The Six Best-Value Destinations for Living and Investing in the World Today
You Can Retire in Style Overseas…
and Live Better than You Do Now…
for as Little as $694 a Month
In the mornings, Judy Ahern sips a cup of tea, one hip perched on the rail of her open porch, and looks out over the turquoise waters, listening to the tide slosh in.
Sometimes horses gallop by on the beach. Often she takes a quick swim. Always she's struck by how lucky she feels. And how alive.
"We never imagined we'd be able to afford an island retreat -- let alone one right on a secluded beach," Judy says.
"For years we'd check out the real estate when we were on vacation... we looked all over Hawaii and in other places on the water. But it was always too expensive.
"Yet here we are today on this Caribbean island, pretty much full-time. We're enjoying the open-air house we had built -- and an incredible quality of life -- for a fraction of what it would cost us anywhere else nearby.
"In the States, we couldn't afford it at all."
Originally from California and in their 70s today, Judy was a teacher and actress. Her husband, Bill, is still in the airplane-parts business.
Back in 2002, they traded in their expensive, traffic-clogged life for a quieter, more affordable one on a lush, mountainous island where sand crabs meander across the roads. You may never have even heard of this place (though it's only a two-hour flight from Houston)...
Yet here on the island of Roatan, Judy and Bill have access to solid healthcare... a full dinner of fresh lobster with wine and dessert costs less than $30... they can get homemade cheesecake squares at the local bakery and fresh lettuce, fruits, and veggies at the organic farm...
And in this place, $199,000 buys a two-bedroom, two-bath home with a private pool on nearly an acre of land, just a 60-second stroll to a mile-long private beach...
With $135,000, you could own a luxury condo here with hardwood floors, high-end appliances, a community pool, panoramic vistas from your private deck... and be just five minutes by foot from the shops, restaurants, and groceries in town.
"Moving here changed the way we experience life... for the better," Judy told me. "There's a freshness here. A quickening of the senses.
"Instead of retreating someplace to retire, we've reached out toward new challenges.
"I'm keeping busy as the director of a pre-school that serves underprivileged, working families. And I'm editor of our local island magazine, too.
"Sure, living here isn't without its inconveniences.
"But it's as if we're looking not at the end of our lives now... but at the beginning of another life altogether!"
"Retirement" doesn't have to be about difficult
compromises. It isn't for Judy and Bill.
And it doesn't have to be for you, either.
If you're intrigued by Judy and Bill's experience -- whether you're ready for retirement now or planning for the future -- I know you'll be excited about what I have to share with you.
Because even though for millions of people "retirement" in the years to come is likely to mean cutting back on pleasures like dining out and on vacations... or, worse, demand downright frugal living...
It doesn't have to mean that for you!
No matter what the economy does back home, today you can retire overseas in style... live like a movie star on a school teacher's budget... and never outlive your nest egg...
If, that is, you know where to go. Around the world are places where you can...
You see, in the world's best-value places, your dollars simply buy you more.
So that you can actually live much better than you ever did at home -- for as little as $22 a day...
...and you'll never have to worry you might out-live your savings.
Retire overseas today and never outlive your nest egg...
Leonard Holden and his wife Jenna aren't independently wealthy. Not by a long shot. But they're confident they'll have more than enough to carry them comfortably through retirement, no matter what the economy does at home.
Leonard and Jenna used to spend about $8,000 a month living in Manhattan. At 49, when Leonard "retired," he took with him a pension of $1,800 a month. They could have stayed in New York. But it would have meant either some serious scaling back, living on savings, or -- more realistically -- taking another job.
Only they were ready to stop working and start "living." And there was no way they could maintain the lifestyle they'd grown accustomed to on less than one-quarter of the income.
So they looked for a place where that $1,800-a-month pension would stretch.
And they found it in a safe, welcoming, warm-weather city in Ecuador, where they'd be among the community's wealthiest residents.
There they could afford a 5,000-square-foot house, two cars, and a carefree -- even luxurious -- lifestyle that included a housekeeper, dinner out a few times a week, and the time and funds to travel and explore their new corner of the world.
Leonard and Jenna are part of what is rapidly becoming a real "movement" among adventuresome (and pragmatic) folks. You might even call it a "Retirement Revolution."
And it's something you can easily take advantage of, too.
After all, do you really want to cut back or make do at this important stage in your life?
Or are you ready for some peace of mind? To know you're set for life. To live not just comfortably... but even extravagantly... and do it on much less than you spend today?
If you're ready to enrich your life in retirement... find new
ways to spend your days... discover... explore... grow...
Look overseas. You can't afford not to.
You know, maybe it doesn't bother you... but it sure bugs me that all you see in the papers these days are stories about war, politics, and economic catastrophe.
To be fair, the U.S. is embroiled in Iraq and Afghanistan... in an election year... home prices are falling, the costs for food and fuel have jumped, credit is tight, the stock market is uncertain. (A recent AARP survey reports that one in four people aged 45-54 plans to delay retirement because of the economy.)
