Testimonials from IL’s Fast-Track Ecuador: Lifestyle and Opportunity Conference
I really appreciate all the time and effort you took to put this conference together. A great deal of information was available and I am still processing. I spoke to several of the presenters and found them all too eager to answer questions and chat. I’m looking forward to getting the copy of the Fast Track Ecuador Conference. - Adagia DiGaia
First conference I attended. A lot to comprehend but was well worth the event. I had a great time and met a lot of interesting people. Plan to go back to Ecuador in December. Thank you. - Steve McFarland
Overall, the conference met or exceeded my expectations. This is the first IL conference I have attended, and I really appreciate that all the presenters made themselves available throughout the conference for Q&A. - Brian O’Grady
Excellent mix of speakers with on-point information for those contemplating a move to Ecuador. - Kerry Foshee
Overall an excellent presentation covering a plethora of topics that are extremely helpful and mostly necessary in considering and ultimately executing a move to Ecuador. - John Irey
I loved the seminar and consequently, I love Ecuador. Well organized and very effective. Tremendous job! - David A. Lowry
I was very pleased that the conference was managed in a very professional manner with each component occurring exactly as scheduled. - Richard Nabi
Organized, informative, fun – Shawn and Libby Bailey
It’s always so interesting meeting the attendees. Rich, poor, prestigious, educated or not…thinking of moving abroad seems to be an equalizer. - Elaine Yakos-LeBron
Great Job International Living! Great Speakers and Great Conference. I have been a long time subscriber and this was my first conference. I am ready for a change as I am not happy with the US Government and what is going on in our country. - David A. Lowry
Very well done, I did enjoyed this conference and learned a lot about Ecuador and programs for relocations. - Henry & Krystyna
This conference was so much more than we expected. It was a wealth of information to help us make a decision if this was something that would work for us. The speakers knowledge of their topics was very informative. - Karen Nimesgern
Very happy, was above my expectations. - Ross Hunt
Had a great time. - Steven D McFarland
Testimonials from IL’s Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference 2014
The conference was an extremely well organized event. The agenda was remarkably accurate and easy to follow. Information provided was what was publicized, anticipated and valuable. A great surprise was the coffee breaks and the quality of the refreshments. I will certainly recommend this event to anyone considering living outside the US. - James Goetcheus
Excellent conference, much more information than I expected! Well rounded and many areas covered that I would not have thought of on my own. Thank you! - SANDY HARRIS
The Conference was a total “WOW” for me… very eye opening in so many ways! Finding a room full of around 650 very interested and engaged people says a lot about how Americans are reacting to the constant changes in what use to be the best country in the world…. Now, we Americans are seeking a more comfortable place to enjoy our lives. Thank you all soooo much for opening our eyes and enlightening us to the fact that there are other wonderful places to explore and live in in this big world! - Suzanne
As a first time attendee at an International Living conference, it was all a bit overwhelming. The above speakers did an excellent job and made me think of new places to retire. I think that, once my wife and I review the materials together in 4 weeks, we will focus our efforts on where we want to visit starting in January 2015. - James Reinsch
Conference was so informative and thorougly covered all the nuts & bolts of moving overseas. That’s exactly what my objective was in attending the conference. I wanted to know the good, bad, facts & ugly. Moving to another country is a major decision but IL had the facts and information we needed. Also the personnel at the conference were excellent. Thank you - Renee James-Williams
We are so glad we traveled to the conference. We received valuable information! We are looking forward to your convention in Panama in 2015. Thanks for all the help. AND thanks especially for keeping the schedule ON TRACK…..much appreciated!! - Kathleen Cardenas
I went into the conference with specific ideas about what I wanted to get out of it and came out the other end with masses of truly helpful information I hadn’t even considered. Being surrounded by specialists of varying sorts specializing in industries, countries, investments and other specialties was incredible helpful. I now have a rolodex of contacts to refer to in my move and feel much more prepared to take the next steps in acquiring propery abroad. Thank you IL for offering so much to so many in so many diverse areas regarding taking on assets abroad and/or just picking up and adventuring into a new and exciting life in a wonderful new locale. - Sandy F
I have been attending IL conferences for several years and thoroughly enjoy each one . IL has a great team that works very hard to keep the information up to date. Keep up the good work. Look forward to seeing you next time. Thank you for a fun and informative three days. - Ronald Howze
I was very impressed with the everyone’s professionality, helpfulness, and genuine warmth=the perfect combination! Thanks so much! - Constance
My first IL conference and I was absolutely impressed! – Trish Haines
You successfully presented a conference for over 500 people, with a wealth of information, and with great presenters…earning a big “JOB WELL DONE!!!” Thank you for the experience! - SALLIE LAPAN
The conference was FULL, great information presented in an enjoyable fashion. The ability to interact with the presenters and other attendees put it over the top! I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and would recommend it to anyone considering living overseas. - Jeraldine (Jerrye) Cole
We enjoyed the fact that there were general information sessions which we all attended and then had the more detailed breakout sessions which we chose for ourselves. Also my husband and myself have attended numerous conferences and we were delighted with the fact that everyone was very professional and there was no high pressure sales!!!!!! :) - Cathy Philipow
The conference was a real eye opening reality check about how much it costs to live abroad. In some ways that was a deflating reality , but a necessary realization. I met a lot of down to earth representatives who gave me the straight story , which was refreshing. I have no criticism of the event. - Phoenix Ackiss
My main reason for attending was to increase my knowledge of countries where I would like to retire. The information I gained will help me to make that decision. I had four countries in mind when I arrived. When I left, I still had four, just not the same four. Thanks for all the great info and support. - Mark Hunter
This was my first IL conference and I was somewhat skeptical, not knowing what to expect, but I had high expectations. I was pleasantly surprised and my expectations were met. The networking opportunities were excellent and I feel much better prepared to head overseas after talking face-to-face with presenters and other participants at the conference and getting my questions answered and being better informed about what to expect. - Jim Rankin
Testimonials from IL’s Fund Your Life Overseas Conference 2014
So glad I came to this conference, it was my first one with IL & it was thrilling to be among others who had the same mind set! Fantastic info. & ideas, wonderful people. Opened my eyes to so many exciting possibilities. It has definitely helped to empower me, and to set goals that will move me towards my future destinations! - Karen Leyva
