Top 10 places in the world to retire
Health, wealth and happiness. It’s the recipe for the perfect retirement, but where do you find it? To give you some food for thought and inspiration, here’s a latest list of the 10 best places to retire in the world in 2019.
With an economy that’s healthy, a government that’s stable and weather that’s warm all year round, Panama is a great choice for anyone looking for easy, tropical living. In particular for retirees, Panama offers good, affordable healthcare and a range of retiree benefits and discounts. In fact, the Pensionado Retiree residency program is considered to be among the world’s best.
A peaceful culture, stable government, tropical climate and low cost of living make Costa Rica a drawcard for retirees. The Ticos (Cost Ricans) are friendly and welcoming, and the many communities of expats could make you feel not too far away from home. It’s also easy to embrace a healthy lifestyle here with outdoor activities from fishing to hiking popular, and an abundance of local, unprocessed foods available.
Whether you’re looking for a beach, farm, mountain, small town or city lifestyle, Mexico likely has something to offer you. And it’s generally warm all year round in most places. Many retirees love the renowned low cost of living that doesn’t mean missing out on an amazing lifestyle. In particular, Mexico’s culture is fun, friendly and vibrant.
Ecuador is fast becoming a retirement hotspot. It has a mild climate all year round, with a choice of lifestyle locations from beaches to mountains to small villages to big cities. The culture is an interesting mix of indigenous, Incan and Spanish influences. What’s more, the lifestyle is almost unbelievably affordable, with property prices and taxes low, fresh food and household services abundant and cheap, and public transport easily available.
Malaysia’s culture blends a rich Asian heritage with British colonial charm. With year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, great shopping and excellent restaurants, it is an ideal place to retire. Healthcare is of a high standard, easily accessible and reasonably priced. And the outdoor lifestyle is ideal for retirees wanting to stay active, with a choice of beaches, gardens and hiking trails, as well as gyms, and swimming, sailing and scuba diving clubs.
Today’s Colombia is a thriving country with warm, welcoming people – who won’t hold it against you if your Spanish is initially rusty! Healthcare is high quality and affordable, and while the cost of living can vary depending on which part of the country you live in, it’s generally more affordable than most developed, Western nations. Depending on your dreams, you can choose from tropical coastal cities or more temperate mountain cities.
Portugal has true old-world charm. It also has excellent healthcare facilities and some of the best fishing, golf courses and water sports in Europe. It’s also one of Europe’s least expensive countries to live in. Many retirees will also love the natural beauty, the safe environment, the relaxed style of living, and the friendly people. Outside of the cities, it helps to speak a little Portuguese, but learning the language could be a perfect retirement challenge!
There’s more to Peru than Machu Picchu! Many retirees have embraced the amazing beaches, great food and some of the lowest costs of living in the world. Peru is home to major tourist attractions like Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and surfing beaches in towns such as Huanchaco. But there’s still more than enough room for resident retirees to enjoy the sights, particularly outside of the peak summer months.
Many Australian retirees now call Thailand home drawn to the warm weather and low cost of living. If travel is your dream, Thailand is a great place to base yourself, with anywhere in South East Asia just a 90-minute flight away. Untouched by any Western countries, Thailand’s culture remains rich and unique. And there are many and varied expat communities where retirees can make friends to share the relaxed lifestyle.
With living standards close to those in developed Western countries, Spain is a popular retirement destination. Amazing cuisine, gorgeous beaches, and a safe and tolerant culture are just some of the features Spain is renowned for. Retirees can also look forward to top-class healthcare, a fast and efficient rail network and one of the lowest costs of living in Western Europe.
Source: International Living, The world’s best places to retire in 2019.
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