In the Right Spots Overseas, as Little as $1,485 a Month Can Bankroll a Good Life… Which Means You Can Retire Comfortably on a Social Security Check Alone
Let us pinpoint for you the communities that would suit you best and hand you a personalized blueprint for getting there.
Dear International Living Reader,
Retire sooner. Spend less. Live better. That’s the end goal.
And there’s no question: You can do it.
You can do it in all sorts of beautiful, welcoming, good-weather communities that dot the globe from Latin America to Southeast Asia to Europe.
Laid-back beach escapes. Quiet mountain getaways. University Towns. Even cosmopolitan cities.
In the right communities, you really can live a richer, more engaging life than you do today…but spend as little as $1,485 a month to do it (housing included).
In other words: Get the destination right, and you could live well on your Social Security income alone.
Of course, you could spend more if you like…and enjoy a genuinely luxurious lifestyle.
On a budget of $2,500 to $3,600 a month, a couple can live extremely well in many places, and afford the sort of comforts only the very wealthy can bankroll at home—perks like a housekeeper to cook and clean every day or a home with a pool and a gardener to maintain the grounds…
The point is, no matter what your budget, in the best-value destinations around the world, your dollars really stretch. And that means you have great options for improving your lifestyle while you trim your spending…
Take these three, for instance…
1) Your Own Caribbean Island Getaway
You might choose to surround yourself by white sand, palm trees, and warm turquoise waters on one of the last affordable islands in the Caribbean. Sound expensive? Don’t be so sure…
In this sun-kissed escape I’m thinking of, you could walk the beach every day…go diving…ride your bike to meet friends for coffee or a glass of wine. It’s a laid-back existence on this dollop of sand, no question.
And it costs less than you probably think. You could own your own apartment with an ocean view for as little as $149,900. For less than you’d pay for a run-of-the-mill ranch home in a nice suburb of Cleveland, you could live right on the sand on this island in a condo with granite countertops and a welcoming balcony, for just $289,000.
And that good value is reflected in the modest rents you’ll find on this sandy enclave as well. You can rent a one-bedroom place with a water view from $950 a month and a two-bedroom for as little as $1,100.
As one expat transplant there puts it, “Knowing this idyllic lifestyle is affordable helps to keep my blood pressure in check. We spend less than a third of what we did in California without sacrificing on lifestyle. Despite retiring early—in our 50s—we’re getting by comfortably.”
Of course, a Caribbean island escape may not be on your wish list at all…and that’s just fine…
2) A Dramatic Pacific-Coast Escape
If the rugged Pacific is more your style…you should know: There’s a spot where you could have a beachfront condo with 180-degree views out over a blue crescent bay.
It really does look like California (only it costs about one-tenth the price)…
So instead of spending a million or two to be right on the ocean…you could own a place where you can see the water for about $175,000…a five-minute walk to the beach…in a small condo community with a shared pool in one of the nicest neighborhoods in town. And a couple could live there comfortably on less than $20,400 a year, everything included.
You can understand how when you consider an item like red snapper, which might cost $13 a pound in the States, goes for just $2.90 a pound in this laid-back town, caught fresh in the morning. And for an extra 50 cents, the fisherman will clean and scale it for you.
This is a quiet community where surfers like to come and sun-loving expats from around the world have begun to settle. You could rent a one-bedroom place close to the ocean for as little as $550.
Or, as I said earlier, you could spend more if your budget allows…
There’s a couple from Boston, for instance, who ditched their high-powered, 8-to-late jobs in favor of a life in this town, where the lower cost of living would mean less work and more time to spend with their kids, relaxing, and really “living.”
Today they splurge in renting a five-bedroom, three-bath house on a hill where they catch the cool breezes off the water and can see the ocean over their infinity pool. It’s the sort of swank place that would rent for thousands of dollars a month in the States. But they pay just $1,400.
And they’re loving life. “We eat healthier, exercise more, and generally take better care of ourselves,” they say. “It’s because we have more time. We don’t need to spend hours commuting to jobs where we sit at desks eight hours a day. We move more. We connect more. We live more.”
3) A Sophisticated, Cool-Weather University Town
Of course, not everybody is after a beach escape of any variety. And that’s fine, too…because, as I said, you have lots of options today.
Maybe for you the ideal destination is a highland getaway where the climate is always spring-like-lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s, and you can enjoy some cosmopolitan diversions…but do it on a modest budget.
There’s a university town I know that fits that bill nicely. Cobblestone streets wend their way toward grassy riverbanks. You don’t need a car there…and there’s always plenty to do…symphony concerts…art and history museums…archeological attractions… galleries…
And a couple could live very comfortably from $1,790 a month, housing included.
One expat living there describes life this way: “We start our days [here] with an early morning walk along a pleasantly babbling river…while we marvel at the majesty of the early morning sun as it strikes the mountain tops and the slopes of the city.
“Later we might visit one of the many free or low-cost museums or constantly changing art exhibitions, enjoy a stroll through town, meet friends for lunch, or people-watch in the town square while enjoying an ice cream.
“Life here proceeds at a much slower pace; people know how to enjoy it and each other. And for us, life is good.”
Those are just three of dozens of very good options you have in the world today for improving your lifestyle while you keep more of your own hard-earned income in your pocket.
Enjoy a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month
As one happy resident put it:
“I live a six-figure lifestyle on $1,500 a month. I can live here for much less, have a better quality of life, and have full-time help for $200 a month that would have cost $2,000 in Vancouver.”
