Part-time living abroad is becoming increasingly popular, especially for those who wish to try a ‘traveling retirement’ lifestyle in Europe for the size. A new report from the editors of International Living details the pros and cons of a traveling retreat and offers tips on how to enjoy an extended stay in Europe while playing by the rules.
BALTIMORE (PRWEB) August 31, 2021
A “traveling retreat” lifestyle is a great way to explore the planet.
Nowadays, a fulfilling part-time life abroad is quite achievable with attractive global visa and residency options. Plus, there are tons of safe, affordable, and ultra-livable countries to choose from.
“For employees who have the ability to log in to work from anywhere and for retirees who are not yet ready to commit to one location overseas, a flexible overseas solution and at shorter term may be wise – and in Europe you have some great options, ”says Jennifer Stevens, editor, InternationalLiving.com.
“This roaming solution allows you to thoroughly test many locations. You don’t spend a week, you spend two or three months, and that can give you a really good idea if you’ve landed somewhere you might want to come back to someday. ”
A traveling retreat is more than just an extended vacation. For many it is a way of life. Expats who experience it say it stems from a desire to replace the tourist’s mindset with an approach to life like a local, looking at a country’s culture from the inside rather than from the outside.
Retirees, pre-retirees, online entrepreneurs (of all ages) and nomad adventurers continue to experience the joys of a low-key expat lifestyle tailored to their personal circumstances. Many report that they are ultimately on the hunt for a place to settle down, but like to try out various places for size, a few months at a time.
For many Americans and Canadians, Europe is firmly at the top of the list when it comes to the enchanting possibilities of part-time living. With gorgeous beaches and breathtaking forests, there is more than enough variety in culture, geography and weather to suit any taste. Delicious food, a fascinating history, and vibrant social interactions are guaranteed in every corner of Europe, so the toughest decision may be where to start exploring.
European travel rules can change quickly, so always get the most up-to-date visa information before you travel.
The new report examines some of the pros and cons of moving part-time to Europe …
Lower cost of living
Despite preconceptions, expats find that many of Europe’s most livable countries are more economical than living in North America. Portugal, Spain, Greece, Croatia, Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic are just a few examples of countries where the dollar goes much further.
A more organic approach to living abroad
The more people in European countries try for a few months, the more confidence they gain and the easier it is. Travel is adaptable and low-stress – it’s about seeing where the journey takes you, rather than committing to one foreign place.
Medical services in most European countries are top notch and are generally more affordable than in the United States.
Taking advantage of a traveling European retreat is a minimum commitment. If people ultimately decide that it is not for them or that they are homesick, they can return to North America more easily than if they are tied to a more permanent situation which includes having a home. home abroad.
The spice of life
Europe has it all: unique wildlife, sunny beaches, lush mountain villages and welcoming towns with towering castles, cultural wonders and welcoming cafes stuck in narrow, cobbled lanes. When expat life is about staying in one place for months at a time, people get the best of both worlds: the chance to be part of a local community for a while and the constant anticipation of future trips. .
Missing friends and family
Even if people choose to spend half the year in Europe and the rest in North America, they will still face some physical separation from their loved ones. But Skype and FaceTime can help.
Less time to learn how each country works
The more people move, the less time is left to assimilate all the little tricks and nuances that make life in a new country easier: how to get around, where locals find free entertainment, which grocery stores stock their favorite foods, and more. the language, making new lifelong friends and learning to navigate a country’s bureaucracy, traditions and way of life take more than a month or two.
The very thing that makes a traveling retreat so fun (more traveling), can take its toll over time. The increased culture shock associated with living in different countries for a year is very real. The shorter the stay, the more difficult it is to establish comfortable routines.
How does the Schengen area work?
In Europe, 26 countries currently fall under the Schengen visa regime. Currently, US and Canadian passport holders are allowed to stay in Schengen countries without a visa for a total of 90 days out of 180 days. For border control purposes, the Schengen area acts a bit like a single country, with easier freedom of movement between each country within the area.
Once people have taken advantage of 90 days in Schengen, they must then spend 90 days outside the area before re-entering. And beware: staying too long in Schengen can result in a hefty fine and / or deportation, so don’t leave the exit at the last minute. These 90 days in Schengen include the days of arrival and departure. The days do not need to be consecutive, but they are treated as cumulative.
“This system is going to change quite a bit soon, with an additional requirement that is expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2022,” said Kevin Casey, IL contributor. “The ETIAS prerequisite will apply to Canadian and US citizens traveling to the Schengen area. ETIAS is a visa waiver introduced to pre-screen visa-exempt travelers in Schengen countries. It aims to ensure the safety of all travelers by reducing illegal immigration and managing potential security threats within Schengen countries, including terrorism.
“Obtaining the new ETIAS authorization is fairly straightforward: you apply online from the US or Canada (which takes around 20 minutes) and if all goes well you will then receive an electronic travel authorization at Multiple entries valid for three years.
For more information on ETIAS for US and Canadian travelers, go here: How does the Schengen zone work?
“This visa exemption does not allow free travel throughout Europe, it is only for Schengen countries,” notes Casey.
“Fortunately, there are a number of European countries that are not part of the Schengen area, so if you plan to walk around Europe indefinitely, that’s not a problem at all. When it’s time to leave Schengen, just jump at least for 90 days in one or more non-Schengen countries such as Albania, Croatia, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, UK, Romania, Monaco, Turkey etc. D ‘other possibilities include crossing the Mediterranean to North Africa (Morocco is popular) or spending time in one or more of the non-Schengen ex-Soviet states such as Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, etc. .
The full report can be found here; Plan your traveling European retirement
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