What is International Living?

International Living magazine is a monthly print publication that details the best places on the planet to live, retire, travel and invest. Here at International Living, we believe the world is full of opportunity to live a richer, more international life—and that you don’t have to be rich and well connected to take advantage of it.You simply need to know the secrets and strategies—and that’s what we’re in the business of sharing in the pages of our magazine each month…

Since 1979, we’ve been connecting readers like you with useful people, resources, and tools around the world that can help you improve your quality of life…travel better (without spending more)…lower your cost of living…and invest for profitable return.

We tell the story of a world you won’t read about anyplace else. In recent issues, for instance, we’ve brought subscribers stories about…a new way to get residence in Belize so you could live full-time on the beach of you want to…the advantages of spending time in the small, good-value towns of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region (where cobbled streets buzz with cafes and snazzy shops) and you can own a two-bedroom apartment for $141,306…the Thai city where you’ll find lovely beaches, First World living, and rentals from $550…how to get a European work visa …the 25 best places in the world to retire—ranked, rated, compared, contrasted…investments you don’t need to report to Uncle Sam…the nicest European city you’ve never heard of…where to buy true beachfront luxury in Spain , at crisis pricing…how to maximize your Social Security while living overseas…where to get waffles at the beach in Tamarindo, Costa Rica…and lots, lots more…

While we do have an extensive website, daily e-letters, a massive library of in-depth resources, and sponsor in-person conferences and tours around the world designed to help you find the place that’s right for you, it’s in our print magazine that we keep readers up to date about the latest finds and newest strategies.

Unlike many pretenders out there, International Living is not a blog, it’s not run by a real estate or insurance company, and it’s not a fly-by-night endeavor. We’ve been on this beat for four decades. In an era when most media outlets have cut their foreign correspondents, we’ve added to ours, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to keep our boots on the ground all over the planet—from Mexico to Thailand, Colombia to Malaysia, Costa Rica to Cambodia, Italy to Panama, and well beyond.

We have real people living in the places we write about—reporting the facts, discovering the insider secrets, and making sure you know about the next great retirement town, amazing travel deals, smart investment plays, and more.

You can take a look—and see for yourself—by subscribing right here.

Is International Living a physical magazine?

Yes. International Living magazine is a print publication delivered to more than 100,000 subscribers’ doorsteps each month.

It’s not available on newsstands. But you can take advantage of the special discount subscription deal we have on offer here.

As a subscriber to the print magazine, you also gain full online access to not only the current issue but to more than a decade worth of archived issues online. With your subscribers-only password, you’ll have access to thousands of in-depth stories designed to change the way you experience the world—for the better.

How can I subscribe to International Living Magazine?

You can subscribe to International Living magazine with a special discount offer right here.

Your subscription comes with a Good-Will, Good-Value Guarantee. So we encourage you to simply give International Living a try—you’re free to cancel at any time during the life of your subscription, and we’ll send you a full refund on all un-mailed issues. No questions. No fuss.

The special reports you’ll receive when you subscribe are yours to keep, at no charge, no matter what. It’s our way of saying thank you for giving the ideas we talk about a try.

And rest assured: We take our customer service seriously. As two pleased subscribers put it:

“If every company behaved and acted as professionally as International Living the world would be a far greater place. Thanks so much for always looking after us folks.” – Linda and Peter P.

“I am a new subscriber to your magazine and wanted to express how pleased I am with your product. The quality of the magazine and the diversity of information that it provides, greatly exceeds my expectations. So often a purchase on line ends up being much less than what you had hoped. International Living is at the other end of the scale…so much more than you were expecting. Congratulations to you for your product and to me for having made a prudent and wise selection!” –David W.

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How often will I receive International Living Magazine?

When you subscribe to International Living, you’ll receive the print magazine at your doorstep once a month for the life of your subscription.

It typically takes about two weeks from the date you subscribe to the arrival of your first print issue in your mailbox.

However, as soon as you subscribe, you will gain immediate online subscriber-only access.

With that, you’ll be able to read not only the current issue (while you wait for the physical copy to arrive at your home), but you can peruse a decade of archived issues as well.

In addition, as soon as you subscribe, you’ll also gain online access to the special reports included with your subscription.

You can subscribe to International Living magazine with a special discount offer right here.

How often do I get charged for my subscription?

You’ll be charged when you initially subscribe to International Living—choosing a 1- or 2-year term.

