Get a Global Perspective on Retirement…Without Leaving the U.S.

“Think globally, act locally.”

I’ve always liked that saying, because it sums up so well the attitude of many of the expats I know living abroad.

They are obviously thinking globally to get the big picture on issues that most affect their quality of life.

Where in the world can they find the best weather, the best healthcare, the best food, air, and water, the most interesting culture, the friendliest neighbors…and find it all at a cost of living that matches their budget and resources?

Retirees, people with families, and folks wanting to start a new career…even a new life…are all finding beautiful locations around the world that give them advantages in comfort, lifestyle, and affordability they can’t find in their home countries.

And when they get to these overseas locations, they live these new and exciting lives with remarkable enthusiasm and enjoyment.

In other words, they thought about their options globally, and are now acting on those options locally.

But this phrase has another interpretation as well, and it’s one that I’ve come to appreciate more and more as I emcee International Living conferences…not globally…but in my own home country of the U.S.

I’m a U.S. citizen, and I’ve lived abroad for nearly 15 years now. One of my happy duties for International Living is serving as emcee for the numerous conferences International Living holds around the world about living and working abroad. But there is also at least one event in that annual schedule held, not globally, but locally…at least as far as attendees from the U.S. are concerned.

That conference gives potential expats a chance to think globally—explore their options abroad—by acting locally, attending a conference about living abroad right in their own country.

It’s a major conference about global retirement and lifestyle options held in a prime location in a major U.S. city. No need for visas, passports, or any of the other things that go with international travel. The International Living correspondents, experts, and expats who are actually living the international lifestyle in the most desirable expat locations around the world come right to you.

It’s a chance to act locally in order to get the maximum information necessary to think globally.
And these Stateside conferences are usually held in a city that is itself a major conference, entertainment, and cultural destination within the U.S.

That’s certainly true this year, as International Living has scheduled its Fast Track Your Retirement Overseas Conference for April in New Orleans.

Personally, I’m pleased as punch.

It’s been years since I’ve visited The Big Easy. To do so while emceeing International Living’s major Stateside conference of the year with hundreds of excited, forward-thinking, potential globetrotters in attendance…well, let’s just say it’s one of the reasons I like my work so much.

So in this case, acting locally makes thinking globally possible in the first place. That global thinking should include all the best options and destinations that current world conditions allow, and that’s exactly what International Living conferences do better than any other event.

All this and real muffuletta, étouffée, gumbo, jambalaya, and jazz to boot?

What better way to act locally for a global perspective?

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