Best Places to Retire Overseas

Best Places to Retire Overseas

 

When it comes to retirement, some of us have learned that it needn’t be a struggle. There are ways to live well on a retirement income.

You can retire to a place with warmer weather, a better quality of life, less crime, more cultural activities, healthier and less-expensive food, better and less-expensive health care…and you can do it for $2,000 a month or less, all in.

Here at International Living, we have been researching and reporting on the world’s best locations to retire for more than 30 years. Places where the opportunities far outweigh any risks or challenges, and you’ll find a better quality of life than you ever imagined was possible.

We’ve done the research for you. Every January we release our Annual Global Retirement Index . We ask our editors from around the world to rank and rate the best places in the world to retire. From Europe to Latin America, there are places in the world where you can make your retirement dreams a lavish reality for a small fraction of what a comparable lifestyle would cost you back home.

See below for more articles on the best places to retire—and learn more about destinations where health care is affordable and good, living costs are lower, property is a bargain and the retirement benefits are top-notch.

 

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The World’s Healthiest Places to Live in 2014

Optimism and purpose, a low stress level, a natural diet and an active lifestyle…experts say those factors are three times as important as your genetic makeup when it comes to enjoying a long and healthy life. Luckily, it’s easy to embrace those elements when you’re living in a place where they come naturally. And they do in our top picks for the world’s healthiest places to live.

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What Regrets Do I Have About Living Overseas?

We’ve been living overseas since 2001. We’ve lived in seven communities in four countries (and purchased property in a fifth). We’ve bought, renovated and sold two homes in Mexico and bought and renovated a condo in Ecuador, where we now live. We’ve tried out beach life, mountain life, and both big-city and small-town living. So we know something about the expat life…

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6 Reasons Why I Wasn’t Crazy for Moving Overseas

When my wife, Suzan Haskins, and I told our family and friends in 2001 that we were selling the house, quitting the business, and moving abroad, we got some looks of sincere concern for our sanity. But I don’t think we were crazy for going overseas back then. Here are the six biggest and best reasons why we’re so happy with our move overseas: 1. Our nest egg is actually growing. That’s because our cost of living is so low compared to back in the States. We still work as writers, and thanks to that lower cost of living we usually have…

Indexes like the Annual Global Retirement Index are great places to start your research.

What Good is a Global Retirement Index?

For many years now, we’ve contributed to International Living’s annual Global Retirement Index. It’s a ranking of the 24 countries that International Living editors feel offer the best potential for anyone considering moving abroad for a more affordable or adventurous retirement.

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Revealed: The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2014

InternationalLiving.com’s annual Global Retirement Index 2014 profiles the best destinations for good-value living around the world today. The Index considers not only a wealth of statistics, but—critically—more than three decades of expertise and current insights from a network of correspondents around the world.

In Pictures: Panama – The Best Retirement Haven in the World

International Living has just released its Annual Global Retirement Index for 2014. This Index ranks the top 24 retirement havens in the world across 8 important categories. This year, Panama has come out on top as winner of the Index and gains the title of being the best country in the world for retirement.

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Best Places to Retire Overseas Where it’s Easy to Integrate

Integration into your new community is very important. When you move overseas, you want to know that you will be accepted into the community and make new friends quickly, which will in turn make the transition between countries and cultures easier.

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Best Places to Retire Overseas and Get Retiree Discounts

From special discounts to front-of-line privileges, the respect for elderly citizens and residents shines through in these three countries, ranked best in the world for retiree benefits in International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014.

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The Best Places to Retire Overseas and Get Discounted Airfare

When moving overseas you may be worried about seeing your family back home or saving your money to get to the U.S. when you need to. However some countries offer discounted airfare to retirees—which will lower your travel costs.

Uruguay enjoys four distinct seasons including a warm summer.

Best Places to Retire Overseas and Escape to a Better Climate

Tired of shoveling snow, braving the torrential rain or wrapping up against the bitter cold? If so, check out these top three places to retire for a better climate as ranked in International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014. With a perfect score of 100 and for the second year in a row, Ecuador comes out top in the Climate category and is the overall runner up in this year’s Global Retirement Index. Lying directly on the equator, it enjoys 12 hours of direct equatorial daylight 365 days a year.

For the fifth year in a row, Ecuador has ranked number one for great value property.

