In the Right Spots Overseas, as Little as $1,650 a Month Can Bankroll a Truly Good Life… Which Means You Can Retire Comfortably on a Social Security Check Alone
This fall—over 3 highly focused, interactive days—we'll pinpoint for you the communities that would suit you best and hand you a personalized blueprint for getting there.
Dear International Living Reader,
Retire sooner. Spend less. Live better. That's the end goal.
And there's no question: You can do it.
You can do it whether you're worried about your quality of life on a strictly limited retirement income or just interested in super-sizing your lifestyle and living like a rich man on a middle-class budget. (After all, $35,000 a year goes a LONG way in the right spots overseas.)
You can spend less and live better in all sorts of beautiful, welcoming, good-weather communities that dot the globe from Latin America to Southeast Asia to Europe.
Laid-back beach escapes. Quiet mountain getaways. University towns. Even cosmopolitan cities.
In the right communities, you really can live a richer, more engaging life than you do today…but spend as little as $1,650 a month to do it (housing included).
In other words: Get the destination right, and you could live well on your Social Security income alone.
Of course, you could spend more if you like…and enjoy a genuinely luxurious lifestyle.
On a budget of $2,500 to $3,600 a month, a couple can live extremely well in many places, and afford the sort of comforts only the very wealthy can bankroll at home—perks like a housekeeper to cook and clean every day or a home with a pool and a gardener to maintain the grounds…
The point is, no matter what your budget, in the best-value destinations around the world, your dollars really stretch. And that means you have great options for improving your lifestyle while you trim your spending…
Take these three, for instance…
1) Your Own Caribbean Island Getaway
You might choose to surround yourself by white sand, palm trees, and warm turquoise waters on one of the last affordable islands in the Caribbean. Sound expensive? Don't be so sure…
In this sun-kissed escape I'm thinking of, you could walk the beach every day…go diving…ride your bike to meet friends for coffee or a glass of wine. It's a laid-back existence on this dollop of sand, no question.
And it costs less than you probably think. You could own your own two-bedroom apartment with a big balcony, fully furnished and crisply appointed for just $159,000. Here you're in a complex with a pool, restaurant, and bar. And you're just a two-minute walk to the ocean.
For $199,000 you can own a two-bedroom water-view condo with a balcony off the living room that overlooks the west coast beach and bird sanctuary, with unobstructed sunset views. Here you're actually on a little private island—just four minutes from the main town, but secluded with a private beach, on-site restaurant, pool, bar, spa, tour guides, boat captain, paddle boards and kayaks.
And that good value is reflected in the modest rents you'll find on this sandy enclave as well. You can rent a two-bedroom private home with its own private boat dock, which accesses the lagoon side of the island for $1,100 a month. This rental comes with an enclosed yard and secure parking.
As one happy transplant from Texas put it, "I rent a two-bedroom, top-floor condo directly on the ocean for $1,300 a month. It has vaulted ceilings, balconies off every room, huge decks for entertaining, and I have access to a swimming pool and a restaurant/sports bar. My electricity runs around $150 a month, and water and cable are included. I also have a bicycle and I can ride it anywhere."
This is a place that's on the cusp of change—a spot where claiming a foothold now may position you well to ride the upswing. Larger hotel chains are sniffing around, the tourism industry is maturing, the country has made a firm commitment to sound environmental practices with no offshore drilling and a pledge to ban single-use plastics. Tour guides must pass a rigorous training program, which has ensured they're top-notch and respectful of the marine environment. The puzzle pieces are coming together for this rustic paradise.
Of course, a Caribbean island escape may not be on your wish list at all…and that's just fine…
2) An Old World European Escape
If you've always dreamed of Europe—but assumed it would be out of your reach—think again. Whether you travel, retire, or invest there today—you'll find your dollars stretching to an extraordinary degree.
You won't pay more for all the cultural riches, the benefit of year-round sunshine, the great food, and the rest.
In fact, you'll find rents for less than $1,000 a month—in some places half that—and access to good healthcare, too, for a fraction of what it costs in the States.
A couple can live comfortably in one spot we like, for instance, for under $2,200 a month and enjoy sophisticated arts offerings, excellent food, and year-round sunshine.
Golden, sun-drenched ribbons of sand…rugged mountains…windswept plains…tidy town squares boasting fountains carved hundreds of years ago…cafes with tables set in the shade of umbrellas…cosmopolitan cities filled with theaters, museums, and art…
Old World Europe is rich with history and saturated with beauty. And it's not just the surrounds that beckon…
It's the food and drink as well—just-caught sea bass grilled with lemon, garlic, and olive oil…fresh gazpacho…cheeses made from sheep's and goat's milk…puff pastries and custard tarts…
Living here is a feast for the senses…and more affordable than you probably imagine. A casual meal out costs about $13 a person—wine and dessert included.
You can go to almost any farmer's market and take home 5 kilos (11 pounds) of fruit and vegetables for a few euros.
Other costs are similarly affordable. Utilities for a couple will run around $309 a month (including gas, water, electric, phone and internet); groceries around $495; a maid (for three hours, twice a week) about $50; and $125 a month for entertainment.
Expat Annette R. sums up her experience, saying: "[We] realize how richly we can live on our retirement income, beyond all of our expectations."
3) A Sophisticated, Cool-Weather University Town
Of course, not everybody is after a Caribbean beach escape or a European retreat. And that's fine, too…because, as I said, you have lots of options today.
Maybe for you the ideal destination is a highland getaway where the climate is always spring-like-lows in the 50s, highs in the 70s, and you can enjoy some cosmopolitan diversions…but do it on a modest budget.
There's a university town I know that fits that bill nicely. Cobblestone streets wend their way toward grassy riverbanks. You don't need a car there…and there's always plenty to do…symphony concerts…art and history museums…archeological attractions…galleries…
And a couple could live very comfortably from $1,650 a month, housing included.
