Thirty years ago, I made “getting rich” my number one goal. I got the idea from Dale Carnegie’s advice in his book How to Win Friends and Influence People. He said that most people fail to achieve their dreams because they don’t set goals.
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.
It wasn’t the practical reasons, like lower cost of living, great—and cheap—medical care, and friendly people, that convinced Dave Scott to move to San Ramón, a town on the western edge of Costa Rica’s Central Valley region. Though the country has all those advantages and more, and while those were factors in the decision, it was something else that drew him. “It was like an invisible string around my neck pulling me here,” says Dave. “It’s more of a heart thing than a head thing. It’s hard to explain. It was just the feeling I had.”
If you are looking to maximize your cumulative potential lifetime benefits it almost always works best to claim your benefits at age 70. However, life is not just about maximizing potential income.
Set in Central Mexico, the Colonial Highlands region has been drawing retirees and other expats for decades. One town in particular has been a favorite, San Miguel de Allende, which is about four hour’s drive northwest of Mexico City.
Those of us who work to educate the public about their Social Security benefits love to complain about how ridiculously complicated the rules are: more than any one person can comprehend entirely.
When people hear that I live in Ecuador, they often assume that I've given up many of the comforts I had back home. I've actually been asked if I can watch television, if I have internet service in my house, or even if there are international airports here.
One of the pillars of wisdom in the retirement planning community is to argue that we’d be better off postponing retirement. Each year we postpone is one year less of retirement expense, and one year more for our savings to grow.
Monday blues are a thing of the past in my new home on Roatán. In fact, in winter, when all the snowbirds return, we have a social gathering we call "Mondays Don't Suck" at a stunning, secluded beach on the island.
Fifty-year-old Sue Vasquez grew up in the harsh winters of the Midwest. She wanted nothing more than a life where she could spend more time with her husband, Carlos, enjoying sun and warmth.