Countries with the Best Quality of Life in 2014 for Expat Retirees

Last week I wrote about the best places for expat quality of life in general. Today we're looking at… [more]

Countries with the Best Quality of Life in 2014 for Expat Retirees Countries with the Best Quality of Life in 2014 for Expat Retirees

Three Ways to Retire Overseas

From the archives. . . There are as many different ways to expatriate or retire overseas as there… [more]

Three Ways to Retire Overseas Three Ways to Retire Overseas

The Fluffernutter and Banana Sandwich of Portable Careers

I remember loving fluffernutter and banana sandwiches as a kid. A thick layer of creamy peanut butter,… [more]

The Fluffernutter and Banana Sandwich of Portable Careers The Fluffernutter and Banana Sandwich of Portable Careers

We Trusted a Housesitter in Las Tablas, Panama: The Rest of the Story

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My husband and I have just returned to Las Tablas after a five-week jaunt in the US. We left our dogs back in Panama with a housesitter. I’ve written previously (this is the third installment) about our quest for the person we could trust with our pets and our home while we were away. What […]

Choosing a Housesitter in Las Tablas, Panama

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A few months back, I wrote about our search for someone to stay with our dogs while we traveled back to the US this spring. After uploading our request to the Trusted Housesitters site, I was astonished to see 30 applications slam into my inbox in the same number of hours. It seems like a […]

Options and Choices — Expats have More

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Our goal in moving to Panama was to live within our income following the big financial meltdown in the US. We’ve met that goal easily – and so much more! Life is all about options and choices – that’s true whether you’re an expat or not. But by embracing the options available to us as […]

8 Tools for Organizing Your Portable Career

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When you’re pursuing a portable career as an expat, it’s important to keep your files, notes, schedules, and everything else in a form you can access from wherever you happen to be. If you have a permanent office space, you can fill it with paper files. But if your workspace is less permanent, how do […]

Copywriting as a Portable Career for Expats

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“My question is how much schooling or classes did you invest in or is this a path you self taught?” A reader sent in that question after receiving a recent email about portable careers. (If you don’t receive emails from Future Expats, here’s a copy of what you missed.) She was asking about my training as […]

“Peering” — Another Reason to use a VPN

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I’ve written plenty in the past about why expats need VPNs (virtual private networks). You can find previous articles here and here. Now comes yet another reason. It’s called peering. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with looking over someone’s shoulder. It refers to the way the internet works. Recently Netflix and Comcast reached […]

Las Tablas, Panama: To You, it’s only a Hot Dog. To me, it’s a Sign of Growth

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Today my husband came back from Chitre with a huge smile on his face. He was as excited as a little kid with a new toy as he unloaded the car. The new Riba Smith store has opened in Chitre, and that’s cause for celebration at our house. (Chitre is about a half hour drive […]

Countries with the Best Quality of Life in 2014 for Expat Retirees

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Last week I wrote about the best places for expat quality of life in general. Today we’re looking at the places that are best for retirees. By “retiree” I don’t mean you have to be over 65 and not working. I just mean you’re not employed full-time by a multinational company. You could be in […]

Countries with the Highest Quality of Life in 2014

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Where in this big, glorious world can you find the countries with the highest quality of life? There’s no single answer to that question. Mark Twain famously said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Keep that in mind when you’re reviewing “best of” and “worst of” rankings. Several organizations produce […]

Quality of Life is an Elusive Beast

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“Quality of life” means something different to each of us. On top of that, it changes over time. What makes for great quality of life when we’re in our 20s doesn’t work so well when our kids are in Middle and High School, or after they go off to college. And nothing teaches you about […]