Leave the Rat Race Behind and Enjoy Life to the Fullest in Southern France

When I moved to France in 2010, I brought the small selection of publications that had taught me everything I knew about the country to that point—four grammar books, a travel guidebook, The French Chef cookbook by Julia Child, and The French Chef DVD collection. From these books, I’d learned that France was a beautiful country and that I […]

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How I Built a New Income in an Overseas Paradise

I don’t know if you ever actually retire. I think what happens, and it was certainly the case for me, is that your priorities change, both personally and professionally, and at some stage you think that less work, or no work, would be preferable to what you do now. Although my wife and I moved […]

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Say Goodbye to Fund Your Life Daily…Say Hello to a Savvier, Richer Retirement

Dear The Savvy Retiree Daily Reader, And so begins a new age… You might have noticed (or not) that the Fund Your Life Daily banner you normally see atop the daily e-letter is, as of today, The Savvy Retiree Daily. While the name has changed, our mission to bring you the best, most innovative earning […]

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I Earn a Comfortable, Rewarding Income by Teaching English Online

Even after living full-time in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for three years, I still experience these surreal moments when I think I’m on vacation. With its tropical greenery, stunning beaches, and year-round warm climate, this Pacific resort town is constantly astounding. Though I chose to make my home in Puerto Vallarta, I could live and work […]

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Stay for Free: Home-Exchange Secrets to Transform the Way You Travel

For years, my wife, Gretchen, and I listened to a couple we’re friends with talk about their frequent, exotic vacations. Every few months, it was somewhere else: Ireland, Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Australia… Like my wife and me, they’re a couple consisting of a college professor and a stay-at-home parent who works part-time. And like […]

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The Joys of Semi-Retirement Overseas

The affordability of life in Panama has allowed me to live very well without the need to work. However, you can’t just sit in a hammock all day enjoying the tropical breeze (or at least, I can’t). Most expats, after being here a year or so, get itchy to do something. Many volunteer, others dedicate […]

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Today Everyone Has the Opportunity to Become a Foreign Correspondent

My driver, Mustafa, was pointing out a derelict, hilltop pillbox from which soldiers once kept armed watch over Lebanon’s war-torn Bekaa Valley…when my phone chirped. It was a hotel consultant from Australia. He was desperate for help. When I hung up, I told Mustafa of the conversation. “Not a problem,” he said. “I’m hungry, anyway, […]

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Starting a Business in Modern, Convenient Panama

Known for its excellent infrastructure, internet coverage, and cosmopolitan capital, Panama is both comfortable and convenient. Its strategic location between North and South America—just about three hours by plane from Miami—has a lot to do with this. And though Panama is warm and tropical, it’s also completely outside the region’s hurricane belt. When Oasis B&B […]

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I Doubled My Income by Moving to Panama

Rod Larrivee, 55, first began considering a move abroad in 2008 following a conversation with a friend. Three years before, he’d launched an online business from home, helping companies with search engine optimization (SEO) and pay-per-click advertising campaigns. “I was speaking to an online friend that did the same thing, who then was living in […]

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3 Easy Steps for Uncovering Your Most Marketable Freelancing Skill

“What could I possibly do as an online freelancer?” That question, or some variation of it, is the one I’m most frequently asked when I speak at events, workshops, and in online training programs. It’s certainly a valid question, but it also speaks to the doubts many baby boomers feel about their ability to compete […]

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In the Right Destination You Can Get Paid to Housesit

When Jack Crook and his wife, Jodie Cook, retired and moved to Costa Rica in 2013, they knew they wanted to find something to keep them busy, since neither liked “just sitting around,” as they put it. What they didn’t expect, only three years later, is to be working nearly full-time running a housesitting and […]

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Is It Always Worth Working Longer to Maximize Your Social Security?

When it comes to maximizing your Social Security, the general guidelines are to work for at least 35 years, earn as much money as you can, work until full retirement age, and delay your claim until age 70. In other words, work hard for as long as possible. This isn’t necessarily bad advice. However, its […]

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