Many people all over the world share the same dream: moving to their idea of paradise once they retire. After a life of hard work, a lot of people decide to leave the life they used to lead and head out to sunnier (and often cheaper) shores. There is a number of destinations all over the globe that are perfect for life in retirement. Here are some of our favorite suggestions, and reasons why they are exactly the right choice to spend your mature years.
The diverse metropolis: Sydney
If your dream is to find a beachside paradise with balmy weather year-round, but are loath to leave all the comforts of modern Western culture behind, you should definitely check out Australia. The 6th biggest country in the world has some amazing locations, but perhaps the one that has everything you could possibly wish for is Sydney. Healthcare, transportation, culture and entertainment are all on a very high level. Summers are hot while winters are mild, and 5 million Sydneysiders live in all types of areas – from inner-city urban zones to quiet suburbs. With so much to recommend Australia, it’s no wonder that retirement villages in NSW are popping up like mushrooms.
The eclectic charm of Chiang Mai, Thailand
Thailand is popular not only as a tourist destination, but also as a retirement one, and mostly for the same reasons. It is a country of exquisite beauty, surreal beaches, lush jungles and delicious food. Obviously, you won’t be the first one to have figured this out – the country has a pretty big expat population. The cost of living is generally low, and you can lead a very comfortable life with under $ 2000 a month. What is more, Thailand is full of discounts for everyone over the age of 60. Their health care rating is excellent too. One of the most popular cities among expats is Chiang Mai – the ancient Buddhist city where mysterious temples exist side by side with modern commercial areas and international schools.
Malta – the crossroads of civilisations
If you are looking for that old world charm that only Europe can offer, the perfect option is Malta. This island is located in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Italy, and it is everything you imagine to be, Narrow cobbled streets and high stone walls? Check! A healthy and delicious Mediterranean cuisine? Check! A fascinating history enriched by many cultures? Check! Mild weather all year round? Check! Malta is a popular expat destination due to all these factors and reasonable living expenses. Plus, it only takes proof of income to obtain a visa. It is a place where you can enjoy all the comforts that you are used to, plus beautiful beaches for swimming and sailing.
The golden sands of Portugal
Another stellar European destination, Portugal is oft overlooked, perhaps because of its slightly peripheral position. The capital, Lisbon, boasts some of the most magnificent architecture on the Old Continent – it’s no wonder, as Portugal used to be one of the most powerful nations in Europe. The Algarve, on the other hand, is the most popular tourist region where millions of people flock every year in search of seaside relaxation. Living there basically means you would be prolonging your vacation indefinitely.
If you have managed to save up a little nest egg for your life after work, there’s no better way to spend it but to use it to head out somewhere where you can stretch it out a little bit longer and live life to the fullest. Retirement doesn’t mean that your life should become boring. On the contrary, this is probably the first time in your life when you have the freedom to live your life however and wherever you wish. Don’t let that opportunity pass you by. Muster your courage, pack your bags, and don’t look back.