If you subscribe to International Living with an auto-renew offer, then your credit card will be charged again when the term of your subscription expires. You’ll receive a note from us before we charge your credit card.

If you subscribe to International Living with a non-auto-renew offer, then you’ll be charged when you initially subscribe and that’s it. We will send you a notice when it’s time to renew your subscription.

Can I cancel my subscription at any time?

Yes. You can cancel International Living any time during the life of your subscription, and we’ll send you a full refund on all un-mailed issues. No questions. No fuss.

The special reports you’ll receive when you subscribe are yours to keep, at no charge, no matter what. It’s our way of saying thank you for giving the ideas we talk about a try.

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Where is International Living located?

International Living’s far-flung network of overseas editors and correspondents is based, quite literally, all around the world—in places like Mexico, Panama, Malaysia, Thailand, Italy, Portugal, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Vietnam, Peru, and beyond…

But the main editorial offices—the offices out of which we assign stories, create our daily eletters, run our website, send issues to print, correspond with subscribers, and so on are outside of Waterford, Ireland in a renovated manor home in a little town called Portlaw.

That’s because, in the late 1990’s, we picked up sticks and moved our offices from our original digs in Baltimore, MD (where we first opened our doors in 1979) to the Emerald Isle. In other words: We took our own advice and moved overseas.

Our experts show you how to do the same in International Living, which you can subscribe to at a discount, here.

Is International Living right for me?

If you’re interested in learning more about how to retire sooner, spend less, travel more, and live better—you’ll like International Living.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of enjoying a more international life—whether it’s simply to vacation abroad once or twice a year, spend every winter someplace warm, invest in a second home, or retire overseas full-time—we’ll show you how it’s done…on less than it would cost to stay home.

The story we so often hear in the mainstream today is that retirement in the States is prohibitively expensive and that almost nobody will have enough saved to afford to relax and enjoy it. So most folks—perhaps you, too—simply assume they’ll have to dial back their plans, work longer, vacation less, maybe pick up a part-time job.

But in the right places overseas, you can slash your cost of living and watch your quality of life expand.

Heading to a good-value place abroad is like giving yourself a raise in retirement. On a budget that would see you scrimping and saving at home, you could live large in the right communities overseas. And those communities are scattered all over—from France to Mexico to Thailand to Costa Rica to Portugal to Panama to Italy to Malaysia and well, well beyond…

Each month in the pages of International Living magazine, we point you to the great-value places you should know about, show you the travel tricks that can save you hundreds or even thousands every time you travel, explore ways you can invest in under-the-radar spots ahead of the crowds, and detail great locales for visiting, part-time escapes, and good-value living, too.

If you like the sound of that, you’ll like what you find in International Living magazine. Subscribe here now at a discount.

What are the best reasons to retire overseas?

All kinds of excellent reasons exist to go overseas. But the ways in which you embrace a more international life—and the place or places you go—those are personal decisions.So much depends on your own priorities and preferences. And what’s right for you isn’t necessarily right for the next person. We take it as our mission here at International Living to help you define what it is you’re looking for, show you your best options overseas and help you compare them, and then give you the tools you need to put a plan in place that makes sense for you.

Everybody’s story is an individual one, of course, but here are 9 good reasons to retire overseas…

  1. For a better quality of life…to live happier, healthier, and with less stress.
  2. To find the perfect weather, where you never again have to shovel snow, scrape ice from your windows, or heat your house.
  3. To escape the 9-to-5 drudgery of a day job and work for yourself, to completely reinvent yourself, or not work at all if that’s what you choose.
  4. To find more time to spend with your family, to pen that book you’ve always thought about writing, or to spend your mornings fishing or snorkeling.
  5. To live more luxuriously than you ever could at home, for a fraction of the cost.
  6. To start your own business in a country where you’ll pay fewer taxes and keep more of what you earn.
  7. To put yourself on the ground in a place that’s about to boom, and in doing so, position yourself to profit.
  8. To arrange your financial affairs so you’re saving on your U.S. taxes.
  9. For the adventure of it—to learn a new language, make new friends, and explore a new world.

In International Living magazine, we show you how, by spending time overseas, you can benefit from all those perks—and more. And we point you to the resources you need to do just that. Subscribe here.

What countries will I hear about in International Living?

At International Living, we bring readers opportunities all over the world—from Latin America to Southeast Asia to Europe.

