Live and Invest Overseas By Kathleen Peddicord

The Night Before Christmas In Paris

Dec. 24, 2013, Paris, France: Paul and Vicki Terhorst assimilated to the French traditional Christmas when they took to enjoying the streets and oysters of Paris…

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Fifteen years ago Vicki and I spent our first Christmas in Paris.

We stayed in Paris all that winter and decided Paris makes winter the best season of all. Museums, shows, fairs, conferences...Paris in winter runs at full speed. Everything stays open, without the sporadic closings that plague the rest of the year. French chefs cook better food in winter, with more game and heavier, tastier sauces. Fewer tourists clog up the city. I remember one rainy, cold Saturday morning, I raced to the Louvre to be there when it opened. For several minutes I had the Mona Lisa to myself.

As an aside, most tourists arrive and depart Paris on weekends. I figure they rarely want to take in a museum on either their first or final day. So Saturday mornings become the best time to visit the Louvre, Orsay, or other usually crowded museums.

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Unexpected Welcome

Dec. 27, 2010, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Safe, friendly, welcoming, affordable Nha Trang, Vietnam, is an emerging top retire overseas choice in Asia.

Congratulations, Meredith DuHamel, the Grand Prize Winner of our Christmas Around The World Trivia Competition on Facebook.

Meredith has won two free conference registrations and, along with a friend, will be joining us, as our guest, for any event on our 2011 calendar.

Meredith, we look forward to meeting you in the New Year!

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"The Vietnamese must be the most forgiving people in the world," writes Asia Correspondent Wendy Justice. "Even as we've become more familiar with this country, the kind nature of these people is still baffling to us.

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Caribbean Christmas

Dec. 24, 2012, Ambergris Caye, Belize: Belize, home to more than 10 different ethnic groups, offers a very multicultural mix of holiday celebrations.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

For those of us who grew up in snow country, it seems odd to be walking around in T-shirts and flip flops on Christmas Day. But, having lived here on Ambergris Caye for seven years now, I've come to appreciate that Belize offers a unique collection of blended Christmas traditions. More than 70% of Belizeans are Christian, so the majority of residents celebrate the birth of Christ. However, the country is also home to more than 10 different ethnic groups. The result is the most multicultural holiday celebrations I can imagine.

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Counting The Costs Of A Retirement Overseas

Aug. 25, 2014, Nashville, Tennessee: The cost of living, of renting a home, and of purchasing property are three critical figures to understand for any location where you’re considering retiring overseas.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

How should you go about choosing where to reinvent your life in retirement overseas? Best made, this is a thoroughly personal decision. You should think about retiring to another country because you feel at home there and enjoy the way of life on offer. Bottom line, your heart should lead the way.

However, your head should have a say, too, of course. That is, while the best place for you to retire overseas is the best place for you simply because your gut tells you it is, you do want to look at more practical factors when considering your options.

For many, cost is key, both the cost of living and the cost of real estate. You may intend to purchase a home in your new situation overseas or only to rent one. Either way, this housing expense will be a significant part of your overall budget and should be considered separate from other monthly costs.

That's why, for our hot-off-the-presses 2014 Retire Overseas Index, we look at three pieces of critical data for each of the 21 destinations featured—the cost of living minus housing; the typical cost of renting; and the average cost per square meter to purchase property.

For the purposes of this Index, we created a starter-budget template that includes utilities (gas, electricity, landline phone, cable television, and internet), groceries, and entertainment. These would be your basic costs (in addition to housing) retired anywhere in the world. You could, of course, add costs, depending on your lifestyle and priorities. Maybe you'd like to have help around the house. In many places around the world, household help can be a bargain, making full- or part-time help with the daily chores a potential big benefit of retiring overseas. The cost could be US$150 (in Nicaragua, for example) to US$300, say, per month. However, maybe you don't want to make that investment.

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How To Retire Overseas In 2011

Dec. 26, 2010, Baltimore, Maryland: In 2011, the Live and Invest Overseas agenda will feature more expanded coverage, more hand-holding, and more comparative analysis to help you launch your new life overseas.

Also This Week: The Passage Of The Child In Cuenca...Caribbean Christmas...Christmastime In London...Big-Hearted Basque--The France You Never Hear About...

And Lief Simon On: 2011 Tax Tips For Global Property Investors...

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

We awake this day-after-Christmas morning in Baltimore to news of what forecasters here are calling the "Snow Miser Surpriser." Young Jackson is delighted. Back in Panama, he wished for a white Christmas, and it looks like he might just get it one day late. We're told a big snowstorm is on its way.

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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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