Would you willingly move—lock, stock, and barrel—to a foreign country with your grade-school-aged children in tow? I mean, it’s a big enough leap to move yourself overseas, even if you have 60 or 70 years of life experience and a bit of a pension or some Social Security under your belt.
Moving abroad is a great way to make a fixed income go as far as possible. When you’re living someplace where the weather is warm... utilities are cheap... taxes are low... and medical care is affordable... you can transform a pension or Social Security payment (that in the States would be barely enough to scrape by on) into a comfortable monthly income with cash to spare.
When my wife, Suzan, and I heard that we could get what is commonly called an "executive health assessment" in Quito, Ecuador, we decided to give it a try. Our primary care physician, Dr. Davalos, works with Hospital Metropolitano in Quito to put together a comprehensive package of tests that cover all the health bases over a two-day period.
"You know what?" my new friend said. "You need to tell this to young people." We were having coffee during one of the networking breaks here at the Fast-Track Ecuador Conference, and my new friend was much like me... much like the majority of our attendees... nearing or at retirement age and finally ready to have the overseas adventure she always wanted.
I just received an email from an International Living subscriber asking a question that is becoming more and more common in my inbox. To paraphrase: "With the price of real estate so low in the U.S. right now, why would anyone move abroad?" Fair question. And if your only reason for considering a move abroad is to find inexpensively priced property, the answer is obvious…you really don’t need to.
Mike Sager says the Ecuador coast is like the California coast used to be… beautiful and cheap. He ought to know…he's a California native who now makes his living as a real estate consultant between the beautiful beaches just north of Guayaquil.
International Living editors Dan Prescher and Suzan Haskins recently found this little gem of a restaurant on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Ambergris Caye is Belize's most popular island and the restaurant is located south of San Pedro Town.