I thought everyone did an amazing job. Also considering most are not professional speakers. They speak from their passions and from experience not polished prose. I enjoyed that aspect. - Tony Camacho
I won’t be much good at this…I was enthralled from the first word and stayed that way all through the conference! Some speakers presented material I felt was less relevant to my wife’s and my situation, circumstances, and desires, but I can’t discredit them if it wasn’t “for us”. All in all, I’d say I would need to attend quite a few more of these conferences to make a valid comparison. Truthfully, I have never attended a better prepared and/or presented conference in my life…and I have been called (by friends) a “Consumate Conferencee”…even as a clergyman of almost 40 years. I am happy to give my “KUDOS” to all those involved for making this conference worth more than the price paid! – SRS- Steven Seagraves
Each speaker was informative an prompt. The conference was well organized and very informative. I would recommend anyone thinking of moving part time or full time overseas to attend one early in their planing stage.- John OBrien
This conference was excellent! It was well planned and executed. I truly appreciate the casual yet professional climate of the conference. I am thankful that you really attended to the schedule and were timely with regards to every aspect of the conference. The networking and breaks were very fluid and supplemented with great snacks and beverages. Everyone who was a presenter or part of the implementation of the conference was so incredibly upbeat and friendly with nothing short of enthusiasm towards helping others to explore opportunities for alternative incomes or alternative places to live. Your positive outlooks, testimonies and support to the attendees made it easy for anyone there to become inspired to make some positive ventures and changes in their lives. Thank you for the two and a half days! - Cindy Shepard Mady
The speakers were informative and encouraging. I found the sessions thought-provoking and valuable to anyone considering a move overseas. - Mary Beth Craddock
I am travelling to Ecuador in January, 2015, and after attending the conference I believe I have made the right decision to test the waters and have an adventure.. - Marlene Neher
Thank you!! Sometimes many things come together in a way that it seems like magic. Thank you for giving me a clearly road map to guide me in order to make my dream of living internationally a reality. Barbara Winter is a gem and it is good that she spoke several times. Finally, it was a good idea that all of the presenters had time before the large group. Whoever thought of that–good job. - Celia Sanchez
The information we were presented with was what I needed to make some important decisions in my life. I have been researching this retirement possibility for over a year now, and this conference filled in some of the missing ‘puzzle pieces’. My main focus was to discover how it would all come together from a Canadian perspective. There are different things to consider. Overall, I did get many of my questions answered satisfactorily enough to plan my retirement overseas. I have already started the research I require to go forward and make this a reality! - Rebecca Turner
I enjoyed getting so much information in such a short time. There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about it. - Shari Jensen
The networking! Face to face time is the reason I attend these events. True, buying the home conference kit is more affordable. But you also don’t meet any presenters or fellow attendees directly, nor will they ever remember who you are. As a result of attending the Phoenix event, my Sphere of Influence expanded exponentially. And since we are who we associate with, my personal and professional station in life just went up a few notches.. – Michael Hicks
All the new ideas, and all the possibilities. I have been kind of trapped in a “too long” career change for the last roughly 12 years, and all the options were very refreshing to hear. I also very much appreciated the attitude about being self-employed. I was self-employed for about 25 years as an attorney, and as Barbara said, I had a great boss. Since then, not so much. I really want to work for myself for about 10 more years. So the speakers were a great encouragement. And I will follow up by taking some courses, probably from Winton, Kary and Jen. - Gordon Peterson
Thank you for the presentations with so much out of the box concepts and instruction!! - David Bauer
Testimonials from IL’s Real Estate Investment Forum 2014
I found the Conferences and the Seminars very useful and informative. The organization was nearly perfect, and the location superb. The snacks and refreshments too. All in all a great experience, which I am looking forward to enjoy again in February 2015 in Ecuador! - Damiano Lafranchi
This was my second conference, and once again, I was impressed by everything—the speakers know their stuff, and pack a lot of information in their time slot—they get to the point with facts and lighten the day with personal experiences. It can be “information overload” but I wouldn’t want it any other way! The only item that caught my attention was perhaps more speakers from Europe [like in Toronto four years ago], but I understand that you need to reflect/represent what is happening where—now. So I appreciate the efforts in gathering the excellent opportunities that are available as you see it now. Great job! looking forward to the next time….. - Vicki
Cancun was a fabulous location…The hotel was wonderful! The speakers were very educational! All in All, it was a great forum! I enjoyed meeting so many people from all over the world. Thank you! - Suzanne Robinson
I came to Cancun knowing what info I was looking for and now have even more new and exciting information to act upon. The Brazil property is such a great opportunity if it all plays out as it should. With Daniel’s experience and Ronan’s backing the odds seem in our favor. I also love Beth’s addition to the conference getting the most from one’s investment. Of course all other information was such a boon as well… thank you to all the speakers! - Sandy
Always a treasure trove of information and possibilities! Thanks for an outstanding event. - Donna Hall
Great Forum. I enjoyed it all… and learned so much! I am now ready to go “boots on the ground” and check out the properties in person. Thank you so much for providing so much first hand knowledge… you have opened many doors and make it much easier to venture out and explore! - Suzanne Robinson
I believe this was an excellent forum to initiate new relationships and learn more about what is available in the world for quality investing. - Don Spencer
This was my first IL forum and was very pleased with the schedule, content, and social times. - Nancy Brownell
The conference was above and beyond for me - Michael Park
This is the first IL event I have attended and more than anything else, I was impressed with the competence, sincerity, and practical perspectives of Margaret and Ronan. I have been reading their missives for a couple years and while one must follow their advice about doing one’s own due diligence, I highly recommend anyone considering the pursuit of international real estate to attend one of their events … it transformed them in my mind from interesting and informative writers to expert resources that I absolutely trust. The only thing I can think of in regards to what I liked least is the relative inaccessibiliy of Ronan and Margaret during breaks, receptions, etc. They were usually dominated by one or two people at such times. - Jack Bernard
