Lost Generation - Paris Expats 1920's
don't have as wide a range of resources for Europe as we do for Latin America
or for Asia-Pacifc. This is not merely because we have our offices
in Latin America, but because Europe has not been as attractive as an expat
haven cost-wise as it once was. True Eastern Europe has better bargains
than Western Europe, but the cost of living overall is greater in Europe
than South America or Asia-Pacific. What might be called 'high culture'
is of course richer in Europe, it's certainly more intellectual and diverse;
but that culture comes at a price. If one reads literature, one gets the
impression that in the 1920's Spain, Germany, Greece, Italy & France
were the most common destination of expats - - Then after the 2nd World
War we are told that it remained much the same, but began to encompass
the Balearic Islands, then Tangiers. Everything changed with the
end of the cold war -- the half of Europe that had been behind the so-called
Iron Curtain opened up, and the race was on. Which spot provided
the most ambiance at the least expense, which spots appealed to 'super
stars' and rock stars, which were best suited as retirement havens? Europe
has a lot to offer. More culture, with a greater degree of diversity than
any other region of the world. Yes, what you pay for what you get requires
much consideration, but what you get is unbeatable.
In The Czech Republic
About Moving to The Czech Republic ~ Living in The Czech Republic ~ Real
Estate in The Czech Republic - The larger
cities and tourist sites are magnets for younger Czechs who are leaving
their villages for better paying jobs. This leaves a lot of empty
cottages and a few villas in the villages they have left behind them for
a better future. In my village, there are 273 homes for a population
of 550. A full 10 percent of these homes are now owned by retired
or soon to retire Czechs from the larger cities. They are paying
rock bottom prices for these homes and fixing them up. There are
about 12 homes that are vacant because they are too big or they require
more renovation.These vacant homes are priced from $10,000 to $30,000.
Building materials are reasonable and skilled labor is a steal at $3.00
to $5.00 an hour.
to France ~ Living in France ~ Real Estate in France
- A French friend of mine, Roget, once said to me that to experience France
to its fullest, you must live there, and not temporarily, but through each
season of one year to see how the country, the people and the language
change. Witnessing change is an important, if not imminent, facet of travel.
We don’t often recognize that culture changes with the seasons, and why
would we? Most of our travel is temporary and those places where we choose
make our homes are often dulled by the unfortunate opiate of permanence.
To a European, the notion of making a home elsewhere, as an experiment
in adventure or romance, isn’t as daunting as it is for an American.
- As one of the largest countries in Europe, France features a rich
and diverse history, culture, and geography. While the French are famously
defensive about maintaining their “French identity,” it is not at all singular.
Influences range from Ionic Greek in what is today Marseilles; to Celtic
rein over ancient Gaul; to Roman conquest of southern France and the eventual
spreading of Roman cultural influences throughout the country; to incursions
by various Germanic tribes, most notably the Franks, from east of the Rhine;
to Celtic Briton settlement of Brittany in the northwest. If you’ve ever
dreamt of living in France, and you don’t want to live in the middle of
nowhere where the sun never shines, (north-west & central France) then
Marseille could very well be your last opportunity.
to Germany ~ Living in Germany ~ Real Estate in Germany
- There is much speculation in the property press at the moment about whether
or not Germany property represents an excellent medium to long term investment
commodity for those seeking capital appreciation and/or rental income.
Those who are analyzing the market but have no direct experience of it
seem to think that all the economic and political signals point to profitable
times ahead for those who commit to investing in Germany property. - You
may have read my articles in the past about castles for sale in the eastern
states of Germany which have been run down during the Communist era of
East Germany. Well, it's some time since my last article appeared
and since things change over time, an up-date is in order. Yes, these castles
and manor houses are for the most part still a good buy if you compare
them to prices charged for similar properties in other parts of Europe.
Even if prices have gone up, and the low dollar too contributes further
to a price increase, they still represent a good investment. If you always
wanted to own a castle, then by all means you will be paying less if you
buy a castle in this region of Germany.
To Greece - Living In Greece - Real Estate In Greece
- I am an American, can I live and work in Greece? - Well, in brief, yes,
if you are of Greek descent, and yes to the first and no to the second
if you are not. This little treatise is not directed at those who have
Greek heritage but rather those wishing to live in Greece (specifically
Crete) without having to work here. Because America is outside the European
Union, Americans can not freely take up a job here. The procedure for getting
employment in Greece is complex. But for those wishing to retire in Greece
or simply enjoy what we believe to be a highly desirable lifestyle, there
is indeed a fully legal way for an American to live permanently in Greece.