One expat living there describes life this way: "We start our days [here] with an early morning walk along a pleasantly babbling river…while we marvel at the majesty of the early morning sun as it strikes the mountain tops and the slopes of the city.
"Later we might visit one of the many free or low-cost museums or constantly changing art exhibitions, enjoy a stroll through town, meet friends for lunch, or people-watch in the town square while enjoying an ice cream.
"Life here proceeds at a much slower pace; people know how to enjoy it and each other. And for us, life is good."
Those are just three of dozens of very good options you have in the world today for improving your lifestyle while you keep more of your own hard-earned income in your pocket.
Enjoy a Six-Figure Life on $1,500 a Month
As one happy resident put it:
"I live a six-figure lifestyle on $1,500 a month. I can live here for much less, have a better quality of life, and have full-time help for $200 a month that would have cost $2,000 in Vancouver."
Remember: Retire sooner. Spend less. Live better. That's the big idea.
But the thing is…when you're sitting in miles of traffic on your way to work or sliding your feet into those snow boots yet again…no matter how attractive a low-stress, warm-weather, good-value escape overseas may sound…
It's hard to see how you chart a path to the one that's "just right" for you.
Readers tell us all the time: It's overwhelming.
And that's why most folks don't even try. They simply sit back with a sigh, resign themselves to the retirement they have coming, and file their overseas dreams in the category of "fantasy."
But you don't have to do that. And you shouldn't.
Now there's a fast, efficient, easy way to match that place you dream about—whether it's a beach escape, a highland retreat, or a big-city hideaway—with a real-world community on the ground where you could make it your reality.
Your Personal Blueprint for a Better Life Overseas
Think about it this way…
Imagine how simple it would be if somebody would just tell you where you should go and show you the steps for getting there…
Well, this October—over three intensive, focused, interactive days—that's exactly what we're going to do at a special event we've created with you in mind.
I hope you'll join me at…
Retire Overseas Bootcamp
October 11-13, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
If you like the idea of living overseas…enjoying a bit of adventure…and saving money while you live a more relaxed, fun, fulfilling lifestyle…but you aren't sure about where you should go or how to actually get yourself there…
…then this could be perfect for you.
If you'd welcome a written blueprint—made just for you—that could guide you step-by-step as you pick the place that "checks all the right boxes" for you…and then shows you how to go about setting up your new life there…
…then this deserves your attention.
What I'm talking about, when it comes right down to it, is a simple, effective way to cut an easy path through the forest of options for good-value living that exist in the world today…so you can head directly toward the place that really suits you best, given your budget, the things that make you happy, and what's most important to you.
In the place overseas that's "just right" for you, you could create a life that actually looks like the one you see in your dreams…and you could afford it, too.
It means you could—
- Toss out those snow boots, give away your parka, and spend your days in sandals and shorts if you like…
- Trade your two weeks of vacation a year for 12 months of sun and sand…in a place where you could live on permanent vacation all year round…and spend less than it would cost you to stay home.
- Erase the stress and really relax…spend more time outside, eat better, lose weight, feel healthier, look younger…and enjoy the vibrancy that comes with living a carefree life…
- Banish all the worries about affording a decent life…and live in a place where a Social Security check alone can fund a truly comfortable existence (that could include luxuries like a housekeeper, a gardener, and dinners out anytime the urge strikes)…
- Ditch the retirement that lands in your lap at home…and create a life, instead, that looks the way you want it to look …
- Gain the time and freedom to take up a hobby you've always imagined enjoying, learn to paint, try an instrument…write a book…volunteer…spend time hiking, sailing, diving, golfing, or just sitting on your deck with a good book in hand…
My name is Jackie Flynn. I'm the publisher of International Living, and this, our third-ever Retire Overseas Bootcamp, is unlike anything else we do.
You Give Us Three Days… We'll Give You a Blueprint for a Better Life Overseas
We're gathering our top experts from around the world under one roof and asking them to not simply give presentations about the destinations they recommend…but to "hold your hand" as they guide you, personally, step-by-baby-step toward the one that's going to be your best bet for an enjoyable, affordable, great-climate retreat.
We're going to lead you—over three enlightening (but intensive) days—to the spot most worth your attention.
And we're going to show you, specifically, where to go and what to do to get there.
We're literally going to hand you a personalized blueprint.
It means that sooner than you ever imagined…you could be living the good life in a community overseas that truly suits you…
A place where the sun shines all year…
A place where a golf country-club membership for two that would cost you $500 a month at home goes for $288…
A place where you can afford to slow down, take it easy, and spend your days the way you want to…
You give us three days…and we'll hand you the blueprint you're looking for…the how-to instructions you need to easily make your escape to a better life.
We'll make it that simple for you.
We'll Help You Narrow Down, Compare, Contrast, and Weigh Your Best Options
We'll introduce you to the very best options you have for living a richer, less-stressful, more adventure-filled life…while you spend less than it would cost you to stay home.
But it won't be "information overload."
Everything you could possibly know about hundreds of places on the planet—that's not really helpful, after all. It's paralyzing.
What you need is guidance, answers, good judgment, and advice. And that's what we'll deliver.
We're going to narrow down your choices for you, right up front and then help you home in on the ones best suited to your individual situation, given your priorities, your interests, your dreams, and your budget.
And then we're going to put all these "best options" in context for you, help you compare and contrast the places you learn about, detail who would like a certain place…and why. And, equally important: Who wouldn't like it.
Our experts aren't going to be there to talk in generalities. They'll be focusing in on specific communities you should have on your radar screen.
They know the countries they live in well…and they're flying in from around the world to share the kinds of insider secrets you won't find out about anyplace else, like…
- Where in Costa Rica you'll find well-established (but low-cost) expat communities along the Pacific coast—with all the conveniences of farmer's markets, boutiques, restaurants, grocery stores, bars, and souvenir shops…paired with great-value real estate. In one town, for instance, you can buy a 2-bedroom, walk-to-everything condo for $165,000…and rent a one-bedroom, furnished condo for $750 (or even less).
