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Retire in another country ???

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Wizard1962, Feb 11, 2019 at 1:22 PM.

  1. Wizard1962

    Wizard1962 TDPRI Member

    Dec 17, 2017
    Victoria Tx
    Our first choice would be rural setting in the US. laid back and easy living that wont suck our retirement dry.
    But like you said, hard to find.
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  2. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI
    I am inclined to agree with you, but I don’t agree with how you arrived at that conclusion from Slauson Slim’s post. He’s calculating the costs and concerned about potable water, earthquakes and racism. That all seems pretty reasonable to me.
  3. Artslap

    Artslap Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Mar 17, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
  4. sudogeek

    sudogeek TDPRI Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    Palm Beach FL
    I’ve travelled all over Central and South America, Europe, and South Asia. I have considered retiring in Costa Rica but the medical care outside of San Jose is marginal. Plus costs in CR are probably >80% of US in my estimation. English is taught in the schools and spoken widely and there is a large ex-pat community. The “Tico Times” is published there, supposedly the largest circulation paper in English in CA. Mexico is cheaper, though. Many Americans live there and commute to the US for medical care.

    My wife and I are currently considering half-time residence in Colombia, the city of Manizales in particular, for the summers. Inexpensive, great climate, good medical care (medical school located there and several well-staffed hospitals), and very safe. A bit more expensive than Mex and decent Spanish required. However, many pluses: up in the mountains, in the coffee growing region, with great food and culture.
  5. hotpot

    hotpot Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2013
    Lancashire UK
    Nope, the world is too mad & bad where I could afford to retire to, I'm already retired & live 500 metres away from where I was brought up. :D
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  6. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    I dream of retiring to ireland. Not cheap though.
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  7. maxvintage

    maxvintage Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    I also imagine retiring to an urban area. I hate being car-dependent and imagine a retirement that involves walking to stuff. Ireland has lots of county towns.
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  8. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    I would move to Mexico in a hot minute.

    At one time we had retirement on a Bahama out island in our sights.

    Costa Rica ain't what it used to be, but I know several people who've made most of their adult lives there. They got in early, bought land, and have been selling lots ever since.

    New developments and consequent changes in circumstances mean that we're probably staying right here for the foreseeable future. Oh well, people retire to here every day so I'll just make the best of it.
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  9. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    Yes, and the well-known love that Brits have for mindless Yank-bashing is readily apparent in your post. Lack of drinking water and health care access doesn't exactly fall under "irrational fear of the unknown" for someone contemplating retirement.
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  10. KyAnne

    KyAnne Tele-Afflicted

    Make SURE you actually OWN the home and land. I think in many S. American countries (Mexico included) you do NOT unless you or your spouse was born there. Yes, you can probably get something very nice for $80K but there's always the possibility of "that" knock on the door. I can't handle living like that........esp. when retired......
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  11. Ignatius

    Ignatius Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 29, 2004
    In what way does that comment relate to the OP's original question? What does citizenship have to do with what he asked?
  12. JL_LI

    JL_LI Tele-Afflicted

    May 20, 2017
    Long Island, NY
    Wizard, I thought Texas was a hoe nuthuh country. Aren't you already there?
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  13. Jim622

    Jim622 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Apr 1, 2011
    Far N.E. Philadelphia
    This thread could go political. I'll just say I served this country in some way my whole life. Not gone no where, and S. Carolina is foreign enough.
  14. slauson slim

    slauson slim Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    By The Levee
    No, not fearful of unknown or unfamiliar. If we planned to get a place and spend a good amount of time in Baja Sur, or live there, earthquakes, lack of reliable fresh water and how property is owned would be factors. We were down there three times scoping it out, and were close to making a down payment - the price was affordable. Other negative factors were the shiftiness of the US and Canadian developers, the inability to get straight answers to simple questions, and the too good to be true vibe about the development. The developers later went bankrupt and were shown to have over-promised as to infrastructure and amenities, and construction quality and scheduling for the dwellings. Also, it struck us as incongruous to move to Mexico to be around Canadians and Americans. The nearby town was charming and pokey and had some Euro and Argentine expats.
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  15. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2006
    Good point. No one wants to live in constant fear and suspicion of their surroundings. I don't know how I would get up out of bed everyday if I were one of the 7 billion people in the world who don't live in the Midwest, especially with an understanding of math and statistics that doesn't compound that fear.
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  16. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 19, 2010
    Just build a shed out the back, and call it the Republic of Wizard-i-stan or something. Make your own flag and beer, and issue passports to your mates. You can live off the earnings of tourism. Sorted!
  17. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Math is scary enough!
  18. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

    Dec 13, 2007
    If my kids and grandkids weren't local there's nothing holding me here. If they lived elsewhere I'd feel no obligation to stay.
  19. TeleFunk Man

    TeleFunk Man Tele-Afflicted

    Would to know more about Merida. What's the appeal?
  20. TeleFunk Man

    TeleFunk Man Tele-Afflicted

    Mexico has some interesting full-time residence laws such as you're entitled to stay all year-round if you have an annual income of at least 30k.
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