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Best Places to Retire

How To Live Large In The Most Colorful Paradise For Snowbirds

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 09.17.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

The explosion of foreign retirees moving to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico began in earnest in the 1970s. At the start of that decade, the city had a total estimated population of about 15,000, including 1,000 expats. The expat population increased to about 2,500 by 1990 and then to somewhere between 7,500 and 10,000 today (among a total current-day population of about 75,000).

The 21 Best Places To Retire Overseas In 2014

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 09.04.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Live and Invest Overseashas published its annual Retire Overseas Index, naming the 21 best places to retire overseas in 2014. Number one on the list is the Algarve, Portugal.

How To Live Your Fantasy Retirement Life In Nicaragua

InternationalLiving.com | Posted 08.24.2014 | Fifty
InternationalLiving.com

I wake up naturally, no alarms needed anymore. The sun greets me, as it does every morning, and my French doors open onto my patio, where I can watch the waves crash over the rocks in the bluest of oceans. Birdsong mixes with the calls of howler monkeys, letting me know that they are somewhere in the trees. My yard looks like a jungle -- coconut palms, fruit and avocado trees.

Want To Retire Overseas? Here Are 11 Tips To Help You Adapt

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

If there is one thing we know, no matter the country we expats live in, we will never be 'locals.' We can get legal residence status and even become full-fledged second-passport carrying citizens of any of these countries if we so choose... but we will never ever be Mexican or Ecuadorian or Nicaraguan or Costa Rican or Panamanian...

Why This Place South Of The Border May Be The World's Best Retirement Spot

Abby Tegnelia | Posted 08.13.2014 | Fifty
Abby Tegnelia

Costa Rica, often dubbed the 'happiest place on earth,' has long beckoned expats from North America and elsewhere who long for a more laidback lifestyle and warm tropical breezes.

6 Of The Best American Cities For Growing Old And Happy

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 08.18.2014 | Fifty

When it comes to naming the best places to grow old in America, there are lots of formal studies out there. One by the Milken Institute found Provo-Or...

Two Affordable, Turn-Key Retirement Options In Europe

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 08.07.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Relocating to a place where your neighbors speak English and share many of your same life experiences and objectives at this stage can ease the transition and make the whole proposition of retiring abroad far less intimidating.

Retire To The Paris Of The East For $2,000 A Month Per Couple

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 08.01.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Years ago, a friend in Belize told me that a country never escapes its origins. The United States, he said, is a land of puritans. Belize is a land of pirates. And Istanbul is a land of traders.

The Most Gay-Friendly Retirement Cities In The U.S.

Moira McGarvey | Posted 09.17.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

Today we're taking a look at gay-friendly retirement locations. It turns out that it's a myth that most gay people live in a handful of well-known urban neighborhoods like the Castro in San Francisco or Chelsea in New York City. You can go back to the 2000 Census and learn that same-sex couples live in 99 percent of U.S. counties.

The 10 Most Dreamy Islands To Retire On In America

Moira McGarvey | Posted 09.14.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

Ever dreamed about retiring to an island? Whenever I see a travel commercial with sand and water, it gets me going. The camera will zoom in behind a couple sitting in beach chairs watching the sunset with the sound of nothing but seagulls.

THIS Is What Retired Expats Do All Day

InternationalLiving.com | Posted 09.01.2014 | Fifty
InternationalLiving.com

When you retire abroad, you're in a different country and culture -- meeting new friends -- and you finally have time to do all the things you've looked forward to doing. Now from a distance, that can seem an almost intimidating prospect. But it's also an invigorating one.

7 Gorgeous And Incredibly Easy Places To Retire Overseas

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 08.25.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

In these places, you'll have lots of English speakers to rely on for help and suggestions... Who are the best doctors, where's the best place to buy kitchen appliances, get your computer repaired, and so on. They've been there, done that... they've blazed the trail so you don't have to.

The 2 Most Fabulous Places To Retire South Of The Border

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 08.23.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Two top choices for retirement in South America right now are Colombia and Chile. These are two beautiful countries offering diverse lifestyle options from mountain to coastal, small-town to upscale big-city. Thinking more specifically, how do these two destinations compare?