Conference got me motivated to purchase international properties. Have been thinking about it for years but have not taken action. Hope to purchase 3 or 4 properties in the next year – Jens Brynteson
This is the second IL conference I’ve attended. I’ve enjoyed both and overall am pleased with the quality of the content and speakers. - Troy Mills
Testimonials from IL’s Fast Track Costa Rica Conference 2014
Sessions were well paced packed with valuable information. Presenters made themselves available for follow-up questions and were kind,considerate and patient with attendees questions.- Bill Miller
I’m glad that I attended to this conference because all of the information was helpful and interesting information that will help us out a lot for our moving next year in Costa Rica. Also, I met quite a few of nice people and exchanged our contact information. Keep up the good works, guys and esta la juego!!- Cynthia Nguyen
Dr Calderon – Best Presentation of Conference, gave me absolute confidence in medical care here in Costa Rica- Jack Balcom
In fact it exceeded them. Having developed and managed corporate training depts. and designing training programs I tend to be more critical than many. The planning and execution, the breadth and specificity of the information, and the common sense recommendations were exceptional for a conference of this kind. I further appreciated that though many of the presenters were there to “sell” their wares, none were high pressure presentations and all seemed genuine in encouraging the attendees to do their homework and set their personal priorities.You did an extraordinary job and I appreciated how approachable and personal all the presenters and participants were. Thank you for a fun and educational experience.- Nan Peele
The presentations on Costa Rica was very informative and valuable. The presenters spoke clearly and were very engaging at all times.Overall, we are very pleased with the Fast Track Costa Rica Conference. It was highly informative and valuable. No time to fall asleep. Lots of lovely treats at lunch time and during the coffee breaks. Fantastic opportunities to network with like-minded folks.- Coleen & Larry Power
Paul & Gloria were my favorites – so passionate and informative! Fun to listen to them on ANY topic.- Virginia Simpson
First conference attended and I enjoyed it all ! Loads of valuable information and networking gained and available.- Laurie Roberts
The conference more than met my expectations. I may not move here but I feel with the conference combined with an extra few days, I have learned a lot about Costa Rica.- Mae Kidd
I loved the networking time and breaks. The VIP dinner was also wonderful event.– Charles
Nice people. Good event. Enjoyed it a lot.- Virginia Simpson
Testimonials from IL’s Ultimate Event 2014
The International Living conference was packed full of valuable information. We are more than happy, we feel the conference changed our lives and gave us new focus and excitement about the next stage of our life: living outside of the United States! - Jeanie Brachear
Every speaker was well prepared and held my attention through the entire presentation. I was completely blown away at how everyday was full of information and time seamed to just fly by. - Jim Dunn
As a first timer, I was curious about how much information I was really gonna get by attending the conference. Wow! I was delighted and satisfied by the speakers on the very first day and it just kept getting better. They were well versed in their respective subject, imparted the information quickly and clearly, and invited us to chat with them personally. It was like we were sitting in my living room conversing about I was interested in specifically. At home, it would have taken me months of research, but I would have missed areas I didn’t think I was interested in, and I wouldn’t have thought of all the questions they answered. I’m glad I went! - Catalina Finnell
The conference was well organized, and it was easy to quickly become oriented relative to the resources that IL made available. Perhaps my biggest difficulty was deciding which workshops I wanted to attend when several overlapped. This difficulty was eased considerably by knowing that IL will be providing attendees with recordings and slide decks from the sessions, so I knew I would be able to enjoy at a later date any I missed, as well as revisit those that I attended. - Evan Peter Ehrlich
I learned a lot, had many questions answered and identified more questions that I need to explore. Thanks to IL and this event, my wife and I are further along our path to new, great adventures. - Evan Peter Ehrlich
This was a top notch conference. I was surprised how professional the speakers were and the information that was given. My questions were answered again and again. You did a fantastic job. - Kay Omer
Overall, I think everyone did a top notch job. The conference opened my mind to destinations that I hadn’t previously considered and then forced me to assess myself and what I am looking for to narrow my choices. - Patricia Brightwell
It was a great conference. Gave me a lot of insight to living over seas and things to look for. Even added a country to my list. - Wade Schwan
You exceeded my expectations! So happy I attended. Wish my husband could have joined me. The Lyman’s were excellent . - Lynda Opiela
The conference exceeded our expectations and potentially saved us considerable loss of pension income (many thanks to Doug Hendler!!) - Jan Streeton
I was impressed by the professionalism of the conference and overall with the speakers. All presentations started on time, which is an above average performance as I have attended dozens of professional conferences over the years. While there was some selling and cross-selling as expected, it was not overwhelming. - Eric Villette
I was impressed with everything. Very well organized. Thank you for a very informative 4 days. - Cleo Haimerl
Over all I really enjoyed and learned so much from this conference and hope to attend another soon. - Cynthia Harington
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“IL’s 2014 Ecuador Conference Was More Than We Could Hope For”
In advance of this conference I researched Ecuador for nearly 6 months. I read too many books to name, made contact with nearly 100 expats in various locations, spoke to many professionals in the industries that support becoming an expat (relocations, VISA processors, real estate personnel, and others seeking knowledge). I also read many comments from people that were not fans of International Living, with the most often comment being all they care about is selling me something from services to real estate. My wife and I came to Quito ready to learn more and also to solidify what we had already learned and quite frankly the entire event was more than we could hope for. The event was professionally handled, exceptional in its organization and the content delivery was world class.
For the naysayers concerning International Living, I can only say they were so wrong. Did you have some people there in trade show format–of course, these events bring out many partners that want to sell their thing, service, or property, but at no time did I feel International Living staff were pushing any vendor or specific solution. I was impressed with the message of come, try it out before you make big decisions and commitments which is consistent with what I expected to hear. Our follow-up tours were outstanding and helped solidify all we were taught in the conference.
I personally want to thank Dan Prescher and Suzan Haskins for an exceptional conference and International Living for hosting such an information packed conference.
–Michael R. Womer Sr.
