There are a lot of things that you need to keep in mind when you start planning out your retirement. The first question that you have to answer is the location that you want to retire to if you could retire anywhere in the world. You see, retiring internationally is a smart choice for those who don’t have that much money for their retirement yet plan to find a location that has a better purchasing power parity (relative to their own funds).
On the other hand, this shouldn’t be your only motivation for retiring internationally. Sometimes there’s a place that you’ve always wanted to live at but never had the privilege of leaving everything behind. In your retirement, you can say that you’ve done your due and that now you are no longer bound by duties or responsibilities that you previously had to abide by. All in all, here are several tips to help you plan out your retirement, as well as where you can retire to.
1. Figure out your budget
When it comes to traveling in retirement, this is something that will be greatly determined by your budget. Keep in mind, nonetheless, that unlike with regular travel, you probably have no source of income to refill your budget once you start spending. This is why, if you plan to travel in your retirement, you might want to cut some of your voyages a tad shorter in order to make a rational financial decision. Also, you need to consider whether you should finance the rest of your family while in retirement.
2. Do you need some special care?
There are some people who have special needs due to their mobility, illnesses or condition. You see, a lot of people in their old age have a problem when it comes to taking care of themselves. This means that they may need help with personal care, meal preparation, nursing and even domestic assistance. For these people, the only sensible solution is to look for a retirement home care plan that provides all of these services. Nonetheless, seeing as how these retirement centers aren’t that rare, after all, it’s still possible for you to pick both the facility and the location in question.
3. Is there a particular reason to determine your location?
Keep in mind that while traveling is the ultimate goal, there may be other factors that will determine your place of living. Let’s say that you have a large family that you want to be close to. You may have kids who would love to be able to help you out. The opposite may also be the case and you may want to help them out by babysitting their kids from time to time. Then, there are those who want to just get away as far as possible from everything they know. All in all, any of these things may determine your place of residence.
4. Best places to retire
Previously, we’ve talked about retiring internationally and, when doing so, it’s important that you consider just how retirement-friendly the location in question is. The best thing is that you can find an ideal location to retire to on every continent. For instance, in Australia, Adelaide is seen as the ultimate retiree-friendly place, while in North America, this title goes to British Columbia. In other words, even if you do plan to go somewhere far, you can still remain in relative vicinity, so that you can take a flight back home if the need arises. All in all, you have so many options.
5. Stay in touch
One of the biggest problems with retiring far away from your social circle lies in the fact that it’s so easy for you to fall off the radar. This can be a concern for a number of reasons, mostly concerning your health and wellbeing. Just think about slipping and falling in a tub and being unable to get out on your own. Without having someone to check in on you, this simple trip could have a nasty end. This is why, even if you go half-the-world away, it’s smart to stay in touch. This is also the reason why you need to A) travel in a group and B) pay one more consideration to the idea of finding a retirement home with specialized care.
In the end, you need to consider what your retirement options are and be completely honest and realistic about what you can, should and want to do. Keep in mind that while your retirement is the place where you can pursue some passions that you’ve denied yourself so far (due to the lack of free time or resources), there are still numerous logistical limitations to what you can do. Nonetheless, those who prepare for this in time might just find that where there’s a will, there’s always a way.