From the Editor
How to Escape The Undertow
You hear lots of talk about the fading luster of the American middle class. Experts say baby boomers are the ﬁrst generation since the 1930s that’ll be worse off than their parents in retirement. But there’s no reason you have to be dragged down by a national trend. After all, as an individual you have the power to improve your own situation. And, frankly, nobody else is going to do it for you. You can escape the undertow.
This month’s cover story puts you on the path to a retirement overseas where you control your future, where you have not fewer choices for how you’ll live…but many, many more. In our Annual Global Retirement Index 2012, we proﬁle the 19 best destinations on the planet for retirement today. Places where you can afford to hire a maid and gardener, wake up to a view, have great health care, eat well, enjoy the ﬁner things in life—all for a fraction of what it would cost to stay home.
Plus we bring you stories of folks who are already doing it…in all sorts of locales… We’ll introduce you to a quirky, bohemian mountain hideaway in Panama, where resident expats report a couple can live well for $800 a month, rent included.
We explore the high quality of a European-style life in Punta del Este, Uruguay, the “Hamptons of South America,” where you could live comfortably for $1,425 a month.
We share Lucky and Erin Ivy’s escape-from-the-stress story, which takes them from Texas to Caribbean Belize where they fund their retirement with a little resort in sandy, palm-ﬁlled Placencia.
In the States, your options may be diminishing. But overseas, they’re plentiful…accessible…and ready for you to explore in 2012…
[ilsignature jstevens]Jennifer Stevens, Executive Editor[/ilsignature]
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