Remember: Retire sooner. Spend less. Live better. That’s the big idea.
But the thing is…when you’re sitting in miles of traffic on your way to work or sliding your feet into those snow boots yet again…no matter how attractive a low-stress, warm-weather, good-value escape overseas may sound…
It’s hard to see how you chart a path to the one that’s “just right” for you.
Readers tell us all the time: It’s overwhelming.
And that’s why most folks don’t even try. They simply sit back with a sigh, resign themselves to the retirement they have coming, and file their overseas dreams in the category of “fantasy.”
But you don’t have to do that. And you shouldn’t.
Now there’s a fast, efficient, easy way to match that place you dream about—whether it’s a beach escape, a highland retreat, or a big-city hideaway—with a real-world community on the ground where you could make it your reality.
Your Personal Blueprint for a Better Life Overseas
Think about it this way…
Imagine how simple it would be if somebody would just tell you where you should go and show you the steps for getting there…
Well, I can’t fly our experts directly to your living room to sit with you on the couch…but together my team and I have come up with the next-best thing.
We call it: Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month. I’ll tell you what it is and how it works in just a minute. But first, I want to explain…
If you like the idea of living overseas…enjoying a bit of adventure…and saving money while you live a more relaxed, fun, fulfilling lifestyle…but you aren’t sure about where you should go or how to actually get yourself there…
…then this could be perfect for you.
If you’d welcome a written blueprint—made just for you—that could guide you step-by-step as you pick the place that “checks all the right boxes” for you…and then shows you how to go about setting up your new life there…
…then this deserves your attention.
What I’m talking about, when it comes right down to it, is a simple, effective way to cut an easy path through the forest of options for good-value living that exist in the world today…so you can head directly toward the place that really suits you best, given your budget, the things that make you happy, and what’s most important to you.
In the place overseas that’s “just right” for you, you could create a life that actually looks like the one you see in your dreams…and you could afford it, too.
It means you could—
- Toss out those snow boots, give away your parka, and spend your days in sandals and shorts if you like…
- Trade your two weeks of vacation a year for 12 months of sun and sand…in a place where you could live on permanent vacation all year round…and spend less than it would cost you to stay home.
- Erase the stress and really relax…spend more time outside, eat better, lose weight, feel healthier, look younger…and enjoy the vibrancy that comes with living a carefree life…
- Banish all the worries about affording a decent life…and live in a place where a Social Security check alone can fund a truly comfortable existence (that could include luxuries like a housekeeper, a gardener, and dinners out anytime the urge strikes)…
- Ditch the retirement that lands in your lap at home…and create a life, instead, that looks the way you want it to look…
- Gain the time and freedom to take up a hobby you’ve always imagined enjoying, learn to paint, try an instrument…write a book…volunteer…spend time hiking, sailing, diving, golfing, or just sitting on your deck with a good book in hand…
My name is Jackie Flynn. I’m the publisher of International Living, and this resource, Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month, is unlike anything else we do.
We’ll Give You a Blueprint for a Better Life Overseas
We are gathering all our top experts under one roof and we asking each of them, “If you were going to personally guide a reader, step-by-baby-step toward the place that would be his or her best bet for an enjoyable, affordable, great-climate retreat…what, exactly, would you do?”
And then we’re taking their answers, their advice, their best ideas, and putting them together to create a strategy that’ll work for anybody.
In Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a 6-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month we’re going to show you where to go and what to do to get there.
We’re literally going to hand you a personalized blueprint.
It means that sooner than you ever imagined…you could be living the good life in a community overseas that truly suits you…
A place where the sun shines all year…
A place where a country-club membership that would cost you $520 a month at home goes for just $152…
A place where you can afford to slow down, take it easy, and spend your days the way you want to…
We’ll hand you the blueprint you’re looking for…the how-to instructions you need to easily make your escape to a better life.
We’ll make it that simple for you.
We’ll Help You Narrow Down, Compare, Contrast, and Weigh Your Best Options
As part of Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month, we’ll introduce you to the very best options you have for living a richer, less-stressful, more adventure-filled life…while you spend less than it would cost you to stay home.
But it won’t be “information overload.”
Everything you could possibly know about hundreds of places on the planet—that’s not really helpful, after all. It’s paralyzing.
What you need is guidance, answers, good judgment, and advice. And that’s what we’ll deliver.
We’re going to narrow down your choices for you, right up front and then help you home in on the ones best suited to your individual situation, given your priorities, your interests, your dreams, and your budget.
And then we’re going to put all these “best options” in context for you, help you compare and contrast the places you learn about, detail who would like a certain place…and why. And, equally important: Who wouldn’t like it.
You’re going to hear from our experts—and they won’t be speaking in generalities. They’ll be focusing in on specific communities you should have on your radar screen.
They know the countries they live in well…and they’re going to share the kinds of insider secrets you won’t find out about anyplace else, like…
- Where in Costa Rica you’ll find well-established (but low-cost) expat communities along the Pacific coast—with all the conveniences of farmer’s markets, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores, bars, and souvenir shops…paired with great-value real estate. In one town, for instance, you can buy a 2-bedroom, walk-to-everything condo for $165,000…and rent a one-bedroom, furnished condo for $700 (or even less).
