You’re On Your Way To Your New Life Overseas
Dear “52 Days To Your New Life Overseas” Student,
Congratulations! You’re on your way.
When you signed on for this program, I made you a promise, and I reiterate it now:
You will be standing on the doorstep of your new life overseas in as few as 52 days.
All that will remain for you is to take that final step… and show up.
How are you going to get from here to there?
By following along carefully over the coming 52 days as I walk you, day-by-day, step-by-step, your hand in mine, through everything you need to know to realize your new dreams of a new life in the beautiful, welcoming, adventure-filled overseas haven that’s calling your name.
Don’t know where that is yet? Don’t worry. We’re going to consider together your best options for where you might enjoy this next phase of your life. First, though, we’re going to lay some groundwork.
I’ve been covering this live and invest overseas beat for more than 30 years and living the expat life myself for nearly 20. However, at one time, I sat where you sit now. I’d had the idea that I wanted to try living in another country for a long time. I’d long been dreaming about what life might be like in some exotic, foreign clime. For years, I traveled regularly, all over the world… but I always returned home and rationalized a reason to remain there.
My point is that we all need a little push, something to get us started. Once you take the first step, the second is easier, the third easier yet, and soon you have that glorious thing called momentum helping to pull you along.
In my case, the little push came from my employer at the time. The international publishing company I’d been working for nearly 15 years wanted to open an office in Ireland, to take advantage of the business and tax incentives that the Irish government was offering back then. The opportunity presented itself… and, finally, I found the courage to take the leap.
In hindsight, one reason I was able to jump when I did was because I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I’d been researching and writing about living overseas for years, yes. But research isn’t the same as reality. When my husband and I packed ourselves, our daughter, and our eight oversized suitcases into the SUV that day in Baltimore and made our way to the airport for our overnight flight to Shannon, Ireland, we didn’t know what we didn’t know.
Today, nearly 20 years later, I can’t help but chuckle at our naiveté!
In the many years since, we’ve reinvented our lives from Baltimore, Maryland, to Waterford, Ireland… from there to Paris… and then, most recently, we reinvented ourselves again in Panama City, where we’ve living now. Along the way, we’ve started businesses, made homes, and raised our children (our son Jackson was born while we were living in Ireland). Frankly, we’ve probably done just about everything you could imagine doing as part of your new life overseas. We’ve bought, built, renovated, decorated, and sold houses. We’ve shipped personal belongings, antique furniture, and pets. We’ve qualified for residency, opened bank accounts, even acquired second passports in Ireland…
Did we ever imagine way back then that, all this time later, we’d have traveled from Waterford, Ireland, to Paris, France, and then on to Panama City, Panama, where we’d be living, running a business, and sending our teenage son to school?
No way. We had no idea when we took that first step down our own adventures-overseas path where it would lead.
And I can’t tell you now where your adventures overseas will lead you. But I can say with confidence that they will be far more efficiently handled than ours have been! Because I’m going to help you to leverage all my experience.
As with any big change, the secret to success launching a new life in a new country is breaking the adventure down into steps. Here’s how we’re going to break down your new life overseas adventure…
- Step #1: Getting To Know Yourself
- Step #2: Preparing Your Budget
- Step #3: Considering The World Map
- Step #4: Researching Residency Options
- Step #5: Getting Good Tax Advice
- Step #6: Shopping For Health Insurance
- Step #7: Setting Up A Portable Home Office
- Step #8: Figuring Out What To Do With All Your Stuff
- Step #9: Planning Your Scouting Expeditions
- Step #10: Shopping For A Place To Live
- Step #11: Showing Up!
That’s it—the complete program! Some of these steps we’ll accomplish in two or three days, some will take a week or longer. But, don’t worry, I’ll walk you through it all.
Your first lesson will arrive in your inbox two days from today. In the meantime, you’ve got some getting-started reading to do.
To help you figure out some of the big-picture issues—that are beyond the scope of the daily e-lessons I’ll be sending you–I’m providing you here now three important resources.
Getting Started Bonus #1: “Top Health Insurance Options For The Retiree Abroad”
One of the most important questions you’ll face as you prepare for your new life in a new country has to do with health insurance.
Should you get it? And, if yes, what kind… and what will it cost?
This is a very personal and critical issue. “Top Health Insurance Options For The Retiree Abroad” helps you to consider your options and how to determine which one makes the most sense for you and your family.
I’ll return to this important issue of shopping for and choosing health insurance in Step #6 of my program, at which time I’ll walk you through the thinking you need to do to make this very personal decision with confidence. Right now, though, I’d like you to do some background reading to help prompt your thinking.
Getting Started Bonus #2: “The 29 Best Places In The World To Obtain Residency And Second Citizenship”
Just about every country in the world makes it easy to visit as a tourist and support the local economy with your money–as long as you leave again within a specific time frame (typically 30 to 90 days).
But each country has its own rules about who qualifies, and how, to remain within its borders as a longer-term resident.
This, then, is the second big-picture issue you must address as you prepare to launch your own new life overseas: What kind of residency do you want to establish and how will you qualify?
The requirements for establishing full-time or permanent residency vary considerably, country to country, and most countries offer more than one option. (Panama, for example, offers more than a dozen!) Your financial situation and age are critical considerations and have a lot to do with determining which options are available to you and which make most sense.
We’ll address this important issue of residency and visas in Step #4 of your 52-day program.
Meantime, you can go here now to download your “Next Step Bundle,” including two reports:
Getting Started Bonus #3: 44 Things You Must Know Before You Live, Retire, Or Invest Overseas
This important getting-started special bonus report reviews and reinforces many of the points and topics that I’ll address throughout the program. “44 Things” is a handy reference to remind you of the things you need to keep in mind (to check off your list, as it were) as you prepare for your new life overseas.
OK… this, then, is your first assignment: To download and read through this bundle of getting-started resources.
I’ll be in touch again in two days’ time with the first of your 52 daily lessons.
Literally hundreds of thousands of others just like you are already living their dream lives overseas.
I’ve done it… in series… as part of a live-and-invest-overseas career that has spanned now more than a quarter-century.
And now I’m going to help you to do it, too.
Founding Publisher, Live and Invest Overseas
P.S. As we work through the 52 days of my program together, at times, you may be confused, have questions, maybe even doubt the sanity of this whole living or retiring overseas adventure you’re dreaming about. If that happens, here’s what you do:
Get in touch. You can reach us anytime by email at 52Days@LiveandInvestOverseas.com. We’re standing by to answer your questions and to help you through any moments of uncertainty!