Resources You Should Tap Into Long Before Retirement

You’re staring at retirement in the not-to-distant future.

You know you aren’t as prepared as you want to be.

It’s time to fill your noggin with as much good information as possible that will make retirement a breeze.

Being one who loves to research, I decided to start my quest about 6 years ago. The journey is still in progress.

But along the way, I have discovered much about myself and have learned a lot. In fact, the themes that keep resurfacing have helped me to set some goals, make needed changes, and hopefully, take me closer to a more secure retirement.

Let me share some of the resources that I have made a regular part of my retirement education. If these help half as much as they have helped me, the investment would be well worth it.

INTERNATIONAL LIVING MAGAZINE: HELPING YOU TO “Live Better for Less, Overseas”

International Living has been read front-to-back for the past 5 years on a monthly basis. The price is well worth the subscription cost.

International Living has been published since 1979 and provides a very positive spin on moving overseas.

The magazine has regular departments, feature articles about the best places to retire and about those who have successfully retired overseas.

Much of its emphasis is placed on retiring on a budget and how to balance a retirement lifestyle with an overseas income.

The staff at International Living is also busy hosting overseas conventions and publishing other niche retirement publications such as Incomes Abroad which offers tips on starting a business overseas, and Real Estate Trend Alert offering timely real estate opportunities in advantageous overseas locations.

I have personally benefited from recorded messages conventions regarding Income opportunities and ideas. Expertise on online businesses that you can begin now with a goal of continuing with it once moving overseas has been particularly helpful to me. This blog is my attempt to do just that before our move to Belize.

Particularly helpful is the yearly summary of the best places to retire overseas. Locations are graded based on weather, income potential, healthcare, entertainment opportunities and other categories important to future expats.

You’ll locate usable information about Belize here also. You can get a free report about Belize at https://internationalliving.com/countries/belize/

DOUG CASEY: THE INTERNATIONAL MAN

Doug Casey is a character. He’s Flamboyant. He’s Thought-provoking. He’s the kind of guy you either love or hate.

I reside on the “love” side of that street. Here’s why:

Doug has spent the past 5 decades teaching anyone who will listen how to be a “Crisis Investor”, how to “Internationalize” and most recently, how to prepare for what he sees as a coming worldwide “financial hurricane” that will wipe out the retirement savings of anyone who doesn’t prepare now.

He has made his fortune by investing in areas of the world that find themselves in crisis. It’s basically a matter of buying low and selling high, according to Casey, but most people shy away from crisis investing because of fear.

Politically, Casey is a libertarian. He has a good handle on the plight of most countries. His years of experience in crisis investing, living overseas and living through many financial booms and busts makes him a compelling author and speaker.

Doug Casey believes that “Going Global” will help you to diversify your risks only makes sense. He believes that staying put in the country of your birth is not necessarily a smart thing to do especially if your country has heavy taxation and is in debt.

Whether you agree with him or not doesn’t matter. Doug Casey has an opinion about the best places to live, the best places to put your money and how to best protect yourself when the financial hurricane hits.

He believes that the crisis in 2007-2008 was simply the leading edge of the hurricane and that the world has been in the “eye” of the hurricane since then. But according to Casey, the trailing edge of the hurricane is coming and will catch most people off-guard with a global financial crisis.

Casey’s plan is to help those who lost much of their savings in 2008-2009 to prepare in four specific way to weather the coming storm.

He has investment newsletters, daily blog posts, online conferences and other subscription services well worth investigating.

SIMON BLACK: THE SOVEREIGN MAN

Doug Casey may be provocative, but to me, Simon Black is the best of the bunch.

Simon has a podcast, a website, a paid “Sovereign Man” subscription service and more at https://www.sovereignman.com

Simon is low-key, but he makes a lot of sense. He offers much of the same advice that Doug Casey offers, but he presents it in a very straight-forward manner.

He tells his audience that they need to create a Plan B for their entire life because it may help you in a crisis and it will also help you “no matter what!”.

He is proponent for getting a second passport. It will help if you need to travel anywhere and it will be even better if you need it in a crisis.

He says that you should hold some of your cash overseas. It will help in a U.S. crisis, but it will also help protect you in any litigation.