- A sunny retreat in Nicaragua that makes our list of the world’s most affordable havens—you can get a huge handful of fresh parsley for about 20 cents, a bag of limes for 70 cents, a bagful of 10 sweet, ripe mangos for $1. Though Nicaragua can be really hot, this friendly berg is cooler…and expats here report a modest $1,200 a month for a couple is plenty to bankroll a genuinely comfortable, laid-back life. On $2,000 or more per month, you’d be living large.
- A “snowbird paradise” in Mexico that’s actually two friendly waterside towns that boast a mild climate, well-established expat community, and low cost of living. $1,500 a month is plenty to fund a couple’s retirement here. And these lively communities offer plenty to do beyond the pretty views—golf, tennis, theater, travel clubs, and more—plus homes start as low as $50,000.
- Centuries-old olive groves…dramatic cliffs rising above the turquoise sea…time-burnished towns with ornate baroque architecture…in Italy’s up-and-coming region you’ll find around 500 miles of coast lined with some of the country’s best beaches, enchanting countryside, and small towns and villages where you can snag historic properties from just $45,000.
- Belize’s secret seaside retreat…the low-cost, “untourist” escape where you can gain all the perks or Caribbean living-palm-lined coast, turquoise waters, sun-soaked and balmy days—but for a fraction of what you’d expect. (You can rent a place right on the water there for $800 a month.) Plus…a hidden gem of a region full of fruit trees and blooming flowers where couples can live comfortably for $1,600 a month and you can buy a two- or three-bedroom home with a nice yard for well under $200,000.
- Scuba divers, fishermen, and surfers, heads up: There’s an unsung little beach town in Panama you’re going to love, where you can rent for as little as $500 a month and on a budget of $1,500 a couple can live comfortably, everything included. This is the land of the entrepreneurial beach bum, and you’ll find cute B&Bs, a grocery, a dive shop, and a nice variety of restaurants as well.
- Portugal really is Europe’s best-kept, best-value secret today—for first-world living at a low cost. (Our correspondent there said her expenses fell to between 1/3 and 1/4 what they were in the U.S.) A couple can easily live in a comfortable apartment, without a car, have funds for entertainment in addition to necessities, for as little as $2,200 a month. In beautiful Porto, a one-bedroom rental in town averages $480, and outside the city center, $355.
- From simple bungalows on the beach to high-end villas overlooking the ocean, there’s one island off Thailand’s coast where the values (amid white sand beaches and warm turquoise waters) are unmistakable. Here you’ll find modern hospitals, English cinemas, Western supermarkets, great international restaurants, and seaside pubs to ensure you never miss anything from home. And the best part? With rents as low as $500 a month, you could live comfortably here on a budget of $1,800-$2,200 a month.
- If the low-stress, welcoming vibe of a small town appeals to you, consider this village of 8,000 in Ecuador where the weather is spring-like year-round, you can eat dinner for $5 a head, and a typical taxi ride will set you back around $1. Expats say it’s like Mayberry-neighbors know each other, folks come to each other’s aid in times of need, and children can safely roam the streets. Here you can rent from about $450 a month.
- Spain is on sale right now if you’re shopping with dollars and the values can be extraordinary…in the right spots. One that deserves more than a passing glance is a big city in a small package right on the eastern Mediterranean, with sandy beaches and warm waters. The plazas are filled with medieval buildings and narrow, winding streets of residences with lovely neo-classical facades. And you can own a two-bed, two-bath apartment in an elevator building here with balconies overlooking the street for about $205,000 right now.
- Colombia is a place where you can improve your lifestyle while you slash your spending by 60%. In one super-value city, the temperatures are in the upper 70s F to lower 80s F during the day and the mid-60s F in the evening. At 5,000 feet above sea level, the air is dry and bug free, so you needn’t pay for a/c or heat. It’s a green city with hundreds of small parks scattered around. The healthcare is excellent. And a furnished, two-bedroom apartment in one of the most coveted areas of the city, can be had for less than $900 a month.
- Art galleries, live theater, daily and weekly markets, festivals, gardens, restaurants, street food…if an exotic, warm-weather, low-price retirement in Asia appeals to you, then we might have just the spot. This colonial retreat in Malaysia melds old and new beautifully… and you can rent a rambling apartment of 2,000 square feet from just $650 a month.
- Where on the French Riviera you can winter over for just $3,200 a month… You might be surprised at just how affordable life in France can be. In one belle-époque city on the Mediterranean, for instance, you can rent a place with a water view from $800 a month.
We’ll tell you about each of those places…and many more in addition. Plus we’ll spend lots of time focused on practical solutions for better living overseas, too…
You’ll find out about where and how to save on healthcare overseas, for instance. In the right places, you can get the same quality of treatment you’d expect at home (sometimes better)—but at a small fraction of what you pay today.
Just take Mexico, for instance. A hip replacement? Stateside it would be $43,000 to $63,000. In Mexico, it starts at just $9,500. A simple doctor’s visit? $31. Mammogram? $60 to $80. Dental crown? $300 to $350. You get the idea…
And we’ll focus in on many other questions you likely have as well, like how to find a great rental…how to get your mail…the ins and outs of arranging your finances…how to keep in touch with family and friends… and lots, lots more…
The Timing is Right Today to Retire Better for Less Overseas
Looking overseas is smart right now.
Across Central and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia—in countries like Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Malaysia, Portugal, and Colombia—we see windows of opportunity sliding open today.
