The International Living Guide to Retiring Overseas on a Budget

Suzan Haskins
Aug 17, 2015

Published in 2014 this book is an updated version of Kathleen Peddicord’s How to Retire Overseas: Everything You Need to Know to Live Well Abroad. The two authors have extensive experience living in Latin America, as they moved there to work for International Living magazine in 2001. This edition does a good job of going over all of the basics of moving abroad, including the factors you should seriously consider before making a move.  It is very detailed when it comes to the Central and South American countries that offer the best options for expats.  Each of these countries gets its own chapter and detailed information on costs of living from friends and associates of the writers. Where the book lets down a bit is in the areas of Europe and Asia (for more detailed, yet older, info on these locales try Peddicord’s book listed above). Both are given a chapter, but there is not the depth of detailed information for these locales, as the authors have not lived in these places.  All in all, I would still recommend The International Living Guide as a starting point for anyone seriously considering (or even just dreaming of) living in another part of the world anytime soon.

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