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Testimonials from IL’s Fast-Track Panama Conference 2014
I was very happy with the program and all of the speakers. This was one great meeting. Sorry I don’t have any negative to say. Just keep up the excellent work. - Michael Salater
This was our first International Living conference. With the presentations and tours we now have all the information we need to make a decision with confidence. It was fun meeting like minded people from many different places. - Robert Hartl
I was very impressed with the overall quality of the speakers and the information provided during this conference. I had really expected to find more fluff than valuable information and this was not the case at all! Good job, all! Can’t wait till next year to decide which one we want to attend. - Melinda Belleville
After this conference I was really ready to go home and pack my bags. They completely answered all the questions I had, and even some I hadn’t thought about. - Dawn Jones
The Panama Fast Track Conferences have indeed provided me the tools necessary to make my decision to move abroad more viable. Though we are still in the organizing phrase, we now have a much clearer reality of what to expect. - Pablo Figueroa
This was the first time to an IL conference and found it to be very informative. It was a good investment. - Daniel Phelps
The event was well organized. The fact that each sessions started and ended on time was huge. Even the VIP bus departed for the canal on time. Job well done! - Darren Mason
This was my second year at the Panama conference and I came away with a sense of awe at the magnitude of offerings and information. Also, the sense that “I can do this.” - Cheryl Smith
Enjoyed meeting expats and liked having an opportunity to tour various parts of the country and meet interesting people in Panama (as well as other people from the U.S.) - Pamela Mallen
I especially enjoyed the speakers. They were, for the most part, very informative and entertaining. Each speaker was just about the right length of time. Always left me wanting more instead of getting bored. - Jan Cowley
I thought the legal, health care, and real estate sessions were the most informative for my goals. - Kirby Crum
Editor’s Note: Find out more about IL’s conferences here.
Testimonials from IL’s Fast-Track Ecuador Conference 2014
The talk on immigration visas was particularly good “nuts & bolts” information. Overall an excellent conference. I attended as a “scout” because my husband said “You check it out and if it seems legitimate and useful, we will both attend next year.” - Kristin Crosby
It was perfect, and I have gotten information very fast , where as if I would have never came, it would be light years before I could acquire this type of information….I will be moving down this year,but first I am getting my money right first…..I am looking at getting a second pastport very quickly….. – Jerry Mallett
One observation (of course I am not the only one with this opinion) – ALL GREAT although OVERWHELMING !! - Paul Campilii
This was my first IL conference and I found the content and the presentations to be very informative. My husband and I have already decided to retire in Ecuador, so we used this conference opportunity to obtain information and clarification on some topics that we needed help with, talking with the presenters and exhibitors provided us with the details required to make our move to Ecuador an easy transition. Thanks guys! - Jo-Anne Hall
I picked up some good advice and tips to put together a game plan to achieve my goal of retiring in Ecuador. - Sheldon Leonard
Overall exceeded my expectations, excellent conference, subject matter thoroughly covered. My 6th conference, probably the best to date. Staff went out of their way to ensure an enjoyable experience. Dan and Susan always put the icing on the cake, consider them more like family than staff. This is the first time I have left a conference feeling as if this place could REALLY be home. Thanks to all for a terrific event !! - Ronald Howze
I enjoyed everything about the program. Ladies/Gentlemen: Please be advised I enjoyed every minute of the program. Many thanks for making my first conference with International Living so first rate in all areas. The cordiality of your staff and their attention to detail impressed me at every turn. My best wishes for another great conference in Panama. - Jim Davis
Honest and heartfelt information about the good and the bad; and you covered it all – much more than I expected and some of which I never considered. – Daniel Hanf
Excellent speakers and organization and good source of information. - Olen Phillips and Caroline Phillips
CONGRATULATIONS – this was a terrific Conference, well organized, interesting and relevant content. The food and snacks supplied at the intermissions was of a high standard. Generous, beautifully presented and well served. THANK YOU !! – A highly successful Conference, It was excellent. - Phyl Doppelt
All in all it was a good value for the money. I feel like I know a great deal about Ecuador now. - Barbara Pennell
Testimonials from IL’s Fast-Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference 2013
The conference far exceeded mine & Maria’s expectation!! John Curran’s delivery was exceptional. We gained much insight after talking directly with Suzan Haskins, and John & Sue Curran about Ecuador. We can’t wait to visit after the first of the year. My only constructive critic would be to have lighting light up the speakers when they were on stage. I am a fan, and see the benefit of being an IL member!! - Robert (Sonny) Morris
Very Positive Content, Speakers, Venders, Information….just a fantastic experience! We came with many questions……and leave with many more. Meaning that in a good sense! When we thought that we had this nailed down to a couple of countries, you go and offer up some others that we are now considering…go figure! LOL!! Enjoyed the networking with people all across our nation! We now know that we are “nuts”, but there are a lot “nuts” just like us, and probably many more that could not attend for one reason or another! We anticipate attending the Feb. 2014 event in Quito, Ecuador, and thinking of getting there a couple days early for a “chill weekend”. We are very concerned about the direction of our country, and this event gives us specific insight to “options”, that we had never pondered before! This was overload at its best, and I also mean that in a very positive sense as well!! Overall, EVERYTHING…..Excellent…Excellent!! - Ron & Pat Caywood, Waterloo, Illinois
I was blown away!!! Being my first International Living event, I was truly amazed at the quality and content. I love that you had lawyers for each area available for legal questions. You covered the tax aspect. You apparently only covered countries considered to be a good choice. I was also taken aback (in a really good way!) at the amazing food at breaks, the cocktail parties for mingling and networking, the prizes … in short the “perks”!!! I go to many conferences but this was by far the best thought out and most enjoyable! Thank you for such a splendid job! You deserve a rest now!!! – Kathleen Sweeney
This was a first for my husband and I coming to an International Living convention. We were both impressed and educated way beyond our expectations. In fact, I am normally the person researching and getting excited about information and my husband just listens to me rather bored looking. In this convention he got exposed first hand to much of what I have been looking into and was totally transformed in his reality and interest to move forward with a new life. I was surprised at how well the talks were set up to keep us all interested and not too over loaded – it has prepared us to move on with moving over seas in an educated manner . Fabulous. - Niedra Gabriel
The conference was brilliant. We loved it and got so much information. Can’t wait to make Ecuador our new home. Many thanks to all the presenters and vendors!!!! - Paul & Lyn Etienne
This was my first IL conference and I thought all the speakers were excellent. The information presented really helped me narrow my search. I was able to network with several others in attendance, I hope they will become my email pals and maybe neighbors in the future. I am a RETA member and I took advantage of the great opportunity offered for the pre-launch deal in Brazil. I headed home feeling very happy I was able to attend. - Karen Lloyd