With our network of experts based around the planet, we’re well positioned to notice…and point them out to you…
Plus a dollar that remains relatively strong, is making many places that were already good-value already even more so…it’s like finding pockets of the world on sale…
But this is not something you hear much about. The mainstream media is hyper-focused on politics, race relations, and economic woes. We get a lot of inflammatory noise and factoids…and all of it reported as if the U.S. sits at the center of the universe. That’s what sells. I get it.
But it hardly paints an accurate picture of what’s going on in the world as a whole. Most people…billions of people…live quiet, safe lives in communities where they’re busy earning a living and raising their families and spending time with friends and aspiring to live well and create a measure of happiness for themselves.
There’s a whole other world out there that most folks never hear about. A world that’s safe, welcoming, peaceful, and just waiting for you to explore…
And it’s that world we’ll bring to you in Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month.
It’s a world full of opportunity…opportunity to retire earlier, to upgrade your life while you spend less, to take control of what your days look like, to lower your stress level and have the funds (and the time) to relax, travel, volunteer, take up a new hobby…
There’s opportunity to invest for profit…to protect your assets…ultimately, to create a life that looks the way you dream it could…
More Comfortable Living, Less Stress…and Half (or Even Less) the Cost of Home
Just like these folks have…
“We could never have afforded our beautiful home on the beach in the U.S.,” says Dean Young, who settled with his wife in Belize. “…we live richer for less. Even our property taxes are cheaper, at only $18 a year.”
On their beach, they built a house with a pool and a little guest cottage. They pay $26 a month for internet access and about $1,000 a month keeps them and their many pets well fed. The weather hovers near 84 degrees year-round, and life is truly relaxed.
“I often think of my friends in the U.S. and Canada who are busy running their furnaces to the max and shoveling snow,” Dean says. “Here I am in shorts and a tee shirt, watching the moon rise. We love it here. We are at home with the ocean, palm trees, pool…and all of it so affordable.”
They’re hardly the only ones who have traded up overseas in retirement…
“I love the beach,” says Kim Holmes, at the home she shares with her husband Brian, overlooking a dramatic Pacific view in Costa Rica. She says, ” We used to live on the beach in Oceanside, California… But here it costs a quarter of what it did there.”
While retiring overseas isn’t something you hear much about in the mainstream press…those in the know realize how powerful a retirement strategy it can be when you can effectively double your disposable income. Instead of counting pennies, all of a sudden you can relax, afford what you want, live with the confidence that your nest egg will go the distance.
Take Rick and Nancy Delve. They’d been living in the Ventura-Santa Barbara area of California. Life was good there—but it was also hectic, stress-filled, and expensive.
So they headed to Panama. Today their costs are about 40% of what they paid to live in the U.S. And they haven’t sacrificed a thing. In fact, they’re living better than ever.
Their home, near a crystal-blue brook, overlooks the 9th hole of a lovely golf course. Their windows open to lush, green-valley vistas. The nearby community center houses a state-of-the-art spa and health club. They’ve got high-speed internet, satellite television, gourmet food…all the comforts of home, but at a fraction of the price.
“It’s a lot like the U.S. was back in the 1950s, when I was a kid,” Rick says.
He speaks to an important—but often overlooked—benefit of life in many of the best places overseas, which you’ll hear about in Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month. It’s simpler. The pace is slower. People take more time for relationships, for neighbors, for family.
As a result…and expats say this all the time…people are more gracious, happier, friendlier. Life is less stressful, less rushed, less about “stuff,” and more about “living.”
If that sounds like a welcome respite to you…then I encourage you to take a look at Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month. With it you’ll gain the inside scoop on all kinds of attractive communities overseas where you could live a rich and fulfilling life… and spend less than it would cost you to stay home.
Our Mission: Match What You Want with the Real-World Place Where You Can Find It
We created Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month to show you how—like the folks you just heard about—you, too, could match the idea of your ideal retirement with a real-world place where you could enjoy it, and save money while you do.
In the best-value destinations overseas, remember, you can live well on a Social Security income alone. On a budget of as little as $1,485, you could cover all your expenses including housing, eat out when you like, travel, and genuinely enjoy life.
With a more generous $2,500 to $3,600 a month to spend, a couple could really live a rich man’s retirement…with perks like a housekeeper to clean and even cook a few times a week, a gardener, and plenty leftover for eating out and traveling anytime the urge strikes.
To show you exactly how it’s done—step-by-step—we’re gathering our in-house experts from around the world in one place, under one roof, and we’re recording every word of the advice, insights, and recommendations they share…so, in turn, we can share it with you.
As part of Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month, you’ll hear from…
Dan Prescher, IL senior editor. Based in Mexico today, Dan has also lived in Ecuador, Panama, and Nicaragua. He and his wife, Suzan Haskins, headed south after too many cold winters in Omaha, Nebraska. Today, they’re our down-to-earth and practical-minded eyes and ears on the ground in Latin America. Part of what we’re orchestrating is a series of panel discussions Dan moderates, which—through Your Retire Overseas Blueprint—you get to “sit in on” virtually. You may not have a physical seat at the table, but you can watch and listen to everything that’s going on
Having reported from destinations all across Latin America, there’s nobody better qualified to lead you through a comparison designed to help you pinpoint the place that would suit you best.
Jessica Ramesch, IL Panama editor. Panama always earns high marks as one of the world’s top destination for retirees, in part because of its Pensionado program, which is designed to entice foreign retirees with such perks as 50% off closing costs for home loans…20% off medical consultations…15% off dental and eye exams… 25% off airfare…and more. Jessica will detail the benefits of this program for you and also point to the very best opportunities in Panama for living-city picks, beachfront havens, and mountain retreats as well.
