Retirement can mean different things to different people. For some it signifies leading life at a slower, more relaxed pace, for others taking on new challenges and ticking even more off the 'bucket-list'. But whatever the motivations behind the move, retiring abroad is a trend which shows no sign of slowing down. So we've picked out some of the best countries to retire in, to get the ball rolling and encourage you to take the plunge and retire abroad!
In International Living's latest Annual Global Retirement Index, Mexico came in first place! With 40,000 expats and foreign retirees, the figures speak for themselves. Mexico's diverse geography will tick all the boxes and individual needs for a retiree. Whether you're looking to unwind on a sandy beach, find solace on a mountainous retreat or explore beautiful cities like Guadalajara, Mexico has it all. And just in case you needed anymore persuading, the low living costs and low exchange rate for the peso means retiring in Mexico is also friendly on the purse strings.
Imagine a picturesque landscape with never-ending sunsets and golden beaches - welcome to Malta. With 3000 hours of sunshine a year, this location is perfect for retirees seeking some sun and an all-round more pleasant climate. English is a first language for many of its inhabitants, so communication won't be an issue. Other benefits of this Mediterranean gem include an excellent healthcare system and a fairly international population, so you're guaranteed to feel instantly welcomed into the community!
Portugal, especially its costal Algarve region has been a popular retirement destination for many years, and the reasons behind this are blindingly obvious. Its turquoise oceans and long sandy stretches of beach mean you can unwind in absolute paradise. The region is also famous for its numerous golf courses - even more reason to enjoy and embrace the more relaxed and laidback lifestyle that can come with retirement.
Spain is becoming an increasingly desirable retirement destination for a number of different reasons, with the cities of Valencia and Barcelona being firm favorites among retirees. With a huge expat community you won't feel too far away from home, but will still be able to embrace your new life-style in the care-free, friendly atmosphere that Spanish cities emanate. Other perks include low-cost first-world living and of course the delicious and a nourishing Mediterranean diet
For some, retirement represents an opportunity to expand ones horizons and live life to the full. If you are one of these people, we recommend embarking on an exotic adventure to Barbados where you can partake in activities like coral reef snorkeling, sailing and sea kayaking. The island caters for those with modest to high end budgets, so make your retirement dream a reality and enjoy a better quality of life in this blissful Caribbean paradise!