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Best Places to Retire

How To Enjoy The Ultimate Dream Retirement In Hawaii

Moira McGarvey | Posted 05.28.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

I've noticed a trend among the children of my friends, friends whose offspring are freshly, or a few years out, of college. They are trying out lives in exotic places and traveling as much as they can, while they can. While they can.

This May Be The Most Beautiful Place To Retire In Europe

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 05.24.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

No border marks the entry to the Basque region of France, but you'll know when you've crossed it. The most obvious change is the architecture. Every house -- and I don't exaggerate -- is painted white and Basque red. You can buy the paint at any Home Depot-type store, and the can will be labeled 'Basque Red.' In this part of the world, there's just one red.

How To Best Enjoy The World's Most Exotic Travel Destinations | Posted 05.21.2014 | Fifty

Southeast Asia is adventure travel at its most exotic. Each day brings new sights, smells, tastes, and experiences. Cultural encounters, too.

5 Things You Need To Know Before Retiring Overseas

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 05.19.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

There's so much we've learned by living overseas. The nuts and bolts alone can be overwhelming. What about Social Security? (Yes, you can still collect it when you live overseas.) Do you have to give up your U.S. or Canadian citizenship? (No, never... unless you choose to officially do so.) What about Medicare?

When Not Knowing the Month Is a Good Thing

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 05.18.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Instead of scurrying about in the Fall to prepare for the onslaught of Old Man Winter, we open a bottle of wine and sit on the terrace until it passes. Sometimes we even share a big bowl of strawberries and cream.

World's Best Pacific Coastal Retirement Escapes

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 05.14.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

If the retirement lifestyle you're day dreaming about features a view of the Pacific Ocean and the sound of the crashing Pacific surf, the following countries, all boasting long and dramatically beautiful Pacific coastlines, should be on your search list: Nicaragua, Panama, and Mexico. Which could be the best choice for you?

Popular Expat Haven in Panama | Posted 05.11.2014 | Fifty


9 Glorious Retirement Spots In Springsteen's Backyard

Moira McGarvey | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

If you are thinking about where you might like to retire and want an area with four seasons and beaches, then the Jersey Shore is a great option. One word of caution: New Jersey taxes are high, so you'll have to factor that in. Also, if you hail from other parts of the U.S., you may find the prices in the northeast a little hard to swallow.

Confessions Of A Serial Retired Relocator

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 05.07.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

It was a good plan. And like all good plans, the Universe laughed while we made it.

6 Ways To Fund Your 'Retirement' Overseas As An Entrepreneur

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 05.05.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

A friend in Poland years ago learned that Burger King was planning to open up shop there and needed warehouse space for its supplies. My friend bought a warehouse. Burger King became his client. In time, he expanded his storage business to include other clients and other products... and he made a nice living for himself in the place where he'd decided he wanted to live.

10 Of The Best Retirement Spots -- And You'll Never Guess What State They're In

Moira McGarvey | Posted 04.27.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

When many of us think of retirement locations, we think of warm balmy breezes and palm trees, or the hot craggy terrain of the Southwest. But some people, especially those who have spent their lives in New England, opt to find a little piece of heaven right there. People actually do retire in Maine, although many have an escape plan for January and February for someplace to warm their toes.

These 5 Countries Provide The Best Health Care In The World | Posted 04.22.2014 | Fifty’s annual Global Retirement Index reports that France, Uruguay and Malaysia provide the best and most affordable health care ...

LOOK: The Top 5 Retirement Havens In The Americas In 2014

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.21.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Where is the best place in the world to retire? That's a tricky question to answer, so I suggest coming at this from a different angle. Rather than trying to identify the world's top retirement haven, consider instead who's best suited to retire where.

12 Best Retirement Spots In The Pacific Northwest

Moira McGarvey | Posted 04.20.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

Okay, so let's narrow down some of the other key reasons why retiring in Seattle or western Washington is so attractive.

Top 15 Warm Weather Retirement Cities To Dream About

Moira McGarvey | Posted 04.17.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

As the winter of 2014 trudges on, those of us in four-season regions have had just about enough. I can't remember another winter that has dragged on s...

LOOK: World's 2 Best Budget Retirement Destinations

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.16.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Cuenca, Ecuador, and Granada, Nicaragua, are beautiful and authentic Spanish-colonial cities, both founded in the 1500s. They are also currently two of the best places to think about retiring overseas on a budget.

Top 5 Places To Retire Overseas And Enjoy A Great Climate | Posted 04.11.2014 | Fifty


LOOK: 10 Best Suburbs In America For People Over 50

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM If you live in one of these towns, you probably already know: Life in the suburbs can be pretty sweet—if you pick t...

Help! My Spouse Doesn't Want To Retire Overseas

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 04.07.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

A spouse who's not in favor of discovering what life might be like somewhere else can be a deal-breaker for the idea altogether. You can't very well pack your better half's suitcase for him (or her), take him by the hand, and lead him out the door (as we did with our then 8-year-old daughter when she made it clear, on the eve of our planned departure for Ireland years ago, that she was not on board with the whole moving-to-a-new-country thing).

World's Top 10 Retirement Spots In 2014 | Posted 04.05.2014 | Fifty


Top 24 Places To Retire In Florida

Moira McGarvey | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

A generation ago, retiring in Florida was the American dream for many. Palm trees, coastal breezes, a place to just kick back and relax. Growing up in the Northeast, I was one of the many kids whose grandparents pulled up stakes and headed south.

What Good Is a Global Retirement Index?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 03.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Deciding to change your entire life and relocate somewhere with a different culture, economy, government and probably a different language altogether isn't the kind of thing you do by picking a country off a menu.

The World's Quirkiest Place To Retire

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 03.24.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Quirkiest retirement haven in the world? That'd have to be Belize. Belize City's roadways are built around a system of roundabouts (thanks to her British colonizers), but shops alongside them sell rice, beans, and tortillas still ground by hand. Everyone you meet speaks English (it's the country's official language), but this belies the stories of their origins.

Expats Open Successful Hotel Business in Caribbean Belize | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty

It's a far cry from their previous existence in Denver, Colorado. But John and Ellen consider themselves to be the luckiest people in the world running their small hotel and restaurant in the Belizean beach paradise of Placencia.

The Country Named The World's Best Place To Retire | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty