11 episodes

Not the world you see on the evening news: Bigger Better World from the overseas experts at International Living explores safe, welcoming, beautiful—and often little-unknown—spots on the planet. Places where you could live richer, travel more, invest for profit, and enjoy a jet-set life...for less than it costs to stay home. Host Jim Santos talks with IL’s magazine writers and with a cast of thoughtful characters living interesting lives abroad—from Penang to Porto, Cuenca to Madrid. Smart ideas for richer living in a bigger, better world.

Bigger, Better World Podcast International Living

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    • 4.7 • 7 Ratings

Not the world you see on the evening news: Bigger Better World from the overseas experts at International Living explores safe, welcoming, beautiful—and often little-unknown—spots on the planet. Places where you could live richer, travel more, invest for profit, and enjoy a jet-set life...for less than it costs to stay home. Host Jim Santos talks with IL’s magazine writers and with a cast of thoughtful characters living interesting lives abroad—from Penang to Porto, Cuenca to Madrid. Smart ideas for richer living in a bigger, better world.

    Episode 10: Janice in France Shares Her Story of Moving to Paris at 70

    Episode 10: Janice in France Shares Her Story of Moving to Paris at 70

    In this week’s podcast, host, Jim Santos speaks to Janice Deerwester, an adventurous and unstoppable single woman in her 70s, who recently moved to Fontainbleu, near Paris, France. 
    Navigating everything from restaurant etiquette (service in France is a lot more relaxed than in the U.S., it seems) to exploring on the excellent public transport, Janice recounts her adventures in her popular vlog, Janice in France. When you take life with such a positive attitude, every day is an adventure.

    Recalling her first steps on starting her new life overseas, from finding a place to live to making sure her beloved pets were settled in, Janice takes us through the early days, and what she fell in love with immediately about living in France. From old-fashioned manners to bureaucratic red tape, the French way of life is not what she was used to back in the U.S., but it suits her just fine.

    Settle in, press play, and find out as we welcome you to the latest episode of International Living’s Bigger Better World podcast.

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    Music: Royalty Free Music From timtaj.com.

    • 50 min
    Episode 9: Moving to Mexico’s Pink City After 16 Years in Southeast Asia

    Episode 9: Moving to Mexico’s Pink City After 16 Years in Southeast Asia

    In this week’s podcast, International Living Mexico Correspondent Wendy Justice meets host, Jim Santos, as she explains just why she moved to the highland town of Querétaro in Mexico. 
    A long-time expat, until recently Wendy made her home on the other side of the globe, in Vietnam. Now, in Mexico, what similarities, and indeed, what differences does she find in her new home? Some things are universal, others are quite the opposite. When an experienced traveler and expat brings fresh eyes to a new location, you can be sure they’ll have a lot to report.

    From climate to cuisine, the mid-sized city (1.3 million residents) provides Wendy with everything she could hope for in a retirement destination. A compact, historical centro is the postcard-pretty focus of the city, but in the surrounding zonas, practical details like large supermarkets, malls, modern housing, and prosperous industry take over. Add an international airport with excellent connections to the U.S., and it soon becomes clear why this is an up-and-coming destination for clued-in expats.

    You can read Wendy's article in the May 2022 issue of International Living Magazine: Mexico’s Pink City: Tidy, Upscale Living on $1,600 a Month.

    Settle in, press play, and find out as we welcome you to the latest episode of International Living’s Bigger Better World podcast.

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    Music: Royalty Free Music From timtaj.com.

    • 37 min
    Episode 8: A Luxurious Life—For Less—on the Island of Penang

    Episode 8: A Luxurious Life—For Less—on the Island of Penang

    This week, the podcast features International Living Malaysia Correspondent Keith Hockton.
    Malaysia, even by Keith’s estimation, is a surprising destination for most North American expats and potential expats. It’s just not on the radar as obviously as somewhere like Costa Rica, Mexico, or Panama.
     
    For Keith, that’s a tragic oversight, and he’s determined to make potential expats aware of just how perfect a destination Malaysia can be. A frequent speaker at International Living conferences, Keith lives on the tropical island of Penang, in the city of George Town. There, he pays exceptionally low rates for exceptionally luxurious beachfront accommodation, enjoys year-round warm weather, and lives in a community where English is an official language, where there are thousands of expats to socialize with, and where the local cuisine is considered some of the best in all of Asia.

    Keith goes into detail about the beach, mountain, jungle, and city living options on Penang, the history and culture of the island, and the eclectic social life you can expect if you visit.

    Settle in, press play, and find out as we welcome you to the latest episode of International Living’s Bigger Better World podcast.

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    Music: Royalty Free Music From timtaj.com.