Whether you’re interested in a big-city retreat, a quiet mountain village, a laidback beach town or something else entirely, we’ve got you covered. In the pages of International Living, we talk about all kinds of escapes in countries like Costa Rica, Mexico, Thailand, Belize, France, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Colombia, Cambodia, Peru, Portugal, Italy, Ecuador, Panama, Spain, Malta, and beyond…

That’s because in the right communities, you can live a richer, more engaging life than you do today, but spend less than it would cost you to stay home.

In other words: Get the destination right, and you could retire rich on a Social Security income alone.

Depending on the locale, on a budget of $1,500 to $2,000 a month, a couple can enjoy good weather…welcoming neighbors…easy, safe living in beautiful surrounds…plenty to stay busy…fresh foods…sound medical care…meals out…and even have enough leftover for travel…

Of course, you could spend more if you like…and enjoy a genuinely luxurious lifestyle.

With $2,500 to $3,600 a month to spend, a couple can live extremely well in many places, and afford the sort of comforts only the very wealthy take for granted at home—perks like a housekeeper to cook and clean every day or a home with a pool and a gardener to maintain the grounds…

The budget for a single person would add up to slightly less, of course—you’d spend less on food, transport, entertainment, insurance and perhaps on rent or a property purchase as well, depending on your needs.

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Does International Living talk about real people who are living overseas?

In every issue of International Living, we include a wide range of coverage, including lots of stories from expats who are already living well, for less, overseas.

All sorts of people are doing it—single folks, couples in their 60s, families with children, retirees alongside their own middle-aged children. We tell the stories of people who are retired, running businesses, splitting their time between the US and a sunny spot abroad, taking a roving approach and slow-traveling their way around the world, and more. There are an unending number of ways to “go overseas,” and we bring you stories that reflect that.

In recent issues, for instance, we’ve told the story of a single woman who’s boosted her lifestyle by moving to Lake Chapala, Mexico, where she says, “I made more friends here in less than six months than I had back in Florida. It’s a much friendlier atmosphere, and my friends are both locals and expats. I am thrilled with my new life.”

We told the story of a gentleman who runs a local events calendar and entertainment-and-dining guide in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. He says, “We do very well. It easily pays for my expenses like HOA fees and utilities, and I can even save some money. All the revenue comes from businesses paying for ads. It’s free to the people.

“I like that Tamarindo is a big small town. It’s not too sleepy. There’s always something going on…golf, tennis, surfing…you can go out on a sailboat. I get up and I do what I want. And the people here are great—there’s no shortage of people to hang out with.”

Another gentleman whose story we shared recently moved from Denver to Da Nang, Vietnam. He says, “I go to My An Gym most days. I do lifting, swimming, and work out on the treadmill. Their pool is Olympic-size, and I swim a mile twice a week. There are rarely many people there during the day when I go. It’s a nice gym, and I paid only $240 for an eight-month membership.”

A couple who moved to Lake Arenal, Costa Rica, described their life in the pages of International Living recently by saying (among other things), “We have no expenses for heat or air conditioning, because the temperature is always between 65 F and 85 F. The electricity we use runs about $50 a month. I pay $75 a month for internet and another $50 a month for TV and cable. Our cellphones cost us $140 a month, because we do make quite a few international calls. The house is paid for, and so is the one car we share. My car insurance, for very good coverage, costs me about $75 a month. All told, I estimate that we spend another $1,200 a month for all our food, restaurants, propane for cooking, and gasoline.”

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Can I still claim my Social Security if I move overseas?

Yes, you can take your Social Security income with you when you retire overseas. It’s possible in almost every country in the world to have it deposited into a local bank account in that country.

But many retirees choose to simply continue receiving their payments as they normally would in the U.S. (deposited into their U.S. bank account) and then access those funds through ATM withdrawals when they’re abroad.

This is a topic we cover regularly in the pages of International Living—because there are smart strategies you can employ to ensure you’re getting the most you’re eligible to receive.

In addition to the coverage we give this topic in the magazine, we have published a book about the best ways to maximize your Social Security, written by expert Steve Garfink. Right now, you can request a copy—free—with a subscription to International Living, here.

Can I keep my U.S. passport and citizenship if I move overseas?

Yes, you can keep your U.S. citizenship when you move overseas. The vast majority of people do.

