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The World's Best Places to Retire Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jan 20, 2017 11:02:00 AM


Traveling the world is at the top of so many bucket lists that it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to live abroad each year. It's never too late to fulfill the dream of living in a foreign country, and if you're planning your retirement, the expatriate life is an easily attainable reality. All you need is the right freight forwarding service and a destination. If you're looking for the perfect place to spend your retirement, here are some of the best destinations the world has to offer.


If you have your heart set on retiring abroad but you can't afford the luxuries of Paris, France has a number of affordable cities with the same gorgeous landscapes, music and cuisine. A retired couple can live in cities such as Pau on as little as $2,000 per month, while still receiving the best healthcare the world has to offer.


Malaysia attracts huge numbers of expats primarily with its tropical climate and relaxing atmosphere. Not only is Malaysia known for its multicultural population, but it has also made a name for itself through overwhelming economic growth over the past 50 years. George Town, Malaysia's most popular city amongst expats, offers a colonial atmosphere with cafes and galleries, all for a price lower than the average monthly Social Security check. 


Panama is one of the top destinations for American retirees for a number of reasons. Not only is it home to some of the best beaches in the world, but it also provides possibly the smoothest expat transition for Americans because of its retiree residency visa program and use of the US dollar. Retiring in Panama means relaxing on the beach without having to worry about a currency exchange risk or hassling with immigration.


Portugal offers a combination of everything a retiree could want as an expatriate: low cost of living, affordable real estate, great weather and an endless amount of things to do. Add to that Portugal's cheap and hassle-free retiree residency program, and there are very few better places to retire in the world.


Mexico remains the number one destination for American expats. While many of its most popular expat cities are no longer as affordable as they used to be, they still offer all of the amenities of West Coast United States living at a fraction of the price. Mexico's biggest selling point, however, is its location and ever-expanding community of American expats. Retirees can not only enjoy the comforts of home, but they can also return to visit their families at the drop of a hat.

Whether you're planning on retiring in Europe, Asia or South America, your freight forwarder can help you get there. With their help, you can rest assured all of your personal affects and commodities can come along with you safely and securely, so you won't have to worry about leaving anything behind.


Topics: International Relocation, Freight forwarding, Freight Forwarder, Recent Blog Posts, Retiring Abroad

Melissa Morr

Written by Melissa Morr

Melissa Morr is the manager of corporate relocation and private relocation at Accelerated International Forwarders. She leads the team of international coordinators and is involved in all international moving services for both corporate and private relocation. She has worked within the industry for 31 year, including employment at North American International, Allied Special Products, Prudential Relocation, and Brookfield Global Relocation Services.

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