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A Charitable Retirement Mission in the Algarve

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 18, 2020 in Live Better

More than two decades ago, retired businessman Sidney Richardson traded a high-pressure career in the property and insurance sector for the sunny beaches and relaxed lifestyle of the Algarve in southern Portugal. With 300 days of sunshine a year, stunning beaches, and world-class golf, the Algarve is now an internationally renowned tourist and expat destination. […]

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Active, Single, and Happy in This Tropical City…

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 18, 2020 in Live Better

I set up my tripod in a sunny patch between two trees, excited to capture this gorgeous day on my smartphone camera. There’s lush foliage all around me…old-growth trees, flowering shrubs, a variety of grasses in a variety of colors.  The sky is an intense cornflower blue, and there’s a faint scent of frangipani in […]

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You Could Get a 50% Tax Break for Living in Europe…

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

Finally—a remote-worker incentive plan that actually makes a lot of sense. Greece! I’m sure you’ve seen in recent months all the Caribbean locations that are offering special visas to Americans (and others) who want to live and work from the beach as digital nomads. That’s all well and good, and the Caribbean is certainly a […]

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The Best Places to Live as a Remote Worker

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

“Where’s the best place to live as a remote worker?” I regularly hear some iteration of that question from friends and acquaintances, so I thought I would answer it today in light of new research out of Upwork, the freelance website I regularly write about. The company surveyed a bunch of Americans and concluded that […]

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The Fun, Easy Way to Learn Spanish From Home

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

Let me start by saying that I have no natural aptitude for languages. I’m a 59-year-old retired police detective who still has vivid memories of trying, and failing miserably, to learn French in high school. But once I retired, my wife and I thought we’d like to travel to warmer climes during the bitterly cold […]

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Grow Your Nest Egg by 8.6% a Year With This Safe, Stable Financial Tool

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 13, 2020 in Save Money

Do you remember when a basic savings account actually generated a bit of coin?  I just checked: The last time we could earn anything north of 5%—the threshold most savers used to consider “solid income”—was the summer of 2007. Crazy to think that was more than 13 years ago. In those intervening years, we’ve become […]

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Launching a Dream Business in a Spectacular Caribbean Hideaway

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 9, 2020 in Setting Up a Business

In early adulthood, Lee Nyhus, now 59, was stricken by wanderlust. The Chicago native traveled extensively to less-visited corners of the globe, including spending a year backpacking around Africa. Even when it came time to settle down for a while, she chose what was, at that time, a somewhat unusual destination for American expats: Tokyo.  […]

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My Side-Hustles Bring in up to $3,500 a Month…and They Can Do the Same for You

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 7, 2020 in Gig Economy

In the weeks and months following COVID’s emergence in the U.S., I began writing about the toll it was having and would have on older workers—namely the historically high unemployment rate for people, like me, who are over 50. Now comes more sad news. In the third quarter, more than 28 million baby boomers threw […]

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The Top 3 Digital Nomad Destinations in Caribbean Belize

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 7, 2020 in Live Better

As working from home becomes the new norm in the U.S. and around the world, many people are beginning to wonder why they should remain in expensive urban centers when they could just as easily work online from a more affordable, beautiful, and enriching destination overseas. Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular regions among workers […]

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Trading in the 9-to-5 for a Caribbean Villa

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 7, 2020 in Live Better

In 2010, Annelise Hagan accepted a position as science director for two marine parks in Belize. This job took her to Placencia, a narrow peninsula in the south of the country known for its palm tree-lined Caribbean beaches and spectacular diving.  “Placencia has the perfect mix of locals, expats, and tourists,” says Annelise. “And it’s […]

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The 2 Easiest Paths to a Second Passport (and How I’m Getting Mine)

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 6, 2020 in Live Better

So, Eric Schmidt wants to be a Cypriot. Maybe you’ve heard of Eric, maybe not. He was a head honcho at Google for nearly two decades before he left this past May. Of course, that’s neither here nor there because what’s important about Eric Schmidt today is that last month he and his family earned […]

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Pocketing Up to $25 an Hour Working Online in Panama

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on December 2, 2020 in Online Income

I lazily open my eyes, listen to the birds singing, and once again count my blessings. It’s nearly time to go to “the office,” but that simply means rolling out of my hammock, pulling a T-shirt over my bikini, and plugging in my headset for my online lessons. My current desk looks out over the […]

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