Going abroad full-time will require you to arrange for a long-term residence visa to stay in the new country you’ve chosen. (We talk about how to arrange for such a thing in International Living magazine. Some countries, like Panama, for instance, are eager to attract foreign retirees and make it easy for them by streamlining the process and offering tax and other discount incentives.)

But residence is separate from citizenship. In some places, having permanent residence for a certain number of years allows you to then apply for citizenship if you meet certain requirements and are interested in doing so. But just because you’re resident somewhere outside the U.S. doesn’t mean you give up your U.S. citizenship.

Residence, citizenship and the ins and outs of both are topics we cover regularly in the pages of International Living magazine. You can explore many articles about both in our issue archives, which you gain full access to as a subscriber. To subscribe at a discount today, go here.

Which countries have good, affordable healthcare?

The vast majority of the countries we report on in International Living are places where you can find excellent healthcare at prices that are typically a small fraction of what you’d pay in the U.S.

Can you find an English-speaking physician in every small village of every country? Absolutely not. But in the communities we recommend, we are always clear in our coverage about what the access to healthcare is like and what prices you can expect to pay.

Here are overviews of the healthcare situation in a few countries you’ll read about often in International Living, for instance:

From Costa Rica, our Roving Latin America Editor, Jason Holland , reports:

“Costa Rica has low-cost but high-quality healthcare. It’s one of the big reasons why so many retirees choose Costa Rica,” says IL Roving Latin America Editor, Jason Holland. “The facilities here have all the latest technology and equipment. The doctors, many of whom speak English, are trained in all the latest techniques. Doctors are also very caring and have great bedside manner. The focus is on the patient.

“There are two systems.

“In the private system, you pay cash or use insurance (international insurance or some U.S.-based insurance is also accepted) at clinics, doctor’s offices, and hospitals (including three Joint Commission International hospitals in the capital, San Jose) throughout the country. The costs are a fraction of what they are in the U.S. For example, an ultrasound, done by a radiologist costs about $75. A specialist doctor visit is $80 – $100. Major surgeries like knee replacements and even open heart surgery are a half to a third, even a quarter of what they would be in the U.S.

“In the government-run healthcare system, known as Caja, legal residents, including expats pay a low monthly fee based on income and after that enjoy free care in a nationwide network of clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals. After you pay your free you won’t pay anything for doctor’s visits, prescriptions, testing, surgery…anything. You can have long wait times for non-emergency procedures in the public system. That’s a drawback. But many expats report great results from using the Caja system.

“Many expats mix and match the public and private systems. There are no restrictions on doing so.”

From Panama, our Panama Editor, Jessica Ramesch , reports:

“Panama offers excellent quality medical care and modern hospitals in Panama City and other large towns or cities, including Chitre, Coronado, and David,” says Panama Editor, Jessica Ramesch. “The country is so small, it is unlikely you’ll ever be more than an hour or two away from a hospital.

“Many Panamanian doctors are U.S.-trained and can communicate with you in English. Plus, standards at Panama’s hospitals compare favorably with those in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

“Outside of the major hubs mentioned above, smaller towns tend to boast clinics or small facilities that offer basic services and are able to coordinate transfers to larger facilities when needed.

“Private health insurance in Panama is much less expensive than in the U.S. (just as doctor’s fees and hospital visits are much cheaper). That’s partly because this is not a litigious society and partly a reflection of the low wages and cost of living here.

“Prices for prescription drugs can be low in Panama, as well, because many manufacturers price them for the market.

“Of all Panama’s hospitals, perhaps the most notable is Hospital Punta Pacifica. It is known as Latin America’s most advanced facility, and is affiliated with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. There are small private clinics all over Panama that aren’t as fancy, but that offer great care at low prices.

“Public hospitals offer free healthcare to working Panamanians and foreigners with work visas, but they will accept non-affiliated patients (and charge extremely low fees). If you have no money at all, they are required by law to treat you anyway. My father had back surgery at one of these facilities–the doctor was excellent and the procedure alleviated serious pain.”

From Malaysia, our contributor there, Kirsten Raccuia , reports:

“Penang [popular with expats] is an island off the West coast of Malaysia,” says Kirsten Raccuia. “It has hot and humid tropical weather all year round, as well as a rainy and dry season. It’s capital, Georgetown, is a UNESCO heritage city so besides the beaches there is a lot of history here.