- A university town in the south of France where medieval homes overlook the sparkling blue Mediterranean…and you could rent a lovely, furnished one-bedroom apartment with high ceilings and generous windows right in the thick of things for $1,042 a month.
- A "snowbird paradise" in Mexico that's actually two friendly waterside towns that boast a mild climate, well-established expat community, and low cost of living. $1,700 a month is plenty to fund a couple's retirement here. And these lively communities offer plenty to do beyond the pretty views—golf, tennis, theater, travel clubs, and more. Plus a modest $78,000 buys a really lovely 2-bedroom home with a great yard and water view. It's in a gated community with a club house and a nice swimming pool, too.
- Centuries-old olive groves…dramatic cliffs rising above the turquoise sea…time-burnished towns with ornate baroque architecture…in Italy's up-and-coming region you'll find around 500 miles of coast lined with some of the country's best beaches, enchanting countryside, and small towns and villages where you can snag historic properties that are move—in ready from $96,000.
- Belize's secret seaside retreat…the low-cost, "untourist" escape where you can gain all the perks or Caribbean living-palm-lined coast, turquoise waters, sun-soaked and balmy days—but for a fraction of what you'd expect. (You can rent a place right on the water there for $800 a month.) Plus…a hidden gem of a region full of fruit trees and blooming flowers where couples can live comfortably for $1,600 a month and you can buy a three-bedroom home with a lush landscaped yard tucked into the jungle from $100,000.
- Scuba divers, fishermen, and surfers, heads up: There's an unsung little beach town in Panama you're going to love, where you can rent for as little as $500 a month and on a budget of $1,500 a couple can live comfortably, everything included. This is the land of the entrepreneurial beach bum, and you'll find cute B&Bs, a grocery, a dive shop, and a nice variety of restaurants as well.
- Portugal really is Europe's best-kept, best-value secret today—for first-world living at a low cost. (Our correspondent there said her expenses fell to between 1/3 and 1/4 what they were in the U.S.) A couple can easily live in a comfortable apartment, without a car, have funds for entertainment in addition to necessities, for as little as $2,200 a month. In beautiful Porto, one-bedroom rentals in town list from $700.
- From simple bungalows on the beach to high-end villas overlooking the ocean, there's one island off Thailand's coast where the values (amid white sand beaches and warm turquoise waters) are unmistakable. Here you'll find modern hospitals, English cinemas, Western supermarkets, great international restaurants, and seaside pubs to ensure you never miss anything from home. And the best part? With rents as low as $500 a month, you could live comfortably here on a budget of $1,800-$2,200 a month.
- If the low-stress, welcoming vibe of a small town appeals to you, consider this village of 8,000 in Ecuador where the weather is spring-like year-round, you can eat dinner for $5 a head, and a typical taxi ride will set you back around $1. Expats say it's like Mayberry—neighbors know each other, folks come to each other's aid in times of need, and children can safely roam the streets. Here you can rent from about $450 a month.
- Spain is on sale right now if you're shopping with dollars and the values can be extraordinary…in the right spots. One that deserves more than a passing glance is a big city in a small package right on the eastern Mediterranean, with sandy beaches and warm waters. The plazas are filled with medieval buildings and narrow, winding streets of residences with lovely neo-classical facades. And you can rent a one-bed, one-bath place from $900 a month.
- Colombia is a place where you can improve your lifestyle while you slash your spending by 60%. n one super-value city, the temperatures are in the upper 70s F to lower 80s F during the day and the mid-60s F in the evening. At 5,000 feet above sea level, the air is dry and bug free, so you needn't pay for a/c or heat. It's a green city with hundreds of small parks scattered around. The healthcare is excellent. And a furnished, two-bedroom apartment can be had for less than $700 a month.
- Where on the Riviera you can winter over for $3,200 a month… You might be surprised at just how affordable life here can be. In one belle-époque city on the Mediterranean, for instance, you can rent a place with a water view from $1000 a month. The cost of living is low, but the quality of life is high.
We'll tell you about each of those places…and many more in addition. Plus we'll spend lots of time focused on practical solutions for better living overseas, too…
You'll find out about where and how to save on healthcare overseas, for instance. In the right places, you can get the same quality of treatment you'd expect at home (sometimes better)—but at a small fraction of what you pay today.
Just take Mexico, for instance. A hip replacement? Stateside it would be $43,000 to $63,000. In Mexico, it starts at just $9,500. A simple doctor's visit? $31. Mammogram? $60 to $80. Dental crown? $300 to $350. You get the idea…
And we'll focus in on many other questions you likely have as well, like how to find a great rental…how to get your mail…the ins and outs of arranging your finances…how to keep in touch with family and friends… and lots, lots more…
The Timing is Right Today to Retire Better for Less Overseas
Looking overseas is smart right now.
Across Central and South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia—in countries like Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Mexico, France, Ecuador, Vietnam, Thailand, Portugal, and Colombia—we see windows of opportunity sliding open today.
With our network of experts based around the planet, we're well positioned to notice…and point them out to you…
Plus a dollar that remains relatively strong, is making many places that were already good-value already even more so…it's like finding pockets of the world on sale…
But this is not something you hear much about. The mainstream media is hyper-focused on politics, race relations, and economic woes. We get a lot of inflammatory noise and factoids…and all of it reported as if the U.S. sits at the center of the universe. That's what sells. I get it.
But it hardly paints an accurate picture of what's going on in the world as a whole. Most people…billions of people…live quiet, safe lives in communities where they're busy earning a living and raising their families and spending time with friends and aspiring to live well and create a measure of happiness for themselves.
There's a whole other world out there that most folks never hear about. A world that's safe, welcoming, peaceful, and just waiting for you to explore…
And it's that world we'll bring to you in October at our Retire Overseas Bootcamp.
