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.
“Living here made me a much better person, where I'm challenged by those around me to be the person I was meant to be,” says Maryland native Linda Sherman of her new home of Boquete, Panama. “It is profoundly inspiring and fulfilling. Happiness is the by-product of a life well lived.”
One of the things I love about living in Cuenca, Ecuador, after spending nearly 40 years in the sweltering heat of Florida, is that I can actually walk outside during the day without worrying if the heat steaming from the blacktop will melt the soles of my tennis shoes.
The Cayo District, nestled in Belize’s Maya Mountains, casts an irresistible spell. It’s a region where Mother Nature’s bounty is on full display…from wild, untamed rainforest…to meandering rivers perpetually flowing towards the sea.
For many U.S. retirees, being able to walk from A to B comfortably and safely, without depending on public transport or a car, are becoming important considerations when seeking a retirement destination overseas.
Panama has numerous different options that provide great benefits when it comes to securing residence in this tropical paradise. When it comes to the “Special Benefits of Retirees,” Panama does more for both its local and foreign retirees than any other country on the IL radar.
There is no hard data on the number of singles abroad—for that matter, the U.S. doesn’t know how many of its citizens live abroad, period. But at International Living, we hear from our worldwide network of correspondents (of whom I am one), who tell us who’s coming and going in their countries.
Advances in technology have opened up the world. Planes, trains and the Internet are all getting faster and—if you know where to look—you can embrace these changes and make your dream of exploring dozens of overseas destinations come true. Right now, living internationally...
As one of the top tourist destinations in the world…everybody has heard of Peru. You’ll have seen the spectacular photos of Machu Pichu…the Nazca Lines…and have read about the fascinating Inca and pre-Inca cultures that existed before the Spanish conquest.
Costa Rica is not the cheapest country in Latin America...in fact it’s one of the more expensive in Central America. If an ultra-low cost of living is your number one priority, this may not be the country for you. That said, my husband and I still enjoy a beach life here that we could never afford back in the States.