Great start to this information packed weekend! Pennee and I, along with 800 plus Retirement Overseas Conference attendees, eagerly soaked up critical information offered up by seasoned International Living ‘Expat Experts’. The words of wisdom, from pros who had relocated to foreign lands years ago, were like a lifeboat…safe passage from a land of doubts and uncertainties to a land of hopes and dreams of a healthier, happier, and more affordable future. - Paul McEwen
The information we received could not have been any better. We learned so very much and learned many, many things we did not know, even after much research. It was interesting to hear what Robert Bauman had to say. We highly respect his opinions and oversight and plan to contact him in the future. We enjoyed John Curran very much, also and he created interest in knowing more about Ecuador. Great, enthusiastic speaker! Overall, we enjoyed the conference immensely! Still a bit overwhelmed and will take a while to digest it all but we were very impressed in everything. - Larry and Linda Seng
My first event. I came away even more confused but now I’m “informed confused”! I have a much better understanding of what won’t work for me as well as some areas to think about that I wouldn’t have considered. Information was very useful…appreciated info on renting as well as buying. - Carolyn Fairbank
Speakers were informative, conversational and insightful. They’ve obviously “been there and done that.” - Jacqui Austin
Excellent information provided and very honest. People didn’t “sugar coat” information. I really appreciate that. - Melanie Clark
IL loaded up on the right levels and amounts of experts to lead this conference–people who’ve lived there for awhile, learned the countries’ goods and bads, and are experiencing first hand living abroad. The conference completely met our expectations. - Greg St. John
I was blown away with the amount of people who attended this conference. This was our first step in researching the possibility of living outside the US. I was hoping to hear about a place that we could zero in on. Instead we now have 4 places of interest. We returned home not with just a notion of moving, but now have a strong desire and a plan to get there. Thanks IL!! - Jody Wheeler
I enjoyed it very much. It opened up a whole new world of possibilities. – John Schneider
Thank you so much for all the hard work IL and each of your speakers in making this conference possible. We are looking forward to traveling to our countries of choice with greater enthusiasm and being equipped with more knowledge than we had previous to the conference! - Janet Kirby-Drummond
I’m glad that I decided to attend this conference! – James Whelan
The scope and range of the topics, ie. the various countries that were presented and discussed was outstanding. - Rob Whitcomb
The endless supply of info that came my way. It covered every aspect of moving overseas and put my mind at ease that I don’t have to go it alone. Thank you - Paul Hartford
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Testimonials from IL’s Fast-Track Costa Rica 2013 Conference
Prior to signing up, we always wondered why people signed up for these conferences given the expense involved, BUT after attending, it was every penny and more. Speakers were excellent, the information we received answered all our questions and some questions we didn’t know we had. – Larry & Peggy Eastabrook
We are considering Costa Rica and Ecuador as possible places to retire. We purchased the audio/slide presentation for Feb/13 Ecuador conference and we were so impressed we changed the dates of our vacation to match the dates of the conference in Costa Rica. Thank you for a job well done. We also appreciate the Contact List for all the speakers ( the 21/2 days are so intense it’s refreshing to know we contact speakers afterward.) We missed some presentations that we did not feel we needed at this time, knowing we could review these at our leisure later. Thank you for making the conference slide/audio available. –Larry and Dona Dees
This was such an informative event. I truly learned so much about moving to Costa Rica and all the ins and outs of getting here. The information gave the good and the bad, so it wasn’t misinforming. I felt good that I had contacts that were willing to work with me when I needed help, and it was money well spent. Cudos to each and every one of you! I actually didn’t find anything that I didn’t like about this conference at all. It was well run with excellent information, and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to move to Costa Rica. –Bonnie Benedik
Valuable information for any newcomer considering relocating in Costa Rica. Speakers were well informed especially since they are now residents in the country. Having people share their challenges of relocating to a foreign country helped me understand what to look for before deciding a big move! – Dr Arlene Luster
This was an excellent seminar. It provided everything, short of actually going to the individual cities and towns, needed to help decide whether or not to move to Costa Rica and rent or buy. It was valuable. –Roberta Ginsburg
As we are specifically interested in moving to Costa Rica and have lived overseas in 9 countries in Central America, Asia, South Asia and West Africa already, we found Jason’s presentations to be especially valuable. A very good day if one pushed “to keep absorbing!” Overall, what a wonderful conference packed with facts and details and fascinating people all around us —just what we wanted! Talk about TOTAL IMMERSION. Wow!!! Thanks so much to IL. The property tours were also fantastic and well, well worth it! – Charles Ames
Such a wealth of valuable information. Speakers were concise, to the point, and the agenda flowed. I did not want to leave my seat for fear of missing something. Wow! Love listening to the folks who have relocated to CR. Thank you for all the networking groups that really are there to help you invest in a dream retirement. They seem to want to relieve you of all your headaches (they already experienced them) upon relocation. Thank you for a delightful conference. I took 50 pages of notes and look forward to receiving the recordings, to fill in the gaps, to start networking with the valuable connections provided, and making a go of it to reach my dream retirement haven. –Deb Blakey
We were blown away with all the information. We attended two areas of the country as well. The conference was well organized and very professional. Well worth while! – Debra Thornton
My wife and I have already booked our next trip to Costa Rica to look at some property . Thanks for all the great information! – William Burns
Thanks for ordering EXCELLENT weather throughout the entire conference. Overall, it was a very good and interesting experience. – Robert Noffsinger
Dan was a great MC. I loved the whole event and learnt a lot. Am busy packing stuff and reorganizing everything so I can move quickly. Need to sell 2 houses and land, then I can come. Made some useful contacts for when I move to CR. Roger and Nick in particular. All the above were excellent both in speaker performance and content. Thoroughly enjoyable, although it was not a vacation as I tried to learn so much! – Carol Clapp
The legal and financial (including tax) considerations of moving to and residency in Costa Rica were extremely helpful. The information Nick Hodges presented was invaluable. I also enjoyed information by expats on what they were doing to contribute to the communities in which they lived. Also, the ability to talk directly to the lawyers, Nick Hodges, and others at their booths about questions of interest to us. – Donna Denis
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Thanks to IL for Hosting the Fast Track Overseas Conference That Ended up Changing our Lives
My wife and I have been talking about moving for 10 years, however we are not of retiring age and we lost nearly all our savings and SEP funds due to the economic down turn and some poor real estate investing. We have been IL subscribers for about 8 years and have ordered numerous “owner’s manuals” and checklists on how to move overseas. Until recently, we thought Costa Rica was the perfect country for us and were planning to move there in July of this year.
