Building a Business and Living the Good Life in Rome

When Linda Martinez and Steve Brenner opened their hostel, The Beehive, in Rome, they couldn’t have picked a better name. There is always a buzz of voices in the cozy courtyard garden and the social gathering room, as folks from around the neighborhood and across the world mingle. This sense of community is a happy […]

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How an Overseas Adventure Can Help You Afford Retirement in the U.S.

A discussion this past week with a friend I’ve known now for nearly half a century and who still doesn’t understand why I moved to Europe in 2018, ultimately led to this confrontational query: “What do you do when you retire—where you gonna live then? You can’t afford to stay overseas forever.” I understand his […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to U.S. Taxes for Expats

While living or working abroad, you need to plan to continue filing an annual U.S. tax return. Regardless of any hearsay or unqualified advice you might receive, filing a federal tax return is the only way you can elect to apply the additional tax benefits available to American expats, which for most people means not […]

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The 4 Secrets to a No-Regrets Retirement

I’ve recently been collecting lots of stories about retiree regrets for a screenplay I want to write. These regrets, I think, offer a particularly poignant insight because: Here’s this collection of people who are looking at the sunset of life, and they’re analyzing all the choices they made over a lifetime—the paths they took and […]

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The Quick, Easy Way to Get Your Online Store Up and Running

If you regularly use the internet to shop online, you’ve likely browsed or bought something from a dropshipping store…and not even realized it. To the consumer, dropshipping sites look and feel exactly like any other online store. You can look through the products, order an item, and have it delivered to your home or business. […]

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The Best Earning Opportunity You’ve Never Heard Of

With modern retirements spanning 20-plus years, many baby boomers are struggling to see how they will maintain their standard of living beyond the end of their conventional careers. This is a problem I personally grappled with…until I found the ultimate online earning opportunity. For decades, I’ve been a career-driven banker. I’ve worked at Goldman Sachs, […]

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5 Ways to Earn Money From Your Blog

On the surface, blogging can seem like a dream job…and in many ways, it is. It allows you to create a portable income stream by sharing your interests and passions with like-minded people all over the world. However, to build your blog into a rewarding side-hustle, or even a full-time job, you need to know […]

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Dig Up Your Buried Ambitions…and Turn Them Into an Income

The stench of large-scale death. The New York Times. The catalyst that changed my path in life. Those are the three memories I always recall when my mind drifts to San Salvador, October 1986. I mentioned in a recent column that I enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU) with the notion of becoming a photojournalist. That […]

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Online Opportunities Can Be Your Retirement Goldmine

I grew up swaddled in the American origin story and the shared, national mantra that ours is a country of riches, where anyone, with effort and a dream, can grow up to be anything. So it is, then, that recent data points worry me for the future of my kids. I’m convinced the real opportunities […]

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A New Life and Enriching Income in Medellín, Colombia

I was pretty sure that when I left my healthcare executive job in 2011 to move overseas, I was going to be retired. I’d had enough of long work hours in a stressful position, and I was ready to kick back, relax, and enjoy my life in Medellín—the City of Eternal Spring. But a funny […]

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This Is a Golden Age for Retirees (And Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise)

I wonder what my grandmother’s retirement would have been, given a different set of circumstances. She loved to travel and I know there were places in Europe and South America she always wanted to see. And after sharing a house with her sister for more than three decades (the two got on like territorial wolverines), […]

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You’re Younger Than You’ll Ever Be…So Get Busy Living Your Dream Life

The Czech letter Ř. Honestly, I don’t think it should exist. But I concede a certain bias here. See, I’m American, born and raised. Never had to trill an R and mash it together unnaturally with a J sound. Or scrunch it into a string of consonants, sans vowels, not meant to be married. Now, […]

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