Glynna Prentice, IL Mexico editor. Glynna will share her favorite spots for pampered, good-value living in Mexico…some inland, some coastal…and the places where she sees the most profit potential, too. Today Mexico boasts has one of the strongest economies in the western hemisphere…it’s close by… offers excellent healthcare options…comes with plenty of the comforts you’re used to, like theaters, shopping centers, good cell phone and internet coverage…plus super-low taxes…warm weather…and great day-to-day affordability, too.
When she’s not in Mexico, Glynna likes to spend a few months at a time in Europe, making her base in Spain, where she lived full-time for years. With the continued strength of the U.S. dollar continuing to make Europe more accessible than it’s been over most of the last two decades, Glynna will speak, too, about Spain and Portugal—arguably your two best-value options for retirement in Europe today.
She’ll show you where to turn your gaze…like the warm coastal Spanish town of Alicante, for instance, on the Mediterranean—where you could snag a renovated third-floor, two-bed, two-bath apartment close to the beach with a big terrace and unending views out over the water for $120,000.
Or you might prefer Portugal, where a couple can live comfortably for as little as $2,200 a month. Throw in a generally mild climate, rich history, and friendly locals, and you have a country that offers a lot—including a low cost of living similar to that in Latin America’s more developed countries…with all the benefits of European life thrown in.
Keith Hockton, IL Malaysia correspondent. As Keith will tell you: Malaysia may be far away, but the values once you’re there are truly extraordinary. In vibrant Penang, for instance, you could live in a high-rise that looks and feels as sophisticated and swank as something in high-end Miami…but pay less than you would in Boise, Idaho. A couple can live here comfortably on $1,300 a month and that’s including rent. Shop at the local markets and a big bag of fresh fruit will cost about $4, reliable high-speed internet is $30 a month, and you can hire a maid for four hours a week for just $12.
Suzan Haskins, IL senior editor. Suzan will share her many insights about Ecuador—why this country represents one of the best-value retirement havens on the planet…and help you discern if you’d like it there—or not. From hot-and-sunny beaches to cooler-weather mountain retreats, you have options in Ecuador. And in many of them, you can live extremely well for under $1,845 a month, housing included. From the music-rich city of Loja to the beaches at Salinas to the highland city of Cuenca and the lush valley of Vilcabamba…expats have settled all around Ecuador and Suzan will show you why.
Bonnie Hayman, IL Nicaragua correspondent. From dramatic Pacific-coast beaches to colorful colonial towns, Nicaragua offers extremely good values on everything from real estate to day-to-day living…and a gentle charm that’s hard to resist. Long in the shadow of Costa Rica when it comes to “retirement destinations,” Nicaragua has finally come into its own, and Bonnie will talk about why she fell instantly in love with life there. If you’re looking for a place that’s close to home, where a couple could live in high style on $2,000 a month, Nicaragua deserves your attention.
Nancy Kiernan, IL Colombia correspondent. Colombia remains a country largely misunderstood in the mainstream…which, frankly, means opportunity for you. Remarkably sophisticated, you’ll find all kinds of interesting options for living well in Colombia, from coffee country to warm coastal retreats to our top city pick: Medellin. Right now the exchange rate equates to great bang for your buck. In Medellin’s best neighborhood, for instance, you’ll find you can grab a well-appointed two-bedroom apartment in a great location right near the central park with lots of restaurants, super markets, gyms, and bars nearby for just $115,445 and it’s the sort of place you could easily rent out when you’re not there.
Wendy Justice, IL correspondent in Southeast Asia has been an expat in that part of the world since 2005, based in Thailand and in Malaysia prior to landing in Vietnam. In this blueprint she will share her many insights about Thailand. If value for money is at the top if your priority list—this is a country that might suit you well. (In the city of Chiang Mai, for instance, a large condo in the main part of town rents from just $500 and up. Two people can go out to dinner and have a couple of beers and the total will come to less than $10.) Thailand is friendly, exotic, and remarkably sophisticated. Active expat groups make it easy to integrate, healthcare is among the very best in the world, and the beaches are world class…
Ann Kuffner, IL Belize correspondent. Here’s an interesting fact to chew on: The average condo in Bermuda sells for $850,000…yet you can own a waterfront condo on the beach in Belize’s Ambergris Caye (with its palm-lined Caribbean beaches, fine white sand, and turquoise waters) for just $289,900. For true Caribbean value, Belize is hard to beat…but it’s only one of the reasons this English-speaking enclave makes sense today. Ann will talk about why she likes life there…and take you on a virtual tour of a few special spots where you can live better—for less. Like a little-touristed waterfront community where one couple reports, “We live on about one-third of what it cost us to live in Pennsylvania.”
Jason Holland, IL Roving Latin America editor. Based today in Mexico with his wife and two young children, Jason was our Costa Rica correspondent for many years. He will speak about a “roving” lifestyle overseas. Of course, he’ll answer questions you’ll likely have on about both Costa Rica and Mexico (as well as the many other destinations in the region he’s traveled to on your behalf), but he’ll also offer insights and recommendations about renting for a few months at a time, finding that next destination to check out, managing the logistics of a “portable” life, and the pluses and minuses of bringing up a family while slowly meandering country to country.
