One of Europe's most historic outposts, the archipelago of Malta is today also one of this region's top emerging retirement havens. If your dream is retirement on the Med, you may not have considered Malta, but you should.
In International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index 2015, healthcare is one of the eight categories taken into account to find the best retirement havens in the world. Here are the five countries that received the top scores in the healthcare category of this year's index.
A half dozen reasons why Italy may not be paradise, and a reminder that being an expat here, or anywhere else, probably isn't for everyone. For me, however, Italy remains glorious, and (almost always) worth the effort!
If you've been abroad for any length of time, you automatically become an information resource for later arrivals. And you end up saying the same things over and over and over.
A strong dollar coupled with expanding middle classes in some markets and windows of crisis opportunity in others make this is the best time in a decade to diversify into foreign real estate, specifically in Latin America.
If Europe is your fantasy, this is the opportunity of your lifetime. Right now, thanks to a weak euro and a surging U.S. dollar, you have more options for realizing your dreams of a new life in the Old World than in a decade or longer.
A 10-year expat in Las Terrenas, Larry Stroup is a central figure in the expat social scene in this Dominican Republic beach town. Larry's originally from Ft. Lauderdale, so it wasn't the great weather that attracted him to Las Terrenas. What got Larry's attention is the cheap and relaxed lifestyle.
"Being an expat isn't always easy," she said. "It's kind of like having children. If someone had told us beforehand what it was really going to be like, we might not have done it." But at the end, she said, "When it's all over, it's so rewarding and so worth it."
More expats live in Bangkok than in any other city in Southeast Asia. Who would retire to Bangkok? To answer that question, you need to spend some time here. Your first impressions of Bangkok likely will be that this is a huge city with some tourist attractions. If you stick around, though, your perception will change.
We believe we have found the key to happiness. It's the brilliant warming orb in the sky called the sun. That it took us this long to discover that sunshine really is the key to happiness ... well, that's another matter. You see, we got sidetracked by something else called 'life.'
If your idea of paradise is a tranquil beach where a couple can live comfortably for $1,200, including renting a furnished home, then Uruguay's Department of Rocha is a place you should definitely know about.
For us, looking over International Living's Annual Global Retirement Index for 2015 is like a trip down Memory Lane. We've lived in each of the top three countries on this year's list at one time or another over our past 13+ years as expats.
Life is different here and life is the same. But most of all, life is good. And that's what we're really after, right?
"Our view is breathtaking, no matter what time of day it is," says Judy. "Sitting on our porch watching the sun rise is a daily pleasure."
The last thing you want to happen on your vacation or while you are traveling -- or even when you return home -- is to get sick. That's no fun at all. So it pays to be prepared... before and during your trip.
I first recommended Panama as a top choice for living, retiring, investing, and doing business overseas more than 15 years ago, and I'm more bullish on this country's prospects and the opportunities it offers today than ever.