11. Will my computer, cellphone and DVD player work in overseas? Your laptop will work anywhere, as all laptop AC adapters should be dual current and work with 110V and 220V electrical systems. You may need a plug adapter for your computer cord, depending on where you're going. Most Central and South American countries use U.S.-type plugs. In Europe, Asia and Argentina, you'll need a plug adapter. You can find adapter sets in shops in most international airports.
Your cellphone may or may not work. Find out if your carrier has coverage where you're traveling and if your plan allows roaming in that country. In the long term, you'll want a local cellphone.
Every DVD player is programmed to play DVDs from particular zones. If you bring your U.S. DVD player to Europe, Asia or South America and try to use it to play local DVDs, it probably won't work. Unless you have a multizone player, leave it behind and buy a new one when you arrive in your new country. They are generally inexpensive and easy to find.
12. Can I drive using my U.S. driver's license? You can typically use your existing driver's license for the first 30 days to one year that you're a new resident. After that, most countries require you to qualify for a local driver's license or to have your U.S. license validated locally.
13. Do I really need to learn the local language? No. You can get by in most places speaking only English, but it could add to your experience to learn the local language.
14. Is there Burger King? Fast food has gone global. You can buy Coca-Cola almost anywhere on earth, and McDonald's can be found everywhere except in the most remote regions of the planet.
15. Can I get a job? Probably not. To work in a foreign country, you would need a work visa. This is not easily obtained unless you're sponsored for a job by an international employer and relocated to the country with the sponsor's help. You can, however, start your own business in many parts of the world. The easiest way to begin is with a laptop-based enterprise.
16. Will my U.S. credit and debit cards work overseas? U.S. credit cards should work abroad. Before you use them, research the fees you'll be charged. Some credit card companies impose such onerous fees when their cards are used in foreign countries that it can be worth switching to another card before you move.
17. How will my friends and family be able to stay in touch with me? The Internet has made it possible to retire overseas and still communicate with friends and family on a daily basis.
18. How much does it cost to move overseas? There is no one-budget-fits-all answer. Depending on your personal circumstances, where you want to move, and what kind of lifestyle you want to establish, your initial capital requirement could amount to a few thousand dollars.
19. What are my options if I don't qualify for health insurance? Most in-country health coverage providers will write you a new policy up until age 63 that can cost less than $100 a month, with exceptions based on pre-existing conditions. Bupa International writes policies up until age 79, which typically cost $200 a month or less, depending primarily on your age. Lloyd's of London accepts new policy-holders up until the age of 85 with renewals for life, but these policies aren't cheap.
If you don't qualify for in-country or international coverage because of your age or your health, you can choose to go without insurance altogether. This isn't as crazy as it may seem, because medical costs in many places outside the U.S. can be affordable.
20. Can I bring my pets? You can bring your cats and dogs with you almost anywhere. In some cases, a quarantine period will be required following the pet's arrival in the new country. Sometimes a pet must reside at a registered facility; other times it can be in a space you create at your new home, according to government specifications.
Other animals can be more complicated. Our son Jackson wanted to bring his pet turtle with him from Paris to Panama City. While this was possible, the associated fees to the airline and the Panama government were so high that we gave the turtle to friends in Paris instead. Once in Panama, Jack got a pet iguana.
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Those are the most inane questions I have ever seen posed about living outside of the US by any published magazine, print or TV.
They are sophomoric and seem to be addressed to people who haven't yet completed Junior High, read a newspaper or book or watched international news on TV.
Having lived outside of the US twice, for more than a year each time, I would suggest that most foreign countries would not be anxious to have Americans go there to live if they had no more knowledge of living in another country than the questions imply.
That's good news? It might be if the same were true here.
It's a shame when we have to leave our home country to get reasonable medical care.
But that's exactly what many have been doing. And the quality of the care has been generally good.
I'd prefer to retire right here in the good 'ol USA, but who can afford it, really? Taxed your whole life then you need to find somewhere ( settle on somewhere) that doesn't tax you pension.. Working middle class is living on a fixed income as it is. How can a retiree manage on that anymore in these times?
Your questions are ridiculous, There are snake and bugs? There snake and bugs in Florida and in many other States, Can I drink the water???..depend, you can not drink the water in many places in the USA....Medicare wont cover you but you can buy a good plan for about $200.00 US$ per month....In some countries you can live with $1.000.00 very well, try that in the USA.....as a matter of fact you can live well in some countries with less than that....You need to speak the language!!!
but overall you can live well and even come to visit the USA every year, Most countries now have
Direct TV, so you can keep on watching the same shows that you are used to.
Boy! I've never travelled beyond Canada and TJ, but these are really stupid questions. I have a passport, just in case... and it's the best ID there is. Earthquakes? Give me a break! Check Wikipedia. Can I ever come back.... Good Lord! Even if you're planning on renouncing US Citizenship, you can come back if you can afford the trip.
The question I'd have asked about driving rather than US Drivers License is this: If you happen to have a fender-bender, is this a criminal charge or is it a civil issue? If it is handled as a criminal issue (as it is in some Latin American countries), then be prepared to have it impounded as evidence on the spot.
Another might be: What about my prescriptions? Some medications that we commonly use in the US are considered to be illegal drugs in other countries.... just like marijuana is here.
Yup! That's the plan. I have an aunt who went to Paris, 30 years ago for a summer vacation and never came back. Ha!
My brother is retired in Thailand now. They have a big ex-pat population.
Where am I going? Somewhere where there aren't too many Americans.
When I was in Panama the water varied greatly and most houses had to have their own water tanks. The local water might be safe one day and questionable the next. We added bleac to the water in the tank anytime we knew the local supply had been interupted.
When I lived in China and now in Colombia I would say that knowing the language is a requirement. I had a translator in China and I speak Spanish.
The article glosses over many of the dangers that can come with a 3rd world address.
There are many good things as well of course.
Check out the book "Smart Safe Traveler" available through Amazon for far better answers in much greater depth.
According to the U.S. Embassy in the Ukraine:
U.S. citizens may receive Social Security and other Federal benefits payments while residing in Ukraine. However, exception requirements must be met to receive Social Security benefits in Ukraine. Social Security Administration restrictions prohibit direct deposit of funds to bank accounts in Ukraine, or sending your payments to anybody else while you are in Ukraine. For more information on receiving benefits while overseas, please visit the Social Security Administration website.
No. 9's answer is incorrect. Some countries have Communist parties still, and Social Security payments aren't made to Americans living in those countries as explained to me by a worker
in the Social Security Administration. I was potentially going to go to the Ukraine to retire and I was told that I would not receive my Social Security payments while I was living there. The Ukraine still has or partly has a Communist party.
I would check it out further with the Social Security Administration before going to any country to live to be on the safe side.
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