It's a world full of opportunity…opportunity to retire earlier, to upgrade your life while you spend less, to take control of what your days look like, to lower your stress level and have the funds (and the time) to relax, travel, volunteer, take up a new hobby…
There's opportunity to invest for profit…to protect your assets…ultimately, to create a life that looks the way you dream it could…
More Comfortable Living, Less Stress…and Half (or Even Less) the Cost of Home
Just like these folks have…
"We could never have afforded our beautiful home on the beach in the U.S.," says Dean Young, who settled with his wife in Belize. "… we live richer for less. Even our property taxes are cheaper, at only $18 a year."
On their beach, they built a house with a pool and a little guest cottage. They pay $26 a month for internet access and about $1,000 a month keeps them and their many pets well fed. The weather hovers near 84 degrees year-round, and life is truly relaxed.
"I often think of my friends in the U.S. and Canada who are busy running their furnaces to the max and shoveling snow," Dean says. "Here I am in shorts and a tee shirt, watching the moon rise. We love it here. We are at home with the ocean, palm trees, pool…and all of it so affordable."
They're hardly the only ones who have traded up overseas in retirement…
"I love the beach," says Kim Holmes, at the home she shares with her husband Brian, overlooking a dramatic Pacific view in Costa Rica. She says, " We used to live on the beach in Oceanside, California… But here it costs a quarter of what it did there."
While retiring overseas isn't something you hear much about in the mainstream press…those in the know realize how powerful a retirement strategy it can be when you can effectively double your disposable income. Instead of counting pennies, all of a sudden you can relax, afford what you want, live with the confidence that your nest egg will go the distance.
Take Rick and Nancy Delve. They'd been living in the Ventura-Santa Barbara area of California. Life was good there—but it was also hectic, stress-filled, and expensive.
So they headed to Panama. Today their costs are about 40% of what they paid to live in the U.S. And they haven't sacrificed a thing. In fact, they're living better than ever.
Their home, near a crystal-blue brook, overlooks the 9th hole of a lovely golf course. Their windows open to lush, green-valley vistas. The nearby community center houses a state-of-the-art spa and health club. They've got high-speed internet, satellite television, gourmet food…all the comforts of home, but at a fraction of the price.
"It's a lot like the U.S. was back in the 1950s, when I was a kid," Rick says.
He speaks to an important—but often overlooked—benefit of life in many of the best places overseas, which you'll hear about this October. It's simpler. The pace is slower. People take more time for relationships, for neighbors, for family.
As a result…and expats say this all the time…people are more gracious, happier, friendlier. Life is less stressful, less rushed, less about "stuff," and more about "living."
If that sounds like a welcome respite to you…then I encourage you to join us this October in Las Vegas. We'll reveal the inside scoop on all kinds of attractive communities overseas where you could live a rich and fulfilling life…and spend less than it would cost you to stay home.
Our Mission: Match What You Want with the Real-World Place Where You Can Find It
We created our Retire Overseas Bootcamp to show you how—like the folks you just heard about—you, too, could match the idea of your ideal retirement with a real-world place where you could enjoy it, and save money while you do.
In the best-value destinations overseas, remember, you can live well on a Social Security income alone. On a budget of as little as $1,650, you could cover all your expenses including housing, eat out when you like, travel, and genuinely enjoy life.
With a more generous $2,500 to $3,600 a month to spend, a couple could really live a rich man's retirement…with perks like a housekeeper to clean and even cook a few times a week, a gardener, and plenty leftover for eating out and traveling anytime the urge strikes.
To show you exactly how it's done—step-by-step—we're flying in our in-house experts from around the world to share their advice, insights, and recommendations.
You'll hear from…
Dan Prescher, IL senior editor. Based in Mexico part-time today, Dan has also lived full-time in Ecuador, Panama, and beyond. He and his wife, Suzan Haskins, headed south after too many cold winters in Omaha, Nebraska. Today, they're our down-to-earth and practical-minded eyes and ears on the ground in Latin America.
Dan will be our emcee and also lead several panel discussions. Having reported from destinations all across Latin America, there's nobody better qualified to lead you through a comparison designed to help you pinpoint the place that would suit you best.
Jessica Ramesch, IL Panama editor. Panama always earns high marks as one of the world's top destination for retirees, in part because of its Pensionado program, which is designed to entice foreign retirees with such perks as 50% off closing costs for home loans…20% off medical consultations…15% off dental and eye exams… 25% off airfare…and more.
Jessica will detail the benefits of this program for you and also point to the very best opportunities in Panama for living-city picks, beachfront havens, and mountain retreats as well.
Tricia Pimental, IL Portugal correspondent. Portugal, from its cosmopolitan north to its beachy south, may be the best-value retirement haven you'll find in Europe today and our woman on the ground will show you why. White-washed villages with terra cotta roofs…cobblestone streets and elegant palaces…sandy beaches and green golf courses…
Portugal may be small, but it's rich with variety, filled with friendly locals, and it's a place where you can live comfortably on a budget of $2,200 a month or less, housing included.
Sally Pederson, Resident Expat, Spain. Sally, who hails from Canada originally, is based today in Barcelona. She’ll share her favorite spots for pampered, good-value living in Spain, which represents one of the most affordable options for retirement in Europe. Having traveled as a pet-sitter all over the world (visiting more than 30 countries and 130 cities), she’s got lots of points of comparison. She’ll talk about why she’s chosen Spain and show you where to turn your gaze…like the warm coastal Spanish town of Alicante on the Mediterranean—where you could snag a renovated three-floor villa in town right in the heart of things with great views and lots of little cafes and squares nearby for just $188,000.
Suzan Haskins, IL senior editor. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more savvy, seasoned expat than Suzan, having lived overseas with her husband Dan Prescher for nearly two decades now—in multiple countries and several communities in each.
This October, she'll be on hand to lead many of our how-to sessions and discussions. She'll hand you proven strategies for narrowing down your just-right options abroad in an effective, stepwise way. She'll help you focus on how to get your financial world in order before you head overseas. And she'll give you a roadmap to what comes next—how, practically speaking, you get from the end of our live event to actually enjoying a new, more international life.
