What criteria do you use in selecting the 10 Best Places to Retire? Read what I discovered in my research.
According to Forbes the best places to retire, using the criteria of:
Quality of life; Cost of living; Medical care; Safety; Friendliness of the locals; Culture; Ease of getting a visa and coming back home to visit family; Shopping and business are:
The British Telegraph newspaper's 10 best places to retire, taking account of: property prices; taxation; residency rules; climate; and expat friendliness are:
In 1959 my fourth class primary teacher read us the poem "November", by Thomas Hood:
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member -
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds -
Its sentiments are gloomy and it makes one feel SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) That same teacher enthralled us by reading The Coral Island, a perfect place where "a sandy beach of dazzling whiteness lined this bright green shore, and upon it fell a gentle ripple of the sea." And I got to see such a place 50 years later ... the Whitsundays off the East coast of Queens land!
In 1969 Harry Nilsson recorded Everybody's Talkin', which offered one solution to grim November:
I'm going where the sun keeps shining
Thru' the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes
Backing off of the North East wind
Sailing on summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone
Many retirees leave their countries every year to live abroad, and escaping "the North East wind" is often cited as a major influence. This migration has been called the "Silver Flight."
Seniors in Northern USA are attracted to retirement states such as Arizona, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, and California.
If you are contemplating retiring abroad, are you motivated by the positive aspects of your chosen location, or do you want to get away from where you are now?
Positive reasons for seeking a great place to retire abroad might include:
Negative reasons for wanting to get away might include:
The choice of best place to retire is as individual as you are. No one country will have everything you want. In Retire Abroad you will read of one couples experience. The Retire Abroad Checklist will help you narrow the choice, and you may find that My Own Backyard merits a place on your 10 best places to retire.
Many people retire abroad successfully and have a wonderful experience, because they know what they want and carry out detailed research and retirement planning.
If you think you can become one of those have a look at my Retire Abroad Checklist.
The key to retiring abroad is to know what you want, and to undertake detailed research and planning. Do come back to this site later, as I add stories from "experts" who have successfully retired to a different part of their home country, or have retired abroad.
So - What are your plans? Where do you think the 10 Best Places to Retire are?