But the thing is... what you don't get in the papers are reports about attractive alternatives overseas (in Europe, Asia, and Latin America) where people are friendly, crime is almost non-existent, the health care is excellent, and the prices for everything from homes to groceries to doctors' visits would make you think it's 1953 again.
That's not really "breaking news," I suppose.
But it IS the reality in the places around the world I'd like to show you.
Places where you can take that dream you've always had about an open-air home right on the beach... or a hillside retreat tucked into a vineyard... or a cosmopolitan pied-a-terre in vibrant city...
...and you can make it your reality on as little as $1233 a month. (Slash that to $694 a month if you'll own your own home and won't have to pay rent.) No kidding.
That's what this "Retirement Revolution" is all about...
It's for forward-thinking souls like you who are looking for an alternative to what we traditionally think of as "retirement."
It's for people who are ready to enrich their lives, to find new and interesting ways to spend their days... to discover, explore, grow...
And to live well on a fraction of what it would cost at home.
Find out where to go now from an expert who's
been right about the best-value places
every one of the past 23 years
I'd like to help you do exactly that. First though, let me introduce myself.
My name is Kathleen Peddicord. For 23 years I ran a magazine devoted to living and investing abroad. I'm from Baltimore, Maryland originally. But for the last decade, I've lived overseas with my husband and two children -- in Ireland, then Paris, and now Panama.
I've traveled to more than 50 countries, invested in real estate in 17, established businesses in 7, and renovated properties in 6.
And over the years, I've fostered a truly far-flung network of globally minded colleagues and friends -- people who, like me, are living, investing, and doing business in good-value destinations all around the world.
So when a reporter at the New York Times or Money Magazine wants to write a story about the best international destinations for affordable retirement, they call me. I'm a contributor to ABC radio's Expat Show and I've been a guest on Good Morning America. When the AARP is looking for an authority on overseas retirement, I'm the person they talk to.
I guess it's fair to say I'm an "expert" in where to retire overseas. And I seem to have a nose for the next, great, up-and-coming retirement hot spot.
More than 20 years ago now, I was among the very first retirement advisors to recommend places like San Jose, Costa Rica... San Miguel de Allende, Mexico... and Ambergris Caye, Belize...
That was well before the rest of the world caught on to those good-value, welcoming, warm-weather destinations.
And while today those places are well-discovered -- and not nearly as affordable as they once where -- the idea of living well for less is just as appealing now as it ever was.
Given the current economic climate... it might even be more appealing!
Yet as word gets out about a place and it becomes more "mainstream," people go in greater and greater numbers. Demand increases for properties to rent and to own. And as the market heats up, so do prices. The best values eventually fade.
But it's just like what happens in big cities around the world where neighborhoods get gentrified and prices rise...then the artists and young hipsters and, increasingly, retirees migrate toward new "frontier" neighborhoods...
Well it's the same idea with retirement "frontiers" overseas. There's always some community ripe for discovery. Some hidden gem where you can enjoy an incredible quality of life for next to nothing.
I make it my mission to know where those places are.
And I've just collected my current favorite finds in a SPECIAL REPORT I'd like to send you -- absolutely free...
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I don't sugar-coat any place. That sort of "it's the perfect paradise" language doesn't do you any favors if you're seriously thinking about moving and investing overseas.
I know that. And so do you.
No place is perfect. And in The Overseas Retirement Letter I won't tell you it is.
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I've been in this business for more than two decades. I know the questions to ask. I know the risks you'll want to avoid. And I'll get them on your radar screen.
That way you can decide for yourself whether a place is worth investigating firsthand... or not.
After all, what's important to you isn't necessarily what's important to the next guy. Everybody's situation is different.
Take me, for instance. I'm still young. In good health. And I've got a 9-year-old son. The accessibility and cost of long-term medical care isn't my top, personal priority when I consider overseas destinations for my own family.
Right now I'm more concerned about where, in what language, and how well my little guy will be educated. Plus I want to be near an airport since I travel all the time...
But that might not be what keeps you up at night...
Maybe you're more worried about how close by, how sophisticated, and how affordable a doctor's care is...
The good news is: There's a good-value community for
everyone. It's just a matter of finding the right fit.
Your good-value escape exists. With The Overseas Retirement Letter I'll help you find it. Quickly and easily. It'll save you time, trouble, and money, too.
(Just think about it: If you decided to traipse to every destination that could possibly make sense for you, you'd spend thousands of dollars a month in travel expenses alone. You'd be at it for years. And there's no telling if you'd get the straight story, either.)
With The Overseas Retirement Letter I and my seasoned team of experts and expats will do all the important legwork for you.
Every month, you'll get an honest and comprehensive assessment about a place worth retiring to today (or maybe investing in now and living in ten years from now) -- including both the pros and cons.
You'll get proven recommendations for everything from health insurance to mortgages to keeping in touch from afar.
And timely ideas about ways you can protect and grow your nest egg overseas.
