Beginning January 17, 2010, world traveler, and published author Michael Manville will embark on an eye-popping 180 day “amazing race” covering 6 countries and over 15,000 miles to reveal the best places in the world for lifestyle, investment, and retirement.
Michael intends to answer many of the questions burning in the minds of the more than 50 million Americans now approaching retirement:
Can I retire comfortably overseas on less than $1000/month?
Are things like medical prescriptions, doctor and dentist therapies really 60% to 80% cheaper overseas compared with the U.S.?
Which countries are offering the best incentives to foreign retirees?
Where are the best value locations for beach lifestyles, urban lifestyles, and country lifestyles?
Is the food, entertainment, shopping, golf and other activities available of higher quality at a much lower price than in the U.S.?
Can maids, nurses, chauffeurs, and other help really be hired for $300 – $400 per month?
Are lifestyles healthier overseas?
Are fresh organic produce, spa and holistic therapies, and other alternative health remedies available?
Where should you stay, where should you dine, and where should you go if you were to visit one of these countries?
Do any of these locations offer business and investment opportunities?
Are there reliable professionals available such as real estate agents, attorneys, tour guides, property managers, and insurance providers to assist with your relocation?
How To Follow Michael
A blow-by-blow account of Michael’s discoveries will be presented online exclusively to members of Retire Worldwide, an organization dedicated to revealing the world’s best places to retire.
Michael will use a combination of captivating photos, vivid descriptions, lively interviews, and engaging video clips to document his voyage. Registered members will be able to post comments and questions online as Michael progresses through each destination.
Readers interested in following Michael’s online presentations and reports can join Retire Worldwide from this web page.
More About The 180 Day Search
In his mission statement, Michael proposes the following, “The purpose of this voyage is to inform and educate people who are interested in learning about the benefits of life overseas. Many people are tired of the stress and expense of life in the “first world”. I hope to help people improve their lifestyles, while promoting cross cultural experiences, sustainable development, and improved job prospects for the locals living in these communities.”
“There’s got to be more to do there than just lay around in a hammock”, explains Michael, who has already traveled to more than 35 countries and speaks fluent Spanish.
Michael plans to evaluate each destination using a range of criteria:
- Cost of Living
- Cultural Adaptation Factor
- Legal and Political Stability
- Art, Music, Social Scene
- Natural Environment and Outdoor Activities
- Comforts, Conveniences and Amenities
- Proximity and Access
- Economic Data and Growth Trends
- Investment and Business Opportunities
- Security and Health Care
- Indulgence Factor – Available elegance and luxury
Equipment For The 180 Day Search
Michael will carry the following items on his journey:
One Carry-On Size Suitcase Containing:
- Two T-Shirts
- Two Dress Shirts
- One Pair Dress Pants
- One Pair Jeans
- One Sweater
- Two Casual Shorts
- Two Swim Shorts
- Socks and Underwear
- Two Casual Shirts (collared)
- One Pair Flip Flops
- One Pair Outdoor Adventure Sandals
- One Pair Dress Shoes
- Shaver and miscellaneous toiletries
One Briefcase Containing:
- HP Laptop Computer
- Canon Digital Still Image Camera
- Sony Digital Video Camera
- Paper Notebook + Pens
- Sony Audio Recorder
- IPod MP3 Player
- Two Credit Cards, Two Debit Cards
- 8 GB Memory Stick
Below are past articles written by Michael Manville:
The Flamingo and the Islands of Evolution – an adventure tale about The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
Has The West Lost Its Way? – an overview of what’s gone wrong with America and the rest of the “first world”.
Which City Fits Your Lifestyle? – an article comparing life in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with Panama City, Panama.