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Where to retire?

As an expat who has been away from my home country for long enough that I don't really have a place to call home.

Now I am thinking of place where I would like to live and also where I would like to retire.

Anyone else in a similar situation? What are your shortlist countries (ignoring visa considerations etc.)? What are your criteria?

For me, I would like:

- Warm/mild climate
- Ideally a tax system that does not tax foreign income/assets
- Good healthcare
- Low cost of living
- Good food

For me, one Hong Kong may be a possibility, and hits a lot of the requirements except that the climate is hot and humid in the summer months.
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Old 10.06.2013, 15:31
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Re: Where to retire?

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Re: Where to retire?

I doubt anyone under the age of 50 is ever going to be able to retire...
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Re: Where to retire?

Are you asking where we would like to retire to? Or where we would like you to retire to???
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Re: Where to retire?

I like Hong Kong and if I retired there, I might want to spend the summers in Europe to avoid the summer weather and give my lungs a break from the pollution.

Rental prices in HK are sky-high, unless you get a house in the sticks. That might be nice for a retiree however.
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Re: Where to retire?

What about New Zealand? My one son lives there - and loves it .... the climate, scenery, people, sea and beaches.
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Old 10.06.2013, 15:55
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Re: Where to retire?

i will retire where ever my son lives because he promised we could live in his basement
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Re: Where to retire?

Well, I can't ignore visa considerations; no sense in dreaming about whiling away my sunset years in countries where we have no chance of a settlement visa.

Switzerland is out due to costs, lack of services available, and based on my recent pretty in-depth research into eldercare here I would also rule it out due to health care.

The only realistic option right now is to return to the US. I had always thought somewhere on Lakes Michigan or Superior - but am getting kind of interested in the Vermont bits of Lake Champlain as well.

If visa considerations magically disappeared, I could see myself back in Hong Kong or China, the two countries where I've been the happiest. On the other hand, I know all too well that 'you can't go home again' - the HK and China of the early 90s that I knew and loved no longer exists - so probably best to leave those good memories intact.
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Re: Where to retire?

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I like Hong Kong and if I retired there, I might want to spend the summers in Europe to avoid the summer weather and give my lungs a break from the pollution.

Rental prices in HK are sky-high, unless you get a house in the sticks. That might be nice for a retiree however.
As you say, summer in Europe (or elsewhere) may have to feature in the plan. Perhaps a place in Spain or Portugal for the summer?

I would opt for a house in the sticks. With accommodation sorted, I expect living in HK is very cheap.
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Re: Where to retire?

Italy?
Portugal?
Spain?
Morocco?
Dorset?
US?
Belize?
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Re: Where to retire?

Interesting post.... try this.
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Re: Where to retire?

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Gives a result of South Africa, for me.

Some of the selections seemed a bit washy-washy to be location specific, though.

I've enjoyed time in the Canaries and Balearics in the past, so would entertain living there, provided I could keep away from the hordes of seasonal plebs.

Other Med. islands, also worth considering.

I could quite happily become a Lotus Eater.
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I tried this and got the UK!

I really am a home girl at heart.
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Re: Where to retire?

We would love to retire right where we are, here in Baden, but realise that we would feel much more secure financially back in the UK, we still have a house there, and family too.
As Meloncollie pointed out, healthcare is important, and again I would feel happier when I am older in the UK with our good old NHS, which I have contributed to by way of taxes for over 25 years.
So, we aim to live here for a couple of years or so after hubby retires in October, and albeit reluctantly, return home while we still physically can!
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Re: Where to retire?

With still a good 20 years to go to retirement, we are thinking about the future. We would love to stay in CH, but not with half our pension coming from the U.K. (would not pay for a denture here!), the cost of healthcare is too prohibitive here. Good old NHS, or what will be left of it, is a enviable option. Unlike you, we are selling our house in the U.K. and it means we don't really have somewhere to call home anymore. I guess we'll see where our children settle when they leave home for good and be the nightmare parents who settle within an 1 hour's drive radius!

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We would love to retire right where we are, here in Baden, but realise that we would feel much more secure financially back in the UK, we still have a house there, and family too.
As Meloncollie pointed out, healthcare is important, and again I would feel happier when I am older in the UK with our good old NHS, which I have contributed to by way of taxes for over 25 years.
So, we aim to live here for a couple of years or so after hubby retires in October, and albeit reluctantly, return home while we still physically can!
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With still a good 20 years to go to retirement, we are thinking about the future. We would love to stay in CH, but not with half our pension coming from the U.K. (would not pay for a denture here!), the cost of healthcare is too prohibitive here. Good old NHS, or what will be left of it, is a enviable option. Unlike you, we are selling our house in the U.K. and it means we don't really have somewhere to call home anymore. I guess we'll see where our children settle when they leave home for good and be the nightmare parents who settle within an 1 hour's drive radius!
Health care is very affordable in CH, rates stay the same from about 30 years old for basic insurance, which is cheaper than you would be paying in taxes for the NHS.
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What about live fast, die young?
Too many speed cameras.
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Re: Where to retire?

Here is just perfect and would not dream to go elsewhere. After my Fathers recent failings of the NHS, wonderful it maybe but for me there's no going back.
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