“It doesn’t get much better than this.”
Those are the words that you should be uttering on the day you start your retirement. When you’re exactly where you want to be in life, those words come easy.
Deciding on the perfect place to call ‘home’ for your retirement can be tough, especially for new, foreign destinations.
Don’t worry, our relocation guide has a little something for everyone. Exotic locales, breezy little towns, low costs of living, and plenty of fellow retirees to befriend.
Relax, things only get easier from here. Here are our top five places in the world to retire.
1. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest has something for both the cultured classical connoisseur or the adventure-seeking party-goer. Choose to live humbly and comfortably or spend your time living in luxury.
That’s what makes Budapest so great, the wide range of lifestyles and people. Most apartments in Budapest are going to be higher than average on our relocation guide, though.
The trade-off here is access to amazing, historic locations, castles, parks, museums, theaters, and restaurants. If you’re someone who enjoys art and culture, this is the place for you.
2. Lyon, France
Wine, dine and don’t worry about spending all your dimes. Lyon is a culinary paradise that often gets overlooked. Tourists may flock to Paris, but retirees call this city home.
Apartments are only about $600, groceries are dirt-cheap at the markets, and modern amenities are available. No relocation guide is complete without a pick from France.
If you’re looking for plenty of great sites, peaceful communities, and exquisite cuisines, Lyon is for you.
3. Abruzzo, Italy
Similar to France, Italy is often perceived as unrealistic for budget-minded retirees. Abruzzo breaks the mold here, sitting between beautiful coasts and mountain tops.
The sleepy little town itself is quiet, affordable, and post-card quality. Rent is under a thousand per month, but modern utilities can be a bit pricey.
4. Grecia, Costa Rica
Lush, tropical, and beautiful vegetation dominates this great retiree getaway. Grecia is one of the most inexpensive places to live in Costa Rica, but still just as vibrant as San Jose.
The vibe is very chill, the people are beyond hospitable, and the food is soul-fulfilling. Enjoy peaceful living, world-class healthcare, and nature’s greatest wildlife.
5. Madrid, Spain
Although it is a major city in Spain, Madrid is surprisingly retirement-friendly. Plenty of expats to share delicious Spanish food, scenic parks and gardens, and exciting entertainment.
There’s no shortage of colour and passion on the streets of Madrid. You’ll fall in love with the markets aligning the streets. No-guilt shopping, as everything is super-affordable.
Moving from the UK to Spain is akin to swapping cultural palates, but keeping modern city trappings.
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