To rove or retire offshore is an exciting and challenging experience ... although at times also a bit daunting, frustrating and confusing!
Stretched out of your comfort zone. Having to communicate in a new language, using unfamiliar apps, navigating unfamiliar places, adopting and integrating into a new culture and eating different food. Added to all these the other unexpected challenges!
So why do it? What is the payback? Is the travelling or move off to some way off exotic location really worth it?
It must be. For a host of reasons, more and more people are making this decision:
So ... there's a real mix of reasons!
For us, our children are living scattered all over the world. In the UK, US, Australia and the Middle and Far East. Having adopted the nomadic character of their forebears spreading their horizons, seeking to find better opportunities.
However, our rising concerns about the future of South Africa, and departed children have unearthed a new and exciting solution. Opening our eyes to look at the possibilities to rove or retire to other countries.
In the past retirement lifestyles were more staid. There was no reason to consider moving ... but that's all changing.
Many Americans are looking to South and Central America as a convenient destination. With the many discounted and convenient flights to destinations around the world it's easy to get anywhere.
Either proactively, or in response, a number of South and Central American countries are providing incentives to retirees. Seeing them as a source of expertise and income.
Countries like Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile and Mexico have already seen lots of interest and they're making it as attractive as possible for retirees to visit or retire offshore.
While for Europeans, and a growing number of Americans, there is a growing interest in various European countries like France, Greece, Portugal and Spain. Who with their debt problems should welcome some self-sufficient foreign nomads.
The islands of Malta and Cyprus are attractive retirement destinations as they have large English speaking populations and attractively low tax rates.
If you are looking to retire or rove to a foreign country Asia may be your choice. There is growing demand for information for countries such as Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
All of these Asian options offer many alluring and uique experiences with a very low cost of living. They are also the centre of a vibrant and thriving economic area.
If you are looking for a bit more risk and challenges, but wonderful game parks, wide open spaces and opportunities for volunteering then somewhere in Africa may be your choice.
As you work through your retirement planner you should seriously consider these options as they could transform a potentially hum drum retirement into an exciting and invigorating adventure.
On a mission to help others expand their horizons. Who knows where they can end? Passionate about learning and embracing the changing world. Adventurous and skeptical but optimistic!