November 19, 2013 — Note: Since this article was written we have added more country guides to the original 10, and will continue to add them here.
There is an intrepid group of people out there whose dream for retirement involves moving far away to an exotic location in a foreign country. For citizens of the US and Canada, that often means retiring to Mexico, Costa Rica, Central America, or a country in South America. Retirees in Europe and the UK tend to favor southern Europe or even Southeast Asia. Such retirements bring with them a number of challenges, along with advantages. Today we are pleased to announce new mini-guides to international retirement in 10 countries. We plan to add more (more…)
Posted by Admin on November 19th, 2013
Updated January, 2020 — (originally published April 23, 2013) — Note: This is Part 7 of our “Retirement 101” series.
You have probably seen articles on the Internet that promise an international retirement as your ticket to paradise. A place that includes maids and gardeners at your beck and call, cheap but glorious real estate, doctor house calls for (more…)
Posted by Admin on April 23rd, 2013
Updated August 4, 2014 — Editor’s Note: In 2013 one of our Members, Glenn, shared his thoughts with us about his extensive travels in Puerto Rico. We think they give an interesting perspective about what it might like to retire there. A slightly edited version of his comments is published below. At the end of his comments we’ve added a few our our own, and then in August 2014 Glenn provided yet another update (see Comments) And Thanks Glenn!
I have been visiting Puerto Rico about every three years from 1989 to 2012. I live in the Bronx with a wife of Puerto Rican descent, though she was born here in U.S. I am about as white/Anglo-Saxon as they come, growing up in a Queens, N.Y. neighborhood. When I moved to the Bronx to work for Social Security nearly 40 years ago, it was like moving to another country. I met many beneficiaries from Puerto Rico and learned much about the people of the island from my professional and personal contacts.
We wanted our children to learn much about their (more…)
Posted by Admin on April 1st, 2013
March 26, 2013 — Note: This is Part 1 of a 2 part series on international places to retire. Part 2 is “The Pros, Cons, and Considerations of an International Retirement“.
Our friend Dennis asked us recently where we thought the best place to retire was – internationally. The question took us by surprise, partly because it came from a man who has traveled the world extensively, and who also has a home in Costa Rica – wouldn’t Dennis have a better grip here than us? The question got us thinking and looking back through our past Blog articles – just what do we think are the best places to retire internationally?
It turns out that, although we have written many articles about international retirements, most of them have to do with the issue of whether or not to retire abroad, rather than where to do it (see end of article for references). You will note that our list is quite different than what you might see from the usual providers of “best international places to retire”, especially those aggressively promoted by International Living. We can’t figure out what is so great about retirement in Latin America, other than perhaps the cost of living – so our list is much more Euro-centric. Call us conventional, but we like: stable (more…)
Posted by Admin on March 26th, 2013
Health and Wellness Issues
By Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
U.S. has the best care in the world?
As an adult, I have been in the hospital overnight on five occasions for various health issues; Four times in the USA in different facilities and states, and once now in Guatemala. In three of those four times in the U.S. I had either poor results or negative outcomes. That’s 75% of my personal experiences with U.S. hospital care which have been unfavorable.
These events have ranged from little or no follow up from attending doctors once a procedure was completed, leaving me confused, concerned and on my own to figure things out, to the incorrect construction of a cast covering a broken wrist following a (more…)
Posted by John Brady on February 28th, 2012
December 4, 2011 – Note: This profile is one of many in our “Adventurous Baby Boomer Lifestyles” series.
Stephen Anderson and his wife retired to Mexico seven years ago. Speaking to Topretirements recently by phone, Steven told us this was the biggest mistake of their lives. For the last year they have had their home on the market. They intend on returning to the USA as soon as it sells, as many of their friends have already done.
There are currently something like 1,000,000 expatriates that have retired to Mexico and many, many more coming. They are under the sometimes false impressions that it is far cheaper to live here; that it is nothing but beaches, mountains, and margaritas; and they can live better in Mexico than in the US or Canada. The truth is that it is not always less expensive to live here; it is also a country where crime and corruption are rampant. Indeed expatriates are not only the prey of choice, but crimes perpetrated against (more…)
Posted by John Brady on December 4th, 2011
By Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
If you are looking for a retirement destination abroad that is easy on the wallet, and still reasonably close to the U.S. or Canada, then Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico is worth considering. The largest North American retirement community in the world, Lake Chapala is a thousand miles due south of Phoenix, Arizona, and would be a great starting point for learning about retiring in a foreign country.
A quick twenty five minute taxi ride from the international airport of the capital city of Guadalajara, Chapala also serves as a convenient hub for further travel destinations throughout Mexico, Central America, or South America. A major plus is that (more…)
Posted by John Brady on November 8th, 2011
May 17, 2011 — Maybe you’ve been wondering about the best places to retire in the world. Perhaps for you that means buying retirement property on a beautiful tropical beach in the Caribbean, or maybe a small European village. The attractions of retiring abroad are many – the low cost of living, the charm and high standard of living, interesting cultural opportunities, and warm climate. Tens of thousands of Americans decide to retire overseas, and maybe you will be one of them. Retiring abroad can be exciting, cost-effective, and totally enjoyable. But before you decide to retire south (or some other direction) of the border, you had better think about these …. (more…)
Posted by John Brady on May 17th, 2011
By Kathleen Peddicord
Here are 11 things I’ve learned from the school of hard knocks after three international moves across three continents with two kids, a dog, a turtle, a husband, and two businesses:
1. The first step to any move abroad is to set your priorities and to be honest in the process. What matters to you most? Evenings at the theater? Friends whose company you can enjoy in English? Cost of living? A reliable Internet connection? Don’t kid yourself. If you can’t imagine life without a Maytag washer and dryer, for example, you may need to rethink the entire proposition.
2. Make all decisions jointly with whomever you (more…)
Posted by John Brady on November 29th, 2010
August 9, 2010 — Perhaps you have been thinking about an expatriate retirement outside of the U.S. or Canada. Or maybe you already live in Europe or South America. If that describes you, this article will attempt to answer 2 interesting questions for you: where do people from other countries hope to retire to, and where are the best non-U.S. places to retire.
Our curiosity about the places people from other countries retire to was recently rewarded by a survey conducted in Europe by Aon, the human (more…)
Posted by John Brady on August 9th, 2010