John Michael Arthur, IL Costa Rica Central Valley correspondent. For three decades before moving to Costa Rica, John practiced medicine outside of Dallas as a family practitioner and he and his partner raised their five kids. Today, he’s a “gentleman farmer,” on a three-and-a-half-acre farm complete with a river in the Orosi Valley. He will share his own story, plus a whole basket full of opportunities for you: great-value destinations…good-living options…real-world intelligence…and Costa Rica secrets you won’t hear about anywhere else. Plus he’ll share his picks for the best coastal deals…the interior, cool-weather towns he likes best…and more…
Barbara Diggs, IL France correspondent. France is a land that seduces quietly. One minute you’re a tourist, gazing up at the craggy peaks of the Alps, or wandering through a picture-perfect medieval village, or biting into a warm, flaky pain au chocolat in a Parisian café. And the next moment, you realize that you’re in love. And you never want to leave. From sunny Provence to rugged Normandy and everything in between, France offers a sophisticated, foodie, arts-rich culture. And it doesn’t have to break the bank. Barbara will share her picks for the best-value escapes in this romantic country and help you figure out which one might be right for you.
Plus, she’ll speak as well about Italy, where her family owns a second home. The Italian lifestyle is undeniably alluring. A nation that puts emphasis on good food, human interaction, and simple pleasures is definitely doing something right. Add to that gorgeous landscapes, historic sights, and the slow pace of life…and it’s clear why Italy is hard to resist. Barbara will fill you in on lesser-known hideaways where you can still embrace the spirit of the Italian lifestyle without breaking the bank.
And you’ll hear from other experts as well…
Margaret Summerfield of Real Estate Trend Alert and Pathfinder, International Living’s preferred real estate advertiser, will give you not only the important insider guidance (and cautions) on buying overseas, but also secrets like…
- Where, today, to find a rarity in international real estate: An attractive farmland investment. (This is in a place where you could earn a gross yield of 10%.)
- Three reasons why investing in real estate overseas today makes smart sense—in fact, in several key markets, right now is arguably the best timing you’ll see in your lifetime.
- How to position yourself for profit in a young, hip colonial city just coming into its own today in Central America. With stately homes, gallery exhibitions, and poetry nights…this place sits firmly in the path of progress today, and you could pocket serious gains.
Winton Churchill, founder of Barefoot Consultants, will show you how you could add to your retirement funds—and even bankroll your life overseas—with an income you take with you wherever you decide to go. You may not think you have a “portable” skill, but don’t be so sure. Winton will show you how you can tap into the 30-70% of opportunity most folks leave on the table.
Warren Hardy of the Warren Hardy Spanish School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico will share his wisdom as well. And if you like the idea of a Latin American retirement…you’ll find his guidance invaluable. Many of the countries you’ll learn about in Your Retire Overseas Blueprint are Spanish-speaking—and that can feel like a roadblock for many folks. But it shouldn’t…and Warren will show you why.
His specialty is teaching expats—and he gears his programs specifically for older learners. As part of Your Retire Overseas Blueprint he’ll talk about why it’s important that you learn the local language wherever you end up…and will show you—just as if he were sitting in your living room with you—some tricks to make it a lot easier than you imagine.
Beverly Nelson, Ph.D and Michael Bartlett from Life Path Center in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, will talk about how to manage (and make the most of) the emotional challenges and benefits a move overseas can deliver. Maybe you’re a little scared. Maybe you’re excited but your spouse is skeptical. Going abroad can be as intimidating as it is invigorating and so Beverly and Michael will give you some tools you can use to focus on starting anew with purpose, reinventing yourself, and deliberately crafting your life so that it looks the way you want it to look.
Beth Carson, author of Profitable Vacation Rentals Abroad will show you the insider strategies she’s perfected for turning vacation rentals into cash machines. Your overseas home could do more than just pay for itself…it could actually earn you an income—often a very nice one—when you’re not there enjoying it. You’ll hear Beth talk about how to choose a property and what to do with it when you have one. Plus discover ways you can turn your house back home into a money maker, too, and use your U.S. property to fund your travels.
John McGee, President of Expat Global Medical, a firm that focuses on offering medical insurance for expats, will share his insider strategies for getting quality, affordable health insurance that’s customized for your particular needs. He’ll talk about the benefits—and pitfalls—of different kinds of coverage and help you understand the lay of the land so you can begin to identify your own best strategy for insurance and care when you’re living and traveling overseas.
Steve Garfink, author of Retire in Luxury on Your Social Security, will talk about what, specifically, you can do to ensure you’re positioned to claim the maximum retirement benefit due to you. Experts say couples leave an average of $120,000 in benefits unclaimed…simply because they don’t know to ask for them. Steve will talk about savvy claiming strategies and the questions you need to ask to make sure you’ve got your “ducks in a row” so you’re tapping into the greatest retirement payout you’re eligible to receive. It can make a big difference in how early—and how well—you retire, no matter where in the world you may end up. Remember: Your Social Security benefits go with you.
If you’re from Canada, you should know inYour Retire Overseas Blueprint attorney Doug Hendler, a partner at Blaney McMurtry, talks about the implications of retiring overseas on your finances, residence, healthcare, taxes, and more in Canada.
The list of experts you’ll hear from as part of Your Retire Overseas Blueprint is long…with attorneys representing the countries where they work…developers… investment experts…real estate agents…and more…
Answers to Your How-to Questions to Jump Start Your Life Overseas
This program is unlike anything else we’ve ever created, really. There’s no better forum on Earth for you to get your questions answered and help you identify the opportunities that make the most sense for you.
