Category: Fabulous Places to Retire

Can You Really Save Money by Retiring Overseas? Should You?

Are you facing the prospect of a retirement in which the defining characteristic is financial struggle? Are you concerned that you haven’t saved enough for retirement? The internet is awash with stories and articles about how you can live comfortably overseas for just $1500-2000 a month – which is within range of most couples’ Social…
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Fabulous Places to Retire: Colombia

What’s the first thing you think of when you think of Colombia? I’ll be honest. Up until recently, the first thing I thought of was drug cartels – cartels so prominent that they were named after major cities such as Medellin and Cali. Just two decades ago, Colombia was a dangerous, lawless country overrun by…
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10 Great Places to Retire for LGBT People – and Everyone!

When it comes to choosing a place to live during retirement, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) people want the same things that everyone else wants – someplace safe, reasonably priced, agreeable climate, cultural and recreational amenities, and good healthcare. LGBT people, however, have a few additional factors to consider. Those include: how tolerant an…
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Where’s the Best Place to Retire?

[Editor’s Note: An updated version of this article appears here.] Do you ever daydream about where you’d most like to live after you retire? When you visit beautiful places on vacation, do you ever think, “Wow… It sure would be great to retire here!”? Do you ever think that surely there must be some place…
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Smooth Sailing Through Retirement: Could Living on a Cruise Ship Be Your Utopia?

A lot of people, both retirees and those who are still working, enjoy vacationing on cruise ships.  I have taken ten cruises that have carried me to Europe (four times), the southern Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Tahiti, South America, and New Zealand/Australia.  I have enjoyed them all immensely, especially the last three. Recently, I saw a…
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The Quest for Retirement Utopia:  Could This Be the Place?

You know it’s out there somewhere – the perfect place to retire. A place that’s comfortable, classy, rich with amenities, and located in a beautiful area with perfect weather and scenic views. Could such a place actually exist? Or is there always going to be someplace else where the grass is greener? Of course, no place is perfect. And…
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Best Places to Retire Lists – Fact, Fiction, or Fantasy?

The internet is consumed with list-mania!  It seems that top ten lists (or twelve, or twenty, or…) are the magic formula to attract viewer traffic.  Some web sites are comprised of nothing but top ten lists, and some major news web sites publish lists frequently as well. There are now dozens, if not hundreds, of…
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The Best of Both Worlds: The Pros and Cons of the Snowbird Lifestyle

It’s December in Phoenix. Our daily high temperatures reach into the upper 70s, and our nighttime lows are in the lower 50s. The days shift between sunny and partly cloudy; it rains only occasionally. The freeway traffic is heavier, the restaurants are more crowded, and the grocery check-out lines are longer. Why? The snowbirds are here! Snowbirds are people…
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Fabulous Places to Retire: Spain

Malaga at Night For many years, Spain has enjoyed a reputation as a fantastic vacation destination. It’s warm climate, sunny Mediterranean beaches, history, art, and culture, as well as its friendly, easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, have delighted travelers for years. More recently, Spain has emerged as a top-tier retirement choice. Let’s look at why. The Weather…
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Fabulous Places to Retire: Uruguay

The small South American country of Uruguay, nestled between Argentina and Brazil, may be one of the world’s best kept secrets as a destination for both retirement and vacation travel. Jeff and I had the opportunity to visit Punta del Este, Uruguay in 2014.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get to visit Montevideo (we were at the mercy of…
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