Living abroad as a senior: where to go and how to do it
After retiring from a life-long career, it can be difficult to remember that you have the world at your feet. Although many seniors make traveling a priority after retiring, you might not be considering the benefits of living abroad. In fact, the United States might not be the best place to support your decisions as you age. In fact, the United States scores rather poorly for retirement on an international scale. Whether you want to see the world, you’re moving to be closer to international family, or you simply crave a change of pace in retirement, here are some of the best places to consider for living abroad as a senior.
Portugal offers a very mild climate, access verdant mountains, golden beaches, rolling farmland, small medieval villages, and a low cost of living. One of the best benefits of living in Portugal in retirement is that many native Portuguese also speak English, making the transition to this country much easier for a senior citizen.
Living in Portugal is also about 30% less expensive than living in the United States, with the cost of rent being 50% less expensive.
Because Portugal is also Mediterranean, the diet here is reliant on fresh fruits and veggies, as well as whole grains, and lots of wine. Lastly, the Portuguese are known for being very friendly and welcoming retirees with open arms.