However, last September we attended the “Fast Track to Overseas” conference in Vegas. We listened to as many of the speakers as possible and Keith Hockton’s talk on Penang really hit us between the eyes. He spoke to us after his presentation for quite some time and really put things in a different perspective. He opened our minds to another world of possibilities.
After debating where to go over the holidays, we thought maybe we should give Malaysia a try. We went there for a few weeks and Keith did not lead us astray! Penang Island is beautiful. It has history, architecture, culture, amazing food and interesting people. Additionally, it is warm year round and has no snow, (unlike Chicago) which is one of the prerequisites for anywhere we were going to move. Needless to say, we changed our plans and are moving full speed ahead to Penang in July. Absolutely none of this would be happening if we didn’t invest in IL and that seminar. The seminar gave us the extra confidence boost that we really needed to take the plunge! Penang here we come!
–Mark T Raccuia
Testimonials from IL’s Fast-Track Ecuador 2013 Conference
–These speakers were all excellent. They spoke well and with humor maintaining our attention and provided information that was critical in helping us determine that the decision we were making was a good one, that we could be successful with. They provided insight that we were looking for in what life in Ecuador would be like. The opening was very promising and made us believe that we had invested well in the conference. - Pat Jackson
–Great speakers, well prepared, good photo support, and good delivery, but most important; the information provided was right on track. – Steve Stamper
–Confident, competent, interesting presenters, professional deliveries and excellent time-keeping. – Jan from Perth, Western Australia
–I was impressed that the speakers knew the questions I had about Ecuador. The knowledge they had about moving to Ecuador is invaluable. The devil is in the details, and these speakers got it right. They held the attendees attention each time they spoke. – Robert Hardy
–After hearing these speakers I was ready to move to Ecuador - Scott & Cheryl Shellenberger
–The conference was so much more than I anticipated! Then, when I heard we would be receiving ALL the power point presentations during the conference…I was overjoyed! That really meant I could “live in the moment” as I heard each speaker. However, out of habit, I continued to take notes. I’m planning a girlfriend dinner with the power points and a discussion of my new life’s chapter! The past week in Ecuador was an incredible experience for me. From visiting markets to driving through neighborhoods and parks, from eating establishments to windy mountain highways and more…..this was a once in a lifetime experience with a wealth of information to cement it all! Thanks, International Living! You’ve changed my life! - June Schertzer
–We attended this conference to determine if we could make the move to Ecuador and retire early. This event provided us with the information and contacts we needed to begin this process. We have appreciated the information we have received from International Living and the documents we have purchased. The information is indepth and helpful. – Pat Jackson
–The information I received was great. This is just the information I will need if I move to Ecuador. You have put together a great group of people. I may only rent during US winter months but you have given me the confidence to try. – Mike Friberg
–I found this conference very stimulating and exciting, with a wealth of practical information to assist me in my decision-making process assessing the pros and cons of moving/living in Ecuador. Additionally, the networking was invaluable in meeting like-minded baby boomers and learning about their experiences, perceptions and dreams. – Jean Charlton
–Receiving first hand knowledge from people who are actually living in Ecuador. There was really nothing about the conference that I didn’t like, even the things completely unrelated to my situation were informative and interesting. The overall experience of those far to few days was amazing. I am so glad I was there. I wanted to get back on a plane for Ecuador as soon as I landed in Dallas/Fort Worth. - Robert McCreary
–I must admit, I totally enjoyed the total program and was most impressed with its organization and diversity of speakers. Well thought out and professionally presented! – Robert Redfern
–The speed and timing of the entire three day program and walking away with all my questions answered.. Now its up to me the make the change… - Larry Crooker
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It was money well spent and for anyone considering adopting another country as a future home, I would definitely recommend a conference of this sort. You are able to meet and socialize with others that have intentions of an overseas move. You get information from experts who are happy to meet with you individually and answer the tough questions in a straightforward and honest manner and truthfully, we were ready to just leave with what we had packed and visit one of our chosen destinations as soon as the conference ended.
– Ron and Bonnie Corbett-Parmelee
It was fabulous! It exceeded all my expectations! I am thinking this will now be a way of life for me! Thank you International Living for improving my life.
– Harry Stakely
More than I expected! I came with a rather large list of questions and was able to get most of the answers. Those I did not get, I feel I have enough contacts via IL and others, to get the answers I need. The hotel was great, the IL staff wonderful and for the most part knowledgeable. The social networking time was just enough. Thank You International Living!
– Jenn Perkins
Wealth of information. I was hoping to be able to narrow my choices of where to retire down but if anything I added a few places on my list.
– Mike Yoder
Excellent conference. Helped open my wife’s eyes to the many compelling opportunities throughout Latin America.
– Jack Morkan
Despite any subjective comments about any speakers actual speaking ability, it is the content that I most cared about and concentrated on through out. And it was a dose of information overload. Over the next few months the info needs to be filtered & a few chills scheduled so that the picture can be clarified. Mostly the conference taught me how much I really didn’t yet know about initiating a move abroad ! Great first step.
– Ron Marcisz
We wondered if we would get our money’s worth when we came. We felt we got more than we expected. Everything was well organized and well managed. Your breaks were at the right times. Opportunities to network with others and visit with the vendors was adequate. We learned a great deal and feel better equipped to undertake the move of our lifetime – and we’re looking forward to it.
– Tom and Peg Barratt
The quality of the information was excellent. All the IL staff and speakers were genuinely interested in us getting all of the information we need to make a good decision.
– Marie Tilden
Very good content in the 2 conferences I have attended. Very much worth the investment. Great to network with other people and get their feedback on various locations. If you are serious about investing or relocating internationally, it is better to attend than to buy the taped version, due to the feedback of other attendees.
