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If you have read my blog “Why people spend on annual holidays rather than save for their retirement” you will know that many people in retirement would like to relax, savour life, and enjoy the fruits of a lifetime of labour. Therefore, many people plan to retire abroad… and here’s why!

Why would people want to retire abroad?

1. Weather

Why spend your golden years in cold weather? Exotic locations like Bali and Thailand offer sun nearly every day, with white sand and blue water nearby. Closer to home, Spain, France and Portugal are very popular warm-weather destinations housing over 1 million retired Brits.

2. Change in lifestyle

You’ve worked hard your whole life, so you may want to take the opportunity to slow down in retirement. Many retirees want to move to locations that offer a completely different pace than what they’ve been accustomed to. City dwellers may want to try a more rural setting, while suburban retirees may want to try life in a major metropolis. The option to retire abroad gives you a chance to completely change the way you live.

3. Less expensive property

Many overseas destinations offer less expensive housing than is found in major European cities. In particular, southeast Asia and certain islands in the Bahamas offer homes near the beach at very reasonable prices.

4. Less expensive health care

Many countries offer health care at rates significantly lower than those found in many European countries. This can be very important to retirees, especially those who are dealing with chronic medical issues. Bermuda is a popular choice because health care is virtually free on the island.

5. Taxes

Many retirees move overseas to escape high tax rates in the EU. When you’re living on a fixed income, it’s important to reduce costs in any way you can. Taxes are often one of the biggest expenses that retirees face, but they may be significantly reduced by moving to a more tax-friendly country.

Moving overseas

While the idea may be an attractive option to retire abroad, you should plan carefully, especially from a financial standpoint. A financial adviser who has experience working with retirees overseas can help you plan for all issues that may arise.

Those issues can include the cost of living. While moving to an overseas location may reduce day-to-day costs, it could also increase bigger-ticket items, like travel. All of the benefits of living in a less expensive country could be lost if you plan on travelling back and forth on a regular basis. The last thing you want to do is have to return to the job market in a new country after you have retired.

Currency exchange is another important factor to consider. Wild fluctuations in exchange rates can have a serious impact on your spending power in your new country. A financial adviser can recommend strategies to help smooth out those fluctuations and lock in rates.

Retiring abroad can be a great way to make the most of your golden years. However, it requires careful planning and continued monitoring even after you make the move.

Our Advice

Consulting with a financial adviser, in order to determine what you can afford and what potential risks there maybe along the way will help you to enjoy a financially secure retirement to the fullest.

About Mike Coady

Mike Coady is an expat expert based in Dubai and is on hand to help with all of the above and more.

Mike is an award-winning money coach and industry leader in the financial sector.

Qualified to UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) standards, a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Sales Professionals (FF.ISP), a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD) and featured as a highly qualified Financial Adviser in Which Financial Adviser.

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