Retiring or Living Abroad: My Dream

So, I have to say I am definitely the most adventurous in our family. We were having dinner with my in-laws last night to celebrate my husband’s 23rd birthday, and I mentioned an opportunity to teach kindergarten English in Japan for a couple of years. Although I do not want to be a teacher, I did express my excitement about working in a new, different country. My sister-in-law (future teacher) completely shut down the idea. My husband is on the edge. He loves his American lifestyle and is quite stuck to his habits. When I mention living abroad, he says maybe if it’s Australia. It’s going to take some convincing to make him move in the future, but I will succeed! My parents despite moving from one country to another, do not want to make such a move again in their lives.

My dream has always been to live abroad. I want to experience new cultures, and love seeing House Hunters International. I would love to move every five years or so to a different country. But I definitely want to retire/settle down somewhere tropical like New Zealand or Australia or Costa Rica!!! I don’t know what the future holds, but I definitely hope it’s somewhere else on this earth.

If you want to retire abroad, there’s ten places in the world that provide beautiful scenery, cheaper cost of living, lower tax burdens, and good healthcare.

  1. Ecuador
  2. Panama
  3. Philippines
  4. Belize
  5. Southwest France
  6. Bali
  7. Costa Rica (No taxes on foreign retirement income)
  8. Italy
  9. Mexico (Campeche)
  10. Argentina

I, also, saw New Zealand in another list. Honestly, I can’t wait until retirement to live abroad. I mean by that time I retire, I’ll be too old to enjoy water sports or look good in a swim suit. So, I have to make sure we bust our ass and get abroad at some point in our careers.

Do you want to retire or live abroad?

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21 comments

  • We’re stuck with the same decision. The boy wants to stay in the U.S., whereas I’d like to live abroad eventually.

  • I LOVE the idea of living abroad, and loved when I studied abroad in Italy my junior year of college. However, when i retire, I think I’ll want to spend a lot of time with my grandkids. SO I’m okay with traveling A LOT during reitrtirement (and luckily my husband and I will get to retire around 55ish!) but home base will alwys be california.

  • The Mr and I are definitely considering living abroad at different points in our lives. He’s actually a bit more adventurous that I am when it comes to weather… he picks out places with lots of snow and I have to object =) Love the warmth!

  • The Mr and I are definitely considering living abroad at different points in our lives. He’s actually a bit more adventurous that I am when it comes to weather… he picks out places with lots of snow and I have to object =) Love the warmth!

  • I’d take about 8 of those 10! :) I love HHI too! I’m glad I can watch it online. There is one place in particular I visited that I swear I could live out the rest of my days….Cinque Terre, Italy. Look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about. I’ve been there twice. I LOVE IT! And the food is my absolute favorite. Olive oils, focaccia bread, pesto…the best in the world, and gelato. mama mia!

  • I’d take about 8 of those 10! :) I love HHI too! I’m glad I can watch it online. There is one place in particular I visited that I swear I could live out the rest of my days….Cinque Terre, Italy. Look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about. I’ve been there twice. I LOVE IT! And the food is my absolute favorite. Olive oils, focaccia bread, pesto…the best in the world, and gelato. mama mia!

  • I’d be happy to live anywhere on that list! That’s always been a dream of mine. And like you, I’m quite a bit more adventurous than anyone in my family and even my bf. The hardest part for me, I think, is figuring out how to make the move/get the job. Maybe one day!

    • That is the hard part!!!
      My ideal goal would be to have a side business that could supplement as my income while I live abroad.
      My company has international assignments, I hope I can land one in the future. I know I am pretty early in my career, so it’s going to take 3-5 years to be considered.

  • I’d be happy to live anywhere on that list! That’s always been a dream of mine. And like you, I’m quite a bit more adventurous than anyone in my family and even my bf. The hardest part for me, I think, is figuring out how to make the move/get the job. Maybe one day!

  • I don’t know if I want to live abroad, especially w/ baby now, too much comfort from friends/family, but I’d love to retire and travel the world! Great list!

    • I think once people have families they want to be close to their friends/fam. My husband is the same way. I’m not as much. Maybe it’s because my parents moved to another country when I was 6, at which I point I experienced being ripped apart from everything you know, or that I moved away to college and never looked back? I have adventure in my spirit and can’t wait until I have the $$ to start doing it.

  • I think once people have families they want to be close to their friends/fam. My husband is the same way. I’m not as much. Maybe it’s because my parents moved to another country when I was 6, at which I point I experienced being ripped apart from everything you know, or that I moved away to college and never looked back? I have adventure in my spirit and can’t wait until I have the $$ to start doing it.

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  • What’s up with the boys and their lack of adventure????? lol

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