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What Qualifications Do You Need to Teach English Online?

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 30, 2020 in Make Money

Is English your first language? Then you have all the skills you need to teach English online.  You know how to speak with correct pronunciation. You have an extensive vocabulary base. You’re familiar with common idioms and expressions in English. You use correct grammar when speaking or writing. All of these abilities are highly coveted […]

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The True Cost of Living in Europe From an Expat on the Ground

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 29, 2020 in Live Better

I just paid $1.78 for a half-liter of beer while spending my lunchtime at a park in Prague where I enjoy writing. That’s neither here nor there, save for the fact that American friends often ask me what life costs living abroad.  Which got me thinking that maybe there’s an interesting column this weekend in […]

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5 Reasons You Need to Try Teaching English

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 25, 2020 in Live Better, Make Money

At 23 years old, I accepted an internship as a teaching assistant in a private school in southern Brazil. Although the pay was low, I learned an invaluable lesson from that experience that helped me build my dream life abroad: teaching English can be a passport to seeing the world.  Fast-forward to age 33 and […]

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The Critical (and Easy) First Step to Earning as an Online Freelancer

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 24, 2020 in Make Money

I want to start off today with a graphic… That’s the month-to-month income growth through the first six months of 2020 for U.S.-based freelancers, according to Payoneer, a popular money-transfer and cross-border payment system that I and other freelancers rely on for getting paid. To me, it’s a telling number because it says so much […]

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Teaching English Online: A Fun, Meaningful Way to Earn an Income

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 23, 2020 in Make Money

I just Googled, “How Learning English Changed My Life” and there were over a billion search results. Now, not every result had those exact words. There were many variations, like… “How learning English changed the course of my life.” “Learning English is the best decision I ever made.” “How learning English has enriched my life.” […]

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A Canadian Expat Finds the Best of All Worlds in Tropical Panama

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 17, 2020 in Live Better

Catherine Lefevre is the embodiment of what’s possible in the modern working world. A French-Canadian living in Panama, she works remotely in accounting and compliance for a Colombia-based company that serves clients in the U.S. By choosing to live in affordable Panama City, she’s been able to buy a condo. She’s also a co-owner of […]

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Want to Live and Work Abroad? There’s a Visa Waiting for You

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 16, 2020 in Live Better

A message recently received from one of my friends: “So, like, if I wanted to get a visa to live in Prague, could I? I mean, I’m not saying I want to, yet. But, like, could I—just in case?” It’s the “just in case” that stopped me.  I’m accustomed to questions from friends and acquaintances […]

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I Earned $1,400 in 7 Weeks With My New Side-Hustle

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 15, 2020 in Make Money

I am “Out of the Office.” Not for you—I mean, you are reading this column, so I did, in fact, write it. But for all those people out there who want me to edit and format their screenplays, I’m actually not around at the moment. And let me tell you why: There are only so […]

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For Decades, I’ve Traveled the World for Free. Here’s How You Can Do the Same…

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 9, 2020 in Live Better

“You have one of the nicest rooms,” the hotel clerk insisted as she walked me up a flight of wooden stairs. She pushed open the door to a spacious room and steered me to a set of French doors that she flung open, almost cinematically, to reveal the ancient, Venetian port of Chania, Greece just […]

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How I Achieved Financial Freedom and a Stress-Free Life

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 8, 2020 in Live Better

Money magazine called me last week. One of its reporters wanted to chat about Americans who are increasingly interested in skedaddling to destinations south of the Rio Grande—particularly Panama, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, and Brazil. So many Americans now have the capacity to work from wherever, and the cost-of-living is generally so much cheaper, that relocating […]

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My Journey Toward Getting an Irish Passport

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 4, 2020 in Live Better

Once our children left home, my husband, Pete, and I realized the days of big family dinners and holiday gatherings were going to be much less frequent. So, in our 40s, we sold absolutely everything we owned and decided to explore as many countries as we could over a five-year period and then settle back […]

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How I Got an Italian Passport

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 3, 2020 in Live Better

Growing up, my Sunday looked like many other Italian-American’s. From pasta and fresh bread to dinners ending with espresso, Sunday’s were about famiglia. At the time, I took this for granted, not understanding how special these occasions were. When I lost my grandfather and then shortly after my father to cancer, I realized our Italian […]

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