And of course if you have an Internet-based business, you could still operate
that from here! Enough of the brevity … let’s get down to the full story.
First of all, I am writing from Crete and can speak little of what we call
“the other Greece.” - The Ionian Islands are among the
most beautiful places in Greece. Otherwise called the Eptanese islands
(Greek for seven islands), Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Paxi, Zakynthos,
Ithaka and Kithira are all blessed by nature with lush greenery and some
of the most amazing beaches in the Mediterranean region. All the islands
are popular with the yachting community, who often travel from one island
to another; therefore it’s not unusual, especially during the summer season,
to see each and every harbour full of yachts and sailing boats. However
it is still quite easy to visit all of them, even for those who are not
lucky enough to own their own boat! As many will agree, it is really difficult
to determine which island is the most beautiful, despite the similarities
they may have. However, each has something unique to offer.
to Ireland ~ Living in Ireland ~ Real Estate in Ireland
- Recently, I received an email from my favorite publisher, EscapeArtist.com,
stating that they’d been contacted by Siobhan Maguire, a hard working reporter
for Ireland’s top newspaper, The Sunday Times. Siobhan, in turn, had contacted
EscapeArtist in that she has been tasked with writing an article about
Retiring in Ireland. That article, in turn, has been prompted by the following:
In its Oct 15 2009 article ‘The 10 Best Retirement Havens’, Forbes Magazine
ranks Ireland as Number 5 on their list. Not too shabby, I must say. Forbes
notes that Ireland ranks high on the list for the friendliness of its locals,
as well as its ‘rest and relaxation’ index. The beauty of the country is
also noted, as well as the (relatively) low local taxes. Their article
– and a chat with Siobhan – started me thinking. If I were an American
living, say, in Michigan, would I want to consider retiring in Ireland?
And if so, why would I? What are the benefits of retiring here? What
are the downsides? What would I have to do to gain permission to live here?
- Mañana…Irish Style - I had an Uncle in Law named Bernie, a true
fisherman if there ever was one. Bernie lived in Navan, of course, and
spent most of his time on the Boyne River, rod in hand. The man was forever
tying flies, and grumbling at his poor luck in landing a salmon… but I’ll
say this about him: he knew how to live a stress-free retirement. Bernie’s
idea of a day out was throwing his rod over his shoulder, packing a couple
of sandwiches and a flask of tea in his fishing bag, and walking off down
the river for a day spent in the misting Irish rain. - Retire to Ireland
– So Says Forbes Magazine
to Italy ~ Living in Italy ~ Real Estate in Italy
- After investigating a number of communities, I had concluded that the
medieval city of Lucca, Italy, historic home of the composer Puccini, near
Pisa, fit my vision of the kind of community that I wanted:- compact, with
a real pedestrian center, coffee bars and lively street life, opportunities
for quality music, yoga, and other cultural activities, plenty of sunshine
and fairly mild weather, within an hour or two of the sea and mountains
with beautiful natural areas, within an hour of an international airport
and last but not least, easy to get around via bicycle, bus or train. Italy
has never ceased to captivate people from other countries, especially speakers
of English. They begin to see their former homes as sunless and dull, their
former lives as restricted and puritanical. They see themselves changing
in expected ways, becoming perhaps more alive, even hedonistic or, in other
instances, more scholarly. - It’s a myth that all of
Italy is overpriced and inaccessible when it comes to property. There
are regions of this fabulously stunning nation where you can afford to
buy real estate – such as Abruzzo and Calabria for example. Abruzzo
is a coastal region halfway down the nation, and Calabria can be considered
the toe of the boot of the country, (look at a map if you don’t know what
we mean!). In Abruzzo you can buy an apartment in a genuine medieval house!
The apartment is ready to move in to, it has one bedroom and perhaps the
best thing about it is the original features that it has in abundance.
to The Netherlands ~ Living in The Netherlands ~ Real Estate in The Netherlands
- Forget the little Dutch boy who held back the deluge by putting his finger
in the dike: architects in the Netherlands are busy designing new houses
that float serenely on the flood. You can hear the jokes already: too much
hydroponic skunk, a crate or three of Grolsch, and then a sudden architectural
epiphany: "Shtop! What are we doing? Let's build chilled out houses that
can go with the flow instead up uptight dikes and defences!". Like Holland,
Britain is densely populated and desperate to build more houses. The Government
plans thousands in the Thames Gateway area, much of which is below sea-level.
