Retire to a beautiful climate? have you thought about it?
Have you been thinking about where to retire yet? Maybe you’re already out of the work force.
Did you know that there are many beautiful countries around the world where your retirement income can actually go further?
You can live a very comfortable lifestyle and still have money left over. This is an article I found in the AARP magazine. I will reproduce some of the information here and add back links if you’d like to know more.
If you are an American reader, one of the considerations of the article is that the environment is friendly to Americans and English is one of the languages spoken.
Too bad that we have to actually look for countries anymore that are “friendly to Americans”. The result of poor leadership from our government! That’s another topic.
From the Article: Best Places to Retire Abroad
Imagine waking up under sunny skies in a Latin American paradise, in a spacious, open-terraced home, your backyard dotted with bougainvillea and palm trees. After a swim and a pitcher of fresh-squeezed orange juice, you greet your fellow expats at the plaza, take a short rain-forest hike, volunteer with the local kids, and in the evening savor a delicious dinner of grilled lobster and carne asada at a charming beachfront café—for $30 a couple.
Okay, life abroad is not all palm trees and grilled lobster. There can be restrictions and red tape, language problems and culture shock, distance and sometimes loneliness. But at a time when nest eggs are shrinking and Social Security looks less likely to cover basic expenses, living for less in a foreign locale can make good financial sense. There’s also the prospect of adventure in a faraway land, the allure of the unknown, and the joy of serendipitous discoveries.
Intrigued? We thought you’d be. Which is why we investigated the overseas retirement scene, looking for mostly warm and sunny, attractively affordable locales with good-to-excellent health care that are hospitable to Americans of retirement age. What follows are snapshots of 10 great destinations that met our exacting criteria. Each has its own unique charms and pleasures, and all are safe and welcoming.
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Packing
1. Have you thoroughly researched your target country? Have you traveled there at least two or three times? You shouldn’t go online to buy or rent abroad—you need to talk to expats and a reliable local lawyer.
2. Have you examined what it will mean to be away from family? This is why you have to consider accessibility to an airport, distance from the United States, costs of your travel, and costs to the family for visits.
3. Are you patient? Do things roll off your back? Inefficiency and delays are the order of the day in Latin America, and red tape in Europe can be daunting.
4. Are you willing to learn a new language? You’ll find English spoken widely, but knowing a little local lingo can deeply enrich your experience.
5. Are you willing to be in a minority? Other expats may be around for support, but you’ll still be a foreigner in your new home.
6. Have you asked yourself what you’re willing to do without? First-run movies? Oreos?
7. Are you really cut out for a life-changing adventure? “Don’t come just for the lower costs” is a common refrain among expats. You need to embrace the experience and the changes—both pros and cons.
So here is your list of the best places to retire…
I would recommend that you right click the link and open in a new tab so you can come back to investigate the other spots.
• Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read
• Corozal, Belize. Read
• Central Valley, Atenas, Costa Rica. Read
• Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Read
• Le Marche, Italy. Read
• Puerto Vallarta Region, Mexico. Read
• Granada, Nicaragua. Read
• Boquete, Panama. Read
• Cascais, Portugal. Read
• Costa del Sol, Spain. Read
The key ingredient to remember is… even as we enter retirement age. WE ARE NOT GOING TO STOP HAVING FUN and creating the lifestyle we desire. I hope you all continue to live life to its fullest potential!
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