In which country / city would you like to retire?

I found this story a couple of weeks ago. They recommend retiring in one of the following:

1. Medellin, Colombia – $1,500 a month
2. Dubrovnik, Croatia – $2,700 a month
3. Salinas, Ecuador – $1,500 a month
4. George Town, Malaysia – $1,500 a month
5. Bilbao, Spain – $3,500 a month
6. Coronado, Panama – $1,300 a month
7. Galway, Ireland – $2,500 a month
8. Tlaxcala, Mexico – live modestly on $1,500 a month and very comfortably on $2,500

My first wish, would be one of the European cities. Galway would be great for the English speakers and so I could learn something of my Irish heritage. And while it’s not too far from Dublin, Galway would have to be less convenient that Croatia or Spain for visiting other European cities. Croatia, being more affordable than Spain might be my first choice amongst the European recommendations.

I know so little about Colombia and Panama that I’d want to do some traveling around there before even thinking about retiring there. But moving there for a year to check things out? That I could do. All I know about Ecuador is that I’m very jealous of a friend who works on the Gal├ípagos Islands. Another place I’d have to visit before I could consider living there. Mexico, we’ve talked about on this blog, just not the particular city Tlaxcala. And while I remember a few details of the various places featured here, I don’t feel I have an overview of the country and I wonder how easy it would be to access other cool places. In Europe, I know I can just take the train to lots of cool places. In Mexico, I’m not so sure.

Malaysia, I know I like. Finding English speakers was easy enough. It’s cheap. But it wasn’t stress-free, particularly the taxis. And visiting another country is not going to be as simple as it would be in Europe.

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  1. Sharon says:

    Back in 2007 I wrote an article on Ajijic, Mexico for this blog. Ajijic on the shores of Lake Chapala not far from Guadalajara is not nearly as touristy as Cozumel, Cancun, etc. It has become somewhat more Americanized in the past 10 years with the expats who have relocated here, but it is still a good choice for retirement. Hopefully, it will keep the quaint village atmosphere that is so appealing.

  2. Mark says:

    I agree, Sharon. Places like Cozumel and Playa Del Carmen are definitely touristy destinations, but gorgeous nonetheless. Interesting article – I need to start saving!

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