A couple of weeks ago we published the post – Plan to Travel After Retirement? What Will It Cost? which we hoped helped you think about the little changes you can make now to ensure you can still travel once you retire. However, if you are like many people, again including us, you might dream of moving away and living abroad when you quit your job for good and retire, which may seem like a long time off for many, closer than you may like for others.This kind of change and adjustment might make you nervous. Of course, retiring to a foreign place can be very expensive if you aren’t careful, and there are many other considerations to take into account, including housing, destination, family and more. Moving abroad can be a great way to retire, and one of the best parts of your life. Try not to let insecurities stop you. If you follow these tips, you might find you can retire in Europe without it costing you a fortune or making you feel lost.
Get Your Finances in Order
If you don’t get your finances in order before you pack your bags, you can plan on finding yourself in a lot of financial trouble before too long. If you’re in a lot of debt already, you might find that seeking advice and assistance now in order to get back on an even keel, could benefit you when it comes to retirement. It’s also important to contribute to your retirement savings now and look for other ways to save up as much money as you can, which can be easier said than done in today’s economy, however, the more money you can save now, the more money you will have to help ensure you have a happy and comfortable retirement no matter where you end up.
Choose the Right Destination
If you aren’t sure of where you want to retire, you should know that some places in Europe are a whole lot cheaper to live in than others. Wherever you are from, choosing a place with a lower cost of living can help you live the lifestyle you want, without spending more than you can afford, it is also very important to consider, amongst other things, exchange rates, local inflation and taxes as no-one wants their lifelong dream turning into a nightmare.
Of course, it pays to do your research, but you may want to look into places like Croatia, Malta, and Portugal. You may find these places are perfect for your retirement and that they are affordable as well, allowing you a perfect balance that will help you live a happy life after you have retired. These countries along with others such as Spain, France and Greece, although slightly more pricey to live in, also benefit from warm weather and winter sun which is always welcome, especially if you are from the UK or somewhere similar which seems to only see 3 days of summer per year.
Avoid Living Like a Tourist
Many of these beautiful European areas are also popular tourist destinations. Aas with most tourist destinations, prices can be inflated the closer you are to them. By avoiding living like a tourist, and instead, living, shopping, and eating in the same places where the locals do, you can save a significant amount of money. Plus, it can help you enjoy the culture in your new home in a much more authentic way.
If you dream of someday retiring abroad, you should know that it might be more of an option for you than you realise. If you put some careful thought and research into your plan now and choose the right destination, you could find that retiring somewhere in Europe can be even more affordable and than you ever thought, allowing you to enjoy your non-working years to the fullest and living your dream.