We’ll have a resident expat on hand to share insights about Ecuador. We’ll show you why this country represents one of the best-value retirement havens on the planet…and help you discern if you’d like it there—or not. From hot-and-sunny beaches to cooler-weather mountain retreats, you have options in Ecuador. And in many of them, you can live extremely well for under $1,845 a month, housing included. From the music-rich city of Loja to the beaches at Salinas to the highland city of Cuenca and the lush valley of Vilcabamba…expats have settled all around Ecuador and our on-the-ground expert will show you why.
Nancy Kiernan, IL Colombia correspondent. Colombia remains a country largely misunderstood in the mainstream…which, frankly, means opportunity for you. Remarkably sophisticated, you'll find all kinds of interesting options for living well in Colombia, from coffee country to warm coastal retreats to our top city pick: Medellin. Right now the exchange rate equates to great bang for your buck.
In Medellin's best neighborhood, for instance, you'll find you can grab a well-appointed two-bedroom apartment in a great location right near the central park with lots of restaurants, super markets, gyms, and bars nearby for just $127,500 and it's the sort of place you could easily rent out when you're not there.
Wendy Justice, IL correspondent in Southeast Asia has been an expat in that part of the world since 2005, based in Thailand and in Malaysia prior to landing in Vietnam. This October, she'll be on hand to share her many insights about Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bali.
If value for money is at the top if your priority list—this is a region of the world that might suit you well. In vibrant Penang, for instance, you could live in a high-rise that looks and feels as sophisticated and swank as something in high-end Miami…but pay less than you would in Boise, Idaho. A couple can live here comfortably on $1,300 a month and that's including rent. Shop at the local markets and a big bag of fresh fruit will cost about $4, reliable high-speed internet is $30 a month, and you can hire a maid for four hours a week for just $12.
Laura Diffendal, IL Belize correspondent. Here's an interesting fact to chew on: The average condo in Bermuda sells for $850,000…yet you can own a waterfront condo on the beach in Belize's Ambergris Caye (with its palm-lined Caribbean beaches, fine white sand, and turquoise waters) for just $279,000.
For true Caribbean value, Belize is hard to beat…but it's only one of the reasons this English-speaking enclave makes sense today. Laura will talk about why she likes life there…and take you on a virtual tour of a few special spots where you can live better—for less. Like a little-touristed waterfront community where one couple reports, "We live on about one-third of what it cost us to live in Pennsylvania."
Kathleen Evans, IL Costa Rica correspondent. A native Chicagoan, Kathleen and her husband were tired of the "corporate grind" in the U.S., and began to explore their options with one goal in mind: To find their sunshine and start truly enjoying life. In 2013, they moved to the lively beach town of Tamarindo, Costa Rica on the NW Pacific coast to do just that.
Since moving to Costa Rica, Kathleen has written a novel, hosted a local expat radio show, and traveled extensively through the country. She'll bring with her to Las Vegas her own story to share, plus a whole basket full of opportunities for you: great-value destinations…good-living options…real-world intelligence…and Costa Rica secrets you won't hear about anywhere else. Plus she'll share his picks for the best coastal deals…the interior, cool-weather towns she likes best…and more…
Tuula Rampont, IL France correspondent. France is a land that seduces quietly. One minute you're a tourist, gazing up at the craggy peaks of the Alps, or wandering through a picture-perfect medieval village, or biting into a warm, flaky pain au chocolat in a Parisian café. And the next moment, you realize that you're in love. And you never want to leave.
From sunny Provence to rugged Normandy and everything in between, France offers a sophisticated, foodie, arts-rich culture. And it doesn't have to break the bank. Tuula is based in the south and will be on hand to share her picks for the best-value escapes in this romantic country and help you figure out which one might be right for you.
Chip Stites, IL Italy contributor will be on hand to share insights about Italy. The Italian lifestyle is undeniably alluring. A nation that puts emphasis on good food, human interaction, and simple pleasures is definitely doing something right. That’s what draws many expats in – that and the gorgeous landscapes, historic sights, and the slow pace of life.
This fall, we’ll fill you in on the many lesser-known hideaways where you can still embrace the spirit of the Italian lifestyle without breaking the bank. As one local expat reports, “I pay about 75 cents for an excellent espresso, 70 cents for a package of pasta, and can pick up a whole bag full of fruit and vegetables for around $3.” There’s a distinct difference between “tourist Italy” and “affordable Italy” and we’ll show you how to navigate this nation, where you can live well for as $2,000 a month, rent included.
And we've invited other experts as well…
Ronan McMahon and Margaret Summerfield of Real Estate Trend Alert and Pangea, International Living's preferred real estate advertiser, will be on hand. From them you'll not only get the important insider guidance (and cautions) on buying overseas, but you'll also discover secrets like…
• Ronan's four-step approach to finding profitable real estate overseas. His system is designed to help you save money and make money when buying overseas, and to give you the best possible chance to see a 100% gain in five years or less.
• What's going on in Europe today —and where to find the pockets of opportunity there in real estate, including the most historic town on Portugal's Algarve, where, when you buy right, you could watch your condo increase by $100,000 in five years.
• How—and where—to profit from short-term rentals. With annual gross yields in the double digits, owning a place you can both enjoy a few weeks a year and rent out at a profit when you're not there can be an excellent option in the right markets. They'll show you where those markets are and what makes them prime.
Warren Hardy of the Warren Hardy Spanish School in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is coming as well. And if you like the idea of a Latin American retirement…you'll find his guidance invaluable. Many of the countries you'll learn about in October are Spanish-speaking—and that can feel like a roadblock for many folks. But it shouldn't…and Warren will show you why.
His specialty is teaching expats—and he gears his programs specifically for older learners. This fall, he'll talk about why it's important that you learn the local language wherever you end up…and will show you—right there on the spot—some tricks to make it a lot easier than you imagine.
