Offshore Retirement Guide Sells More Than 14,000 Copies in Just Three Weeks

Just three weeks after its official release on March 17, “The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget”—the definitive guide to living a happier, healthier, more affordable life abroad— has sold more than 14,000 copies. editors credit less expensive health care abroad and a growing interest from Baby Boomers in more affordable and adventurous retirement for the popularity of this new, definitive guide to living a happier, healthier, more affordable life overseas.

Media outlets have begun to notice the trend and the book’s authors, Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher, have been interviewed recently by Forbes, PBS’s Next Avenue, MoneyWatch, and others.

“More people than ever are realizing that living abroad can significantly improve your retirement and personal finances,” said Jennifer Stevens, Executive Editor of International Living Magazine at “Living and retiring in a tropical paradise used to seem like an exotic idea out of most people’s reach. But “The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget” shows that it’s not only possible, but can actually be a sound financial strategy for lots of folks, especially considering the lower health care costs that can be found abroad.”

Haskins and Prescher have put many of those overseas financial strategies to work in their own lives since they left Omaha, Nebraska, in 2001, to live abroad.

Thirteen years later, they’ve lived in seven different locations in four Latin American countries and explored dozens more around the world. They’ve distilled those years of experience into this new, definitive guide to choosing, moving to, and living in good-value locales around the world, from Latin America to Southeast Asia to Europe.

In “The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget”, published by Wiley, Haskins and Prescher provide a step-by-step roadmap to finding the world’s best communities for English-speaking retirees seeking a happier, healthier, more affordable life in some of the world’s most beautiful and accommodating destinations…often on as little as $25,000 a year or less.

“The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget” explains how the tough issues of health care, housing costs, property taxes and insurance, and daily living costs can be easily managed in the right overseas locations. Haskins and Prescher share in clear detail how retirees can spend just a fraction of what their day-to-day life costs today yet sacrifice nothing when it comes to quality, comfort, and safety.

But “The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget” isn’t just for retirees. Haskins and Prescher offer advice about moving overseas with children, starting a business, finding work, and simply living a more meaningful and enjoyable life overseas.

Even for those who want to spend just a few months each year in an exotic location, the authors show that in many cases, “halfway is the right way.” In some of the locations they have identified, total cost of living can be less than winter utility bills alone back home.

Topics covered in “The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget” include –

  • How to find the best (and best-value) housing opportunities…
  • Whether to rent or buy…
  • What kind of health insurance makes sense (and the best locales with low-cost but top-quality public health systems)…
  • The places where a car isn’t needed…
  • How to manage finances abroad…
  • Overcoming language barriers…
  • And, of course, detailed information about the most affordable places in the world to retire…

In the right destination, it’s more than possible to live in a charming villa with a gorgeous ocean view, buy a week’s supply of fresh produce from the local farmer’s market for $5 or $10, hire a housekeeper or gardener, and live a high-quality life on a budget of $2,000 a month or less. “The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget” provides a practical and inspirational blueprint to making it happen.

The authors share budgets, recommendations, tips, advice, and hard-won strategies for success that can be applied by anyone to secure a happier, more affordable, more rewarding life in some of the most beautiful and relaxing locations around the world.

“The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget” is the comprehensive, all-in-one guide that retirees have been waiting for to help them successfully plan and accomplish their move to the overseas paradise of their choice.

The book, available in hardcover and Kindle editions, currently appears on the “Hot New Releases” list. Details here.

You can read more about what’s in the book, including the table of contents (and watch a video interview with the authors), here.

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