Ecuador has many qualities that appeal to those over age 65, including good healthcare, an affordable cost of living, benefits for those of tercer edad (retirement age), and a steady mild climate. But if you think these expats came to Ecuador simply to escape the snow while twiddling their thumbs through their golden years, you'd be dead wrong.
Sitting at the rooftop Luna Bar at sunset, you are treated to a vision of dusky rays reflecting off the iconic Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel church, casting soft rose tones on the Spanish colonial buildings and the cobblestone streets below.
Colombia ranked in the top five of several categories in International Living’s 2017 Global Retirement Index, including healthcare and climate. The country’s turbulent past is well behind it, and today it’s a country that’s gaining the attention of people wanting to retire outside of the U.S. either full- or part-time.
I don’t wear a watch. I have one (of course), but I don’t need it. In fact, I haven’t worn a watch in six years because our retirement in the Ecuadorian mountain city of Cuenca has given me back the gift of time. My husband, Mark, and I are so much more laidback; we’ve forgotten what stress feels like. The only time we feel it is when we go back to the States to visit family and friends.
Costa Rica has been a destination for retirees and other expats going on four decades now. The benefits that drew those first pioneers all those years ago are still very much part of life in this little Central American gem. It ticks a lot of boxes. You can’t beat the weather, especially when you’ve just endured another chilly North American winter.
My wife and I live in one of the most beautiful and temperate spots on the planet right now. As I write, birds whistle and warble back and forth to each other in the lush woods surrounding our tidy little rental in the lakeside town of Ajijic, on the Central Mexican Plateau.
If you’re thinking of attending your first International Living conference, it may be the first step on a journey that can take you anywhere in the world. You might join us once and, armed with the knowledge and insights you glean, hit out for your dream retirement destination almost immediately.
When you hold a second passport, a world of opportunities opens up to help you protect your finances, safeguard your privacy, and grow your financial nest egg free from high taxes. A second passport gives you the ability to travel to and live in countries visa-free…a degree of added insurance against an American collapse, catastrophe, or other domestic dangers…and most importantly, the ability to engage in investments and tax planning that’s mostly off-limits to Americans.
Let’s face it…the good old days of sitting in your local travel agency while your agent searched for the best deals available are all but gone. Today, travelers are left to their own devices.
You may not have considered it, but you may have a right to become a citizen of more than one country—and doing so could change your life for the better. Under U.S. law, upheld by several U.S. Supreme Court decisions, “dual citizenship” (holding a second citizenship) does not jeopardize U.S. citizenship.