How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad [NOOK Book]

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The definitive guide for anyone dreaming of a move to paradise.

Whether motivated by a desire for adventure, or the need to make the most of a diminished nest egg, more and more Americans are considering an overseas retirement. Drawing on her more than three decades of experience helping people relocate ...
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How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well (for Less) Abroad

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Overview

The definitive guide for anyone dreaming of a move to paradise.

Whether motivated by a desire for adventure, or the need to make the most of a diminished nest egg, more and more Americans are considering an overseas retirement. Drawing on her more than three decades of experience helping people relocate happily and successfully, Kathleen Peddicord shows how living in an unconventional retirement destination can cost less than a traditional home in Florida or Arizona. Peddicord addresses all of the essential issues, including:

•Death
•Taxes
•Health Care
•Bank Accounts

Whether readers are interested in relatively unknown havens like Nicaragua, well-traveled areas in Italy, or need some help deciding, How to Retire Overseas is the ultimate guide to making retirement dreams come true.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101186046
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 294,591
  • File size: 582 KB

Meet the Author


KATHLEEN PEDDICORD is the founder of liveandretireoverseas.com, a subscription site offering its members advice on retiring abroad. A full-time expat herself, Peddicord lived in Ireland with her family for several years before relocating to Paris and, most recently, Panama, where she lives now with her husband and son.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Section I Ten Steps You Can Take Now at Home 1

Step 1 Know Yourself 1

Step 2 Budget Your New Life Overseas 10

Step 3 Take Out a Map 19

Step 4 Research Residency Options 23

Step 5 Get Good Tax Advice 27

Step 6 Shop for Health Insurance 33

Step 7 Learn the Local Real Estate Market (for Both Sales and Rentals) 41

Step 8 Figure Out What to Do with All Your Stuff 50

Step 9 Set Up a Virtual Home Office 56

Step 10 Consider Part-Time Retirement Overseas 61

Section II Looking for Something Specific 63

Cheap Living 63

Luxury Living on a Budget 73

Retire to the Beach 77

Escape to the Mountains 79

Top Choices with School-Aged Children 82

Entrepreneurs Welcome 87

Best Health Care 92

Great Weather 95

No Language Barrier 97

Part-Time Retirement Overseas 99

Easy Access to Home 99

Tax-Friendly Jurisdiction 101

Established Expat Community 104

Fully Wired Location 107

Special Benefits for Foreign Retirees 109

Section III The World's Fourteen Top Retirement Havens 117

Argentina 118

Belize 125

Croatia 130

Dominican Republic 136

Ecuador 140

France 146

Ireland 153

Italy 157

Malaysia 161

Mexico 168

Nicaragua 173

Panama 181

Thailand 188

Uruguay 194

Section IV Settling In 201

Renting, Renovating, or Building Your New Home 201

Setting Up: Furnishing Your Home and Finding Household Help 213

Establishing an Administrative Infrastructure: Opening Bank Accounts, Arranging Utilities, Paying Bills, and Filing Tax Returns 218

Getting Around: Owning a Vehicle and Obtaining a Driver's License 224

Becoming Part of Your New Community: Learning the Language and Making Friends 229

How to Make the Most of Your New Life 236

Section V Overcoming Challenges and Cultural Differences 239

Margarita Madness 239

The Language Barrier 243

The Hassle Factor 245

Managing Your Expectations 248

The Mañana Factor 251

Handling Panic 253

Frequently Asked (and Not So Crazy) Questions 258

Conclusion: The Two Most Valuable Things I've Learned as an American Abroad 265

Appendix: Estimated Monthly Costs of Living by Country (U.S. Dollars) 271

Index 277

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  • Posted March 18, 2010

    The best book on the subject of moving overseas

    The best book on moving overseas that I've seen. The why, what, where, and how to get you started on your international adventure from someone who has actually done it and more than once. Even if you've never considered the idea of retiring overseas this book will give you ideas to consider for your retirement.

    I especially liked the synopses for Ms. Peddicord's top 14 recommended countries. They are general, but give you enough information to help you sort through the options.

    I'm retiring next year and I feel like I just moved light years ahead with my planning.

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