Moving to another country after retirement. Here’s how


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Spending your retirement years in a place you love is one of the greatest joys of life. After all that hard work you deserve to do whatever you, in a place that you truly like. But it’s not only roses and red wine. You also have to be very skilled in planning in order to spend your days happily.

Whether you’re looking for the cheapest country to live in, or you’ve saved up your entire life to live a more luxurious during your retirement, one thing will always stand true, and that’s you need to thoroughly research everything before choosing where to move.

Of course, this will be unique to your case, so no guide on the internet will do the job for you. You will have to get crafty, but at the very least we can give you some guiding tips on how to choose the country you’re moving to (or what to research about the one that you already chose).

So, from researching healthcare, to hiring someone to help you calculate if you can afford to live in your country of choice, let’s get this started, as we have a lot to cover.

Make sure you do thorough research on the affordability of healthcare in the country of choice.

One of the most important things, as you grow old, is to have great healthcare. And when you’re moving countries, researching how expensive and the quality of the healthcare that you can receive is of utmost importance.

While you can read a lot online, one of the best ways that you can find out how good the healthcare system in your country of choice is to join an ex-pat Facebook group, or just speak with someone who lives in that country.

And if you have any specific health-related complications that you want to be sure you will receive the proper healthcare, then make sure to speak with a professional on the matter.

Can you practice your hobbies when you move? Take that into consideration.

We’re pretty sure you know how to have a good time and how to fill up your free time. With that said, when you’re moving to another country, state, or even another continent you have to be sure you can take your hobbies with you.

With that said, it’s not that hard to find out how popular your hobby is in the country you’ve chosen to relocate and spend your retirement years.

Just google what you love to do, followed by the country you’ve chosen and start reading. You can also see if there are any Facebook groups that you can join as well.

Make sure you like the local culture before you move.

And while we’re on the topic of hobbies, we also kind of have to talk about the cultural aspect.

Because you may like the country, but it’s the culture that you fall in love with. Maybe it’s similar to where you lived, but maybe it’s totally different, and that’s why you love it so much.

But if you haven’t ever spent more than a week in a country, then it may be a great idea if you do a test run. Rent out an Airbnb for a month or two and just try to blend in with the locals. See if you enjoy how people live there. Is it something that you see yourself enjoying for probably the rest of your life?

What visa would you need to move to the country of choice?

But you will also have to figure out some legal aspects of moving to a country abroad as well. Mainly, do you need a visa to move there?

Different countries will have different requirements. Some will require you to have a visa, others won’t, and it’s up to you to do the research, schedule potential interviews, and prepare any paperwork as necessary.

It’s best to hire a professional to help you with this process of gathering the documents you’ll need, and for clarity purposes, you can speak with someone who has made the same move as you have.

Can you afford to live in that country without working?

And finally, the last thing is to figure out if you can afford to live in the country you have chosen. But it’s not like the last thing you should do, and it’s just the last thing on this list.

In fact, figuring out if you can afford to live your retirement years comfortably in a country is the first thing that you have to do. That way, you can start planning the move, figure out what property you can rent or purchase, and start making plans for your future life.

Moving countries is never easy. In fact, it’s one of the biggest changes you can ever do. But it’s so worth it. You get to make new friends, make new memories, and enjoy life a bit more.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a husband, father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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