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Retirement offers you the perfect opportunity to go on that perfect holiday that you've always been dreaming of.

Find ideas and inspiration for your holiday by having a read through our articles.

Top destinations to retire to

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kuala Lumpur is brilliant

A certain sense of freedom is felt upon retirement. You are no longer required to prescribe to the routine of work and there are very few commitments holding you down. The world beckons.

Yes it is hard to say goodbye to family and friends, to the place you've called home for many years, but sometimes you feel that change is good.

The lure of living overseas can be especially appealing – nice weather, nice food and a more relaxing environment. You simply cannot go wrong with that.

These are not the only factors that make a foreign destination appealing. Others include the cost of living, the entertainment on offer, how prevalent the English language is, tax benefits and an existing expat community.

Here are a few places that we've shortlisted, bearing in mind all of the above:

  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A destination that delivers a luxury way of life on a budget, Puerto Vallarta in Mexico is a city that is beautiful beyond belief. Its official tourism board asks you to 'imagine a place where history, culture and nature surround you'. This city by the sea delivers exactly that.

  1. Abruzzo, Italy

If you are looking for a more laidback and old world vibe, the Abruzzo in central Italy is the place for you. Officially known as the Greenest Region in Europe, this dynamic hotspot offers retirees all the essentials of the 21st century living against a medieval backdrop.

  • Mendoza, Argentina

Located in the northern-central part of its namesake province, this city is characterised by its lofty landscape. A lively place to be, Mendoza exudes an outdoorsy atmosphere and is perfect for those looking to enjoy an active lifestyle against serene settings.

  • La Serena, Chile

The second oldest city in Chile – after the capital Santiago – La Serena is undergoing rapid transformation, as demonstrated by its dramatic population increase (between 1992 and 2002 it grew by 32.6 per cent). It fluctuates between periods of quietness and activity.

  • Copper Coast, Ireland

A brilliant destination that is a stone's throw away from the UK, the Copper Coast is a stretch of the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford. Named a UNESCO Geopark a decade ago, it is an excellent place to head to if you are looking for peace and quiet.

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A cosmopolitan city, Kuala Lumpur has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years and can claim to be a 21st century metropolis in every sense of the word. Multicultural and global in every regard, the capital of Malaysia makes everyone feel like they are at home.

  • Cayo, Belize

This district, based in western Belize, is all about escape and is worlds apart from most other destinations. Still very much orientated around a life dominated by agriculture, Cayo has yet to be affected by the downside of modernism. It is almost like being in paradise.

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