The Best Places to Buy Real Estate When You Retire Overseas

Whether you are looking for a home on the coast, on an island or in a colonial city, these three countries have the best value real estate. If your dream home includes a pool, a big back yard in which to swing from a hammock in the sun, a place close to the beach where you can snorkel, relax with a good book or watch the sunset…rest assured, you can have it—because your real estate dollar stretches further overseas. You can buy a superior property in a better location for the same amount or less than you would spend on a home in the U.S.

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Panama: The World’s Best Retirement Haven in 2014

I’ve lived in Panama for the past eight years and the country has always been a winner in my book. International Living ranked Panama the best retirement destination in the world well before the mainstream press caught on. In fact, it took the number one spot in IL’s Annual Global Retirement Index not once or even twice, but seven times in a row. This year, it takes the top spot again in the Index as the best place in the world to retire.

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The World’s Best Places to Retire in 2014

Whatever you see on our leader board, just remember, we measure here only the very best havens. So the country last on our list—newcomer to the Index Cambodia—is still one of the best in the world. In each of these destinations, you’ll find thousands of folks who have already found their dream retirements. You can too, and this 2014 Retirement Index is designed to get you started. It covers all the bases, revealing a wealth of choice when it comes to a comfortable life overseas…

Penang, a cultural melting pot, is a great place to move to with children. 
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Best Places to Retire Overseas For Families

We all dream of giving up the rat race, packing our belongings, and moving some where warm and sunny, but why wait until you retire? Moving overseas can be a big decision, even bigger when you have children—but the benefits that make living abroad a good thing for adults are similar to those that make it a good thing for kids. A lower cost of living, healthier lifestyle, varied life and cultural experiences…they all benefit your child’s life in some way. Here are some of the best places to retire for families.

Save big on retiree benefits in Panama, the winner of our Annual Global Retirement Index 2014.

Save Big on Benefits in the World’s Best Retirement Havens 2014

International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014 has just been released, detailing the top 24 countries in the world to retire to. In the Special Benefits for Retirees category in the Index, we consider whether retirees get a good deal for health care, importing goods, entertainment, airfare, utilities, tax rates, residence and more. Panama, Ecuador and Costa Rica have topped the list in this category.

Best Places To Retire Overseas And Slash Your Cost Of Living

Best Places to Retire Overseas and Slash Your Cost of Living

A low cost of living is one of the most important factors for retirees who move overseas. You can live a richer life overseas, probably for what you’re currently spending at home (or even less). Here are some of the top places where the cost of living is low, and the quality of life is high, according to International Living’s Annual Global Retirement Index 2014.

Property is affordable in Ecuador compared to the U.S. and Europe.

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas to Buy Real Estate

Buying real estate overseas is different in each country as they all have their own laws and rules to abide by. But once you have an in-country attorney the process should be straightforward. In International Living’s annual Global Retirement Index 2013 we took real estate into consideration when coming up with the best places to retire overseas.

Panama has the best special benefits for retirees in the world.

The Top Two Best Places to Retire Overseas and Claim Special Retiree Benefits

Many countries overseas provide retirees with special benefits, but the two that have taken the top spots in our Annual Global Retirement Index 2013 really take care of their retirees. For retiree benefits, Panama holds top place, as our Panama editor, Jessica Ramesch reports in this year’s Retirement Index.

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The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas For a Low Cost of Living

Your quality of life could vastly improve if you retire overseas…and you could spend much less than you ever thought possible. In IL’s Annual Retirement Index 2013, 23 countries are covered ranking the best destinations to retire overseas today. Cost of living is one of eight categories in this Index and is an important factor for many who are considering overseas retirement.

Malaysia has excellent health care at an affordable price.

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas Where the Health Care is Excellent

Health care can be expensive no matter what age you are but when you reach retirement, it is one thing that you don’t want to worry about. According to International Living’s Annual Retirement Index 2013, below are three of the best places in the world for health care.

Cuenca, Ecuador is famous for its colorful festivals, food and beautiful scenery...and has a low cost of living.

Top Five Cities to Retire To

First-World cities packed with ultra-modern amenities, and ancient vineyard-shrouded hill towns close to tropical beaches and mountain valleys. Among the top retirement spots in the world this year, you’ll find great variety in the cultural offerings, climates and lifestyles. Each destination is desirable in its own way, but they all offer something increasingly hard to come by at home: A good quality of life for a reasonable price.

Ecuador enjoys a spring- like climate all year round.