– Larry Madoski
We are very happy we attended! Got lots of great information! It was really helpful to be able to talk to the speakers to get first hand information. And it helped us narrow down the countries we want to consider.
– Nick and Gail
The International Living Staff provided a first class conference. My wife and I walked away with good information to assist us in our endeavor of our upcoming adventure into Latin America.
– Rick Morrison
Glad we went. I knew I wanted to move overseas – after the conference, I am clearer on where to move, and after attending this conference, my husband is really on-board with moving also!
– Joan Harden
I have bought in Costa Rica the Pacific Southern Zone with Steve Linder. It is always good to see him and ask how my properties are doing. I am planning to buy in Ecuador next so there will be more friends to connect with at future conferences. One more thing I want to mention. I have met someone at one of the conferences I attended in the past and she has become my best friend now. Thank you for that IL.
– David Villarreal
Each time I attend, I learn so much and meet wonderful people of like minds; without IL many of us would be lost in this process. Thank you IL for being there, here and everywhere!
– Jenn Perkins
The conference surpassed my expectations and I feel that moving abroad is more possible than I thought.
– Marie Tilden
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Overall the Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas conference was excellent
Overall the conference was excellent. We discovered much needed information. The whole affair was presented in a nice, organized manner. In addition, the coffee breaks were supreme, the coffee and snacks great. The same goes for the opening and closing cocktail parties. International Living seems to care about our needs and concerns with regards to everything, including an excellent, informative conference. Very well done!
– Bevan Hemstock
Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference 2012: “All the presentations were excellent “
All the presentations were excellent. I particularly liked the personal examples. Highly recommended if planning a move overseas.A ton of information delivered by very knowledgeable and dynamic individuals.
– Carmen Forget
Your Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference 2012 “was everything I wanted and it even went beyond”
It was everything I wanted and it even went beyond. I needed a push to get life in another country moving and this was it. I was so impressed with every aspect of the seminar. I am also looking forward to more in the future. Thank you so much.
Totally awesome overall. Met and exceeded my highest expectations. I think International Living is the best organization I have been affiliated with. Thank you so much for what you do.
– Douglas Crumley
Your speakers were very clear and precise at your Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference 2012
All of your speakers were very clear and precise in their assessments of life in an adopted country. They shared their own individual experiences and those of others that they were acquainted with. The presentations left vivid images of happy people who had retired overseas and found the life that suited them in an absolutely perfect way.
–Ron and Bonnie Corbett-Parmelee
Testimonials from IL’s Fast-Track Panama: Lifestyle & Opportunity Conference 2012
I enjoyed the opportunity to hear from and then talk to the people who have “been there and done that” by moving offshore themselves – Dan and Suzan and others. Also, the legal and tax presentations – maybe not the most exciting subject matter but extremely important information to factor into any decision.
— Sharri Speaker
Overall the speakers were excellent and the information presented by them was very knowledgeable. It really gave us confidence in knowing what to do and the right people to talk to in Panama.
— Edward Hill
Another outstanding job done by the staff of IL, speakers and event sponsors!
— Lynn Albert Burrill
I thought the overall conference was run very well, with an excellent group of speakers. The conference was well worth attending. Thanks for all the hard work that went into making it a success.
I was exposed to the full range of information needed to make the decision to move to Panama. The speakers knew their stuff. I now have the materials and references I need.
The conference was incredible! It was my first IL conference but definitely won’t be the last. The speakers were knowledgeable and very willing to share advice and experiences. I learned so much that I sometimes felt like my brain would explode if I tried to pack any more in!
-– Sherri Speaker
I enjoyed the conference and learned a lot. It was a great first step to figuring out where to go. Thanks!
— Beth Lauderdale
Lots of good info – gave me a good point of reference as to what to consider when evaluating if Panama could be a good fit for me.
— Elaine Schaefer
Across the board everyone was a great speaker and presenter, with a lot to cover in the time allowed. The visuals were great and the sound system well done. Having coffee into the afternoon and the snacks provided throughout the whole day were much appreciated. You took good care of us.
All were excellent. One complaint, if a complaint at all, make it longer!
— Dave Kochubka
Great content and information. Very realistic as to what to expect in Panama. I know some of the expats were very nervous but they gave great information and I really enjoyed hearing them all speak. PLEASE let each one know how much the information they gave was appreciated!
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“We have read or been told about each of these speakers, but being able to see them all in one place was invaluable”
We loved the speakers. They were all approachable and glad to share their knowledge between sessions. We were already in the process of moving to Panama, and it worked out well that we could meet the attorney, Rainelda Mata-Kelly, right there to discuss our visa options! We were also glad to be able to arrange a tour of the sustainable teak plantation in Panama for this week with Mr Kroesen. How convenient! We didn’t have the opportunity to meet Jessica Ramesch, but valued what she shared in the conference. Also, meeting Rolando with Best Safety Boxes was very helpful.
We have read or been told about each of these speakers, but being able to see them all in one place was invaluable and comforting to make arrangements at the conference rather than struggle to do so upon arrival in Panama. We had already signed up for the conference when the announcement was made that there would be a conference in Panama in April. We may have made a different decision about which conference to attend had we already known. We flew to Panama on the same flight as John Curran and his wife. As we were exiting the plane, they said, “Welcome home!” It was such an emotional moment to share with fellow ex-pats!
–Carole and Roy Kaylor
“We are certainly glad we attended the Ultimate Event. It has advanced our research about living abroad tremendously.”
John Curran stood out to many people I spoke with as a wonderful speaker, and I can’t help but agree. His presentations were polished, informative, and entertaining. To be able to talk to him and his wife Sue was extremely enjoyable. Warren Hardy and his wife, Tuli were incredible. They were like meeting old longtime friends. To meet all the speakers and fellow conference attendees and share some laughs and learn what each went through to arrive at the Ultimate Event was wonderful. Tuey Murdock was wonderfully informative, Steenie Harvey was a laugh a minute, and Suzan and Dan offering their extensive knowledge from everything from moving to travelling with a dog could not have been obtained without attending a IL conference. We are certainly glad we did. It has advanced our research about living abroad tremendously.
“I cannot say that there was a single thing that I did not like about the conference.”
