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January 16, 2021 – Living the expatriate life in retirement can be great… or not so wonderful. So much depends on where you retire to, your preparation, and what you bring to the party. Almost 10 years ago we published an interview with Steven Anderson, who wrote a book about his bad experiences in retiring to Mexico: “Mexican Retirement Gone Bad: Can’t Wait to Get Back to the USA“. The article sparked over 160 Member Comments, and those actively continue to this day.
A minority of commentators agreed with Stephen’s negative experiences, while a significant majority talked about their wonderful Mexican and other expatriate retirements. The Comments make for interesting and informative reading, and even though some of them are a few years old, they should be required for anyone contemplating an expat retirement. Here in this article we take a sampling of both sides of the argument, but since more people responded with positive stories of their expat retirements we have included more of those. We hope you will agree that these Comments from actual people who have lived in Mexico are very useful.
On the positive side of a Mexican retirement(more...)
What it's Like to Retire in Fairhope
Fairhope, Alabama is one of the most unusual (and nicest) retirement communities anywhere. It was founded by 28 settlers from Iowa in November, 1894 as a utopian single tax colony by the "Fairhope Industrial Association". Their purpose in founding a new colony was to establish and conduct a cooperative model community, free from all forms of private monopoly... more >>
What it's Like to Retire in Saint Simons
For active adults 55+ in retirement, living in St. Simons Island, could be like going to paradise. The island, one of the Golden Islands, is immediately adjacent to Sea Island, which has some of its exclusive resort facilities here. About 13,000 mostly affluent people live here, the average age is a fairly high 51. Brunswick is the biggest nearby town, although Jacksonville and Savannah are relatively close. The downtown is tiny but has nice shops and restaurants... more >>
What it's Like to Retire in Pine Mountain
Pine Mountain and nearby Pine Mountain Valley are very small towns of just over 1,000 people on Georgia's western boundary, about half-way down the state. Nearby towns in this area are Hamilton (small but cute). This has always been a very peaceful region that attracts tourists. Nearby Warm Springs is where Franklin D... more >>
What it's Like to Retire in Winder
Winder, Georgia, is a small town and the county seat of Barrow County. The town has a population of approximately 14,000 and is home to Fort Yargo State Park, historic sites, parks and a golf course. Photo of Barrow County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Ashley.farrow, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3... more >>
What it's Like to Retire in Winder
Winder, Georgia, is a small town and the county seat of Barrow County. The town has a population of approximately 14,000 and is home to Fort Yargo State Park, historic sites, parks and a golf course. Picture of Barrow County Courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Ashley.Farrows... more >>
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