The Top Three Best Places to Retire Overseas and Enjoy a Great Climate

Many places all over the world have great climates, but those that took the top three spots in our Annual Retirement Index 2013 are three of the best. The country taking the number one spot not just in the climate category but overall in the Retirement Index lies directly on the equator. It enjoys 12 hours of direct equatorial daylight 365 days a year.

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The Best Retirement Discounts in the World

We look at everything a country has to offer when compiling IL’s Annual Retirement Index. We ask expats the important questions, like: What is the cost of living really like? Or: How easy is it to integrate into the local culture?

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The Best Places in the World to Retire to in 2013

Exotic tropical islands, temperate mountain valleys, miles of deserted beaches, First-World cities packed with ultra-modern amenities, and ancient vineyard-shrouded hill towns… All of the countries in IL’s Retirement Index are worth considering. A destination that scores relatively poorly in a specific category is still a nation we believe ranks among the top 22 in the world for overseas retirement today.

In Pictures: The Top 10 Best Places to Retire in 2013

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The World’s Top Retirement Havens in 2013

Among the top retirement spots in the world this year, you’ll find great variety in the cultural offerings, climates and lifestyles. Each destination is desirable in its own way, but they all offer something increasingly hard to come by at home: A good quality of life for a reasonable price. Among these 22 destinations, you’ll discover places where you can save tens of thousands of dollars…

Nine Great Retirement Havens

Nine Great Retirement Havens

Below is a list (in no particular order) of nine great retirement havens to consider. From the beach to the highlands to city locales, there is something for everyone. All of the destinations are safe, welcoming, and relatively affordable when compared to life in the States. They are spread out around the world, from Latin America to Asia to Europe.

Best Places to Retire In the World – Live Better for Less

Are you daydreaming about retirement? And perhaps worrying if you’ll be able to retire at all? (Who isn’t concerned about the value of their nest egg these days?) I have good news for you. If you’re wondering where to retire, there’s a place that’s perfect for you…no matter your financial circumstances and no matter what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for.

Five Reasons to Move to Roatan, Honduras

Five Reasons to Move to Roatan, Honduras

Honduras wasn’t on our list of retirement destinations until International Living introduced us to the Bay Islands of Honduras in 2003. After checking out the islands, we knew this was the place for us and have since moved to Roatan (the largest of the Bay Islands). Below are just some of the reasons we love living here.

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Five Places to Live in Belize; Two to Avoid

Belize has a lot going for it. For a tiny country, it packs a big wallop when it comes to charm and scenery. For the would-be expat—especially if you’re looking for real value—there are many places deserving of your attention. Places where you can live the laid-back, Caribbean lifestyle of your dreams.

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Panama: One of the Easiest Places in the World to Retire

Sometimes the best way to see something is through someone else’s eyes. For example, I know Panama. My wife, Suzan Haskins, and I lived in Panama City several years ago, and we’ve traveled nearly the entire country. We’ve also attended dozens of International Living events in Panama.

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The World’s Top Retirement Havens in 2012

Look at the right places beyond our borders today, and you’ll find you have more good choices than ever for a comfortable – even a pampered – retirement. In any one of our top 19 havens for 2012, a lifestyle well beyond your reach in the States could be yours for pennies on the dollar. In this, our annual Global Retirement Index, we bring you the top choices available on the planet today.

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The World’s Best Retirement Havens

Look at the right places beyond our borders today, and you’ll find you have more good choices than ever for a comfortable – even a pampered – retirement. In any one of our top 19 havens for 2012, a lifestyle well beyond your reach in the States could be yours for pennies on the dollar. In this, our annual Global Retirement Index, we bring you the top choices available on the planet today.

Video: The Top 5 Retirement Havens in the World

Video: The Top 5 Retirement Havens in the World

International Living has been covering this beat for more than 30 years, and each Global Retirement Index we put together just gets more interesting. I’ll give you a little example… what do you think are the top five best places to retire on this year’s Index?

The World’s Best Retirement Haven in 2011

The World’s Best Retirement Haven in 2011

In IL’s annual Global Retirement Index, we rank the top 23 places in the world to retire — and lay out why they make sense — so you can more easily target the destination that’s right for you. The 23 countries are rated out of 100 points in categories such as real estate prices, cost of living, culture, health care, special benefits for retirees, infrastructure, safety/stability and climate.

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Seven Easy, Affordable Retirement Spots

Darrell and Amy are just two of the thousands of expats who have made a new home abroad in a place where it’s relatively easy to settle in. Should that be your top priority when choosing a locale overseas?

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