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Old 03-04-2006, 11:23 AM   #81
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M*'s Sue Stevens just put out an article on "How to Retire to Tahiti". It's intended to be a general guide to the major issues faced by potential expats.

Stevens mentions a couple books by Rosanne Knorr-- "The Grown-Up's Guide to Running Away from Home" and "The Grown-Up's Guide to Retiring Abroad". Anyone know if they're worth the trouble of reading?

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The reviews on Amazon don't look too promising, but I've ordered some used copies and can let you know what I think (if you want to wait a few weeks). She did one just for France, too, which seemed to get some reviewers' backs up as being too fluffy. These would clearly be hard books to research thoroughly, as they would, at some level, require you to retire in (or at least travel extensively in) all those different countries, which could take awhile!
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Thanks, Bob, I'm happy to wait and I have plenty of other books in the hopper.

My Amazon.com habits are going to cost me at least $300 more this year... although the kid enjoys her Motley Fool Teenager's Guide to Investing.
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Jeez, i'd love a European passport. Unfortunately when I looked into it a number of years back I found out that i had to have a living German born ancestor--if I had looked into it young enough when my great grandparents were alive.

Of course, no desire to live in Germany but that passport lets you live/work anywhere.

Emigrating and going through all that process wouldn't be too difficult for certain Northern European countries but I don't want to live in Northern Europe...I want sun! And if you get it through a work/live visa then you don't get that red live/work anywhere passport...
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The reviews on Amazon don't look too promising, but I've ordered some used copies and can let you know what I think (if you want to wait a few weeks). She did one just for France, too, which seemed to get some reviewers' backs up as being too fluffy. These would clearly be hard books to research thoroughly, as they would, at some level, require you to retire in (or at least travel extensively in) all those different countries, which could take awhile!
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Would you mind posting a "book report" thread on those retire abroad books you mentioned after you read them? I've discovered a few good reads from Nords' "book review" threads, so they can be very helpful and informative.
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Would you mind posting a "book report" thread on those retire abroad books you mentioned after you read them?* I've discovered a few good reads from Nords' "book review" threads, so they can be very helpful and informative.
Were we going to try to get a Book Report thread set up in the "best of" section? That would be beneficial to a lot of people. But I realize our hardworking moderators don't want this turned into a J@b.
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Were we going to try to get a Book Report thread set up in the "best of" section? That would be beneficial to a lot of people. But I realize our hardworking moderators don't want this turned into a J@b.
We are very lazy.
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I'm too lazy to develop an opinion on the relative merits of lazy moderators.
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Would you mind posting a "book report" thread on those retire abroad books you mentioned after you read them? I've discovered a few good reads from Nords' "book review" threads, so they can be very helpful and informative.
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Sure - it will probably be late this month. Sometimes the used book part of Amazon takes awhile to arrive, then I'm out on book signing tour stuff until the 20th. I plan to lace those 10 days with plenty of meals with old friends, visits to sculpture galleries, yoga classes and day spas, so it won't have a chance to start feeling like a 'business trip'. "Business Trip" was never part of the plan...
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Thanks ESRBob. I (and many others) will look forward to the book report(s). For wage slaves like me, free time is limited. Picking "winner" books from the start makes reading more enjoyable. It's no fun to spend 1-2 hours reading a book and then realizing that is is mediocre.
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Ah, but i've got you all beat on laziness; being a professional slacker.

Although i do love reading and am planning to add more book reviews to Travel Blogs Travel Books. But then, that's travel books and not early retirement guides.

I do have to agree with the comment that an author purporting to write retirement guides on a bunch of different places probably doesn't know any of them well enough. It seems like most places have a local author who's written the local bible. Sometimes the writing quality is uneven in these cases but the info is usually pretty good. (I'm thinking as I type about the Discovery Press 'Choose Costa Rica' book but there are similar others I recall seeing over the years).
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Ah, but i've got you all beat on laziness; being a professional slacker.
I dont think you do...you typed way more than I did.
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I dont think you do...you typed way more than I did.
Come on CFB, in your house who does all most of the cooking, shopping, house chores, bedroom chores, etc. who? Mr. MOM you !
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It's no fun to spend 1-2 hours reading a book and then realizing that is is mediocre.
Our kid's middle school librarian runs an "Adult Readers" program. We're required to read a total of 5000 pages between last Nov and 15 Apr. Participants get a cool t-shirt. Winner of a random drawing gets a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

I've been very motivated to read but I've also been a little more selective on what I read. I've upped the suspense & sci-fi portion of my reading and dialed back the financial analysis stuff so that I'm reading faster. I turned in eight of those 5000-word tickets last year and we enjoyed the dinner very much. Our kid did too, so the lesson was enjoyed twice. (Her motto: "Will work for food.")

This year I'm only going to turn in six of those entries. But I'm one of only five adults in the competition.

In the spirit of "What are you spending it on?", when our kid graduates from middle school we're giving the librarian $50 cash for her discretionary use. If we win this year's competition then we'll up that to $100.

Ironically this librarian is the same woman who used to work at our kid's elementary school library when we spent a $500 insurance settlement on books for her library. We turned her loose in the local Scholastic Books warehouse with a shopping list and a calculator-- it was like watching a kid in a candy store!
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Come on CFB, in your house who does all most of the cooking, shopping, house chores, bedroom chores, etc. who? Mr. MOM you !
Yeah but i'm lazy about it.

I typed less than you did too!
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Nords,
Can you work out a way to get credit for reading posts here? That should get you back up to last year's levels at least!

Nice touch with the return of prize or insurance payment back into the system.
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Can you work out a way to get credit for reading posts here?* That should get you back up to last year's levels at least!
Nope, no magazines or comics either.

Our kid gripes about it, too, while she reads books a couple years above her grade level...
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