Ron Elledge, Medicare expert, will join us in Vegas as well. Ron is a senior market insurance agent and has been a consulting Medicare planner in Arizona for eleven years. He is up-to-date with Medicare regulations, coverage options, and enrollment protocols. Medicare for expats and travelers is his unique forte, and Ron will share his proven strategies regarding Medicare application to expat living and how you can escape the pitfalls of enrollment penalties and delayed coverage while staying compliant with Medicare rules and regulations.
Winton Churchill, founder of Barefoot Consultants, will be on hand to show you how you could add to your retirement funds—and even bankroll your life overseas—with an income you take with you wherever you decide to go.
You may not think you have a "portable" skill, but don't be so sure.
Winton will show you how you can tap into the 30-70% of opportunity most folks leave on the table.
Steve Garfink , author of Retire in Luxury on Your Social Security, will be on hand to talk about what, specifically, you can do to ensure you're positioned to claim the maximum retirement benefit due to you. Experts say couples leave an average of $120,000 in benefits unclaimed… simply because they don't know to ask for them.
Steve will talk about savvy claiming strategies and the questions you need to ask to make sure you've got your "ducks in a row" so you're tapping into the greatest retirement payout you're eligible to receive. It can make a big difference in how early—and how well—you retire, no matter where in the world you may end up. Remember: Your Social Security benefits go with you.
John McGee, President of Expat Global Medical, a firm that focuses on offering medical insurance for expats, will be on hand to share his insider strategies for getting quality, affordable health insurance that's customized for your particular needs.
He'll talk about the benefits—and pitfalls—of different kinds of coverage and help you understand the lay of the land so you can begin to identify your own best strategy for insurance and care when you're living and traveling overseas.
Beth Carson, author of Profitable Vacation Rentals Abroad will be joining us for a special add-on session to show you the insider strategies she's perfected for turning vacation rentals into cash machines.
Your overseas home could do more than just pay for itself…it could actually earn you an income—often a very nice one—when you're not there enjoying it. Beth will talk about how to choose a property and what to do with it when you have one. Plus discover ways you can turn your house back home into a money maker, too, and use your U.S. property to fund your travels.
And the speaker list for this Retire Overseas Bootcamp goes on…with attorneys joining us from the countries where they work…developers…investment and overseas experts…real estate agents…and more…
Answers to Your How-to Questions to Jump Start Your Life Overseas
This program is unlike anything else we've ever created, really. There's no better forum on Earth for you to get your questions answered and help you identify the opportunities that make the most sense for you.
Last year's program (only our third ever) was extraordinary—and this year's is going to be even better. We've tweaked the content to make it even more accessible, we've added speakers, we're talking about more countries…
In addition to the location-specific presentations, we'll cover lots of other live-overseas how-to's as well, like…
- How to navigate your healthcare options and figure out your best path for insurance and access to care, given your personal situation and priorities.
- Should you buy or rent overseas ? "It depends" is often the answer…so we'll show you what it depends on, exactly…explain how to choose, and then how to find the housing you're after at a good price in a place you'll like…
- How to get your financial world in order so you're not only set to go overseas…but you have a realistic, workable plan in place for managing your finances from abroad as well…
- What will you do once you get overseas to stay engaged, feel connected, and enjoy yourself? We'll talk about everything from how to find and join expat groups, to how to tap volunteer opportunities, how to pursue hobbies you're interested in, and lots more…
- How you can earn overseas and fund a life that looks the way you want it to look. With technology making earning from anywhere easier than it's ever been, you may be surprised by the many ways you can get paid overseas—doing things you enjoy on a schedule you set. If you like the idea of earning on your own terms, you'll want to make sure you're in the room for this eye-opening discussion.
- Creating your own personalized go-overseas timeline and the insider's guide for putting your plan in motion and keeping it on track—so you get from where you are now to where you want to be quickly, easily, and enjoyably.
Fundamentally, this conference is about connections. Because we don't just help you identify the places overseas today that are the best match for your interests, likes, and needs…we also hand you the connections you need to get there, on the ground, efficiently.
It would take you months—really, years—to track down and meet with all the people you can connect with over three days in Las Vegas this fall.
Connect and Network with the Experts and Fellow Attendees
Throughout the program, we'll dive into the specifics on how to best define what you're looking for in an overseas haven…you'll hear from our in-country editors and all the other experts we've invited to join us, including attorneys, financial advisors, real estate experts, and more.
We'll "take you by the hand" and walk you through the important process for getting from where you are to where you want to be.
And it won't just be one speaker after another getting up on stage. We'll have what we're calling our Bootcamp Intensive Sessions that each include panel discussions. We'll get you thinking about the questions you need to ask, we'll answer the ones you ask us, we'll address your concerns, and we'll make it easy for you to compare, contrast, and weigh your options for better-value living overseas.
In addition to those intensive sessions and the targeted presentations to the full group, we're also having breakout interactive workshops where you can focus specifically on countries or subjects that interest you most.
That way, by the time the three days are up, you'll have a solid, realistic plan in place for getting to the community that's right for you.
Plus in addition to the presentations, Bootcamp intensive sessions, panel discussions, and interactive workshops, we'll also have a generous Networking Hall open throughout the event.
Our speakers will each have booths inside there where you can meet with them, ask questions, discuss your options, and simply connect.
This forum is, in fact, one of the most valuable resources you'll have access to. I say that because it allows you to, say, talk to our editor from Costa Rica at one table and ask all the questions you want.
And then you can walk eight feet to your left and strike up a conversation with our "delegation" from Panama…or Belize…or Ecuador…or France…or Vietnam…or Italy…wherever it is you'd like to learn more about.
You can say, "Hey these guys over here just told me this about life in Costa Rica. How is it similar or different where you live?"
You can put yourself in a little circle with folks who live in—and know well—the countries that interest you most and have them compare and contrast their own experiences for you…right there while you all have a cocktail in hand.
Listen in as they agree or disagree with one another. And you'll start to see in your own mind's eye how and where these countries might fit into your future.
The point is: This is the ideal forum for making connections, getting the "real scoop," and arming yourself with the kind of on-the-ground insight that is just plain impossible to glean online or from book research.
