If you’re nearing retirement or just about to reach that golden milestone, congratulations! You’ve worked hard, saved your money and are about to set forth on an amazing and exciting journey. You can look forward to many years of carefree living with no constraints. You’ll be totally in charge of your life for the first time in what? Thirty or even forty years?
Just imagine the freedom of being able to get up each morning and decide how you want to spend your day – without having to adhere to a schedule. You say you want to have a late breakfast, spend time reading the morning paper and then linger over a second or third cup of coffee? No problem. It’ll be your day and you can do whatever you want.
While you may not have thought of this, you can also decide where you want to spend the rest of your life. While many retirees decide to stay right where they are, others choose to live the life of an expatriate – and move some place where the weather is always warm and the cost of living is cheaper. And sometimes that means you need to look at the best places to retire abroad.
The important thing is that you don’t have to stay put. There’s a whole world of places out there where you could retire. In some cases, you would be able to live a much better life and enjoy more luxuries because these countries have costs of living that are much less than here in the States.
Nine great places to retire
This site will take you to nine great places to retire. One of them is considered by many to be the best place in the world to retire (hint: it has a canal). This is because it not only offers a cheaper cost of living it also has a special program for retirees. If you choose this country, you may not even have to pay any income taxes and how sweet would that be?
We’ll also introduce you to two countries you might not have ever considered for retirement in your wildest dreams. However, both have become very popular destinations for retirees. One of these countries (hint: think great cigars) has become something of a haven for people who are tired of having the government peer over their shoulders every minute.
We’ll introduce you to another country that boasts seven climate zones. In fact, you can go from hot sunny Atlantic Ocean beaches to an area of 300-plus glaciers without ever leaving this country (hint: this one sort of forms South America’s backbone).
We’ll also tell your about a U.S. has a territory that has actually voted to not become independent. It’s an island about three times the size of Rhode Island with population of about 3.9 million and offers deep sea fishing and snorkeling to die for.
There is another island we’ll introduce you to that has kept faith with its European heritage. Its natives speak mostly English (or English patio) and even though it sits in the middle of the Caribbean, it’s still a British colony (hint: think Olympic bobsled team).
You’ll probably remember the miners that were trapped deep in a mine for 69 days. Do you remember which country the mine was in? We’ll tell you why its one of the best places to retire and why it’s a great place to buy a home.
If that’s not enough, we’ll introduce you to yet another Central American country that’s often overlooked as a retirement destination but that has a lot going for it, plus a country that has often been called the “emerald isle.”
So sit down, strap yourself in and get ready for a ride to nine of the best places in the world to retire.
Note: The costs you will see quoted are based on average costs as of February 2012 and may vary from what you encounter firsthand in any of these nine countries.