the other.

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Sipping Cocktails on the Beach—And You Call This Work?

I’m sitting on the beach in Hopkins Village in Belize—mimosa in hand—staring out over the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea trying to find the exact point where the clear blue sky meets the water. This friendly village is the heart of the Garifuna culture in Belize and my home for the next couple of days. There isn’t much on my to-do list…sunning, swimming, and a Garifuna drumming lesson with a local drummer.

Nanning

Turn Your Travel Experiences Into an Income

Someone once asked me the most ridiculous thing I ever did as a travel writer. The list is long—very long—but the notion that I could communicate in Chinese was pretty ridiculous. The day’s plan was to explore the 1,000-year-old town of Yangmei, not far from Nanning. It sounded fascinating—a place of temples, lotus ponds, and architecture dating back to the Ming dynasty. The hotel in Nanning arranged a taxi to get me there and back, so it didn’t matter that I’d left the phrase book in my room.

Sayulita

Small Business Supports a Surfing Lifestyle in Mexico

Brittney Borjeson first went to Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific coast to learn how to surf. That was back in 2012, and as soon as the plane touched down, she felt like she had come home. “I was hooked from my first wave. I remember thinking, I could give everything up for this,” Brittney recalls. Coming from New York, with its hectic pace, Brittney found the slower pace of Sayulita to be a complete contrast.

Panama-City

The Perfect Climate for Business and Fun…in Panama

Moving to Panama was “a bit of an adventure” for expat James Bloomfield. “When I first moved to the capital, I was out exploring nearly every weekend,” he says. He fell for the coastal area of Pedasi, just 200 miles west of Panama City. It’s a region of pristine, uncrowded beaches and abundant waters just teeming in tuna, wahoo, dorado, and more.

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Build Your Own Dream B&B Overseas…Before Leaving Home

We knew we wanted to open a B&B, and now we have this beautiful place and a great lifestyle,” says Manzar Lari, 55. In 2013, Manzar and his partner, Terry Richmeier, 48, left jobs in corporate healthcare in Minneapolis to create a new life in the highland town of Boquete, Panama…and a new livelihood in the hospitality business.

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Keep Your Paycheck While Starting a New Life Overseas

Teleworking, telecommuting, remote working…call it whatever you like, it’s catching on. And the bottom line is, with the technology available today you could move overseas and take your job with you. If most of your daily work is conducted via email and telephone, then you may be in the perfect position to approach your employer about working remotely.

How I Use a Little-Known “Skills Visa” to Live in France as a Writer

“ What I love the most about Paris is every day brings an opportunity to see and do something new. It stimulates the brain. Every street you haven’t traveled down before leaves you room for discovery and learning,” says Texas native Leah Walker. Leah funds her life through freelance writing, blogging, and running social media promotions for hotels, restaurants, tour companies, and destinations—as well as beauty and fashion businesses—on her website.

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A Six-Figure Lifestyle on $1,500 a Month

Adrienne made the move to Nicaragua with Pax, her one-year-old son. As a 41-year-old woman, she still had to create an income. Back in Whistler, Canada, she had a successful nail salon business that she sold in 2012. When she arrived in Nicaragua, she had just under $10,000 to invest.

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Swap Your Daily Grind for a Beach Life With Income

A family reunion for a 100-year-old aunt took Bob Urzua to San Juan del Sur for the first time. He fell in love with the place. The peace and tranquility attracted him immediately—he felt so good and calm on his trip. Would he feel this way if he lived here all the time? He decided to find out.

Roatan

A Daily Commute Down the Beach

“I get to be barefoot all day,” says Sylvia Miller from the beachfront in Roatan, Honduras. I’d die if I had to be inside a cubicle!” The 43-year-old from Haliburton Village, Ontario lives on West Bay Beach in Roatan. Her “workplace” is a bohemian enclave in the sand facing the ocean with small peace flags hanging over the open stairway leading onto the deck. And she’s loving the vibe.

David

Enjoy a Beach Home and an Easy Income in Panama

Bill Brown wanted a beachfront property. When he decided he needed a change from his teaching job in St. Louis…a home on the beach was his dream. But where could he find beachfront property that would be affordable? He conducted internet searches on the best countries to live in before he settled on Panama. He was intrigued by the culture.