That kind of information gathering is important—and we encourage it, of course. But this live program in October is much more "experiential."
It's like the difference between reading a book about how to ride a horse and actually putting your foot in the stirrup and getting on one. You learn a lot, fast.
At this event, we'll give you the hands-on details and input you need to target the specific community that makes the most sense for you and put a realistic, step-by-step plan in place for getting there.
It's a way to do it efficiently, quickly, and comfortably. While you're having fun!
I should say, too, that you'll find yourself in good company at this conference—among like-minded fellow readers who, like you, are interested in exploring their lifestyle options overseas.
No doubt you have friends, family, and neighbors who look at you like you have three heads when you say you're interested in retiring overseas. I know—the idea is a little outside the box.
But when you're at International Living's Retire Overseas Bootcamp—you'll find that everybody else is as eager as you are to find their "just right" spot abroad.
You'll find your fellow attendees to be an interesting, well-traveled, enthusiastic, fun group of people.
So you're networking with the experts—but at the same time, you'll find your fellow attendees to be excellent sources of intelligence about destinations—and good company as well.
Come Away with Your Own, Individual Retire Overseas Blueprint
In addition to all the "hand-holding" our experts will offer you through their presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, and through the time they'll spend with you in our Networking Hall, we'll give attendees who join us in October another, super-powerful resource as well.
We call it International Living's Retire Overseas Blueprint…and when you register for this conference, the first thing we'll do is begin readying a copy especially for you.
It's not available to the general public. We created it for event attendees, specifically. And each attendee's Blueprint will—by the end of the event—look different from everybody else's.
Because, you see, this Blueprint is as much a workbook as it is a guide to the countries and opportunities we'll be exploring together this fall.
As a companion resource for this live conference, it includes not only important country-specific information, details, recommendations, and contacts that go along with each expert's presentation…
But it's also full of worksheets and questions for you to consider. And consider them we will, together.
The Blueprint is what I think of as a "living document," which means as you work through it with our experts' help, it will begin to point you down a specific path.
But your path will be your own. You have your own ideas, your own priorities, your own set of circumstances…and those drive the direction you head in.
We'll work with you to help you make sense of your best options…and using the Blueprint, you'll literally begin to circle on the map the spots you should be focusing on.
You'll find the Retire Overseas Blueprint full of…
- Interactive elements designed to help match your dreams about life overseas with the specific place (or places) where you could make that dream real.
- Your step-by-step guide for what to do first, second, third, and so on so you can smoothly transition from where you are now to where you dream of being.
- A cheat-sheet that gives you a checklist for planning your escape overseas.
- In-depth country reports on Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Vietnam, Thailand, Portugal, France, Italy, and Colombia that function as written companions to the presentations our experts give—so you have a detailed reference you can refer to later.
- Our rolodex of contacts you need to help you get overseas quickly, efficiently, and with as few hiccups as possible.
- And more…
If we were to sell this Retire Overseas Blueprint in our bookstore, we could easily do so for more than $100. And it would be worth every penny. It's the ultimate, user-friendly guide to efficiently, seamlessly creating a better life abroad.
Though, frankly, we won't ever sell it that way. It's designed specifically as an integral companion resource to this event and so that's the way we're keeping it.
You'll Be Prepared… Whether You're Ready to Retire Now or You're Planning for the Future
When you give us three days of your time in October, we'll give you every tool you need to be confident you've targeted a place in the world that makes good sense for you to live better and spend less. And you'll know exactly what to do to get there.
We've anticipated questions you may not even know you have. And we've made sure they'll all be answered by the time you leave.
We'll make sure all your needs are taken care of, so you can relax and focus on the things that mean the most to you. Included as part of this program are—
Welcome Cocktail Reception: After our opening sessions, we'll "officially" kick off the event with a cocktail party and an opportunity for you to rub elbows with the speakers and meet your fellow attendees, too.
Coffee & Networking Breaks: You'll have a lot to absorb during the program. So we've scheduled frequent breaks for you to stretch your legs…grab some complimentary refreshments…network and check out the various exhibits that may interest you.
Farewell Reception: We like to end our events the same way we start them…with a big bang. We'll close with a Farewell Reception. It's a great way to chat and wrap up an event that may very well be the turning point of your life.
You'll Stay in Comfort in a Great Location
We're hosting this program at the luxurious Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, in the heart of downtown Las Vegas—where we've arranged deeply discounted rooms for attendees. (They're just $129 a night (single or double), which includes breakfast daily, Wi-Fi in your room, and the resort fee, too.)
Located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center and just one block from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino offers luxurious, spacious rooms with crisp, modern décor and great views of the lights of the city. There's a great outdoor pool with cabanas and a bar, plus you'll find a spa and fitness center onsite.
There are plenty of food options—from Benihana to a steakhouse, an Asian bistro, a sushi spot, an Italian restaurant, and more.
The hotel also features a Las Vegas Monorail stop right at the hotel for easy access to the rest of the excitement on the Las Vegas Strip.
We've also arranged for discounted transfers for you to and from McCarran Airport (roughly 20 minutes away). We'll send along the details once you register.
This is going to be an intensive program, no question…
But we want it to be easy, too.
If you were to fly around the planet trying to figure out the spots most worth your attention, it'd take you years to narrow down your options and it would cost you tens of thousands in airfare alone.
Plus you'd spend thousands more trying to track down and meet with the best contacts in each place. And it's hard to know who the best contacts are.
By joining us October 11-13, 2019 at International Living's Retire Overseas Bootcamp, you gain in one place—over three hyper-focused days—all the intelligence you need to draw a line to the destination that's right for you and all the step-by-step guidance and reliable contacts you need to get there.
Our experts live in these places we recommend around the world, they travel throughout them regularly, they know the reliable contacts and have done the hard work of separating the best ideas and opportunities from those not worth your attention.
In other words, we've invested the time, money, and effort…so you don't have to.
