Whether you’re about to retire or you’re just thinking ahead for the future, it’s always good to have a destination in mind when it comes to retirement. Where you retire will dictate a lot about your everyday life, so it’s not a decision that should be made lightly. Many Americans are forgoing the classic go-to plan of retiring to Florida and are looking to move outside of the United States for retirement. Lots of people are taking cost into consideration, but most of all, there’s a great sense of adventure when it comes to retiring in a country that’s new to you. Here are some fantastic choices
Located in southwestern Spain, Bordeaux is a wonderful destination that has mild winters and warm summers. Located along the Garonne River, it’s well known for its wineries. Bordeaux has so much to offer with endless public parks, restaurants, museums, galleries, concert halls, outdoor markets, cafes, and nightlife to enjoy.
Budapest is a fantastic choice for many reasons: affordable cost of living, incredible restaurants, gorgeous historic buildings, thermal baths, and friendly locals. All of these inviting reasons are the reason why the city is becoming so popular for Americans and Europeans alike. If you compare the city to New York City, its cost of living is 53% lower, with rent being 83% lower than the Big Apple.
Another underrated destination for both vacation and retirement is Split, Croatia. The country sits on 3600 miles of coastlines with mild winters and long, warm and sunny summers. Split is Croatia’s second largest city and is the site of the palace of Roman emperor Diocletian, whose ruins have been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are many English speaking residents, cultural events, restaurants, and bars to keep you constantly entertained.
Valletta is the capital of the tiny country of Malta, which is made up of three islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Located just 60 miles south of Sicily, it is built of high ground on a rugged coastline. Although it is pretty small, it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site with architecture from the 16th century and rich history. Not to mention, the food here is absolutely incredible.
The historic town of Kinsale is located in the southern cost of Ireland. Full of beaches, marinas, fishing, diving, and a yacht club, this is the perfect destination for those who enjoy spending time outdoors. It’s also a great spot for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, or simply walking around the pretty town. There’s also a gorgeous gold course called Old Head nearby.