In addition to the location-specific presentations, we’ll cover lots of other live-overseas how-to’s as well, like…
- How to navigate your healthcare options and figure out your best path for insurance and access to care, given your personal situation and priorities.
- Should you buy or rent overseas? “It depends” is often the answer…so we’ll show you what it depends on, exactly…explain how to choose, and then how to find the housing you’re after at a good price in a place you’ll like…
- How to get your financial world in order so you’re not only set to go overseas…but you have a realistic, workable plan in place for managing your finances from abroad as well…
- What will you do once you get overseas to stay engaged, feel connected, and enjoy yourself? We’ll talk about everything from how to find and join expat groups, to how to tap volunteer opportunities, how to pursue hobbies you’re interested in, and lots more…
- How you can earn overseas and fund a life that looks the way you want it to look. With technology making earning from anywhere easier than it’s ever been, you may be surprised by the many ways you can get paid overseas—doing things you enjoy on a schedule you set. If you like the idea of earning on your own terms, you’ll want to make sure you’re in the room for this eye-opening discussion.
- Creating your own personalized go-overseas timeline and the insider’s guide for putting your plan in motion and keeping it on track—so you get from where you are now to where you want to be quickly, easily, and enjoyably.
Fundamentally, this resource is about connections. Because we don’t just help you identify the places overseas today that are the best match for your interests, likes, and needs… we also hand you the connections you need to get there, on the ground, efficiently.
It would take you months—really, years—to track down and meet with all the people we’ll connect you with as part of Your Retire Overseas Blueprint.
Connect and Network with the Experts
Inside, we dive into the specifics on how to best define what you’re looking for in an overseas haven…you hear from our in-country editors and all the other experts including attorneys, financial advisors, real estate experts, and more.
We’ll “take you by the hand” and walk you through the important process for getting from where you are to where you want to be.
And we’ll have what we call Intensive Sessions that each include panel discussions. As I mentioned up front, we’re gathering all our experts from around the world in one place and while you’re not physically sitting at the table with them, it’ll feel like you are. We get you thinking about the questions you need to ask, we address your concerns, and we’ll make it easy for you to compare, contrast, and weigh your options for better-value living overseas.
In addition to those intensive sessions, we’ll bring you special workshops designed so you can focus in, specifically, on countries or subjects that interest you most. Again, it will feel like you’re there in the room with the experts—and, really, in some ways it’s even better because you can rewind the videos and watch them again, as often as you like.
Come Away with Your Own, Individual Retire Overseas Blueprint
In addition to all the “hand-holding” our experts will offer you through their presentations, workshops, and panel discussions—which we’ll bring directly to you in the form of video and audio recordings—we’ll give you several more, super-powerful resources as well.
We call the first one: International Living’s Retire Overseas How To’s: An Interactive Workbook. And when you request access to Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month, it’s yours.
It’s not available to the general public.
As an integral part of Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month, it includes worksheets and questions for you to consider.
This Retire Overseas How-To’s is what I think of as a “living document,” which means as you work through it, it will begin to point you down a specific path.
But your path will be your own. You have your own ideas, your own priorities, your own set of circumstances…and those drive the direction you head in.
Using this interactive workbook, you’ll literally begin to circle on the map the spots you should be focusing on.
You’ll find it full of…
- Interactive elements designed to help match your dreams about life overseas with the specific place (or places) where you could make that dream real.
- Your step-by-step guide for what to do first, second, third, and so on so you can smoothly transition from where you are now to where you dream of being.
- A cheat-sheet that gives you a checklist for planning your escape overseas.
If we were to sell this Retire Overseas How To’s: An Interactive Workbook in our bookstore, we could easily do so for more than $100. And it would be worth every penny. It’s the ultimate, user-friendly guide to efficiently, seamlessly creating a better life abroad.
Though, frankly, we won’t ever sell it that way. It’s designed specifically as an integral companion resource that’s an important part of Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month and so that’s the way we’re keeping it.
Extensive, In-Depth Country Resources and Contacts
In addition to the interactive workbook, you’ll also gain access to a wealth of country-specific information, details, recommendations, and contacts that go along with each expert’s video or audio presentations…
Our experts will share their recommendations, show you photos from the places they’re talking about, and make their suggestions to you.
But I know I think it’s always useful to have a written guide to accompany presentations. Something you can refer to later, come back to if you like. And so that’s what we’re giving you. Inside you’ll find—
- In-depth country reports on Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Malaysia, Portugal, Thailand, and Colombia that function as written companions to the guidance our experts give in their video and audio presentations—so you have a detailed reference you can refer to later.
- Our rolodex of contacts you need to help you get overseas quickly, efficiently, and with as few hiccups as possible.
- And more…
You’ll Be Prepared… Whether You’re Ready to Retire Now or You’re Planning for the Future
When you have at your disposal Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month, you’ll discover that we’ve given you every tool you need to be confident you’ve targeted a place in the world that makes good sense for you to live better and spend less.
And you’ll know exactly what to do to get there.
We’ve anticipated questions you may not even know you have. And we’ve made sure they’ll all be answered by the time you “work your way through it,” so to speak.
If you were to fly around the planet trying to figure out the spots most worth your attention, it’d take you years to narrow down your options and it would cost you tens of thousands in airfare alone.
Plus you’d spend thousands more trying to track down and meet with the best contacts in each place. And it’s hard to know who the best contacts are.
