Ponte de Lima, Portugal
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Didn’t save enough for retirement?
One solution: Spend your golden years in a country where life is less expensive than it is in the U.S.
More Americans are doing just that.
The number of retirees who are collecting Social Security abroad rose 40%, to more than 410,000, between 2007 and 2017. More than 160,000 are in Europe, and over 90,000 are in Asia. Thousands of others are in Canada and Mexico.
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Aspiring expats should do their homework before they start packing. For example, Medicare typically provides no coverage abroad. And you’ll want to figure out the tax implications of retiring in, say, France instead of Florida.
But there’s no question you stand to save a lot by relocating to a place such as Portugal or Vietnam, according to International Living, a website for expats, which recently released its annual global retirement index for 2020. (In its ranking, the site factors in not just the cost of living and housing, but perks offered to older residents, plausibility of permanent residence, health care, governance and general opportunity.)
Your retirement budget will hopefully go further in these 10 countries.
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You can live a comfortable life here for about $2,500 a month.
Flag on Cinta Costera, Panama
You can get by in Panama City for around $2,600 a month, including rent, groceries, utilities and entertainment.
3. Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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A couple can live on a budget of around $2,000 a month here.
Tourist couple looking at Gaviota Azul beach, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
A couple can live here for between $1,500 and $3,000 a month, depending on location.
A horse-drawn carriage in colonial Cartagena, Colombia.
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You can retire here for between $1,030 and $2,720 a month, depending on location and lifestyle.
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A couple can get by here for around $1,800 a month.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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A couple can live in Penang for $1,800 a month.
Panorama of Puerto Viejo, Spain
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A monthly budget of $2,500 a month will allow a couple to live well in most parts of the country.
The Canal de Brienne in France.
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Outside of major cities such as Paris and Lyon, a couple can live here for under $2,500 a month, including rent and health care.
Mu Cang Chai in Yen Bai, Vietnam.
In Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, two people can live well on less than $1,500 per month.