Chuck Bolotin is the founder of BestPlacesInTheWorldToRetire.com, which has over 7,000 answers and more than 200 expat stories and interviews contributed by more than 500 experts about retiring, moving, and doing business overseas. In addition to TheStreet, Bolotin's articles have appeared on Next Avenue, Daily Finance, Forbes, Yahoo and MSN.com. He is a frequent lecturer at Eller College of Management, MBA Program, University of Arizona, and Mentor, Arizona Center for Innovation.
Labor, health care and insurance costs are generally lower, although the overall quality of life can be equal to or better than expats have experienced in their native countries.
The quality of life in Mexico, Panama, Belize, Nicaragua and Portugal can be exceptional, but the cost of living is often much lower than in other countries.
Some of the techniques that expats use to keep their friends and family close may surprise you.
Find out why so many Americans and Canadians move to San Miguel de Allende
With close-to-perfect weather, low costs and great lifestyle, Ajijic is a very appealing place to live.
Most expats are not concerned about a backlash and expected to be treated with the same decency as they've experienced in years of living in their adopted homes.
The common view of Baja California is wrong. The region offers a safe, low-cost lifestyle and some of the most beautiful terrain anywhere.
It is one thing to learn how the free market works in a classroom from a textbook, but it makes much more of an impression to see it in action.
A six-week experiment in expat living shows that living in a foreign country can be less costly but offer a superior lifestyle.
Those who move overseas also tend to be community-oriented, charitably minded, more accepting and less class-conscious
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