But with Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month as a resource, you gain in one place all the intelligence you need to draw a line to the destination that’s right for you and all the step-by-step guidance and reliable contacts you need to get there.
Our experts live in these places we recommend around the world, they travel throughout them regularly, they know the reliable contacts and have done the hard work of separating the best ideas and opportunities from those not worth your attention.
In other words, we’ve invested the time, money, and effort…so you don’t have to.
The regular price for this incredibly detailed, useful and user-friendly resource is $249.
After all, it could cost you that much to meet in person for a single hour with any number of the top-flight experts you’ll hear from as part of the Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month.
There’s no question, this is a resource that pays for itself many, many times over.
Request Your Access to Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a 6-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month—NOW
When you “raise your hand” here today and let me know you’re interested in full online access to Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month—you can gain full access for just $249.
There won’t be a better-value time to sign on. So don’t wait and pay more.
Interactive, Useful, Personalized
As I said earlier—Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month is geared entirely to helping you—in your individual situation—to find the spot that’s right for you.
Everybody’s “blueprint” for going overseas is going to look different.
After all, what would make you happy might drive your neighbor nuts. We all have our own preferences, our own interests, our own lists of “must-haves” and “can’t stands,” our own budgets. Everybody’s situation is unique, in other words.
That’s why Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month is designed to be interactive.
You’ll be logging onto a special website where we have carefully “curated” the guidance shared by our many experts, editors, and contributors who will be “coming to you” from all around the world.
It will not feel like a static, sit-back-and-watch experience.
We’ll help walk you through it so you’re digesting all of the information, recommendations, guidance and advice in a comprehensible and genuinely useful and revealing way.
True: Our experts won’t be sitting there next to you. But this really is the next-best thing.
You’re going to end up with a personalized blueprint.
It means that sooner than you ever imagined…you could be living the good life in a community overseas that truly suits you…
I think you’ll be remarkably impressed by how intimate and useful Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month is as a resource.
You’ll be able to see our experts as they share their advice. You’ll get to see images of the places they’re talking about.
And when you’re watching and listening in on the many roundtable discussions, I know you’ll be impressed by how revealing and genuinely enlightening the give-and-take is among the experts.
Our goal here is to help you compare and contrast your best options and really home in on the one (or ones) that make the most sense for you.
And Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month helps you do exactly that—better than anything else short of talking one-on-one with our editors.
If you’re ready for answers…ready to pinpoint the spot that’s the best fit, given what you’re looking for…ready to get an actionable “plan of attack” so you have a path to follow from where you are now…to your ideal retirement locale overseas…
Then I hope you’ll take a look at Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month.
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This resource is something we’re incredibly proud of. We stand by it 100%.
So take a look. Log onto the special website we’ve created to house all the materials, advice, and guidance from our experts.
Watch the videos…listen in alongside the experts on all the intensive sessions, roundtable discussions, and workshops…
Look through the interactive workbook and print out the worksheets you’ll find in there…and fill them out…
Don’t miss the written country-specific guidance, either—we’re talking more than 100 pages of truly useful and revealing information, along with all the contacts you need in every place we recommend.
Really put this resource to work for you. Take it for more than a little test-drive…spend some time with it and see if it does what I’ve promised you here.
If, after all that, you decide Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month isn’t for you after all, that’s fine.
You have 30 days to let us know. And when we hear from you, we’ll buy back your access, no questions asked. We’ll send you a full refund—no fuss.
But I think, in fact, that you’ll be impressed.
Because in your just-right place overseas, the climate will put a smile on your face…the cost of living will allow you to live better than you do at home…and you’ll have the time and freedom to create a retirement that matches the one you see in your mind’s eye.
The careful way Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month guides you from where you are to that special where you’re “meant to be,” is pretty extraordinary, actually. And I believe you may come to see it as the most powerful (and best-value) investment you’ve ever made in your own future.
Click below now to request your deeply discounted access today.
Publisher, International Living
P.S. Retire sooner. Spend less. Live better. You can do it. And you can do it in all sorts of beautiful, welcoming, good-weather communities from Latin America to Southeast Asia to Europe.
Laid-back beach escapes. Quiet mountain getaways. University Towns. Even cosmopolitan cities. From Caribbean Belize to sophisticated Spain…from cosmopolitan Panama City…to mountain-town Ecuador…or exotic Penang…and well beyond…
In the right places—and we’ll show you exactly what they’re like and where they are in Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month—you really can live a richer, more engaging life than you do today…but spend as little as $1,485 a month to do it (housing included).
That means you could live well on your Social Security income alone.
On a budget of $2,500 to $3,600 a month, a couple could enjoy the perks of a rich man’s life…a six-figure retirement on less than $50,000 a year.
In the best-value destinations around the world, your dollars really stretch. And that means you have great options for improving your lifestyle while you trim your spending…
In Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month—we’ll “hold your hand” and walk you through the options that are best for you. We’ll pinpoint on a map the spot that makes the most sense. And then we’ll show you—with a personalized plan of action just for you—how to get there… step-by-baby step.
There is no more powerful, better-value jump start for your own better life overseas than Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month. Don’t wait and miss out. Click below now to request your access.
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So to make that prospect a little more affordable, we’ll take $100 off any live IL program you’d like to attend—either a country-specific conference or one of our retire-overseas events. There’s no expiration on this voucher. It’s good any time. And it’s yours, free—when you click below now and reserve your own access to Your Retire Overseas Blueprint for a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month at a deep discount.