Including real-world stories from folks who
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I'll also bring you stories in The Overseas Retirement Letter directly from folks who have already done what you're thinking about doing.
People who have traded an uncertain quality of life at home for a new, more affordable adventure overseas.
People like Jay and Kathy Snyder, for instance. For 40 years, they owned a successful inn in rural Vermont, a sprawling, red, 1810 farmhouse with 18 guest rooms.
They were ready to retire. But not to sit and do nothing. They wanted to work less. Enjoy more.
Only they could see -- even with the sale of the inn -- that they wouldn't be able to sustain the comfortable lifestyle they'd always envisioned for themselves in retirement.
They weren't looking for jet-set extravagance. But they did want the freedom to travel, to eat out, to relax, to not worry about health-care expenses bankrupting them.
So they began to look beyond our borders... to places where they could "retire rich" on a middle-class budget.
They landed in Granada, Nicaragua... a vibrant, colonial-era town with cobbled streets and colorful homes. (Not unlike those now well-discovered havens of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico or Antigua in Guatemala.)
Now, here's where their story gets interesting. They could have simply bought a colonial-era villa and renovated it, just as other "retirees" from the States, Canada, Spain, France, and elsewhere have done.
But instead, they bought an empty lot in the center of town and on it built a beautiful community of nine condominiums that fit in perfectly with the surroundings.
They're selling them to other "overseas retirees" who, like them, are looking for a better lifestyle in a welcoming, good-value destination.
In essence, Jay and Kathy are building their own mini-community of like-minded folks ready to trade recession-era skimping for the affordable comforts they can enjoy overseas.
Already they've recouped their investment -- even though they have a handful of units still to sell. (Those will produce pure profit.) And today they divide their time as they like between the States and Nicaragua.
When they're at their place in Granada, they have their choice of excellent restaurants -- Spanish, German, and Italian among them -- where the two can eat dinner, including wine and dessert, for $20 or less. See a first-run movie for $3. They can take care of their annual physicals with an American-trained doctor for just $30 or have their teeth cleaned for just $17.
When I asked Jay about whether they'd do it all over again, he told me: "It's been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life." He said...
"I don't have a solution to the problems facing Americans right now. It's too frustrating to contemplate. I do feel, though, I've found an alternative that works for me and that could work for many, many others, as well.
"It's tempting to continue living the way you've been living. It's easy... and it can be very frightening to think about creating a whole new life for yourself in a foreign place.
"But that fear can keep us from acting on chances for fun, for adventure, and for possible profit.
"All I can tell you now is that I'm thrilled... it has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life."
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I include stories like Jay and Kathy's in The Overseas Retirement Letter for two reasons:
1) It's important to remember that real people like you -- school teachers, dentists, accountants, attorneys, consultants, office managers, doctors, sales reps, small business owners -- are already doing what you're thinking about. And doing it successfully.
Because I promise you: You'll have family and friends who think you've lost your marbles. I know mine did!
But the truth is: A whopping 441,000 people already receive their Social Security checks at an address abroad. And the real numbers of people living well and enjoying life overseas -- at least part of the year -- is likely much higher. (Some, like me, aren't of "retirement age." And others simply have their Social Security checks direct-deposited at home.)
So I like stories like Jay and Kathy's because they can open your eyes to possibilities you might never have even thought about before.
And the world is full of inspiring, life-improving, money-saving, and money-making possibilities. In The Overseas Retirement Letter, I'll bring them to you.
2) Plus there's nothing more welcome when you're starting out in a new place than a little "been there, done that" advice. And that's exactly what The Overseas Retirement Letter delivers each month.
It plugs you in to my vast network of contacts -- both the "experts" and the "regular folks" -- in the best-value destinations all over the world.
So you'll have somebody you can email with a question... a contact who can spare you all kinds of frustration, wasted time, and unnecessary expense.
In fact, that kind of on-the-ground intelligence is so invaluable, that I've created an entire volume to tell you the most important things you need to know before, during, and after a move.
You'll find the advice in it useful whether you're looking for a full-time retirement haven... a refuge you can escape to a few weeks or months a year... a sanctuary you could invest in now and keep to use later in life... or a straightforward way to park some cash in a positive-trending market well outside the U.S....
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You know, I think a lot of folks with retirement on the horizon are feeling paralyzed. Maybe you are, too. It's understandable. You're likely to live longer. Spend way more on healthcare than you could have ever imagined. And, in today's economy, earn far less on your investments than you probably hoped for.
So what do you do? Lots of folks will simply sit numbly by and hope for the best.
But you have way more control of your future than you may think. Simply look beyond your borders. I'll show you where.
Because you'll find in the world's best-value locales the promise of good, healthy living... a quality of life twice as good as what you're used to, for half the price... and days filled with excitement, interest, and adventure...
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P.P.S. In The Overseas Retirement Letter you'll discover what nearly half a million retirees overseas already know: In the right destinations, the values are great. The lifestyle is extraordinary. And you can stop worrying about how you'll pay for life... and start enjoying it, instead.
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