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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

“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

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

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

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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The Best Countries in Europe to Get a Freelance Visa

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 3, 2020

A larger trend that began several years ago is now ramping up as an after-effect of the COVID-19 pandemic: the work-and-live anywhere lifestyle of digital nomadism. What was once mainly a trend among millennials has become a coveted lifestyle among various age groups that now have the freedom to move about the world and work.  […]

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How to Prepare for the Coming Economic Eruption

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on September 1, 2020

What’s the best investment you can make these days? And stick with me—this is not a financial story…which, actually, hints at the answer. Because at this particular moment in history, I’ll argue that the best investment you can make is in yourself. Yes, yes, yes—one could make the identical assertion, regardless of the historical moment. […]

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A Dream Oceanfront Business in Caribbean Panama

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on August 27, 2020

Josh Acree always wanted to move to a Caribbean island, but he’d presumed this dream would have to wait until retirement. Then he and his partner, Chad Sorrow, were presented with the opportunity to buy a business in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and they decided to bring this dream to life…decades ahead of schedule.  The […]

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5 Ways to Downsize for a Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on August 20, 2020

Before I retired from practicing medicine, I began looking for a home base for travel in South America. I wanted a location that was safe, had first-world healthcare, would allow me to brush-up on Spanish, and had a rich history and culture. Ecuador checked all the boxes.  Once I downsize and sell property here in […]

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Feeling Stuck in Life? Use This Crisis to Your Advantage…

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on August 14, 2020

Let’s immediately dispense with the bad news… The U.S. economy will not rebound quickly. We lost 5% of the economy in the first quarter, and another 9.6% in the second quarter. Those are epic numbers. On a more human scale, tens of millions of jobs are gone and more than 100,000 businesses have shuttered for […]

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Laidback, Affordable Living in Portugal’s Stunning Capital

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on August 14, 2020

In March 2018, I moved to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon with my three cats. The first nine weeks were challenging as my household goods made the slow trek across the Atlantic Ocean in a shipping container. I spent that time in an empty shell of an apartment with only a bed, a folding chair, […]

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Believe It or Not, This Is an Excellent Time to Try Out the Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on July 28, 2020

Some days are just made to write about. Like today, for instance. I woke to blue skies and mild temperatures here in Prague. Because the city is fully open again, I strolled across the street to my favorite coffee shop for an iced latte and a cinnamon roll, then spent the morning editing a script […]

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How I Unlocked a Fun, Exciting Life…and How You Can Too

Posted by The Savvy Retiree on July 23, 2020

Maybe you saw the story in recent days about Americans increasingly seeking refuge Down Under, where New Zealand has reported that some 80,000 Yanks in May sought information on how to emigrate to the land of hobbits, sheep, and kiwis. But there’s another story that I haven’t seen reported. I know about it because I […]

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