When I was a kid, I had an abiding vision of the life I’d like to lead. It involved sailboats, sand, and palm trees…preferably cocos nucifera, a lovely pinnate-leaved palm common in the Windward Islands...
Spending time abroad is one of the best ways to gain perspective on one's "home." That's why I own foreign real estate, and why I've spent a good chunk of my time working on my lovely seaside cottage south of Cape Town—a property I snapped up 20 years ago for about $15,000.
The U.S. dollar is flying. Right now, it will buy more of almost anything priced in foreign currencies—at least until those prices rise. The question on everyone's mind is what should I buy with my dollars to take advantage of this (impermanent) situation?
There are no dead-end trails in Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. They are all interconnected or circular. Can you guess why? I learned the answer the hard way back in 1986.
One of the most common questions I get is how to obtain a second passport if you have limited resources. Plenty of people would like to have one, but the costs can appear daunting.
First, let's set the scene: Common legal grounds enabling someone to acquire a second passport include marriage to a foreign citizen or birth in a foreign nation. In some countries like Ireland and Greece blood ancestry is a basis. Then there's formal naturalization, meaning you apply and qualify for citizenship status.