The Retire Overseas Process

A Reduced Cost Of Living Is Only A Place To Begin This Conversation...

Aug. 31, 2014
Panama City, Panama

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"We made you two promises when we extended the invitation for you to join us here in Music City for this year's Retire Overseas Conference," I explained to all those assembled in the meeting room of Nashville's Loews Vanderbilt Hotel on the opening morning of this week's event.

"First, we promised to introduce you to the world's 21 best places to think about living or retiring overseas right now. In fact, we're going to introduce you to 22.

"Second, we promised to show you how to engineer a move to whichever of these places gets your attention.

"This retire-overseas thing can be pretty cut-and-dried. You choose a destination, you buy a plane ticket, and you show up. It really is that simple...on one hand.

"On the other hand, it's nothing like that simple. You need a step-by-step plan. That's what we aim to deliver over the coming three days, with the help of the more than 50 correspondents, expats, and experts from around the world we've convened here with us this week.


Day 1 Of Live And Invest Overseas’ Retire Overseas Conference...

Day 1 In Nashville—Time To Get Off Your Derriere

Aug. 29, 2014, Nashville, Tennessee: Day 1 of Live and Invest Overseas’ Retire Overseas Conference looks at the 22 best retirement options in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Overheard from the more than 400 attendees at this week's events in Nashville, Tennessee…

"I've been reading you for years. I'm here because I'm hoping something that you'll say over the coming three days will inspire me to get off my derriere and finally do something. It's time for me to stop reading and take action. I came here for you to give me a push…"

We're doing our best.


"Our situation is a little different than most people here, probably. We aren't here to consider options for where to retire overseas someday. We need a place to move right now. Our house sold more quickly than we expected. Now we're renting a small apartment. We have sold everything. We have no ties. We're ready to go!..."


"We're thinking about Panama. Our plan is to go down there, rent a home for six months, and see what we think. If we like it, we'll stay longer. If not, we'll look for someplace else…"


2014 Retire Overseas Expo In Nashville

Live From The Retire Overseas Expo

Aug. 28, 2014, Nashville, Tennessee: Today in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, Live and Invest Overseas is sponsoring the 2014 Retire Overseas Expo.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"This all sounds great," the Nashville radio host suggested when she interviewed me on the air yesterday, "but it's also a little scary, isn't it? Moving to another country? It was hard enough for me when I made the move from Los Angeles here to Nashville."

"I understand," I replied. "While there are lots of benefits and upsides to reinventing your life in a new country, it's not easy and it's not for everyone..."

That reality is the motivation behind the goings-on at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, today. From noon until 6 this afternoon, our first-ever Retire Overseas Expo will be taking place in the meeting rooms just beyond the lobby.

What's the Retire Overseas Expo?

Dozens of expats and experts from the world's most appealing overseas havens mixing and mingling and happy to share their stories and answer questions...

The secret to making a success of a new life overseas is taking the adventure one little step at a time. Our Retire Overseas Expo in Nashville today is a chance for a first step, an opportunity to dip a toe in the retire-overseas waters without making any long-term commitment or even buying a plane ticket.

What would it really be like to live in Panama or Ecuador...France or Italy...Thailand or Malaysia...


World’s Top Retirement Havens For 2014

10 Best Places To Retire Overseas In 2014

Aug. 27, 2014, Nashville, Tennessee: Live and Invest Overseas’ just-released 2014 Retire Overseas Index names the world’s top 21 places to retire overseas.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Drum roll, please...

The top 10 places to retire overseas today, as reported in our just-released 2014 Retire Overseas Index, are:

#10: Istanbul, Turkey

Megacity Istanbul straddles the shores of both Europe and Asia and is the only city to have been a capital to both Christian and Muslim empires, as evidenced, inside its great Roman walls, by an architectural legacy like nothing else anywhere on earth. Though not the country's capital, Istanbul is Turkey's beating heart, offering the best of any European capital city, from lattes to the latest Hollywood releases in English, but with an edge and an energy that can be lacking in Continental Europe. Istanbul is a place to watch the world go by beneath a skyline of minarets and modern office blocks while ships from across the globe pass up and down the Bosphorus.

The best part is that this world-class city is also exceedingly affordable, perhaps the best place in the world to enjoy the best of city living on a budget. A couple could retire here on a budget of as little as US$1,100 per month.

#9: Panama City Beaches, Panama

The most developed, established, and fully appointed beach community in Panama is what's referred to as the "City Beaches" area, those Pacific coast beaches that lie one to two hours west from Panama City. This fast-growing region offers a high-quality beach lifestyle with all the amenities and services you could want. Coronado town has developed into a busy commercial center that makes for a turn-key retirement choice, and, indeed, this is the direction this former weekend retreat is evolving, into a full-fledged retirement community with an established population of full-time foreign residents supported by a developed infrastructure, including good medical facilities.

Plus, Panama uses the U.S. dollar, international-standard health care is nearby in Panama City, and Panama's pensionado retiree residency program is one of the world's best.


Retire Overseas Location Choices

11 Places Not To Retire Overseas In 2014

Aug. 26, 2014, Nashville, Tennessee: Here are 11 places we don’t recommend as top choices for retiring overseas in 2014.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

In our 2014 Retire Overseas Index, out this week, we have rated and ranked the 21 best places to retire overseas right now. Some of the results may surprise you.

That is, some of the destinations we feature, including the destination that places number one overall, are not as widely publicized as others that we have chosen not to include.

Why have we omitted some of what are typically thought to be the most desirable overseas retirement havens from our Index? Why have some of 2013's top destinations been cut from the list?

Some insights follow.

Note that this is not to say, in any case, that these would be "bad" places to live or retire; simply that they do not count among the world's best today...

Why Not Loja Or Otavalo?

We chose to feature Cuenca in our Index over other, also-popular Ecuadorian choices. Why? First, the existing expat community. Although other towns in Ecuador have begun to attract foreigners, Cuenca is the hub for expat retirees in Ecuador.

We also like the city itself, prefer it over its competition. This is a colonial gem, an architecturally beautiful city with a great deal to offer by way of culture—opera, theater, museums, galleries...


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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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