2016 Top Places To Retire Abroad

Sharon  @GoodMigrations

Our friends at International Living started 35 years ago with a mission to educate people about the possibilities of a life overseas. For much of their history they’ve been publishing a retirement index of the best locations to retire abroad. This annual index measures important categories in each country, such as the cost of Buying or Renting, Entertainment & Amenities, Healthcare, Climate, and Infrastructure, among others, to arrive at a list of recommendations. While this index is focused on retiring abroad, it could just as easily apply for people of any age looking for a change of lifestyle.

We’ve highlighted the top scoring country for each category below.

Buying & Renting
First place: Ecuador (Score of 100/100)
Retire abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador. Photo by Jonathan Hood.Cuenca, Ecuador. Photo by Jonathan Hood.
This category looks at the affordability of buying or renting a home. Rentals in the colonial city of Cuenca can be found for $500 and in the capital, Quito, you can find apartments for under $1,000.
Second place: Nicaragua (96/100)

Benefits & Discounts

First Place: Panama (100/100)
Retire abroad in Panama City, Panama. Photo by Peppo Palomino AragonPanama City, Panama. Photo by Peppo Palomino Aragon.
This category is applicable only to retiring abroad since it considers what discounts retirees are eligible for in each country. In Panama, significant discounts are available on entertainment, electricity, restaurants, airline tickets, and  healthcare…but only if you’re on the pensionado visa and getting a pension of at least $1,000 per month.
Second place: Ecuador (99/100 Read more…


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