“It’s not like in the US where you can visit a doctor at their office. In Penang, all the doctors work at hospitals. The good news is that the island has 7 hospitals so there is no shortage of doctors to choose from. Almost all of the doctors and dentists were trained in the US, UK or Australia and English is spoken by almost everyone here so there will be no problems communicating. The standard of care here is just as it is back in the US.

“There are public and private hospitals so depending on your needs, most people end up utilizing multiple hospitals. Each hospital has its own specialists and you don’t have to wait for months to get in for a visit. Just go to the hospital, take a number and wait your turn. If you need to see another doctor, get an X-ray or scan, that also happens in the same day. A first-time doctor visit is about $20-65 with follow-up visits around $11-28. If you are admitted, the overnight stay will cost roughly $95-130 for a private room.

“Dentistry here is equally as top notch and affordable. Just like the doctors, most are schooled in the Western world and speak English. They have the same modern technology as back in the US and a cleaning costs $15-22.

“Health insurance is available here but because the prices are so low, most expats just pay out of pocket.”

From Thailand, our Thailand Correspondent, Michael Cullen , reports:

“Thailand leads the way in medical tourism for Southeast Asia,” says Michael Cullen, IL Thailand Correspondent. “That means quality, international standard hospitals with well trained, English-speaking medics in all the major cities and regional towns right across Thailand.

“Dental and other health services are also well covered–and all to that same high international standard.

“For expats living in Thailand it is sensible to have health insurance as there is no national system within the country they can tap into.

“But with healthcare costs averaging from a quarter to less than a half of what they would cost in the U.S. the insurance costs will not break the bank.”

Although there is no public health insurance available to expats, there are several options to obtain private insurance from a variety of excellent companies, both domestic and international.
Thailand’s private healthcare system consists of a large number of well-equipped, state-of-the-art hospitals. A real plus is you’re often able to visit a specialist within a short time of walking through the front door—without booking an appointment beforehand.

From Mexico, our Riviera Maya Correspondent, Don Murray , reports:

“Most doctors speak at least some English, with many quite fluent. Costs are significantly lower in all specialty areas and are often one-half to one-third the cost of similar services north of the border,” says Don Murray, IL Rivera Maya Correspondent.

In general, healthcare in Mexico is very good—and in many places it is excellent. Many doctors and dentists in Mexico, particularly in the private system, receive at least part of their training in the U.S. (And many U.S. doctors have trained in Mexico, notably in Guadalajara.) Many of them continue to go to the U.S. or Europe for on-going training. Every medium to large city in Mexico has at least one first-rate hospital with the cost of healthcare generally half or less what you might expect to pay in the U.S. The same goes for prescription drugs.

Of course, the costs of medical care will vary by physician, hospital, and the gravity of your condition. On average, a visit to a private doctor—specialists included—will cost about $21 to $32.

In the major cities of Mexico, you can get good-quality medical care for serious medical conditions…including dialysis, major surgery…even live-in, 24-hour care…for a fraction of what you might pay in the U.S.

Plus, health insurance in Mexico costs much less than it does in the U.S.

Mexico has two national healthcare systems that expats on a valid residence visa can apply to join: IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, or Mexican Social Security Institute) and Seguro Popular.

Expats on valid residence visas for Mexico can join either IMSS or Seguro Popular if they wish, but they can’t belong to both. You must apply in the Mexican state that you live in.

We’re thinking about going abroad part-time—does International Living talk about how to do that?

Yes, in International Living magazine, our writers speak often about different ways you can go overseas—including part-time escapes, for a few weeks or a few months a year. Some people winter over in the same spot each year, some folks pick a new place to try out on a three-month adventure, some people go for a month somewhere warm, twice a year.

Being a part-time expat is a great way to both lower your cost of living and embrace a more adventure-filled, international life. And there’s no one right way to do it.

International Living Senor Editor, Suzan Haskins , explained it this way:

“The adventure and great benefits of life overseas can be yours right now—and you don’t have to sell everything and make a ‘forever’ move to get them. Rather than plunge…take a part-time paddle to test the waters someplace new. Increasingly, retirees (and folks with young kids, too) are doing exactly that.

“‘We love Canadian summers at our log home, right by a large lake about an hour north of Toronto,’ says Gail Swainson who, with her husband John, spends part of the year on the Yucatán Peninsula. ‘But Canadian winters? We don’t love those so much. So when the blizzards arrive, our tropical home in Mexico really hits the mark.’

