Retirement - if you could retire somewhere else, where would it be?

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  1. sstressed

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    not the U.S., canada or vulcan.



    i'm thinking of moving way out of town, like thailand, mexico, ecuador...someplace cheaper than the U.S. in general.

    laid back, lots of trees, no beheadings every other week, not too many thieves...oh, and the possibility of scoring a little pot once in awhile.


    i've thought about moving somewhere else for years and i'm pretty sure i'm going somewhere in 6 months or so. the where is the question.

    i want to leave the desert for someplace green with little or no snow and about 1/3rd cheaper than living in the U.S. . you know, paradise.


    years ago, i was thinking lake chapala in mexico. then i thought, i love thailand so...
    i researched thailand for a month and was pretty sure i was going way up north to chiang rai. then the negatives started piling up. horrible air quality, due to the rice burning season for 2 to 3 months a year (foreigners stay in a town for 10 months or so and then move south for 2 months), very slow internet, shitty tv options, dengue fever, getting busted with pot could be very expensive if not dangerous. but it's still in the running because it has some stunning scenery, lovely people, i speak enough of the language to get by, relatively cheap to live well.


    i plan on living somewhere for a year or 3 and doing the tourist stuff gets old after awhile, so decent internet and tv options are pretty important.



    where would you go if you had the option to pick up and leave?
     
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  3. geo

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    how will you support yourself? and what will you do when you come back?
    and can i go with you?
     
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    Australia. I can't see myself living anywhere else outside of the US or Canada.
     
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    I'd have to pick some place out and go there quite a few times before I'd decide to move there. A tropical island sounds nice but most of them are shitholes outside of the tourist area.

    I'd be happy retiring somewhere in the Great Smoky Mountains.
     
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    Syria is nice this time of year
     
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    i'm retired. i pay myself every month for doing nothing! :yay:

    coming back is another question. i may just stay.

    no hitchhikers! :)
     
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    My retirement planning hasn't been very successful. I'll probably retire directly from work to a pine box. :sad:
     
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    sigh :nojj:
     
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    I want to live some place where they take 3 hour lunches and then have to nap
     
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    Actually there is one place in Mexico I would go retire to and it makes me smile just to think about it:
    Zihuatanejo
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    i am planning on taking a 4-6 week hiatus a little over a year from now. looking for the perfect spot in the southwest with great camping and hiking. :bigthink:
     
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    I just want to be around the people I am close to and care about
     
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    That's really how I feel too. I'd like to live close to my daughters (but not be intrusive) and be able to see the rest of my family whenever I want.
     
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    My friend's parents moved to Florida and loved it. Then they shocked everybody by moving back to NY a few years later. They missed the kids and the grandkids and wanted to spend time with them
     
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    South man...cheap and easy living....good health care...Just say Phuket

    http://www.aboutthailandretirement.com/retirement-phuket.htm
     
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    I still haven't decided, but if it's in the US it will be in the middle of no where
     
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