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The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget: How to Live Well on $25,000 a Year

The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget: How to Live Well on $25,000 a Year

Suzan Haskins, Dan Prescher

ISBN: 978-1-118-86315-2

Feb 2014

272 pages



Achieve your dream of retiring abroad while on a budget

The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget provides a detailed guide to one of the least-known but most effective retirement strategies in today's chaotic economic environment: retiring abroad. The premise is simple: Enjoy a happier, healthier, more fulfilling retirement than you could possibly afford in the U.S. or Canada by finding the right overseas retirement haven. The book reveals those affordable havens and the strategies for successfully making the move that could save your retirement. Aimed at retirees and near-retirees in the U.S. and Canada, this book's strategies apply just as well to younger people and people with families who are looking for ways to improve their quality of life while at the same time lowering their cost of living. It includes solutions for the challenges of continuing to work and earn money abroad, too.

As long-time contributors to the acknowledged leader in the field, International Living, authors Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher have at their disposal more than thirty years of International Living experience and expertise in the topic. They've been writing about living overseas for more than 12 years and have created their own broad and deep body of work, including regular blogs on the topic for Huffington Post and AARP. The authors include information and strategies that can be successfully applied by anyone regardless of their political or economic opinions. For anyone who wants a happier, healthier, more affordable life, The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget shows you how to enjoy the romance and excitement of living abroad on an affordable budget.

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Bill Bonner ix

What if you could retire better, more affordably, and even earlier than you expected? xi

Part one
Contemplating an Exciting Move . . .1

Chapter 1
Can You Afford to Retire Where You Live? 3

Chapter 2
Can You Really Live (Well) Overseas on $25,000 a Year? 15

Chapter 3
What’s Your Deal Breaker? 23

Chapter 4
The Most Common (and Avoidable) Mistakes Expats Make 33

Chapter 5
Health Care: Myth versus Reality 39

Chapter 6
The Challenges of Language and Culture 53

Part TWO
Making the Move: It’s a Big World . . . Where Should YOU Go? 61

Chapter 7
Belize: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem (and It’s All in English!) 63

Chapter 8
Costa Rica:Your Easiest Choice 73

Chapter 9
Ecuador: Something for Everyone 87

Chapter 10
Mexico: The Top Foreign Destination for U.S. and Canadian Retirees 103

Chapter 11
Nicaragua: Ready for Prime Time 117

Chapter 12
Panama: The World’s Best Retirement Program (and Much More) 131

Chapter 13
Uruguay: More First World Than the United States? 145

Chapter 14
Europe: All the Ingredients for the Good Life 157

Chapter 15
Southeast Asia: Exotic and Affordable 175

Chapter 16
Boots on the Ground: Zeroing In on the Community That’s Right for You 189

Chapter 17
You Found Your Paradise. Now What?: Should You Rent or Buy? And How to Know When Halfway Isn’t the Wrong Way 199

Chapter 18
Once You Know Where You’re Going: Put Your Plan in Action 207

Once You Get There: Adjusting to Your New Life 217

Chapter 19
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitude: Maintaining the Bridge between Your Past and Present Lives 219

Chapter 20
When the Hammock Gets Boring: What to Do after You Retire and Move Overseas 227

Chapter 21
Moving On: This Is Not a One-Way Highway 239

If We Knew Then What We Know Now 245

Index 251