Have you finally neared your retirement? You have probably wondered sometimes where it would be nice to spend that life phase. Your kids are long gone from the nest, with their own homes and nucleus families to tend to. Sure, visiting your grandchildren or having them over every so often is great, but what about you? Do you have any desires and wishes of your own, together with your life partners? Maybe you really wish you had gone abroad as a student. Perhaps you worked abroad for a year and would love to go back to, say, Spain or Australia, wherever it was. Or maybe you just feel that the world is so vast, it would be a shame to spend the rest of your life in one same place you’ve lived for the past decades. Whatever it is in your case, here are our suggestions of great locations to spend your retirement. Read carefully, consider the requirements, and then… enjoy!
Malta is tiny, but in no way boring. This Mediterranean island will make you feel as if you’re on vacation non-stop! The beautiful climate and an abundance of things to do that are suitable for people enjoying retirement – such as fishing, touring museums, wine tasting – make Malta a great destination to live in. Another advantage of Malta is the low cost of living in comparison with most other Western European countries.
Portugal is an excellent destination for vacationing and living alike. While Algarve, the southwest region, has more sunny days than anywhere else in Europe, Lisbon offers the feels of a bigger city. Whatever you opt for in Portugal, you won’t err. Portugal is known for its warm weather, wonderful wine, and land and water activities (think golfing or snorkelling). It’s also quite affordable – in fact, living in Portugal would cost you about 30 per cent lower than in any other country in the region. Besides, Portugal has good health care, low crime rates and low prices. It’s definitely a score.
Australia might just be the one perfect country in the world, with high economic prospects, low crime, good laws, and wonderful climate. Sure, you get to experience all four seasons in some areas, but windy and rainy winters in Melbourne are still a better choice than harsh snowstorms for some. And if you’d like a more tropical setting, you can opt for Cairns. Expats coming to Australia are usually worried about spiders and other venomous creatures, but the truth is you won’t see much of those. All in all, living in Australia is a very laid back experience, one everybody overworked and overstressed should try. Let’s not forget kangaroos and koalas that will definitely appeal to your grandchildren when they come to visit you! If you’re considering Australia to be your home, you should find reliable migration agents that will help you with the paperwork and make the relocation process as smooth as possible.
Italy is a dream for those who enjoy life and come retirement, you’re allowed to take your time and appreciate everything you’d been dreaming of during your work weeks of 40, 50 or more hours! Warm climate, a lot of history, the most delicious food and wine and fresh olive oil are just some of the reasons why so many seniors flock in Italy. Avoid cities like Rome and Milan, but opt for villages instead. Fresh air and lovely landscapes will take a while to get used to, and then you’ll never want to leave. But be prepared to learn at least basic Italian, as it’s not common for residents of villages to speak English.
You might not have expected to see this tiny European country known for being the home country of the US first lady Melania Trump. But this is an injustice towards Slovenia, for it deserves to be recognised for its beauty and other features, all very appealing to seniors looking to relocate to a new location that offers high quality of life. Slovenia is full of activities for those of you on the adventurous side: you can go alpine climbing, kayaking, zip lining, golfing, and more! Come winter, get ready for sledding, snowshoeing, alpine skiing, all followed by a warm drink while enjoying the view of Slovenian Alps. Added bonus: living in Slovenia is quite affordable!
When it comes to deciding where to relocate and turn your whole world upside down, there are many factors to consider, and a lot of work to be done, researching, asking, checking. Thanks to the internet and social media, this has never been easier. If you start now, you might be somewhere else in a year, sipping a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and enjoying your new home. Good luck finding the perfect place tailored to your needs!
This guest post was graciously provided by Daniel Brown. Daniel a freelance writer from Sydney. Exploring the limits of our self-growth through overcoming various challenges and striving to become better versions of ourselves are his passions.