outside of the box – consider relocating overseas. While many of you may not have contemplated
leaving your hometown for your retirement years, you may find yourself
in a different frame of mind later. There are
dozens of countries and hundreds of cities in the world to live that won’t
put a financial stress on your savings. One of our favorites is Chapala,
Mexico, and we write about the town’s many advantages in more detail in
our Adventurer’s Guide to Chapala Living. Depending on your lifestyle,
there are locations in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Thailand, Honduras,
the Philippines, Malaysia and others, where you can easily live on your
Social Security check. We know people who are doing this now. They simply
have their check deposited into their U.S. based bank account, and then
use an ATM machine anywhere in the world to retrieve funds in the local
currency. Contrary to the news we get on TV in the U.S., there are many
places in the world that are every bit as safe as living here in the States
or Canada. Safety exists alongside danger everywhere.- Disillusioned?
– Take positive steps to a new life overseas
Guatemala - On The Road To Panama -
It was on my list before we left the US in our motorhome three weeks earlier.
San Francisco el Alto was a bonus. The trip to Chichi would involve an
overnight stay even though it was only sixty miles away. It was up in the
mountains and we didn’t want to be rushed. The weekend seemed ideal. Also,
and most importantly, Sunday and Thursday are market days. We had been
living in Quetzeltenango taking a total immersion Spanish language training,
and Julia, the grandmother, insisted that Chichi was the better of the
two market towns. She had not been to there for years so we invited her
to join us and were delighted when she said yes. This morning we showed
her around our little motorhome and explained how things worked. She was
most amazed when I insisted that the toilet paper must go in “la taza”,
the toilet bowl, which is contrary to the custom in Central America where
the plumbing is so bad. She seemed to fit in immediately and was
never in the way in our tight quarters.
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Opportunities for Voluntourism - Planeterra’s
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At First Sight - The Historical City Of Antigua, Guatemala
- Since Antigua was “rediscovered”, property has become a premium commodity
in the center, which is called the “casco”. If and when an original restored
Colonial property becomes available in the central area, you may expect
to see active purchasers lining up for an opportunity to buy a small piece
of history. For most people, Guatemala is considered a “third world” country.
In certain aspects, that is quite true. With that original thought in mind,
it’s hard to believe that homes for sale are sometimes in excess of $5,000,000.00
US dollars (Current exchange rate for the local currency “Quetzal” is trading
at 8 to the US dollar). Obviously, we are talking about the exception and
not the rule. A beautiful Colonial style home on a reasonable lot size
in a gated community, can be purchased from the low $100’s to $200,000.00.
To Guatemala - From Guatemala Lifestyles Magazine
- WHY GUATEMALA? - First its affordable. A middle-class retirement
can buy an improved life style, with plenty left over to support your activities.
You can attain a much higher standard of living on your social security,
investments and retirement income. Proximity to the U.S. and Canada.
Guatemala has direct air flights to the U.S., with connections to Canada.
You do not need to isolate yourself from your family and friends in North
America. No Big Brother Mentality. While there are laws and regulations,
there is a strong common sense attitude that does not allow a controlling
big brother government mentality. Perhaps this
is because the court system does not support the types of lawsuits often
cited north of the border as evidence of our litigious societies.
You do not need a variety of licenses and permits, nor do you need to clear
your plans with commissions and committees. Lifestyle. It's not necessary
to give up the material goods that you enjoy and brand items you prefer.
However, you may decide to use less prepared and off-the-shelf goods when
you see so many fresh foods and affordable custom products available here.
The Bridge On The River Escondido - Development of Guatemala
- What's it like as an “extranjero” to play an active part in the "desarollo"
or development- of Guatemala? ¡Que EXPERIENCIA!. Remember the movie
“Bridge on the River Kwai”? It’s about a group of prisoners- forced to
build a bridge for the enemy. They fell in love (ok, more or less) with
the project. The bridge was finally destroyed- by their own forces. The
prisoners were upset, to say the least, when THEIR bridge met its unfortunate
demise. Well, now for me, I have the same feeling for MY bridge, not just
for the effort that physically went into its construction-, but for the
experience of working alongside some of the greatest people- and becoming
a part of a community far removed from anything I ever grew up knowing.
B.B.King’s classic, blues, song “The Thrill is Gone” is one of my favorites.
Too often, I have been an observer of lost foreigners, who for one
reason or the other exhibit an attitude of “the thrill is gone.” Let me
tell you, there is no reason to lose “the thrill.” You gotta get off your
duff and do something!
Train Excursions to Roll Again in Guatemala
- The much-anticipated arrangement to provide narrow gauge Train Excursions
on a weekly basis to Guatemala's growing tourism sector has become a reality.
