Many women in the Sixty and Me community dream of buying property abroad. Perhaps you imagine spending the best decades of your life on a vineyard in the south of Italy. Or, maybe you would prefer to own a small apartment in a high-rise building in Panama City.
When one of your parents had an accident at home, no matter how minor, did you have a minor panic attack? Have you noticed your kids asking you the same questions you asked your parents, with the same concern in their voices?
What do you do when you want something more and different than you’re getting in your home country? For an increasing number of 60+ women, the answer is to move overseas.
According to the data we collected through our website, Best Places in the World to Retire, there can be a better life out there, if you are willing to uproot and reinvent yourself as an expat in Belize, Nicaragua or Panama.
Let’s start with a simple question. Are baby boomers ready for retirement? In a word, no. If we define “retirement” as an extended period of living off of our savings, baby boomers are most definitely not ready for retirement. In fact, according to a report by Charles Schwab, 43% of baby boomers have saved less than $25,000 for retirement. That’s not small change, but, it’s insignificant compared to the cost of living over 20-30 years.
By now, you’ve probably already heard of Tim Ferriss, the author of the New York Times Best Seller “The Four Hour Workweek.” If so, you may have the impression that Tim Ferriss’ advice is mostly aimed at people in their 20s and 30s who want to quit their job and travel around the world.
Baby boomers have diverse opinions about what makes the “perfect retirement”. In fact, most of us aren’t planning on retiring at all, at least in a traditional sense. Instead, the majority of baby boomers say that they want to continue to work past retirement age, either in their existing job or by starting a new career. The rest are looking forward to taking a well-deserved break after decades in the workforce.
Most baby boomers dream of owning their home in retirement. Whether they plan on staying put or moving to a new country, they find the idea of owning their home “free and clear” extremely comforting.
On the surface, having a retirement age is a fantastic idea. Who could argue with the concept that, after decades in the workforce, people should be able to relax and enjoy the fruits of their labor?
If you’re like most people, you spent your 50s working hard and dreaming about all the wonderful things you’d have time for once you retired. Maybe you planned to go on a Caribbean cruise, learn to play the cello, or buy a beach house with a view and spend your days with your nose in a book.
If you believe in the traditional view of retirement, life after 65 should be filled with trips to the golf course, martinis by the pool and plenty of TV time. Setting aside the question of whether such a life would be healthy or fulfilling, it is clear that few of us will be able to afford it.