Plans are afoot to upgrade the Thames barrier but the jury is out on whether
that will be enough. In the meantime, John Prescott - and no jokes, please
about the Deputy PM's exceptional buoyancy - has been extolling the virtues
of Poundbury and the new town of Seaside in Florida. We might yet regret
that he didn't take a trip to Amsterdam. An expat moving to Amsterdam
should be prepared to live in a house or apartment that may be smaller
than they are used to. The architectural character of the city has developed
around trying to solve these problems. The canal was originally constructed
to serve as water highways, keeping all parts of the inner city accessible.
While still used for transport, the canals make for exquisite tours, and
memorable walks along the banks. The city has something for everyone whether
it is the extensive museums, scenic walks, or vibrant nightlife.
to Portugal ~ Living in Portugal ~ Real Estate in Portugal
- The east Algarve is a well-kept secret by the Portuguese - this is where
they go on holiday. It is still the real Algarve and you won’t find any
Sky Sports bars, Karaoke bars or anywhere selling “All Day English breakfasts”.
What you will find is interesting historic towns, superb beaches and wonderful
restaurants. The East Algarve has miles of golden sandy beaches that
are mostly flanked by the Ria Formosa nature park which is visited by a
large number of migratory birds and is home to flocks of beautiful pink
flamingos. This makes the area very popular with bird-watchers. Add to
this the abundance of golf courses and quaint traditional fishing villages
and miles of old donkey tracks through the hillsides that are vibrant with
wild flowers in the springtime. This makes the east Algarve a wonderful
vacation and retirement destination. The demand for accommodation is far
outstripped by availability from Easter to October, and throughout the
winter this area is very popular with property hunters, bird watchers,
golfers and those looking for a little winter sunshine. A while ago the
popular English television program A Place in the Sun calculated the Algarve
as the number one place world wide to buy a place in the sun. - The factors
that they took into consideration to arrive at this conclusion were as
far as I remember, stability, security, weather, return on investment,
quality of life, health care and accessibility. And the part of the Algarve
that they suggested was by far the best place to buy or invest was the
eastern part, starting just east of Faro and continuing until the Spanish
border. Having run a bed and breakfast apartment hotel here for five
years I can tell you that the program did get its research right this is
a great place to live.
to Spain ~ Living in Spain ~ Real Estate in Spain
- Living in the mountains of Spain just beyond the sea sounds like a wonderful
experience. Mark Medley reports from the mountains of Andalucia and lets
us know that there are some great old stone cottages in the abandon towns
of Andalucia. Internet service is available in these remote regions and
most other services are nearby, but you still have the old rural life of
Spain going on around you. More likely than not you will have to refurbish
your cottage and there are plenty of people who can help you do this. And
as anyone who has visited Spain knows the people the parties and everything
else that has to do with Spain is great fun. This area offers the alternative
Spain, to those looking for a natural, peaceful and very affordable alternative
to the fast moving, modern living of the coast. We recently bought a traditional
Spanish cottage, with a sizeable land plot in this area, and decided upon
an alternative ecological style of living. Early evenings we can watch
the lights of fishing boats leaving the modern port of Malaga. Further
down the valley a curious view of mixed greenery, with the faint blue ripple
of the Sea. A priceless view. The haunting sound of the valleys, echo,
with a cool, light breeze cooling the hot afternoons as Olive and Nut Trees
Of Offshore Banks -
Listing banks in over two dozen of the the top offshore tax havens - An
offshore bank is defined by its location, or 'jurisdiction'. An offshore
bank is usually located outside of the depositors country of residence,
typically within a jurisdiction that levies very low taxes, or no taxes
at all. Each jurisdiction varies in its degree of taxation, its degree
of privacy, and its services. Offshore banks located in politically and
economically stable jurisdictions provide a safe-haven for assets that
may be at risk in the nation in which the investor lives and holds residency.
In the historical past, Americans living and working in abroad
would open bank accounts with a local bank in whatever country they were
living and working, and if it earned any interest at all would never show
it on their U.S. income tax return. This was part of the unofficial
benefits of living in outside of the U.S. Handled correctly; it still can
To Bank Offshore - Why Bank Offshore? - The
Governments of the world are out of control . . . and broke. They
need your assets to make themselves solvent. That they squander those
assets is forgone. Is 2012 the Last Year for Opening an Offshore Bank Account
for Americans? - On March 28, 2010 President Obama signed the
Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act into law. According to official
government press releases, this was enacted to prevent offshore tax abuses
by US persons. While this is certainly true, it doesn’t tell the
whole story. In reality it is a way to prevent an outflow of capital
from the US as well as implement very strict currency controls robbing
you of your personal freedom. - - Is the US Monetary System on the Verge
of Collapse? - Tune into CNBC or click onto any of the
dozens of mainstream financial news sites, and you’ll find an endless array
of opinions on the latest wiggle in equity, bond and commodities markets.