It's a feat that not many could have accomplish. The 52 year old
"Guatemala Choochoo" is not being deterred from running "El Tren Alegria"
and even plans to do so daily. Steam engine 205, a Baldwin 282 steamer
built in 1948, was returned to service on 24 January 2001 for weekly and
planned daily excursions with passengers in tow. The old iron horse released
a whistle that reverberated for blocks around the Central Station of Zone-1,
Guatemala City, announcing the return of narrow gauge steam-train
excursions to Guatemala. "This is the must do experience' for Guatemalteco's
and Tourists alike. A ride back in time that will be a true 'experiencia
inolvidable (unforgetable experience)," expressed Victor Ruiz of
Aventuras de Ferrocarril, the operator of The Guatemala Choochoo over the
Country Of Eternal Spring - Guatemala
- Guatemala. Another of the world’s undiscovered gems, waiting to be shaped
and shined by adventure seeking travelers. Landing in Guatemala City is
rather unremarkable, and spending more than a day in the urban center is
unnecessary. The city, which is divided into fifteen zones, does have several
sights worth seeing. The Mercado Central, located in Zona 1, boasts arts
and handicrafts that make wonderful souvenirs and gifts. In Zona 10, Museo
Ixchel displays the richly colored traditional clothing, arts and costumes
of Guatemala’s people. A visit to each of these zones highlights the differences
in wealth found within the country. It’s not uncommon to see families living
in a single cardboard box in Zona 1, but in Zona 10, it’s hard to miss
the affluent apartment buildings and stately houses surrounded by thick
walls with broken glass lining the top.
Sailing Life On The Río Dulce, Guatemala - Boating Lifestyle
- The Río Dulce is not generally regarded as a place to retire.
“That’s because property is pricey. Most people on the river are living
on boats. They come and go.” But, having fallen in love with Guatemala
and it’s people, Sharon and Big Al decided to stay and build a house boat.
Due to the heat and humidity in the Río Dulce area, they felt that
a house boat would give them more wide open breezes and the ability to
enjoy the beauty of nature. The entire waterway, up the Golfete (El Golfete)
and into Lake Isabal (Lago Izabal) is completely navigable. It gives sailors
a break from the sea, time to work on the boat in smooth, easy waters.
It’s also a relief for the women, who can do laundry in the fresh water
and purchase supplies.” [From Guatemala Lifestyles Newsletter]
A Chicken On Your Vacation in Guatemala? -
A new tour operator is hatched but it's not business as usual. Extreme
Mayan Adventures is a new business in Guatemala specializing in educational
travel packages to a small Mayan village on Lake Atitlan. The business
was recently launched in an attempt to bring meaningful tourism directly
to the people who need it the most; traditional Mayan farmers and Mayan
families without resources in Santa Catarina Palopo. Lake Atitlan is no
stranger to tourism. People have been flocking to the shores of this famous
Central American lake for decades. With three picturesque volcanoes and
traditional Mayan villages painting the shoreline, it's no wonder why traditional
tourism businesses have been operating here for years. So what's all the
Taxes - Offshore Tax Information - Foreign Earned Income Paying Taxes Overseas
- Or, Not Paying Taxes Overseas - Individuals
have been leaving their own land to seek opportunities elsewhere since
the dawn of mankind. But it has only been since the development of the
modern nation-state, and its taxation of the worldwide income of its citizen-residents,
that expatriation has taken on significant tax consequences. One of the
first tax advisors to appreciate the potential tax savings of expatriation
was my friend and colleague, Marshall Langer J.D., a valued member of The
Sovereign Society Council of Experts. Langer is an international tax attorney
and the respected author of several major international tax treatises.
He is also the daring creator of a now out-of-print book, The Tax Exile
Report. This title gained international notoriety when the late U.S. Senator
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.), red-faced and angry, waived a copy of
the book at a televised Senate hearing, denouncing it as “a legal income
tax avoidance plan.” Also see: Running
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Pay U.S. Taxes Again - Legally - Expatriation:
It’s been called “the ultimate estate plan” and it’s a legal, step-by-step
process that can lead to the legal right for you to stop paying U.S. or
other national income taxes—forever. In sum, it requires professional consultations,
careful planning, movement of assets offshore and acquisition of a second
nationality. When all that’s done (and done exactly right), you must leave
behind your home country and become a “tax exile” with an established domicile
in a low or no-tax jurisdiction. And, for U.S. citizens, this unusual plan
requires, as a final step toward tax freedom, the formal relinquishment
of citizenship. A drastic plan? You bet. And in truth, there are many other
perfectly suitable offshore strategies that The Sovereign Society recommends
that can result in significant tax savings. These include international
life insurance policies (TSI 1/02)5 and offshore investments made
through retirement plans (TSI 7/03).6 But for U.S. citizens and long-term
residents who seek a permanent and completely legal way to stop paying
all U.S. taxes, expatriation is the only option. Also see the article:
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