“Three months…six weeks…even a long vacation, taken with an eye to finding a new home—this kind of short-term escape is a flexible alternative to the ‘all or nothing’ move—and one we recommend.

“Like the Swainsons, you can trade in your mittens and snow shovel for a winter spent someplace warm. You benefit from year-round sun and you’re never too long gone from family and friends ‘back home.’
If you have children in the house, consider making summer your ‘good-value adventure months.’ Spend six or eight weeks living someplace new. It can be a chance to introduce your kids to a new culture and language and a way to survey places where you might eventually like to live full-time.

“Plus with this part-time approach, you avoid the hassles of a full-time move and skirt the need for a residency visa, too.

“It may well cost you less to spend a month or two in a good-value escape than it would to pay your utility bills back home.

“One of my friends discovered exactly that when he came to visit my husband and me in Ecuador. He told me, ‘I could live for a month here and spend about the same amount that I spend on air conditioning alone every month in Phoenix.’”

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Are there any security measures expats should consider when living overseas?

Yes. The same common-sense precautions you’d take at home or traveling anywhere, you should take when exploring possible overseas retirement destinations or living in one.

Here at International Living, we recommend only places where we believe you can travel and live safely, comfortably, and affordably. If a place doesn’t pass muster—if our correspondents wouldn’t be comfortable living there, then we don’t recommend it.

Does that mean you can throw caution to the wind? No.

As our Roving Latin America Editor, Jason Holland puts it, “What you have to concern yourself with primarily is ‘petty’ crime: pickpockets, home break-ins while you’re away, somebody walking away with a bag left on the beach or the backseat of your car. And usually this is focused in the big cities and heavy tourist areas with transient populations. The ‘bad guys’ know the foreigners have laptops, smartphones, and fancy cameras and lots of cash.

“This is a tiny fraction of the population. The vast majority are hard-working, good people, and would never do anything illegal. But you do take precautions. I’m wary of the scruffy gentleman offering to ‘help’ me carry my bag at the downtown bus station. I don’t leave my laptop visible in my car, ever. I don’t leave my iPhone on the table when I go to the bathroom in a beachfront restaurant. I don’t dangle my big camera around my neck in big cities—it stays in the bag until I’m ready to snap a photo. Basically thieves are looking for crimes of opportunity. Just as they are in the U.S. And the best way to prevent being a victim is take away that opportunity. Doing so is usually pretty easy.”

So that means keep your wits about you—as you would both at home and as a visitor to any new place. If you’re out late at night, use what we’d consider “ordinary” precautions: be aware of the people around you, don’t flash huge wads of cash or fancy jewelry, take a taxi home.

If you’re living in a new place, watch and learn from your neighbors. If where you’re living everybody has bars on their windows, that’s likely because they’re eager to avoid those “crimes of opportunity”—people reaching through to grab a purse or climbing in when you’re not home. So do as the locals do—and get bars on your windows.

“The 24-hour media machine fuels a ‘fear of elsewhere,’” as Jason puts it. “Footage of revolutions in the streets and masked gunmen stalking the jungle makes for good TV. Footage of people peacefully and cheerfully going to the market, relaxing on their porch for an evening, and doing the sorts of things normal daily life brings, well, that’s not going to attract the TV news crews, is it?

“Yes, bad things are happening in the world right now—some of them maybe down the street from you—but they’re certainly not happening in most places.”

Statistically speaking, the communities we recommend are likely to be safer than where you live now.

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I’m single and considering a move overseas—will there be information for me in International Living?

Absolutely. We write regularly in the pages of International Living magazine about people who retire overseas on their own. We talk about how they do it, why they do it, where they do it—and how to follow in their footsteps.

As Glynna Prentice, IL Mexico Editor (who lives solo in Mexico) puts it, “There is no hard data on the number of singles abroad—for that matter, the U.S. doesn’t know how many of its citizens live abroad, period. But at International Living, we hear from our worldwide network of correspondents (of whom I am one), who tell us who’s coming and going in their countries. We also see who attends our live-overseas conferences. And the numbers pretty accurately reflect demographics in the U.S., where nearly half of all adults are single (some 47.6% of adults over age 15, according to 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau).

“So if you’re solo and dreaming of life abroad, take heart…and pack your suitcases. You’re not alone. Plenty of singles live abroad already. And more look to be joining them all the time.”

If you’re single and considering a move abroad, you’ll find International Living an incredibly useful resource. You can subscribe with a special offer, here.

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