How to Spend a Weekend in the “Paris of the East”

How to Spend a Weekend in the “Paris of the East”

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March 8, 2022

If a city break lasts longer than three days, you run the risk of tangling yourself in the gears of “progress” and “development” otherwise known as “stress” and “noise,” two things you broke free from and vowed to never experience again. So only stay in Budapest for three nights and then get out. This gives you plenty of time to see the sights and enjoy a dozen...

Costa Rica On A Budget: Where to Live For $2,500 or Less

Costa Rica On A Budget: Where to Live For $2,500 or Less

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March 7, 2022

Although Costa Rica is no longer considered a “cheap” place to live like it was in the previous century, there are thousands of expats living comfortably on conservative budgets all around the country.  Most will tell you their monthly spending is less than the overall cost of living in numerous cities around the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

$144k Homes on The Forgotten Mediterranean Coast

$144k Homes on The Forgotten Mediterranean Coast

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March 6, 2022

Dalmatia, on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, is an extraordinary island-speckled coast that stretches from the Croatian town of Zadar to the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. It offers one of Europe’s most dramatic shorelines, encompassing enchanting cities such as Split, Sibenik, and Dubrovnik. Its coastal mountains sweep down towards a lush seaboard...

What You Should Know About U.S. Taxes for Expats

What You Should Know About U.S. Taxes for Expats

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March 5, 2022

How the U.S. Taxes Expats The U.S. tax system is almost unique in the world as it taxes based on citizenship. Every other country in the world except Eritrea taxes in one of three ways (although there are, of course, lots of minor variations on each). Being taxed based on citizenship means that all U.S. citizens are required to file U.S. taxes reporting their global income...

How to Enjoy the Swiss Riviera

How to Enjoy the Swiss Riviera

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March 4, 2022

Famous for its summer Jazz Festival, Montreux, on the eastern shores of Lake Geneva, exudes Old World European elegance and oozes natural beauty. Mountains rise sharply from the lakeside in this region, giving the whole town an air of drama. Foliage ranges from ubiquitous Washington Palms to an interesting mix of conifers and deciduous trees.

Business Casual is Now Pajamas and Bathing Suits

Business Casual is Now Pajamas and Bathing Suits

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March 3, 2022

The Great Resignation Has Turned the Table on the Great Recession...And Proven the Value of Experience That Comes With Being 50+. Record numbers of people of have resigned from the traditional workforce. Having worked from home for most of two years now, they’re not willing to go back into offices or sacrifice the personal time they’ve come to value.

How to Profit from Overlooked and Unloved Properties

How to Profit from Overlooked and Unloved Properties

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March 1, 2022

One of my all-time favorite real estate plays is to buy what I call “overlooked and unloved.” You find a property that’s undervalued; a half-finished villa, a large abandoned lot, an older home that’s dark and drab…and you get it for a steal. Then you clean it up, finish the building off or subdivide the lot and sell on for a big profit.

New Taxes and Obligations in Costa Rica: Know Before You Invest!

New Taxes and Obligations in Costa Rica: Know Before You Invest!

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February 28, 2022

Let’s face it, all around the world our wallets are experiencing the pinch of inflation with rising costs for nearly everything. That is indeed the case in Costa Rica where I see my grocery bills up 25%, doubling rental rates, and pain at the pump. Retirement planners emphasize that you need to account for inflation when evaluating your nest egg.