As an expat, when it comes to choosing a country for retirement, some countries are more suited than others, and while these countries are great in terms of the basic criteria for choosing a country for expat retirement like easy setup for QROPS, a low cost of living and a safe environment, etc., that does not mean that they are also dull and out of date.
Retirement countries should also be vibrant and energetic enough to keep retirees busy, with just the right amount of comfort. Retire in style in the world’s top 10 countries for expat retirement.
Panama tops the charts on retirement countries for U.S. citizens because of its laid back atmosphere, perfect beaches, 1st world economy, the U.S. Dollar used as national currency, and also because it’s conveniently close to the United States. Additionally, the Panamanian government also made a lot of effort to make the collection of pension and visas easier for expat retirees.
If Panama is a haven for U.S. citizens, then Portugal is the go-to country for European expat retirees. Buying property in Portugal is cheaper than most European countries, and obtaining it as a foreigner is not a hassle. Above all, Portugal also has one of the biggest expat communities in Europe.
If you want to see and experience different ways of living in your golden years, then Malaysia is the best expat retirement country for you. Malaysia has a low-cost of living, so you can be able to rent or buy prime properties for a really cheap price. This country is a melting pot of Asian culture, which can be exciting, as you can meet and experience different kinds of people and culture in almost every neighbourhood. The Malaysian government also has a special program for expats and especially expat retirees called “Malaysia, my second home” to make visas and pensions much easier to process.
Ecuador is one of the most understated countries in South America. This wonderful country has fantastic scenery and friendly and welcoming communities. This is a country filled with new adventures and opportunities, as well as a very low-cost of living. Retired expats can live in Ecuador comfortably and still be able to experience many new things.
1st world lifestyle and environment, low-cost of living, pleasant expat communities and a very beautiful country with a rich historical and cultural heritage; these are just some of the few good reasons why Spain is a good choice for expat retirees. When in Spain, you can also travel through different parts of the country and get to experience a myriad of cultural experiences, find cheap property for rent or sale and enjoy your golden years in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
One of the best countries in Asia for expat retirees, Thailand offers one of the cheapest costs of living in the world, where pensioners can live very comfortably and enjoy the best things that this country has to offer. The country also has an expanding expat community with very friendly locals and a beautiful relaxing environment— starting a new life in Thailand can easily be a dream come true.
7. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is a famous destination for expat retirees. The country has a special “Pensionados” program that entitles retired expats with social security, health care, and an easy access to pensions. Aside from the specialized programs, Costa Rica is also one of the most scenic places in the world. Their locals are very friendly and accommodating and the cost of living is very low. Costa Rica offer island living with 1st world accommodations and specialized retirement programs, this country is definitely one of the best retirement hotspots in the world.
Malta is another good choice for expat retirement in Europe. This country is one of safest countries in the world with a very low crime rate. Malta also has one of the best weather in the world with over 3,100 hours of sunshine every year. Though the cost of living might not be as low as countries in Asia or South America, you can still be able to live a good and comfortable life on a pension in this country.
9. The Philippines
Majestic scenery, friendly English speaking locals, low-cost of living, and a wide range of services and opportunities for retirees who want more than to just sit, relax and enjoy the scenery. This beautiful archipelago is rife with business opportunities and different exciting experiences in every region. Enjoy the best of tropical living and many other opportunities available in The Philippines.
10. New Zealand
New Zealand is not only an emerging destination for young expats; it’s also a great place for expat retirees. The country offers good and healthy food, accommodating locals, and a very calm and cool lifestyle. Though the cost of living is a bit high, you can be sure to have top of the line healthcare, services and amenities. The country also has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Live luxuriously in style in this scenic country.
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