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Fun in the Sun or Near My Grandson? What is the Best Country to Retire in?

By Margaret Manning April 15, 2015 Mindset

Most baby boomers are still several years away from retirement age. Even those of us in our 60s don’t plan on retiring, according to the latest statistics. At the same time, while most of us don’t plan on slowing down, we all allow ourselves the occasional fantasy about where we will live in the future.

What is the Best Country to Retire in?

Some of us would love to move closer to our grandkids. Others would like to start their own business from an exotic location on the other site of the world. Still others really do plan on relaxing and having some fun in the sun.

So, while we’re fantasizing, I’d love to hear your answer to the question “what is the best country to retire in?” Do you dream of moving to another country once you reach your 60s? Or, would you prefer to stay where you are now?

I have a feeling that the results will be fairly evenly split between people who are happy with where they are and those who want some more sun in their life. For those of you who said that you would like to more to another country in retirement, I’m curious where you would like to go.

In a recent report, International Living listed their top countries to retire in for 2015. Their selections included Equator, Panama, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Spain, Malta, Columbia, Portugal, Thailand and Italy. As you can see, fun in the sun is a clear requirement for their readers.

I’d love to hear which of these countries, if any, you find compelling. If you don’t see your favorite retirement destination listed above, please add it in the comments section at the end of this article.

Do you have a different dream retirement location on your list? Which one? Please join the conversation.


Here’s a short video that I recorded on choosing the best country to retire in.

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The Author

Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at margaret@sixtyandme.com

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