Banking Offshore is prudent, find out how to do it, and where.
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- If you are living overseas but plan to return to the USA you MUST pay
your American income tax regardless of where you are earning your income.
On this page are a large number of resources for Expat Taxes plus a Newsletter
on Expat Taxes, articles by attorneys and public accounts. We also have
links to those who will help you with your Expat Taxes. As an expat, it
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Passports - Economic Citizenship
- If you get a 2nd passport and flee America the US Government can't take
your money as easily as they could if you were still living in the USA.
Therefore the US Goverment is doing everything to keep you from getting
a second passport, closing resources and threatening tax-haven nations
with sanctions. On this page we supply what information we can. You can
get a second passport; it's just harder to get then it was a few years
ago . . . why don't you wait a few more years, then it will be impossible
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Flow Properties Worldwide - The time to buy
real estate and stocks is ideally at the bottom of the market. Tighter
Lending Policies Improve Cash Flow Houses - Can anyone see the forest through
the trees? Does anyone in Washington really understand what drives
the housing industry? Try credit availability. When credit
is available in the way of mortgages, the housing market improves.
It’s that simple. Contrarily, when it’s not available, the market
contracts and prices remain stagnant, and even worse decline.
Adventurer Guide to Early Retirement - “Early
retirement is a lifestyle, not a vacation.”
and Akaisha Kaderli ‘retired’ at the age of 38 and have never looked back
with regret. In this well constructed eBook they recount their experiences
and offer insights into a new mental awareness. Changing your focus and
freeing yourself from the encumbrances of modern living can help you discover
retirement much earlier than you expected. Learn how you too can break
free of the rat race and explore the world while young enough to enjoy
it! Early Retirement is a lifestyle, not a vacation.
In Malta - The Mediterranean Jewel - Mediterranean
sea breezes, palaces that once were home to the Knights of Malta, and a
western lifestyle equal to anywhere outside of the USA : all of these things
await the enlightened entrepreneur as well as the discerning retiree on
this island jewel. A well-connected locale for business, for pleasure,
and for a unique and diverse lifestyle in a land possessed of great historic
In Poland For Less - To relocate in Europe:
it’s a dream for people all over the world, but can anyone with modest
means afford it? Welcome to the heart of Europe! Relocation
guide to Poland will take you to where you can still enjoy a low cost of
living and where you can make a start on your goal of living in Europe.
You may like Poland so much you just might decide to stay there!
In the last few years Poland became very popular among foreigners.
So take a look at this eBook and discover a way to the heart of Europe.
a Job on a Luxury Cruise Ship - "Discover
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Time of Your Life...and Get Paid for it!" - “Now is the best time in history
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Best Time of Your Life! - “It's almost the perfect job". Get paid to travel
to exotic places that few people ever get to see. Visit the Caribbean,
Bahamas, America, Australia, Europe, Hawaii, Alaska, Africa, Canada, the
Far East, the Pacific, the Mediterranean - even the Arctic!
to Working in Ski Resorts - You work all year
at a meaningless job so you can ski when you get the chance... you
spend money on travel, you spend money on hotels, and you spend money on
everything connected with those moments of bliss when you're actually doing
what you want to do; ski, snowboard, living the life. You don't have
to be a rocket scientist to know that a gig working the resorts is the
best of all worlds... but is it feasible? With this report
by Christine Edwards and Sharyn McCullum in your hands you'll have the
facts that would otherwise take a lot of time and a great deal of frustration
Portable Professional - Okay, let's talk about
travel. You want to travel, why shouldn't you go where you want,
do what you want, and stay as long as you want? The simple answer
is that you've got to go back to work. But what if you could work
wherever you wanted simply by connecting to the internet? Impossible?
Remember what website you're on . . . the entire raison d’être for
this website was based on the concept of living free of restraints . .
. It is now possible to make a living from anywhere you can log on.
The technology is there and the opportunities are there. Mark McMahon
has written an eye-opening report on how to make a living worldwide.
A Living Overseas As A Writer - You want to
live overseas. You want to live free. You want to be your own boss
and keep your own hours. The question is how do you make a living.
The first answer that comes to mind is writing. At least that is
the first answer that came to my mind. Writing is a good way to make a
living overseas; travel articles, newspaper stringers, stuff for the folks
back home. It takes practice to write, but it can be learned, just
as one learns to tie their shoes, or stand one leg. It isn't an automatic
process, but what is? Now there is an expat writers course that can
show you the basics... next you'll be living in Paris and sitting
in hip cafes... or maybe you'll be in Budapest writing an ebook.
Check it out.