Not so long ago, only sailors, soldiers and the super wealthy got to see the world. But today, globetrotting isn’t just a job for mariners or the preserve of the jet set. You can cruise to Europe for up to 70% off standard prices if you know how… You can use a host of websites to organize low-cost, luxurious accommodation for a few months—enough time to try a place on for size—before moving on to the next… You can sit on a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sipping wine in April, and kick back on a beach in English-speaking Belize in May…
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. Let’s be clear about something: Right now, living internationally is more affordable than ever before. In fact, done right, it’ll cost you less than it would to stay home.
Just ask Yvonne and Michael Bauche who lived in countries all over Central America for months at a time and found their monthly expenses half of what they spent at home. (They share their story in the current issue of International Living magazine.)
Yvonne and Michael aren’t alone. Eager for adventure, aware of the opportunities overseas, and unwilling to “settle down” just yet, broad-minded retirees (and younger folks, too) are making the world their playground.
No matter their age or background, these gadabouts all have certain things in common: They want to step out of the rat race early, make the most of their time, meet new people, learn new things…and savor life in exotic surrounds.
Many of the expats living this globetrotting lifestyle are on a long-term search for the perfect retirement locale. They aren’t in a hurry, or on a schedule. They throw the net wide, visiting dozens of countries and many places within each. They gradually narrow down the contenders to those few locales that have really captured their hearts, while hitting everything on their bucket lists along the way.
You can do the same. Spend two months in Paris, six weeks in Portugal, then try Latin America. Start with the beaches of Belize, move south to the mountains of Ecuador. Create your own extended “colonial-home tour”…three months in the immaculately preserved town of Granada, Nicaragua, followed by a stint among the restored shophouses and art galleries of George Town, Malaysia. (Costs in either place are less than $1,300 a month for a couple, including rent.)
Beyond the adventure, the true beauty of this way of life is the flexibility. A roving retirement like this can be as fast- or slow-paced as you like. Having discovered an enchanting Italian hilltop town, you can linger. If a place appeals, stay longer…if not, move on. And as your first year on the road rolls into your next you’ll have learned where you feel most at home. Instead of two months on your favorite Thai island this time you might decide to spend four… and so on…all the time savoring the best the world has to offer you…
Editor’s note: This postcard is just an extract of a four-page feature story in the current issue of International Living magazine. In the full article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to enjoy a roving retirement: how to slash your travel costs and fly, sail, and drive on the cheap…how to secure short-term rental accommodation for the lowest possible price—or even for no money at all…where to get adequate health insurance to cover you wherever your jet-setting retirement takes you…and much more besides.