Being the first event that I had attended I was a little apprehensive that that I may get the hard sell like these time share people but it didn’t take long to get rid of that feeling. That was done at the first coffee break when I seen that all the exhibitors wanted to do was give you information the rest of the conference was most enjoyable. I cannot say that there was a single thing that I did not like about the conference.
“I couldn’t believe all the information that was packed into 4 days.”
The conference was wonderful. I couldn’t believe all the information that was packed into 4 days. The only thing I would have changed was the Spanish program. I would have done that earlier in the conference. I’ve purchased so many spanish programs and books and not been able to finish them. I think I would have been able to finish this one. It was almost the last thing and I didn’t have $90 in cash on me to purchase it at the conference price during the farewell.
“Outstanding event. Look forward to the next one!!”
This was my first year to go and was hoping it wouldn’t be a waste of time and money. The first thought that came to my mind during the first day of speakers was, “WOW, these guys know what the heck they are talking about!” It was truly a great event and gave me a lot of confidence to move forward. I’m interested at this time with moving overseas. I was interested in finding resources to do business in Ecuador and make some good, trusting contact. It did just that! Being a father of four and a husband, I would have liked to have heard of people experiences with juggling kids and grandkids. That is a huge issue for us. Outstanding event. I attended more sessions than I thought because it was well presented and prepared. Look forward to the next one!!
“We’re looking forward to the next Ultimate Event in 2013!!”
Words cannot describe all of the benefits and enriching life changing experiences that an IL Ultimate Event offers. This was my second International Living Ultimate Event [I attended the one in Quito, Ecuador last year] and I was not disappointed. You opened our minds and hearts to places we may or may not have even considered as possible expat retirement havens. By offering us practical information, from local experts, on the best places in the world to retire overseas, you demystified the relocation, purchasing and residency processes of each country. It was fascinating to witness first hand, the “ah ha moments” experienced by conference attendees that “we can do it” and “it is possible to make our dreams come true”!!
Cancun, Mexico was a spectacular location for the conference. We met a new international circle of friends and acquaintances. Looking forward to realizing our dream in the near future!! Thank you to all of the IL staff, speakers, exhibitors and the Marriott for doing such a magnificent job!! We’re looking forward to the next one in 2013!!
“The conference changed our lives forever. Thank you IL and all the exhibitors!”
What a time it was. We joined RETA, we toured several investment opportunities in Mexico and using the knowledge acquired from the conference ended up buying two lots in Tulum. We will start building a house sometime in the next year.
None of this would have been possible without the information and advice we received during the conference. It was absolutely fantastic. All of our questions were answered and guidance was found from many different sources. What a blessing the entire 4 days were for us. We had been doing research for quite some time but having a chance to listen to the sessions and talk with everyone face to face finally brought everything to life. The conference changed our lives forever. Thank you IL and all the exhibitors!
–Lawrence & Jeanette Koehler
Just got back from Las Vegas and wanted to tell you that in my sixty-five trips around the sun, I do not recall having attended a better organized or more beneficial event.
I signed up because I hope I would be able to gather more and better info by being there, rather than going at it on my own and I was astounded by how right I was. Every speaker, every topic was right on target, if not for me specifically, then for the others, as I could see. It was very rewarding to be able to talk to “boots on the ground” people about real issues and details that one, even a seasoned traveler to these very countries, would not have thought to consider.
–Richard (Rick) Bird
The Live and Invest Overseas Conference in Las Vegas was “Well Worth the Time Spent For Me”
It was a pleasure meeting you and listening to you at the Live and Invest Overseas conference in Las Vegas. My hope was to meet you to get answers to questions I had about Uruguay.
Those questions were answered and I gathered more positive information than I had expected. The conference was very well worth the time spent for me.
“The Live & Invest in Panama Seminar 2011 Was a Delightful Conference”
Dan did an excellent job. A very delightful conference.
–Dave Mc Naught
“The Live & Invest in Panama Seminar 2011 Was a Wonderful Seminar”
Wonderful seminar. Want to live in Panama soon.
Live & Invest in Panama Seminar 2011 Was Very Organized and Professionally Managed
This conference was very organized and professionally managed. We have been extremely pleased and are looking to come back to Panama and spend more time.
–Larry Nancy Lape
IL’s Ultimate Event “Whetted my Appetite for International Living”
Very impressed with the IL conference. It gave me a great deal of information. It provided me with a taste and view of cultures and countries and definitely whetted my appetite for international living.
Presenters were awesome . . . Al Fine is a given, Ellen Ring has invaluable information needed by all and is concise, gracious and super informative. Bob Bauman is down-to-earth and emailed specific information that I needed . . . I could go on and on.
Great conference, most informative and fun. All of the speakers were excellent! I would highly recommend this conference to anyone who is planning to move overseas. Great job!
You treated everyone like we were special and shared info and offered encouragement and support for us. Like the challenge of moving into International opportunities. We almost bought property at Villcabamba and have plans to return and spend more time there soon, so the conference was certainly a success for us. Thank you IL!
The speakers were so knowledgeable, really appreciated their expertise. Really appreciate information about investing alternatives.
“The Quito Event proceedings came! Wow! They’re top quality–easy to review and catch up on sessions I missed. Impressive conference!”
As a marketing professional I have attended (as well as being an organizer and presenter) an almost endless number of conventions, seminars, and workshops. The International Living Ultimate Event VI in Quito, Ecuador ranks among the best.
There wasn’t a single unproductive moment; your speakers – each expert in his/her field – were engaging, informative, and, even more important, available throughout the conference for individual interaction. The top-level quality of unexpected extras, such as catered breaks, sponsored luncheons, and masses of useful information packets made each participant feel welcome and valued.
In short, ILUEVI far exceeded my expectations. I arrived with considerable confusion regarding both a sound international financial strategy and an effective method for selecting overseas property. After private meetings (freely given) with several of your presenters, I now have a practical working plan that will be implemented immediately I return home.
After absorbing the material presented, one thing became undeniably clear: inaction is NOT an option.
Thank you for a job well done.
–Jean-Claude Koven, Publisher’s Roundtable Member
Everything I was looking for was covered.
Layout of sessions, breaks excellent. Content is perfect.
– Reggie Henkart