25 Best Cities To Retire In The U.S.

Moira McGarvey | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

There are so many things to consider if you are contemplating a big move for your retirement. While the financial piece will dictate a lot of it, other things are important too like access to friends and family, cost of living, cost of housing, renting or buying, one home or two, and proximity of good healthcare or continuing education. Will you need a car? Is the new area safe?

THIS May Be The Most Beautiful Place To Retire In Europe

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 08.18.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Portugal's Algarve, located at Europe's westernmost tip and boasting 100 miles of Atlantic coastline, could be Europe's most famous secret. This region boasts Europe's best beaches, Europe's best golf courses, some of Europe's friendliest folk, and Western Europe's lowest cost of living. It's also Europe's newest tax haven.

THIS May Be The World's Most Fabulous Place To Retire On A Budget

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 08.12.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Many retirement destinations are promoted on the basis that they're 'just like the United States'... touted for the fact that living there you'd be in familiar surroundings. That's not the case with Cuenca, Ecuador. Walking these cobblestoned streets past the historic Spanish architecture and the old colonial churches, you know that you're not in Kansas anymore.

How Couples Can Retire In Paradise Overseas For Only $2,000 A Month

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 08.10.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

We've lived and worked abroad for nearly 13 years now. And we know for certain that in many convenient, never-shovel-snow-again destinations around the world, you can enjoy a comfortable lifestyle, but with a significantly lower cost of living than in the U.S. or Canada.

LOOK: Luxury Seaside Retirement For As Little As $500 Per Month

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 07.28.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Danang, Vietnam is emerging as one of the best places in the world to retire comfortably on a small budget. A couple of retirees could live well in this clean, modern, and cosmopolitan city on a budget of $1,200 per month or less.

Is THIS The Most Beautiful Place To Retire South Of The Border?

InternationalLiving.com | Posted 07.23.2014 | Fifty
InternationalLiving.com

Chiriquí is Panama's farmland. Its broad pastures are dotted with dairy cows, and you'll find beef cattle ranches and horse stables. Rocky rivers and winding streams crisscross a landscape overlooked by Barú Volcano and the Continental Divide. I guess it reminds me of the countryside of New Jersey and New York State, where I grew up, except for the palm trees! So how did I end up here?

The 13 Pros And Cons Of Living In France

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 07.21.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

One of the things I appreciated most about my years living in France was the opportunity it gave me to sit back and watch the French at work, play, and rest, to experience la vie francaise right alongside them, both la belle and la bête.

15 Top Places To Retire With Your Dog

Moira McGarvey | Posted 07.30.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

If you love dogs, you'll be thinking about where you retire with an additional filter. Is the city or town friendly to Fido? Are there active 50+ communities that are especially tailored to pets?

Retirement Overseas: Are We All Just Waiting for the Grim Reaper?

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

San Miguel is a more affordable place to live than is Santa Fe. And for many years now, San Miguel has been one of the top destinations on the "retire overseas circuit." We lived there ourselves for a few years and we'd happily return to this enchanted place where life is slow and easy, and filled with art, music, literature, and like-minded company.

The Retirement Destinations Even Your Grandkids Will Love To Visit

Moira McGarvey | Posted 07.15.2014 | Fifty
Moira McGarvey

Today with cell phones, texting, Skype and the relative ease of air travel (OK, I know the security lines are awful but I'm referring to all the flight options), living in different parts of the country than your grandchildren can work. But, if you want a few extra visits, you might want to consider being near certain locations as a bit of a draw.

How To Live Your Retirement Dream By Splitting Time Between Foreign Countries

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

You don't have to choose a single destination for where to launch your new life in retirement in a new country. You can create a kind of cocktail of destinations, choosing to spend your time in not one place but a number of different places where you'd enjoy different weather, different lifestyles, different costs of living, different neighbors and different ways to spend your time.

8 Things You Need To Know Before You Travel Abroad

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 07.04.2014 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

If you've read some of the articles we've written about retiring overseas, you know that we wholeheartedly recommend that you spend as much time as possible in a particular destination to be sure it suits you. You may find your ideal spot... or you may not. And that's okay, too.