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Old 04-19-2016, 01:27 PM
 
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If I retired overseas, I would miss the following in America:

Movie Theatres
Large Shopping Centers
Golf Courses
Libraries
Bowling Alleys
Nice Parks with trails
Ability to get in my car and drive to all kinds of interesting places
Great Healthcare
Fast and reliable Internet
Adult Education classes
Those things you will find and can do in every developed country.


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A common language that most people speak, that I do too!
American Cable TV
If you don't want to integrate into a foreign culture, then you should never move overseas.


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All the great restaurants (Including fast casual American chains they don't have overseas)
You will discover great food from other countries.


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To me, I would have to save thousands of dollars to give up those things!
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Old 04-19-2016, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Yes, there are places in the world so remote there are differences in the amenities available. But there are places that remote in the US too and most would not want to live there either.

A city is a city. Here, there, everywhere. There are some cultural differences and there is a lot of 'older' buildings because they respect their history where, here, we tend to tear it down because Americans generally want everything new, bright, and shiny. But it's all doable.

The rest of the world generally has better medical care than the US. Universal healthcare is just that and available all over the developed world. The US is the only exception. Many countries allow you to buy into their healthcare system when you get a resident visa. The expense is similar to Medicare. And it covers everything. There are about 700K medical bankruptcies in the US every year. People in other countries don't understand this because it never happens where they live.

I can and have lived all over. And like KEVXU, I could be quite happy almost anywhere. Portugal sounds interesting and I have visited but never lived there. I have lived next door in Spain though. On the Costa Blanco in Santa Pola. The closest major city was Alicante. I could walk to the beach!
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Old 04-20-2016, 01:07 PM
 
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If I retired overseas, I would miss the following in America:

Movie Theatres
Large Shopping Centers
Golf Courses
Libraries
Bowling Alleys
Nice Parks with trails
A common language that most people speak, that I do too!
Ability to get in my car and drive to all kinds of interesting places
All the great restaurants (Including fast casual American chains they don't have overseas)
Great Healthcare
American Cable TV
Fast and reliable Internet
Adult Education classes

To me, I would have to save thousands of dollars to give up those things!
I'm sorry, but this post is almost terrifyingly ignorant.
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Old 04-20-2016, 04:38 PM
 
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I wouldn't say ignorant...probably applies to many many people that don't like/want change in their everyday life. Depending on where you go and where you're currently located in the US - a lot of that may apply. There are work arounds and substitutions, but some folks just like how things are done here.
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Old 04-20-2016, 09:10 PM
 
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I wouldn't say ignorant...probably applies to many many people that don't like/want change in their everyday life.
It sounds pretty ignorant. I want to live in a country where the majority of people speak English, but it's cheap. I hate to say that the Anglophone nations (Australia, Canada, UK, New Zealand) are not cheap.

You miss fast casual dining? I lived in Mexico for six months and the last thing you miss is fast food as the native cuisine is amazing. Besides it is there if you want it, in particular Subways are everywhere in the world.

Try some crunchy grasshoppers in Oaxaca!

COMPANY/CHAIN NAME 2014 U.S. SYSTEMWIDE SALES (MILLIONS)
1 McDonald's $35,447.0
2 Starbucks * 1 $12,688.9
3 Subway * $11,900.0
4 Burger King * $8,640.1
5 Wendy's * $8,512.8
6 Taco Bell 2 $8,200.0
7 Dunkin' Donuts * $7,175.0
8 Chick-fil-A $5,782.2
9 Pizza Hut 2 $5,500.0
10 Panera Bread $4,500.0
11 KFC 2 $4,200.0
12 Domino's $4,100.0
13 Sonic Drive-In * $4,099.4
14 Chipotle * $4,049.1
15 Carl's Jr./Hardee's $3,569.7
16 Little Caesars * $3,231.9
17 Dairy Queen $3,210.0
18 Arby's $3,200.0
19 Jack in the Box $3,179.8
20 Papa John's * $2,673.9
21 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen * $2,433.6
22 Panda Express $2,246.4
23 Whataburger $1,801.1
24 Jimmy John's $1,756.7
25 Zaxby's $1,257.5
26 Five Guys $1,208.3
27 Culver's $1,035.7
28 Bojangles' $1,033.2
29 Steak 'n Shake $955.8
30 Church's Chicken $861.3
31 Papa Murphy's $849.7
32 El Pollo Loco $723.0
33 Checkers/Rally's * $717.2
34 Wingstop $678.8
35 Qdoba $669.4
36 Krispy Kreme * 3 $659.6
37 Del Taco $656.1
38 White Castle $653.5
39 Tim Hortons * $636.5
40 Jason's Deli $615.5
41 Boston Market $602.0
42 In-n-Out Burger * $584.6
43 Moe's Southwest Grill $571.3
44 Long John Silver's $555.1
45 Firehouse Subs $552.4
46 Baskin-Robbins * $544.0
47 Jersey Mike's Subs * $525.0
48 Jamba Juice * $512.7
49 Captain D's $499.9
50 Einstein Bros. Bagels $496.0
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Old 04-20-2016, 10:11 PM
 
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I am at a point in my life that I am considering my options for my twilight years.

And one of those is to retire in a foreign country.

It is most definitely cheaper living in a foreign country and many articles have been posted on the internet about the best places to retire for cheaper.

And by cheaper, that doesn't mean living in extreme poverty or having no access to modern amenities and foods/restaurants from back home. I'm talking nice apartment, available and efficient public transportation, delicious foods, relatively safe, etc.

I get the impression that some people, for whatever unknown reason, equate living in foreign countries as that of one of two extremes, living in poverty with no access to electricity or modern conveniences, or having to spend just as much or more than retiring in your own country. Both absolutely incorrect.

I'm thinking of a few Latin American or Asian countries.
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:00 AM
 
Location: USA
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I would have to think that a lot of Americans who retire overseas are relatively wealthy to begin with.
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Old 04-22-2016, 11:46 AM
 
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I would have to think that a lot of Americans who retire overseas are relatively wealthy to begin with.
And a lot are not. I watch a lot of ex-pat YouTube videos from the Philippines and Thailand and it seems to me that a lord of the ex-pats are folks with limited resources other than a small government pension who are looking for a way to live cheaply.


If you are looking at shows like House Hunters International, you would get the impression that most ex-pats have millions.
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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If you are looking at shows like House Hunters International, you would get the impression that most ex-pats have millions.
That's true of every House Hunters show. "Brian and Tammy are 20 year old newlyweds, shopping for their first home. Brian works as an auto mechanic, and Tammy is an elementary school teacher. With a budget of 2.3 million, they are hoping to find a property of at least 8,000 finished square feet."

I suspect only the language and culture barriers keep more retirees from moving overseas. It's a very effective way of stretching a limited budget, if you pick the right country.
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Old 04-22-2016, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Florida and New England
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Anyone considering moving abroad should be aware of political actions in the US to limit retirement payments (pensions, social security, medicare/ medicaid) to people not domiciled within the US or even (for state or local pension payments) within certain states.

As budgets contract, lawmakers will look for the low-hanging fruit to cut, and people domiciled abroad will be likely among those cut.
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