Cuenca

Finding a Profitable Niche…In Ecuador

David and Sandy Kraft were living in a cabin in the small town of Hayesville, NC when one evening David asked, “What do you think about retiring overseas?” Sandy replied, “I’d love it. Where…France…Italy?” “Ecuador.”

Cancun

Getting Paid to Be on Permanent Vacation in the Caribbean

“I guess I was just sick of the corporate stuff. I felt like if I didn’t make a move to get something going…it would never happen,” says John Dykes. John and his wife, Mimi, were doing pretty well. They had a nice home in Texas where John was running a large automotive supply store and Mimi had her own staffing agency.

Bocas del Toro

Hot Springs, Cool Mountains, and Plenty of Time to Explore

My wife, Liz, and I moved from Tennessee to Las Tablas on Panama’s Azuero Peninsula in 2010. It’s a small town in one of the most traditional parts of the country and it’s perfectly located between the mountains and the beach so we have the best of both worlds on our doorstep. But we like to explore so we’ve also taken day trips and short vacations to other parts of Panama, too.

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Artistic Living in Beachside Coronado

When Harry Segil first got off the plane in Panama in 2007, he had half a mind to leave. “My glasses fogged right up,” he says, adding that the humidity was a surprise. “I thought, I’m getting back on the plane!”

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Building on Opportunity in Canoa, Ecuador

As the 2008 recession began to hit home, Philadelphia-born Tom Ewing and his wife Tonya, a Colorado native, lost everything—their business, their cars, and their home. But now, six years after moving to the laidback beach town of Canoa, Ecuador, Tom and Tonya have rebuilt their lives—and created a business building custom homes up and down the central Ecuadorian coast.

Pedasi

How Two Beach Lovers are Making it in Panama

Craig and April Lewis have an idyllic life in the Panamanian beach town of Pedasi. Having first visited the town as dive instructors in 2010, they now run their own B&B there. Pedasi kept beckoning them with its activity-rich waters and many colorful festivals. You’ll hear it said there are 700 fiestas a year in this part of Panama, and this is the region where you’ll feel the country’s colonial heritage most keenly.

David

Living the Dream in Panama with an Online Income

You keep hearing advice about establishing an online business and creating your own income source by “thinking outside the box.” Jennifer Daniels, 58, took that advice and transformed her traditional medical practice into a work-from-home, online business in David, Panama. She explored Europe, the Caribbean, and Central America before settling on Panama.

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Earn in Panama’s Island Paradise

Lush, tropical jungle rings the Panamanian island where Laura Kay has lived for nine years. She has dozens upon dozens of white-sand beaches to choose from. Laura lives the simple life of a yoga instructor…in spectacular surroundings in Bocas del Toro, Panama. The Caribbean province is best known for the hundreds of islands that dot the waters just off the mainland.

Lake-Arenal

Earning in the U.S. While Living on Your Costa Rican Homestead

After just over a year in their home overlooking Lake Arenal in Costa Rica, Steve, 59, and Prudence Tippins, 50, are loving their new life…and many mornings get a dramatic reminder of why they decided to move. With the year-round, temperate climate, the couple regularly sleep outdoors on their deck.

Cuenca

A Writer’s Life in Ecuador…or Anywhere You Want

The sun is out and brilliant blue skies with white fluffy clouds—that you can almost touch—overlook my morning jog next to the Yanuncay River. The linear trails, three blocks from our condo, are immaculately groomed with colorful flowerbeds and towering Eucalyptus trees that give off a familiar scent reminiscent of my childhood in California. Along the way fellow joggers greet me with “Buenos Días.”

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Castles, Gardens, Food Festivals…and a Paycheck at the End

One of my favorite things about Ireland is its festivals. Then, of course, there’s the castles…and the gardens…and the music…and the people… I started out by researching my Irish ancestry and now I’ve been guiding tours to the island for 18 years. It’s a natural calling for me and I picked it up really quickly. Anyone can do it.

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Tropical Roatán is Ripe for Property-Management Income

When Christine Larose moved to the Caribbean island of Roatán in 2011 it didn’t take long before her neighbors were telling her how desperately they needed a personalized property management service for their vacation homes… “I seized that opportunity and created a business,” says the 45-year-old. “I had no property management or real estate background at all—I worked in sales marketing back in Ontario. But what I learned from that job was quality customer service.”

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