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When you attend an expat conference you get a lot of information. You also get more — much more.
#1 Country Information
You’ll get scads of information about the country you’re interested in. Typically that will include facts and figures about
- health care
- cost of living
- banking and insurance
- visas and residency
- finances and taxes
- specific cities and towns that appeal to expats
Often you’ll meet successful builders with projects in areas you might like, people who run volunteer efforts you could spend some time with, and more.
#2 Meet the People
While it’s helpful to get that fire hose of information in one place over just a few days, even better is the chance to meet people — people who are planning the move as well as those who’ve already done it.
You can hear firsthand about what it’s like to actually live in the country.
After you talk with other conference attendees, you might come away with a very different impression than you had from reading websites and magazines!
And that’s a good thing.
For example, I get really bugged when I read online, “oh, it’s easy to live in Panama without speaking any Spanish.” Perhaps in Panama City (though that’s not been my experience there). But where I live? Absolutely untrue.
If you can’t handle basic Spanish — enough to call a cab, order in a restaurant, or transact business in a store — you’re not likely to be happy here.
When you attend a conference and speak with someone who actually lives in Panama’s interior, you’ll find out lots that doesn’t make it into the pages of any glossy magazine.
#3 Broader Perspective
By meeting folks who’ve already made the move as well as those who are planning to, you’ll get a broader perspective on the whole process. You’ll get the first-hand assurance that moving abroad is something that’s doable.
You’ll get real-world, first-hand experience answers to questions about importing your household goods, cars and pets or opening bank accounts.
You’ll see people from different backgrounds, with different educational levels and different financial resources sharing similar dreams and goals.
You’ll realize that you’re not crazy, unpatriotic, or any of the other things you might be hearing from family and friends back home.
If you haven’t decided yet which country meets your criteria for best destination overseas, the Retire Overseas Conference is your best bet.
Retire Overseas Conference
September 4-6, 2013
San Antonio, Texas
The staff of Live & Invest Overseas have assembled a ton of information and experts to discuss their top 21 picks for overseas retirement. They’ll be meeting in San Antonio, TX in their only US conference this year.
At this conference you’ll learn about 21 different countries and hear from expats who’ve been living and working all over the world, including Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Click this link, then select Retire Overseas Conference 2013 from the menu on the left.
Specific Country Conferences
These conferences will all be held in the country, so when you attend the conference you’ll also get boots on the ground. Lots of attendees plan a week or more of exploration before or after the conference.
In 2014, they’re planning conferences for
- Europe (will include specifics about several top European choices including France, Italy and Croatia)
- Asia (will include specifics on several top Asian choices including Thailand)
I’m looking for other organizations that sponsor conferences I feel confident recommending. (There is another big publisher in the expat arena, but I don’t recommend them because they don’t present a balanced picture.)
If you’re aware of another conference organizer worth recommending, I’d love to hear about them.