Live & Invest In Medellin, Colombia

Medellin Versus Panama City—Two Top 2012 Havens Compared

Jan. 12, 2012, Medellin, Colombia: Medellin, Colombia, and Panama City, Panama, are two of the world’s top overseas retirement havens.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

In the spirit of our New Year's comparative analysis agenda, let's look today at Medellin, Colombia, versus Panama City. Panama City is my current home base, the headquarters for our Live and Invest Overseas business, and a long-standing top retire-overseas choice. Medellin is an emerging option that has captured my attention completely over the past 18 months.

In many ways, these two places are the retirement haven yin and yang of each other.

Arriving in Panama City, you recognize instantly that this town is open for business, pushing for growth, and embracing prosperity. Your heart rate quickens, and your mind works quicker, too, trying to keep up with the commotion all around.

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Retire To Colombia

Three Best Colonial Cities In Colombia Compared

Jan. 11, 2012, Cartagena, Colombia: Colombia boasts many beautiful, pleasant, and historic colonial cities, including Cartagena, Santa Marta, and Popayán, each very different but all appealing retire overseas options.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"There's almost never any debate, when the subject comes up, over which is the finest colonial city in Colombia," writes Latin America Correspondent Lee Harrison. "Nine out of ten people will tell you it's Cartagena...and with good reason. But in my travels around the country, I've come across some small but quite-vocal pockets of disagreement on this point. And the dissenters make a good case.

"This is because there are several colonial cities that could be considered 'best in class,' each in its own way--including Cartagena, yes, but also including Santa Marta (also on the Caribbean) and Popayán, in Colombia's southern mountains.

"Cartagena is clearly one of the world's treasures. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's one of the few remaining walled cities in the world.

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Return To Panama

Return To Panama

Jan. 10, 2012, Panama City, Panama: Returning to Panama after nearly three weeks in the States, we find the sun shining and the roads empty.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Today is our first day back in the office after a nearly three-week-long holiday tour across America. We're frantically trying to catch up and get back on track, and you, dear reader, are the big winner, for today's dispatch will be mercifully brief.

I'll share more ruminations born of our recent extended U.S. adventures later this week. Meantime, today, returning to Panama City, we're greeted by three things...

First, blue skies and sunshine. This year's rainy season continued well into December, with deluges up until the day we left for the States last month. I'm delighted now to be able to report that, back in Panama for the start of this New Year, we find the sun shining, the temperatures lower, and the humidity much reduced. Ah, the dry season.

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Americans Retiring Abroad

Why Would An American Want To Leave The United States?

Jan. 9, 2012, Panama City, Panama: The best reason to think about living, retiring, or investing in a country other than the one you were born is more, better, and new opportunity.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

People ask us all the time...and, on our recent extended U.S. tour, we got the question a lot, from family, old friends, people we met at cocktail parties:

Why would an American want to leave the United States?

I'm not in the business of persuading someone to make a move like this if the idea doesn't make sense to him. From where I sit, after living outside the States for more than 14 years, my real response to the question is, why wouldn't an American consider leaving the United States?

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Comparing Best Live, Retire & Invest

What In The World Are You Supposed To Do With This List?

Jan. 8, 2012, Chicago, Illinois: The only way to make a decision as to where best you should live, retire, or invest overseas is to compare and contrast your options.

Also This Week: When Is The Right Time To Retire Overseas? Right Now!...How To Retire Sooner Than Never...How To Figure A Budget For Your New Life Overseas...at Least You Won't Likely Get Bit By A Cobra--And Other Predictions For The Year Ahead...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

Depending on your budget, here are my picks for the best places in the world to move on, to start over, to reinvent yourself, to launch a new life, and to live better, perhaps for less, in this New Year...

Super Cheap

#1: Cuenca, Ecuador
#2: Leon (cheapest), Granada, or San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
#3: Nha Trang, Vietnam
#4: Chiang Mai, Thailand

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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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