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

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 […]

After the Lights and Music End: The Dark Side of Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama [Video]

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Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama, is a huge event. It brings around 100,000 visitors to the town — and Las Tablas’ normal population is only about 10,000. Merchants make a big chunk of their annual sales before, during and after Carnaval. Families earn some extra income by bunking in together and renting out houses or […]

How do you Find Trusted Housesitters?

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When you live overseas, going away for a while can be more complicated than it would be in your home country. This is especially true if you have pets. While it’s become easier to bring your pets with you when you move, it can be very difficult to travel with them once you get there. […]

Carnaval in Las Tablas, Panama

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Carnaval (yes, that’s the correct Spanish spelling for Carnival) is a big deal here. A very big deal. Every year the town of Las Tablas swells to more than 10 times its normal population. This normally quiet town — residents describe it as muy tranquilo — jumps from about 10,000 people to over 100,000 for […]