Sharing COVID-19 experiences: The New Zealand response
In response to community transmission of COVID-19, New Zealand implemented a range of measures to contain the virus, including extensive testing, contact tracing and clear and consistent communications to the public. On 8 June 2020, the government reported that there was no more active transmission of the virus in the country but stressed that it needed to remain vigilant. This video tells the story of New Zealand’s response. More information:
The 6 Best English-Speaking Countries You Can Retire To
Many are reluctant to move abroad because they fear they won’t be able to learn a new language or simply don’t want to. Kathleen and Lief share 6 countries where English is spoken so you can take this point off your list of reasons not to move overseas. Below you can find the countries recommended and the timestamps:
1:04. Belize. Formerly a British colony, Belize’s official language is English. Here, people are welcoming, open-minded, and eclectic. Plus, the country offers excellent residency programs.
3:19. Ireland. The people of Ireland are very friendly and open-minded. If you want to retire here, you do have to consider the weather. Also, residency is harder to obtain compared to other countries.
6:15. Malta. Malta is also a former British colony and therefore, its official language is English. The country has four residency programs and it’s conveniently located in the middle of the Mediterranean making it a great base for travel.
7:57. Playa del Carmen, Mexico. If you want a Caribbean lifestyle with the amenities of a 5-star resort, Playa del Carmen might be for you. Here, the infrastructure is well developed and there are all sorts of activities you can do.
9:49. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This is the most developed choice on the Pacific coast. The weather is similar to the one in Southern California. A plus of Mexico is the easy residency options and the closeness to the U.S.
11:50. The Algarve, Portugal. Although it might be beneficial to learn some Portuguese, English is widely spoken in this area and you can get by with just English. The towns in Algarve are affected by seasonality, so you do need to research how winter affects each town. Overall, it’s a great option that checks all the boxes for retirees, including easy residency.
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