At the end of the summer, I did something out of character. I went on holiday. Usually if I get time off I go and climb a mountain and come back more tired and haggard than I was before, but this was a proper break in Namibia. It gave me the unusual privilege of seeing the safari business from a tourist's perspective.
Buying real estate overseas is fundamentally about diversification. This is true whether you buy for investment or for retirement and argues in favor of buying for retirement rather than renting.
As the in-the-know studio tour group chuckled, we all knew that for most of us, touring the sets where the longest running television show in the world had been filmed from 1982 to 2013 would be sort of a mecca for us. The Granada Studios in Manchester saw some of the most dramatic storylines of Coronation Street unfold over its 31 year tenure, representing a full 8,200 episodes.
This is an area not usually top of mind with many tourists, as they are normally lured by the charms of Venice, Florence, Rome and the Amalfi coast. But they're missing a great deal, as I discovered because Piedmont is considered Italy's most culinary-progressive region.