His entire Plan B just makes sense. Don’t put your eggs in one basket.

I receive his daily email, listen to his informative podcast on iTunes and am considering his Sovereign Man, one-on-one hand on approach to helping you achieve a Plan B that will be tailor made just for you.

Know that I don’t receive any compensation from any of these resources. They have helped me and I think they could help you.

Let me know about some of the resources that have helped you in the comments below.

 

 

A Belizean Artist’s Interpretation of the Trump Presidency

 

It adorns the 6-inch wide post of Quidi’s backyard palapa, lending color and serving as a conversation piece for all those who visit to play domino’s or relax after a day of work.

Quidi boasts about it with all the pride one uses to describe his favorite tattoo. And he’s animated as he describes how it came into being.

It’s colorful and quite a piece of art, but what does it represent? Is the story behind it just as interesting as the artwork itself?

You bet.

Quidi is a lifelong Orange Walk town resident known as “Quidi Cas” by many who know him.

Quidi is known as the Crocodile Dundee of Belize and here helps his brother, Netty, break in his pony.

I’ve hung with him every time I’m in Belize. I’ve been on Canoe trips on the Caribbean Sea with him.

I remember stopping on the road side on Old Northern Highway after a tour of the Altun Ha Mayan ruins.

He spotted a local with a python around his neck out in his yard and just had to stop. It was my first experience with voodoo-like powers this man used to control this large snake. But that’s a story for another time.

I’ve also been under Quidi’s palapa to listen to the banter of local domino contests and watch him expertly grill an 8 lb Red Snapper.

I’ve also shared a few Belikin beers with him under that tin roof. And it’s also a great place to slam down a few Orange Walk tacos or tamales.

This whole red snapper is seasoned well and ready to be masterfully grilled on the grill under Quidi’s palapa.

That’s what you do with your brother-in-law.

And I’ve been under his palapa on numerous occasions when Ian Fabro rode up on his bike after a day of creating his concrete artwork for local businesses.

Ian Fabro and his family reside in Orange Walk town in Belize, where his art is on display throughout the country.

A thoughtful guy with a flair for the creative, Ian has spent hours sharing his artwork, talking politics, and just enjoying a beer or two.

You can enjoy more of his artwork on his facebook page here.

More cement artwork that doubles as lawn furniture at the river cabins in Orange Walk.

You can see his colorful work all over Belize. And because it’s concrete, his furniture, signage, spindles and custom artwork is made to withstand the Belizean heat and sun.

This concrete outdoor patio furniture by Ian Fabro features mayan figures and resides at the Gran Mestizo Resort in Orange Walk.

I wasn’t there when Ian quickly created the artwork on Quid’s palapa. According to Quidi, he created it with some extra paint he had from his last job.

After listening to Quidi rant about the prospects of Trump being the Republican nominee for President, Ian whipped out his brushes and painted his creation in a matter of minutes.

Ian listened as Quidi picked Trump to be the U.S. Republican nominee back when their were still 16 candidates in the field.

If you know Quidi, you know he is passionate about politics and let’s that passion spew forth as he opined on American politics.

Blood Money
Blood Money was Quidi’s race horse that was hit by a vehicle on Belize Road. This plaque is featured above the door of the palapa, a tribute to his beloved horse.

I wasn’t there when it happened, but I’m sure that Ian had different thoughts on the U.S. election.

He didn’t say much, but just took out his brush and let his artwork do his talking.

Quidi explained the painting to me like this:

“That is Quidi Cas … ME … at the very bottom … smoking some weed”

“Now follow the smoke up from my weed”, Quidi waves his hands in a smoky flutter and moves them up to widen his hands, before quickly pointing back to the painting.

“Look, it’s a lamp of a genie forming out of the smoke!” He spoke in a slower version of Kriol to help the gringo understand.

Then he widened his arms as he yells, “Then out of the genie lamp swirls the head of evil Donald Trump!”

He laughs as he points to the evil details within the head of the wolf head doubling as the likeness of Trump.

“Yah Mon,” Quidi quips, “Ian tells his stories like THAT!”

As he points again at the snout of evil Trump, you could tell that Quidi was just as proud of the painting as he was about predicting the outcome of the U.S. election.