You can attend—and have the best opportunities in the world handed to you on a silver platter—for just $995 per person. Bring a guest, spouse, partner, or a friend—and that person can join you for only $795. (That means a couple comes for only $1,790.)
Please understand that attendance is limited by the size of the conference space we've booked. And we expect this event to sell out—just as most of our live programs have for the last 5 years.
You may well be eligible for additional savings as well.
There won't be a better-value time to sign on.
If you're at all interested in joining us, please let us know sooner rather than later to save a seat in your name.
Register by clicking below.
Interactive, Useful, Personalized
As I said earlier—this Retire Overseas Bootcamp is geared entirely to helping you—in your individual situation—to find the spot that's right for you.
Everybody's "blueprint" for going overseas is going to look different.
After all, what would make you happy might drive your neighbor nuts. We all have our own preferences, our own interests, our own lists of "must-haves" and "can't stands," our own budgets. Everybody's situation is unique, in other words.
That's why this special 3-day Retire Overseas Bootcamp is going to be super-interactive.
So, frankly, if all you want to do is sit back and listen to lectures, well…this might not be the forum for you.
But if you're ready for answers…ready to pinpoint the spot that's right for you…ready to get an actionable blueprint so you have a path to follow from where you are now…to your ideal retirement locale overseas…
Then I hope you'll join us…
Because in your just-right place overseas, the climate will put a smile on your face…the cost of living will allow you to live better than you do at home…and you'll have the time and freedom to create a retirement that matches the one you see in your mind's eye.
Click below now to register.
As a gentleman who attended this event (and then moved overseas) put it recently, "Life's pretty short. Take the time to breathe more, laugh more, relax more, and most importantly, travel more. It's a big world out there and its arms are open wide, waiting to share its abundant gifts with you."
Join us in Las Vegas this October and we'll show you how and where—step-by-clear-step—you can embrace the life you want to have in a place that's perfect for you—overseas.
Click below now to register.
Or you can call our events team directly at 1-866-381-8446 (toll free in the US and Canada) or 1-410-622-3040.
I look forward to seeing you in October.
Publisher, International Living
P.S. When you sign on to attend our third-ever Retire Overseas Bootcamp, we'll give you something extra, too, at no charge…
We'll be recording this program—capturing all the advice, guidance, and recommendations from every expert in every session. And we'll sell the recordings to readers who couldn't be in Las Vegas in person.
But for attendees, access to the recordings is
$249 FREE. They're our gift to you, a special thank you for attending in person.
And I know you'll find them invaluable. Because it means you can listen in again to any of the sessions you'd like. On a couple of afternoons, we'll be splitting into smaller groups for our special-focus workshops. As an attendee, you can only be in one room at a time. But with the recordings, you'll have access to every word uttered in the other workshop sessions, too.
Again, this is a $249 value that's yours, FREE, when you reserve your place in Las Vegas for International Living's Retire Overseas Bootcamp today.
P.P.S. Retire sooner. Spend less. Live better. You can do it. And you can do it in all sorts of beautiful, welcoming, good-weather communities from Latin America to Southeast Asia to Europe.
Laid-back beach escapes. Quiet mountain getaways. University towns. Even cosmopolitan cities. From Caribbean Belize to sophisticated Spain…from cosmopolitan Panama City…to mountain-town Ecuador…or exotic Penang…and well beyond…
In the right places—and we'll show you exactly what they're like and where they are in October—you really can live a richer, more engaging life than you do today…but spend as little as $1,650 a month to do it (housing included).
That means you could live well on your Social Security income alone.
On a budget of $2,500 to $3,600 a month, a couple could enjoy the perks of a rich man's life…a six-figure retirement on less than $50,000 a year.
In the best-value destinations around the world, your dollars really stretch. And that means you have great options for improving your lifestyle while you trim your spending…
At International Living's Retire Overseas Bootcamp—we'll "hold your hand" and walk you through the options that are best for you.
Attendees at past events have been generous with praise for the experience they had. Here's what just a few of them had to say:
Worth the Value
"I AM very IMPRESSED by level of expertise, breadth of content, comprehensive coverage, and organization!! Absolutely worth the value." – Roxanna
Great Whether You Want a Full-Time or Part-Time Overseas Experience
"This weekend was very informative and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering a full or part time move abroad. Thank you so much."—Daryl
Meet Like-Minded Individuals
"An exceptional opportunity to meet the speakers and like-minded individuals interested in living overseas. This year's Overseas Bootcamp was my first. I learned a lot and it was fun to meet International Living writers that I read every month. I look forward to next year's conference." – Eric
Knowledgeable, Engaging, Informative Experts
"I found every presenter to be completely knowledgeable, fully engaging and informative. Even if I already knew that I wouldn't be moving to their particular country, I enjoyed hearing options and diverse ideas from all over the world. What a wonderful experience."—Donna
Got Answers to Questions We Didn't Know to Ask
"The breakout sessions helped narrow down from just a country list, to areas of interest within each country. Appreciated that none of the vendors on hand was high pressure. We had many questions about insurance that were well covered. The entire conference was very well organized and well worth the trip. The variety of relevant topics covered gave us answers to questions we likely would have not even though to ask.—Randy
Balanced Picture: Thanks for Sharing the Good and the Bad
"Solid information, solid experience in front me day after day. All the supports were there if I needed to access them. I feel it was money well spent to begin my long wished-for life overseas… Thank you for being organized, clear, providing tons of resources that we need after the conference and most of all to the guest speakers who offered up their 'tell it like it is' advice and stories. We need to hear it all, good and bad."—Heather
Helped Me Narrow Down My Choices
"I am glad I came. Very informative and I have narrowed my destination possibilities."—Traci
Great Variety of Topics and Accessible Speakers
"The mix of types of sessions and the availability of people to visit with in the exhibitors hall really made the conference very accessible!"—Evan
Don't wait and miss out. Don't put your dream on hold. Get educated. Take that important first step. Click below now to register for this year's event while seats are still available.