For many people reaching retirement means also finding a new place to live. For a lot of people that means relocating to someplace a bit warmer of easier. Of course those options do not need to be limited to the United States, moving abroad is always an option too. Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking about retiring abroad.
Of course location is going to be one very important consideration. The weather is usually one of the first things that people think about as well as the lifestyle in general, but there are some other things to think about as well. As far as money goes, always consider the conversation rate. In many countries there is a great conversation rate which will actually drop the cost of living considerable. In countries like Costa Rica it might be possible to buy the dream home that you could not have afforded in the United States. For many retirees the allure of having travel funds free is a good enough reason to cut down on the cost of living. Not that everything will be cheaper. In some countries things like gas and air conditioning are going to cost you more money, but if your rent is low that might not make much of a difference to you.
Some people suggest that you should go through a trial period before you fully commit to retiring abroad. Perhaps first rent a home or apartment in your desired country and see how you like it. If you don’t end up liking it doing so could save you a lot of trouble down the line. If you do like it, no problem, it’s much easier to buy a house when you’re in the country and familiar with the area anyway. By that point you will know exactly why a neighborhood is right for you.
Do consider that if you retire abroad you mind yourself further away from a lot of your family members. Some people are ready to get far away from their family but others prefer to see them more often. Do consider that if you move somewhere relatively inexpensive you’ll have more travel funds saved up anyway, which means a last minute trip might not hurt your wallet at all. For some people splitting their time between countries is even an option. It’s always possible to create your ideal circumstance that ends up being easy on the wallet and easy on life in general.