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Thinking about retiring abroad?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

You pretty much want it all when it comes to retirement and why wouldn't you? You've paid your dues, worked hard, raised a family, bought a home and made some investments. It is time to totally relax and indulge.

But where? A major consideration for many about to retire is where exactly to live. Many of you will have paid your mortgage off, or at least be near to doing so, and your kids will have not only fled the nest, but are busy making a life of their own. There is, therefore, very few commitments keeping you at your current location.

According to the International Living Annual Global Retirement Index, what most people are looking for is something like a world class city full of 'every modern convenience' or a medieval town rich in history, ideally somewhere tropical with jaw-dropping landscapes.

The great thing is such destinations do in fact exist, with the team at International Living coming up with a list of places that are perfect for retirees. Although each place has been listed in order, the authors acknowledged that it was highly competitive.

Panama secured the top position by a whisker of a hair, with the publication describing its appeal being down to 'a rare combination of value and variety'. Most places offer one of these, but both, well, that is very rare indeed.

"Nearly everything about Panama is convenient, particularly if you’re coming from North America," International Living explained. "The currency is the dollar, English is widely understood, and the international community is large and welcoming."

In second place was Ecuador, which could easily have been number one. It was particularly lauded for its affordability and its near-perfect weather, as well as the fact that it has a very good private healthcare system in place.

Following in third place was Malaysia, pitched as Asia's preeminent retirement destination, after which came Costa Rica, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Malta, Uruguay and Thailand.

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