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Old 12-01-2011, 09:14 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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There are many benefits and advantages of retiring overseas. Launching a new life in a new country at this stage of your life can mean better weather, new adventures and opportunities, and new friends. You can realize the beach life you've dreamed of for decades and sometimes even realize some significant tax savings by relocating overseas.

6 Affordable Places to Retire Abroad in 2012 - Yahoo! Finance

Some of these places are worth looking into, if for no other reason, the much cheaper cost of health care.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Another list made by 1st year journalism students who have never been to any of the places.

Write when you get there
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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There are many benefits and advantages of retiring overseas. Launching a new life in a new country at this stage of your life can mean better weather, new adventures and opportunities, and new friends. You can realize the beach life you've dreamed of for decades and sometimes even realize some significant tax savings by relocating overseas.

6 Affordable Places to Retire Abroad in 2012 - Yahoo! Finance

Some of these places are worth looking into, if for no other reason, the much cheaper cost of health care.
Unfortunately, they all sound perfectly awful. Sure, if you want to live in a tiny apartment, eat seeds and nuts and go to the beach every day, go for it. I appreciate all America and its states has to offer. Stuck in a country where I wouldn't know the language, the cuisine, the politics, or any people would be a nightmare for me. And just for cheaper health care??
I don't think so. This is just my opinion and you can dispute it any way you choose. Give me the Red,White and Blue.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Unfortunately, they all sound perfectly awful. Sure, if you want to live in a tiny apartment, eat seeds and nuts and go to the beach every day, go for it. I appreciate all America and its states has to offer. Stuck in a country where I wouldn't know the language, the cuisine, the politics, or any people would be a nightmare for me. And just for cheaper health care??
I don't think so. This is just my opinion and you can dispute it any way you choose. Give me the Red,White and Blue.
Living in another country isn't for everyone, but I know a few people who do, and really like it.

I guess if we were all headed in the same direction we'd bump into each other trying to get there.
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I know people in Cuenca, and have visited there myself. I plan on retiring there in about five years. The city is in the Andes, about three thousand meters high. Weather is consistently good year around: never too hot or too cold. For a city of about half a million people, it has a very cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Transportation is efficient and inexpensive. You can rent a 2-3 bedroom, fully furnished luxury apartment downtown for about $800 per month. The public healthcare system is slow and not very good. However, the private health care system is quite good, with physicians trained in The USA, Cuba, Chile, and Argentina readily available. Private health insurance will cost you from $20-100 a month. Another positive for US citizens is that the official currency in Ecuador is The US Dollar.

There are some negatives: Automobiles, appliances, and electronics are very expensive; Cuenca is fairly isolated from other cities; severe earthquakes have historically occurred in the region; and Ecuador is pretty much of a cash-based society, making large purchases a bit awkward.

Overall, I'm looking forward to moving there.
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:21 PM
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Location: Cody, WY
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What languages do you speak, read, and write fluently? Are you ready to learn a new one? Forget an English speaking colony. Think of people here who don't speak English.

Do you enjoy hot, humid weather for most or all of the year?

Do you enjoy an alien culture on a permanent basis?

Do you enjoy being treated as an outsider, probably distrusted and despised?

Would you miss the political freedoms we take for granted in the US and other first world countries?

All of the places mentioned would have two or more of these problems unless you have been a long term resident or are native to the place.

I read and write fluent French. My speaking and comprehension are rough but I'd be OK in a few months. But where would I go? Nice probably has the nicest weather in the world but it's hardly a bargain if I wish to live the way I do here. In fact, the cost would be astronomical. What does Quebec offer that I don't have now?

I don't really have any desire to live in a miserable climate. The French seem to have colonized the creme de la creme of the world's hellholes. Would you like to live in Haiti or Chad? Would you even like to vacation in either?

Unless an individual is very wealthy (I don't mean a few million) the US is the best place for most Americans; it provides the most bang for the buck.

I'm not being patriotic; I'm being practical.
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Old 12-02-2011, 02:41 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Our medical insurance would not cover us if we moved to a foreign country so not an option for us.
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:51 AM
 
Location: cavite philippines
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well let me add some to it,at the moment i live in cavite philippines i live in a two story home two bathrooms walled in yard area,club pool right across the street,guarded community controoled enviorenment and rent is less than two hundred a month dues are 25.00 bring tthe total to nine thousand pesos a month about 210.00 all floors are ceramic clean area nice house,you can hire a maid for another 150.00 a month and live in the pool daily if you wish. dr visits are about 20.00 here,and as long as you now the medication name and dose you can generally go to a pharmacy and get almost any med you need except class three narcotics and morphine,imported medications are expensive and at times places run out of them and then prices drastically increase to get them for awhile,so stock piling needed meds is advised in the philippines,and retaining medical insurance isnt really needed,but if you go back to your country you may have trouble getting it back right. so i am outside of manila about fourty miles,the heavy traffic isnt as bad here,but city ways are not here either,you have to pick and choose what you buy well,and shop a good stores for your food and monthly trips to club shopping sotres are advised on 1600 a month here you can really live like a king and still splurge for two people easily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:04 AM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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It is a conspiracy to get rid of us 'fogies'; a conspiracy I tell you!
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Our medical insurance would not cover us if we moved to a foreign country so not an option for us.
and visa versa,,,

I have no options for Healthcare insurance (downsized 6 wks before retirement, and 15 yrs away from Medicare) so I MUST move to a foreign country. (and yes their is an active conspiracy to get rid of folks that need healthcare... in the case of several of my middle class USA friends who lost their jobs / healthcare insurance; that option led to death and spousal impoverishment.. (staying in the USA w/o healthcare insurance).

(I have already looked into 3 of the places on the list, but THAT list is pretty bogus.)
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