Retire Overseas: Why You Should Consider It

With retirement savings dwindling, more and more of us are wondering if we’ll be able to retire as planned. Many baby boomers, especially, will have to keep working long past traditional retirement age just to make up for the beating their retirement plans have taken in recent years.

Or maybe not.

It’s quite possible that you can still retire as planned…and maybe even retire earlier than expected. How? By retiring overseas.

A foreign retirement isn’t for everyone, of course. Family obligations may be an issue for some people. Others might not be comfortable in a place where they don’t speak the language. But if you’re the adventuresome type…or if you’ve dreamed of living in an exotic location–maybe on a sultry tropical beach, in a pristine mountain hideaway, or in a sophisticated, culturally rich city–with better weather and a lower cost of living, retirement overseas may be for you.

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In many places around the world, you can enjoy a wonderful high-quality lifestyle for a fraction of what it costs at home. A week’s worth of groceries, dinner at a fine restaurant, a night at the symphony, even full-time household help–like a maid or a gardener–can be yours for pennies on the dollar. A house on the beach, a mountain villa, or a super-modern city condo can cost you 50% to 75% less than it might at home.

There are places where you’ll pay little or no income taxes. Property taxes, too, are low. You may qualify for government health care programs. And free prescriptions. Wouldn’t it be nice to never again have to worry about out-of-control health care costs?

Yes, life overseas is good. I have friends who are enjoying retirement offshore in France, Ireland, Thailand, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador, Belize, Italy, and more. My husband and I, in fact, live in Ecuador. And I guarantee you, there’s no way we could afford the kind of lifestyle we have today if we had stayed in Omaha, Nebraska. (And Omaha’s an inexpensive place to live!)

Is living abroad or offshore retirement for you? Here are some questions to ask yourself to determine if you’re cut out for overseas living.

  • Do you thrive on change?
  • Are you comfortable in new situations and with making new friends?
  • Are you okay with not living close to family (although many countries you might consider are only a two-to-four-hour plane ride away)?
  • Can you speak (or learn) a new language?
  • Are you intrigued by foreign cultures and customs?
  • Are you single, or if not, is your spouse or partner amenable to moving overseas?
  • Are you looking for a way to improve your quality of life while spending less money than you currently do?

If you answered yes to the majority of these questions, then living abroad may be for you. Of course, if you’ve already had the opportunity to live overseas…in the military or because of a career assignment, you know how enriched your life was because of that expatriate experience.

Want to learn more? That’s good, because retiring abroad takes some preparation. Start by exploring the International Living website.

For more than 30 years, International Living has been reporting on the world’s top overseas retirement destinations. Places where you can live in comfort, safety, and security and not sacrifice a single necessity or luxury that you so well deserve after a lifetime of working.

We scour the globe and leave no country un-scrutinized. Every day in our free Daily E-Letter we tell you about our most recent discoveries. Every month in our monthly International Living magazine we offer even more, in-depth information.  We also compile an annual Global Retirement Index that lists the world’s best places to retire abroad and helps you contrast and compare the locations you may be considering.

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Use any and all of these resources in your research. Soon, you’ll be well prepared to join other Americans, Canadians, and others who have discovered that simply by changing your latitude, you can change your attitude about retirement. And because the cost of living is so low in many of these places, you may well find that you can afford to retire long before you ever thought possible.

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