I recently watched “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” a film about the mishaps of a group of Brits who retire to a less-luxurious-than-advertised hotel in India. My own retirement is still several decades away, but the movie got me thinking — would I be brave enough to spent my golden years living abroad in an unfamiliar place?
When I think of the possibilities, it seems awfully appealing. I can easily picture myself whiling away my afternoons at a sunny cafe in Barcelona, living near a beach in Belize or browsing colorful vegetable markets in Thailand for my dinner every night. Sure, there’d be some drawbacks — distance from family, logistical hassles — but for those of us who love experiencing new cultures and places, it could be one last great adventure.
Would you want to retire in a foreign country, and if so, where would you choose?
– written by Sarah Schlichter