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European Living Seminar


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How to (legally) stay in Europe for 6 months... 9 months... 1 year...or even longer. All you need is your U.S. passport…as little as $792 a month to live on…and free time to enjoy yourself... 

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Jennifer Stevens

Executive Editor, International Living



Jennifer Stevens has traveled through 27 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa, writing about the best locales for overseas travel, retirement and investment.

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Jessica Ramesch

Editor, Panama



Jess Ramesch, is constantly on the road, in the air, and on the water—exploring Panama and the wide world beyond. She also hosted and produced IL bestseller Panama 101 and she is the author of Escape to Panama.

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Chip Stites

Italy Correspondent



Chip Stites, a retired Certified Financial Planner from Albuquerque, New Mexico, is living la dolce vita near Rieti, Italy since 2015 with his wife, Shonna, and their dog Frankie.

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Bel Woodhouse

Mexico Correspondent



Belinda Woodhouse is the author of the 21 Reasons to Visit... travel book series. Her love of writing, photography, and videography enables her to live her dream life on the gorgeous Caribbean Island of Cozumel in Mexico.

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Top Destinations

Whether you’re looking for sand and sea, a skyline full of high-rises, or a secluded retreat deep in the mountains, our top countries can offer you all that and more. Explore the countries below and find the retirement destination that’s right for you.


Portugal #1 Top Country

When you imagine old Europe—those cobblestone alleys, medieval town walls, crenelated castles on hilltops, all soundtracked by the toll of church bells. Portugal delivers. Not in a touristy, contrived way, but as the standard day-to-day life of the country.


Mexico #2 Top Country

As many as 1 million U.S. and Canadian citizens already call Mexico their home, with more joining them all the time. In terms of numbers, Mexico is the most popular expat destination for North Americans in the world. This should come as no surprise, actually. Mexico has a lot to recommend it.


Panama #3 Top Country

Why do so many expats choose Panama? Often the intangibles…the feel of a place…play a big role. But there are also a lot of concrete, quantifiable reasons Panama is so appealing, starting with its modern infrastructure.

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If you’re considering retirement abroad , you need information, and you need lots of it. But more than that, you need guidance on how to interpret that information. That’s what we’re here for, and that’s why we’ve compiled the 2023 Annual Global Retirement Index: to help you with the exciting business of choosing where in the world will best suit your needs.

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“Just a note to let you know how much my wife and I have enjoyed the magazine over the past few years. We are most interested in Panama, and appreciate the many informative articles and perspectives of expats who have made the move. Thank you for such great service to your subscribers. We look forward to many more years with IL.”

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You don’t need to be wealthy to enjoy luxuries in retirement…you just need to know the shortcuts. In the best-value places abroad, you can travel often and live well, even on a Social Security check alone. In our monthly magazine, we show you exactly how it’s done.

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How to Live Abroad

You can embrace a more international life in so many different ways today—go winter over somewhere warm, travel a few months a year, retire overseas full-time, even take a sabbatical and work remotely for a time. Singles, couples, multi-generational groups... you have so many options today. Here at International Living, our experts will help you explore your options and find your path.  

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The Retirement Index is the most comprehensive and in-depth survey of its kind.

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In the right places overseas today, the opportunities are better than ever before…

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Lots of Europhiles dream of taking six months or a year to explore Europe. But doing it—while possible—is not totally straightforward.

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Expat Stories

Real-life stories from people, just like you, who have made the move overseas. Some have retired…others have relocated and started a business in their new country... some are wintering over where it's sunny... and still others are taking their portable incomes with them to a good-value place they'd rather spend time... From Europe to Latin America to Southeast Asia... you'll find some of their stories, below... 

From Disaster to a Dream Life in Portugal

It was love at first sight when Rhonda laid eyes on Tavira, in Portugal's sunny Algarve region.

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An Early Retirement Dream Come True in Spain

Our vision was a sun-drenched tropical paradise with a relaxed vibe and low cost of living.

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Why Our Retirement Journey Led Us to Italy

On that exploratory trip, we fell in love…with the people, food, and wine in every town we visited.

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