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If I Retire Abroad, How Do I Pick Where to Live?

Posted on 10/17/2012 by | Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelMy husband, Dan, and I will soon celebrate 11 years of living the expat life. We’ve lived in seven different locations (in Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Ecuador) and spent a considerable amount of time in many, many more – especially Belize and Costa Rica. Believe me, we’ve learned a lot in the past decade! Importantly, we’ve learned that it’s impossible to compare and contrast the merits or disadvantages of entire countries. And if you’re thinking about retiring to a foreign …

Why Retiring Abroad Could Save You Money

Posted on 08/1/2012 by | Retiring Overseas | Comments

Money & SavingsIn a previous blog post, I wrote about one of the key perks of living in Latin America – affordability. I wrote that you can live quite comfortably in Latin America on your Social Security benefits, despite the fact that those benefits have only risen 3.6 percent in the last three years. For a retiree in 2012, the average Social Security benefit is $1,230. One of my favorite treats, I mentioned, is that in Ecuador, I can afford to hire …

From Omaha to Ecuador: Convincing Your Spouse to Retire Abroad

Posted on 06/13/2012 by | Retiring Overseas | Comments

Your LifeI first met Laura and Joel (not their real names) a decade ago on the shores of Mexico’s Lake Chapala where they were vacationing. He was retired and she was happily working as a network television sales executive. He wanted her to quit her job and move to Mexico with him and she was having none of it. A few months later Laura accepted a prestigious promotion and assignment in Hawaii. Joel supported her decision, but made it clear he …

From Omaha to Ecuador: The ABCs of Retiring Overseas

Posted on 04/25/2012 by | Retiring Overseas | Comments

TravelThe following is a guest post from Suzan Haskins. “How did I get here?” I wonder that often. Here is a small Andean mountain village basking under the equatorial sun in a green valley 8,000 feet above sea level between two extinct volcanoes in northern Ecuador. And of course, I know more or less how I got here. Almost a dozen years ago, my husband, Dan, and I sold our house in Omaha, Nebraska, and moved south – out of …