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retired couple seniors viewI 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.

12 Ways to Feel at Home in a Foreign Place

Would you want to retire in a foreign country, and if so, where would you choose?

— written by Sarah Schlichter

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4 Responses to “If You Could Retire Anywhere in the World…”

  1. Rita Salazar says:

    Madrid Spain is easy to walk around and easy travel to small towns.

  2. I know I’m biased but I’ll probably choose Washington, DC. It’s a small walkable city with lots of things to do and places to visit such as museums, cultural events, trade and international conferences, and lots of interesting people to meet. DC is an international city but not as large as New York, or Los Angeles so you still get the small -town feel of some Southern cities. Additionally, you have beaches and recreational activities in nearby Maryland and Virginia. The only catch is that DC can be expensive. I don’t want to feel isolated by retiring to an international destination, but maybe that’s just me.

  3. msesqct says:

    I’d love to retire in Aruba or the Camans but the cost of living is so high in both places. I’d also love to trade my house for one in Europe and live there for a year like a local.

  4. Jacquie says:

    I would love to be a “snowbird” and spend our North America winters in the Casablanca wine valley of Chile or possibly near the beach in Isla Negra, Chile. May thru October here, and the rest of the year there. I would have to learn to speak Spanish, but that would be good exercise for the aging brain. :-)

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