    • 49 min
    Episode 7: Why I Chose Prague As My Digital Nomad Base

    Episode 7: Why I Chose Prague As My Digital Nomad Base

    This week, the podcast features Global Intelligence Letter Editor Jeff D. Opdyke.
    An early adopter of the digital nomad lifestyle, Jeff began working remotely long before the COVID pandemic boosted working-from-home into the mainstream. And having that head-start gave him opportunities for travel and expat living—combined with a steady job—that the rest of the world is slowly beginning to become aware of.
     
    In a nutshell—why continue with commuting to the city, getting stuck in traffic, or working from an office-building cubicle when you could be doing your day job from a tropical beach town, a mountain retreat, a cute European village…or anywhere you please?
     
    Being a digital nomad lets you choose your location, rather than letting your work choose it for you. And with that comes additional benefits. For example, you could halve your living expenses by moving to a location with a lower cost of living, while still earning a First-World wage. And that’s an instant upgrade on your lifestyle.

    There is a catch, though. Not every country in the world is happy to allow expats to simply waltz in, set up their laptop, and stay as long as they like. In fact, some countries don’t like that idea at all. 
     
    On the other hand, there are other, more enlightened countries, where roaming Westerners with portable incomes are seen as a valuable resource. In this episode of Bigger Better World, Jeff D. Opdyke talks us through the ins and outs of taking your work with you…around the globe.
     
    Settle in, press play, and find out as we welcome you to the latest episode of International Living’s Bigger Better World podcast.

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    • 46 min
    Episode 6: The Best Places to Retire in 2023

    Episode 6: The Best Places to Retire in 2023

    In this week’s podcast, Executive Editor Jennifer Stevens delves deep into International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index for 2023. Which destinations made the list? Which places lead the world in long-term visas, healthcare options, or cost of living? How affordable is a rental in Greece, or Mexico, or Portugal? Or even, why does International Living rank Italy’s climate higher than Panama’s?
     
    Join Jen as she talks through the finer points of the Index, and explains the best ways to use it in your search for the overseas retirement that fits you best.

    If you haven’t become a member yet—you can do it today with a special discount offer for podcast listeners. You’ll receive our monthly magazine plus a bundle of special extras, including our 2023 Global Retirement Index. Subscribe here: https://intliving.com/podcast.
     
    Joining Jen and Jim in this week’s episode is International Living Editor Seán Keenan; the technician behind the numbers. Every year, sometime around August, Seán begins gathering the data that eventually becomes the Retirement Index. Once that’s done, the IL editorial team hones and adapts the Index on an annual basis, ensuring that it keeps up to date with the questions, concerns, and benefits that mean most to potential expats. 
     
    Make no mistake, International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index is not a slipshod collection of government statistics or Googled data points—it’s compiled from information we solicit from our trusted in-country sources. Seán talks us through some of the methods we use to put it together, and some of the surprises and talking points from the results. 
    Settle in, press play, and find out as we welcome you to the latest episode of International Living’s Bigger Better World podcast.

    Music: Royalty Free Music From timtaj.com.

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    • 47 min
    Episode 5: Swapping Panama City For a Sea-View Condo in Coronado

    Episode 5: Swapping Panama City For a Sea-View Condo in Coronado

    International Living’s Bigger Better World podcast delves into the stories behind the story. This week, the podcast features International Living Panama Editor Jessica Ramesch, who has been living in Panama for over 17 years, but who is seeing the country with new eyes having recently moved from the capital, Panama City, to a sea-view condo in the beach zone of Coronado.

    Known as the arco seco, or “Dry Arc”, this region of Pacific Ocean coast sees more sunshine and less rainfall than other areas of Panama, and that’s the reason why it’s home to a thriving expat community. What’s more, Coronado has been steadily growing as a regional hub for amenities and shopping, making it more attractive now than it’s ever been.

    Eight months into her move, Jessica has moved past the honeymoon period, and is truly settling in. Does she still love it as much as when she first set eyes on her pristine sea view? And for others who might consider moving to this heavenly stretch of tropical coastline, is it easy to move there? Can you get a visa? Can you work remotely there? Is it easy to get there and travel around? Jessica answers all of these questions, and explains a little why her friends now tell her that she seems happier than they’ve ever seen her.

    Settle in, press play, and find out as we welcome you to the latest episode of International Living’s Bigger Better World podcast.

    If you haven’t become a member yet—you can do it today with a special discount offer for podcast listeners. You’ll receive our monthly magazine plus a bundle of special extras. Subscribe here: https://intliving.com/podcast.

    Music: Royalty Free Music From timtaj.com.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Jeffrey Purtee ,

So Far So Good

Brand new podcast on a topic I enjoy: international living opportunities. So far I’ve enjoyed every episode. Learned about it because I subscribe to International Living magazine.
Suggest you give it a try.

ISimplyObserve ,

Great on-the-ground insights

A fun window into life abroad. Real-world insights from folks traveling and living in interesting ways. If you’re curious about moving overseas, this is for you.

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