About those money transfer fees. I am in Mexico now and use a checking account ATM card. This particualr card refunds my withdrawal fees charged by the local bank. I withdraw local currency. I have another card through my credit union that allows a limited number of free or reimbursed withdrawals, maybe 6 a quarter. I have never paid much in money transfer fees. Occassionally, I have wired money, but if I recall that fee was minimal, as well.
I am not sure it is appropriate for me to suggest other financial service firms on this forum, but if you do a web search for no-fee ATM checking, you will find options. And I get a tiny bit of interest on the checking acct. I toggle money from higher interest accts as needed.
thorough - I am grateful for forethought.
Are you in Ecuador?
Take Magic Jack with you and you can make calls from overseas like if they were local calls. The caller ID appears with the area code of the state you purchased it. No one will ever know.
Is this true? What if you travel back to the US annually?
If you travel back to the US, bring Magic Jack with you. It will be the same number.
I am 58 yrs old and have been contemplating retirement for my 62nd birthday. My wife is Brazilian and we own two houses in Brasil and we have a condo, which we will be selling when we go. Health insurance is not an issue as the premium is cheaper than the US. I cannot have brazilian citizenship or I would loose my american citizenship, the government would issue a permanent brazilian green card.
Brazil might be expensive where the tourists go, but it is inexpensive if you stay on the suburbs of the main cities. Our houses are near the beach, about 3 hours from Rio de Janeiro by plane and it is as beautiful as Rio.
If I could retire today I would. Any ideas will be welcome.
Has anyone retired to Ecuador or Bolivia? Anyone doing TESL abroad successfully?
I was looking for a Federal job to be able to go abroad and found a few ESL for overseas. You might want to try that.
I am nowhere close to retirement but reading all these posts has been quite eye opening. The conversations are rich! Thanks.
Don't remember if I've replied to this thread or not. I'm 55 and will retire early in 2017 to the Coral Coast of Fiji at the age of 57, turning 58 later in the year. I have a farm there and will live off the land, as well as supplemental groceries from Sigatoka town. Cost of living is low there, people friendly and well, I've had enough of the USA and the politics. I have friends there, so I know what to expect.
friends there I can go to workin' for - but our good times are gone; and I'm bound to movin' on; I'll look for you if I'm ever back this way (Four Strong Winds, Ian and Sylvia).
I lived overseas as an educator for 40+ years, and decided to return to the US to retire, mostly because of Medicare access and greater permanence and stability. This is the first time in my life that I have everything in one house, rather than in two or more storage units.
I now have a house in NW Washington to be close to Vancouver, Canada, a place I always visit and enjoy. However, I really miss the excitement of being overseas. I'd like to have your opinions on the following question:
Do you extensively travel but still keep your house in the States or sell it and rent for the rest of you life? Someone mentioned he spends 6 months of the year in Thailand. Do you still keep your house in the states?
Glad I read twice -- Washington state and not (much closer to me) Washington, DC, NW
I don't like the tropics so I'm thinking about Ecuador.
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