Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for a Perfect Housesit

In exchange for taking care of a home while the owners are away, you can live rent-free for months at a time all over the world. If you love traveling, and like the idea of doing so without paying for accommodation, housesitting is an established approach.Since I started housesitting, I’ve stayed in some enviable destinations...

Efficient, But Unhurried: Malaysia’s Modern Healthcare

When you think of an island in Southeast Asia, you probably think of beautiful beaches and coconut palms swaying in the breeze, but not world-class healthcare. I’ll admit, my husband, Mark, and I chose to move to Penang, in Malaysia, for a host of reasons, and none of them was healthcare. We moved here when we were 48 and 39 respectively, so major healthcare issues weren’t on our minds...

Udon Thani—Rent From $250 a Month in a Modern Thai City

It’s 7:30 a.m. and early morning activities are happening around us: healthy types setting off on their morning walk or jog along the three miles of trails, children playing in the open air playground, mothers looking on and chatting quietly among themselves. The morning light is still gentle as it reflects off the lake’s surface...

Annual Global Retirement Index 2019 – Part One

Once, most North Americans were content to wind down at age 65, collect the retirement income they’d accrued over their working lives, and settle into a quiet, slower third age in the towns and states where they’d spent the previous decades.The picture is somewhat different now. Most people don’t have the funds they need to retire at 65...

Annual Global Retirement Index 2019 – Part Two

With no standing army, 99% of its energy needs met by sustainable sources, and a local population whose national motto, Pura Vida, celebrates the simple joy of living, Costa Rica is without doubt a progressive nation. It’s a safe, stable paradise where clued-in expats have been heading for decades. With an excellent nationalized healthcare system, a mild...

The Top 3 Tax Tips for U.S. Expats Retiring Abroad

Many U.S. citizens dream of retiring abroad, and more are now taking the plunge than ever before. With some research and planning, an enhanced quality of life—including a better climate, more affordable healthcare, and a healthier lifestyle—are more attainable goals than they've ever been. Here are our three top tax tips for U.S. citizens considering retiring abroad...

Travel is Easier With These 11 Free Apps

Remember the days when you had to hire a travel agent to plan your vacation, and accept any prices they gave you for your flight, hotel, car rental, and activities? You often didn’t know what to pack. If you didn’t speak the language, it was difficult to communicate and find the latest and best restaurants, events, and things to do once you reached your destination...