Affordable and beautiful places to retire?

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      I am looking to retire in two years and was wondering if anyone has personal input on where is affordable and beautiful to move to for retirement? Anywhere! I’m open! I will have a small pension so any other financial suggestions are welcome!

      #93259 Reply

        If US. Pretty much anywhere in the southeast not on the coast. If intl. I’ve been really looking at Portugal.

        #93260 Reply

          Ecuador is replacing Costa Rica in terms of affordability, health care, weather, drive on right side of the road and use US currency. Mostly speak English and very large expat communities.

          The president now has unheard of in any country 80% approval rating for cleaning up crime and corruption.

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            I see it’s been mentioned, just giving another to Thailand!

            I’m here for 3 months, trying it out. Doing a petsit (have more info on that if interested). Large expat communities, super friendly locals, great & very affordable food.

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              Thailand. Beautiful country, nice people and culture, world class healthcare.

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                  I fantasize about retiring to the Philippines–there is a YouTube channel called Vagabond Awake and he covers the cost of living there and in other more affordable countries very thoroughly.

                  #93265 Reply

                    The best place to retire is one that fits your preferences, budget and lifestyle goals.

                    #93266 Reply

                      I’m retired in Thailand. Lots of great places to choose from. Cost of living can be low, great food, nice people, great scenery, etc. We retired here because we love the country not because of costs.

                      My wife is originally from Thailand so it was a homecoming after 27 years away.

                      Retirement visas are not difficult if you’re over 50.

                      #93267 Reply
                        • Malaysia.
                        • Mexico.
                        • Panama.
                        • Philippines.
                        • Portugal.
                        • Thailand.
                        • Vietnam.
                        #93268 Reply

                          South Carolina sunsets property taxes once you hit 65.

                          #93269 Reply

                            South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, TN, and Arkansas are all cheap in the right sections but of course have more expensive areas too.

                            Maine is not too bad in the Northern region. NH can be cheaper than some places if far north.

                            I suspect others will be aware of mid-west states that are cheap to live.

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                            #93270 Reply

                              Arkansas, Ozark Mountain area, jasper, Buffalo River Mountain home.

                              #93271 Reply

                                Croatia maybe! Not sure about visa requirements! Also, Montenegro!

                                #93272 Reply

                                  Probably Missouri.
                                  Decent temps, not too hot for long.
                                  Just stay away from Ozark (tv series) territory and the druggies.
                                  There’s also Georgia around Savanna but hurricane risks occasionally. Stay inland.
                                  Wyoming is pretty interesting!

                                  #93273 Reply

                                    In the US, Georgia is still affordable and there are tax breaks for seniors. Weather is great and you can experience 4 seasons without snow. We have the largest airport in the world and you avoid connections when flying.

                                    International, my vote would be the Philippines. English is the 2nd language and your SS will go along way to live comfortably. Explore the many islands and you will experience paradise. Great home base to explore Southeast Asia.

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                                      Thailand. Honduras. Mexico. You’re too late for Portugal, Spain, or Costa Rica.

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