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Our new Friday Q&A segment, where we will be address readers’ most pressing concerns proved to be hugely popular in June and two of the featured question posts made it into the top five most popular articles in June.
For a taste of what you will find, here are the top five articles from July 2011:
Retirement in French Polynesia is Possible
The names alone, Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea and of course Tahiti, conjure up images of green mountains rising out of blue waters and a friendly local population of Polynesians who are always smiling and drinking from coconuts, while catching their breath between free diving for pearls…
Sound too good to be true? I am afraid it is.
The main island of Tahiti, home of the Faa’a International Airport is also home to most of the population in this lovely French Overseas Territory. As a newcomer, it is always helpful, when meeting new acquaintances, to let them know that you are not French, as most white settlers from the “Motherland” are not all that welcome. Read the full articleExpat Observations on a Busy Weekend
And what a weekend it was! The weather in this part of Argentina could not have been better: daytime temps around 20° C with nice cool overnight sleeping temperatures and crystal clear skies, allowing for some great viewing of the International Space Station, in particular on the evening of the 20th, when it passed directly overhead. While we were watching it in all its glory, it approached the southern cross and passed directly through the eastern most star in it – a most definite “Huzzah!” moment. For those of you interested in following the space station who would like to find out when it passes overhead where you are, go to Heavens Above. After entering your latitude and longitude, which you can find on Google Earth or Wunderground.com, you can see when that marvel will pass overhead, too. Read the full article
Cost of Living: The Least Expensive Cities for Expats
For many potential expats, in today’s pending economic chaos, which is actually already in progress, it is becoming more and more important to keep the overhead down, something that is not possible by choosing to live in Switzerland, Singapore or Sydney.
However, if you are willing to forego many comforts that life has to offer, there is a range of other options to consider, that range from Botswana to Belarus to Bosnia to Herzegovina. Below you will find, in descending order leading to the least expensive place, the 25 least expensive places for expats to live (?) while waiting for the grim reaper to come. Please bear in mind that this is a lighthearted look at these places: Read the full article
Q&A: Expatriating with Medical Concerns
Thanks to all of you who have responded to our call for questions about Expat living.
This week, I will address two different questions, both having to do with traveling compounded by medical problems. In both inquiries, I will try to enlist the feedback of my readers, as this is a relatively new issue in Latin America. Of course, the ADA does not extend beyond the southern border.
We are considering retiring outside the US, and are wondering if Central and South American countries are generally “handicap accessible”? I have recently been diagnosed with a degenerative nerve condition in my legs, requiring me to use a scooter when I want to travel very far outside of a vehicle. This includes shopping and site seeing. I have not seen this topic discussed in any of the web sites dealing with relocating for retirement, just the topic of available medical care. Thanks. Read the response
Health Insurance for Expats
First off, let me state that this is not an advertisement for expat health insurance! I have been fortunate enough to never fall seriously ill while traveling, but as is well known, stuff happens, and sometimes at the most inconvenient of times. You and your partner have just settled into your new expat home in Parador, when one of you suddenly falls very ill. There are 3 possible scenarios that will apply to you.
1. You have no health insurance.
2. You were smart enough to have bought health insurance locally, as soon as you realized that you would be in Parador for an extended period of time.
3. You purchased traveler’s insurance before you left to cover you worldwide.
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