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While waiting for the new board to open, I came across this article on best countries to retire to. Lots of detailed info if you click on the links in the overview.

https://www.investopedia.com/retirement/best-countries-to-re...

Just finished reading through Costa Rica and happy to say that this article appears to be ad free and without any goal of selling you something.

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Thanks for sharing, some really odd inclusions on the extended list:

Nicaragua - 2/3rds of the country lives in abject poverty, a shoddy healthcare system, and political instability would suggest to me that it would deter retirees but I guess not.

Japan - I've always heard that Japan was very expensive so it seems very strange that a large number SS recipients would be moving there.

Canada/UK/Germany - all seem odd destinations as well due to climate - especially when one could move to any number of cities and states in America and have much the same experience - and they are not known for being exceptionally cheaper places to live when compared to other potential destinations.


CR and Panama remain my two likely targets. Maybe Belize too. I would like to explore some potential South Pacific possibilities but I just don't think I could move that far away from my kids.
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CR and Panama remain my two likely targets. Maybe Belize too. I would like to explore some potential South Pacific possibilities but I just don't think I could move that far away from my kids.

I see myself more as a serial adventurer. 6 months here, 6 months there...wherever there is. I like being American, but love to explore residency elsewhere too and see places like the locals do. I very much appreciate having that freedom!

IP,
thinking that house exchanges would be a good area to pursue as well
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As cheap as some destinations are, I could easily see a person doing a 6 and 6 or even a 3/3/3 month rotation.

I don't know much about house exchanges. Is there a good site for such? Might be pretty cool to option to explore.
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I don't know much about house exchanges. Is there a good site for such? Might be pretty cool to option to explore.

There are sites for house swaps and for house sitting, where you take care of pets, plants and act as a live presence to provide security. Met someone doing that around here, traveling from CO to VA, IIRC. We've never done it but it sounds like a great way to go.

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I see myself more as a serial adventurer. 6 months here, 6 months there...wherever there is. I like being American, but love to explore residency elsewhere too and see places like the locals do. I very much appreciate having that freedom!

Me too, especially since I am now medicare age and can take advantage of living in US part of the time.

I've been going to Costa Rica every 6 months for the last 4 years. Your best info is accessed thru Facebook "Expat" pages. Yeah, I know, you NEVER USE FACEBOOK YECK PATOOIE, but that is where you will find good current info. I guess a lot of Expats get stuck in the jungle up at the end of a road and don't have much to do.

Facebook groups (some of them that have been very useful to me):
Gringo Expats in Costa Rica—No Advertising
Costa Rica for Expats
Expatriates in Costa Rica
Expats in Costa Rica
(there are a million more for more specific locations)

Frankly, from what I think, Costa Rica full-time is for Type B personalities. I see the people that like it the most are those that are coming from rural areas in US and Canada and want to continue that lifestyle. They say 80% of Expats go home after 2 years. They also say the reason long-time expats go home is because of family or medical needs. Costa Rica has good medical and dental, but the US trumps everything for really special care needs.
Please don't ask me more about this, go to one of the Expat Facebook sights and do a search or ask there.

Did I also say I have ADHD and am Type A personality. I go to Costa Rica because of the warm water surfing and the dancing. I don't hang out with any Gringos down there. They aren't my type of people in the US, so same goes for down there. Not sure where my journey is going to take me, I retire in 2 weeks. I also have a potential traveling companion and more. She is going with me to Costa Rica for 2 weeks in August. Because she is a bit younger than me and still needs to work I might have to modify what my world traveling is going to be about. Hopefully, my retirement benefits from pension and ss and all the money I made listening to Motley Fool people will allow my new companion to not have to work.
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A couple long-timers in the Facebook Expats groups talk about maybe Mexico.
One really smart couple said if they had it to do over again they might pick Columbia.
Anyway, one gets a much better view of the reality when talking to people that already live there.

Ideally for me? If I could give up the dancing (250 dances a month for Portland), the hiking in the Northwest, the bike lanes and trails, and the really near skiing (they are going to put a Gondola up to the top of Mt Hood), I would live in either Texas or Florida and spend big part of the year in Costa Rica. A flight from Florida is only a couple hours, less than most places in the US to the US. Texas a little longer but both states are super retirement income friendly.

Costa Rica has a plethora of climates. Many gravitate to the beach: hot and humid and air con is expensive. Just as many try that and then move to the Central Valley (around San Jose) where you sleep with the windows open and don't need air con or heat.
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There are sites for house swaps and for house sitting, where you take care of pets, plants and act as a live presence to provide security. Met someone doing that around here, traveling from CO to VA, IIRC. We've never done it but it sounds like a great way to go.

Sounds like a nightmare-in-waiting to me. Unless you know the people well, or they are relatives that you know. The question I would have is "If you are willing & able to live in my house, why? Don't you have a residence of your own to life in?"
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Sounds like a nightmare-in-waiting to me. Unless you know the people well, or they are relatives that you know. The question I would have is "If you are willing & able to live in my house, why? Don't you have a residence of your own to life in?"

People pass background checks. For the past 20 years I've vacationed by renting out vacation homes. Hate hotels. Way nicer having a home at your disposal than living in a hotel room.

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