2009 Retire Overseas Checklist, Part II|
New Year's Day, 2009
- The Course Of True Retirement Bliss Does Not Run Smooth...
- "Where Could I Retire On $32,000 A Year?"...
- New Year's Eve In Paris, Where The Tourists Don't Seem To Mind The
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Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,
There are lots of ways this can go wrong.
For example, you could begin the work of acquiring a residency visa for
the country you've decided to adopt...only to discover, well into the
process, that the rules have changed. The visa you were going after now
requires new documentation and costs more money. Something like this
happened this past year in Panama, where the Ministry of
Immigration overhauled its foreign residency legislation and published new
guidelines in August.
Or perhaps the powers that be turn over, and the new administration
isn't sure it wants to continue offering a particular foreign visa option
at all anymore. This is a possibility in Belize, where
QRP foreign residency program could be discontinued.
On a grander what-have-I-gotten-myself-into scale, maybe you come to
discover that the man who sold you the piece of land on which you plan to
build your retirement dream home didn't own it. And now you don't either.
Maybe you budget, plan, and project...make your move...and then find, a
year later, that you can no longer afford your rent, because inflation in
your adopted homeland has spiked...or
the exchange rate between the local currency and the one in which you earn
your retirement income has gone seriously against you.
Or maybe you find, simply, that you don't like the place. You don't like
the weather...or the people...or the view from your balcony...
You thought you wanted to be at the beach, but your windows are always
covered with sea salt and your outdoor furniture requires perpetual care.
This is no way to live.
Or maybe you'd dreamt your whole life of retiring to a small town but
now, having done so, you can't manage to figure out what it is that people
here do on Friday nights...and where in the world do you go for a decent
bottle of wine?
Nothing is as you expected it to be.
These aren't theoretical what-if's. These are things that happen all the
time. Some of them have happened to us.
"But, wait, Kathleen," you may be thinking, "I thought you assured us
that we wouldn't regret taking the leap and making a move abroad?"
I did...and you won't.
But that is not to say that the course of true retirement bliss runs
smooth. Some days, you will feel like you've never had more reason to get
out of bed in the morning. Other days, you won't want to get out of bed at
Because getting up means facing again the immigration officials or the
people at the land title office...standing again on line for hours at the
bank or maybe the bureau of gas and electricity, which, again, has billed
I can't give you here pat resolutions to all these challenges. I can't
even name all the potential challenges. You'll have to discover them for
And you'll have to take my word for it that there is an answer to every
question, a way over every hurdle. Every problem has a solution, and
finding it is part of the adventure and part of the fun.
The two most important things to bring with you when you come overseas
are a sense of humor and an open mind.
Your new life isn't going to be like your old one. But isn't that the
Retire In 2009!
This is your chance, and 2009 is your year.
It's time to stop thinking about it...time to stop dreaming about
it...time to make it happen.
Join the ranks of the hundreds of thousands of people just like you who
have realized already that there's a time for thinking, planning,
processing, considering, and deliberating...and then there's a time for
The time for action is now.
Make your retire overseas dreams come
true this New Year.
Paris is icy cold, but the tourist masses in town to
celebrate the New Year don't seem to mind. The crowd outside the entrance
to the Louvre was so great yesterday afternoon that we lost half our party
somewhere in it.
Reunited later at one of our favorite cafes (La Fregate, on the corner
of rue du Bac and the river), we warmed up over a round of hot chocolates
and spiced wine.
Lief and I were happy to retreat afterward to our little rented place
for a champagne toast and a movie. Our daughter and her boyfriend, though,
were off to the Champs d'Elysees for fireworks, spectacle, and more
crowds. Their plan was to walk, with a bottle of champagne each, from
Concorde all the way along Paris' most famous boulevard to l'Arc de
"I can't imagine a better way to spend the final few hours of the year,"
Kaitlin remarked as she bundled up to head out into the cold night...
"Is there any place, preferably Mexico, Jamaica, or
the Bahamas, where I would be able to live on
-- Helen M., United States
With $2,666 a month to spend, dear reader, you could retire nearly
anywhere, especially if you invest in a home of your own.
Even if you choose to rent long term, though, your retirement nest egg
is enough to support you comfortably in any of the countries you name,
anywhere in Latin America, certainly anywhere in Asia, and even most
anywhere in Europe. We know many living well on much less in all those
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