Connect with us

General

Getting The Best Out Of Retiring Abroad

Getting The Best Out Of Retiring Abroad

Living Abroad – the Dream of many

Do you want to live overseas when your working life is complete and it’s time to live the perfect retirement?

If so, you’re definitely not alone. In fact according to a recent survey, nearly a half of the people in UK aged over 50 would ideally like to retire overseas.

And it makes a lot of sense, when you think about all of the benefits that being an expat can bring, such as

Better weather (if you’re headed somewhere sunny, at least!)

  •  Change of scene, with many locations offering a relaxed pace of life
  • Property opportunities – places where a very nice house can be purchased for the price that a tiny London apartment would cost

Of course, with the high number of UK nationals already living in Australia, Spain and other countries, moving abroad in many cases means that there will already be family and or friends in the new location – and what better way to settle into a new country than by already having a small network of people already out there.

Getting The Best Out Of Retiring Abroad

For some, the idea of moving abroad may be little more than a pleasant daydream when skies are grey and rain’s battering off the window pane. But for many, it’s something that after a lot of planning and preparation – becomes a reality. And it’s in the planning that the success of a move abroad lies.  Obviously it’s a decision that nobody takes lightly, but in order to help people get the best start to their experience living overseas, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office recently released a ‘top ten’ tips for moving abroad, outlining some of the most important things to think about when planning the big move.

The all-Important Planning Stage

The first thing on the checklist is, of course, research. The FCO guide also recommends checking out the various expat forums – and the more famous expat forums really are a great resource. Also very handy for getting up-to-date information from those in the know.

Much of the FCOs guide is centred around finance – and this is if course crucial too. They advise prospective expats not to rush into buying a house abroad. And with continued economic uncertainty around much of the world, it definitely makes sense to find out about local property markets. Some countries are easier to get a mortgage in than others, with Spain recently being reported in the Telegraph newspaper as being somewhere that it’s ‘very difficult’ to get a house loan.

The FCO tips also include being up to speed on local tax regulations. Recent changes to the law in Spain have meant that expats living there for a specified amount of time each year, and with assets over and above a certain amount, must now declare those assets. Indeed when the law came into force there were a number of news stories about expats returning home as a result.

Success in a New Country

The final thing on the top ten lists is one word: integrate. This is often highlighted as one of the biggies for people moving abroad permanently or going overseas long term. There’s a lot to take in when moving to a new country, but making sure you’re not isolated and accepting social invites can really make the difference in terms of getting to feel at home.

Useful online resources:

Expat top ten tips guide from the FCO

International private medical insurance – AXA PPP International

Expat forums – Expat Blog, Internations

Featured images:
  •  License: Royalty Free or iStock source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1098818

Article by J. Jones, health and travel writer from the UK. I’m on Google+ if you’d like to joing my travel circles.

Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Health3 days ago

Simple Ways To Feel More Confident At The Gym

If you are new to the gym, or you haven’t been in a while, sometimes you might not feel completely...

Business1 week ago

Can You Use Residential Property for Commercial Use

Having extra income, constantly flowing in can make all the difference in the current economy. Getting creative with how you...

What Do Business Consultants Do What Do Business Consultants Do
Business2 weeks ago

Running a Business? How to Minimize Supply Chain Issues

Supply chain issues have always been an issue for businesses but over the last few years, the effect and widespread...

Home Improvement3 weeks ago

How to Increase Your House Value Before Selling

Increasing home value is the first step to making your place more attractive for future buyers. Whether you are trying...

General4 weeks ago

Why Calorie Control Is Still The Best Way To Diet

There are a great deal of different options when it comes to dieting, every day there seems to be a...

The Benefits Of Trade Credit Insurance For Your Business The Benefits Of Trade Credit Insurance For Your Business
Business1 month ago

The Benefits Of Trade Credit Insurance For Your Business

Trade credit insurance provides cover for businesses who trade on a credit basis. If the people who owe money for...

5 Charming Restaurant Decor Ideas In 2022 5 Charming Restaurant Decor Ideas In 2022
Miscellaneous2 months ago

5 Charming Restaurant Decor Ideas In 2022

Making your restaurant memorable and stand out is a feat worthy of praise. The sheer pressure of wanting to succeed...

Bank Won't Fund Your Business? 4 Loan Alternatives To Get You Started Bank Won't Fund Your Business? 4 Loan Alternatives To Get You Started
Business2 months ago

Bank Won’t Fund Your Business? 4 Loan Alternatives To Get You Started

Businesses typically require some sort of collateral or proof of concept before funding their business venture. However, it is possible...

Planning A Stag Do Planning A Stag Do
Miscellaneous2 months ago

Planning A Stag Do

If you’re a Best Man then you’re in a unique position of responsibility, and before the day itself when you’ll...

Tips to Reduce Eczema Flare-Ups Tips to Reduce Eczema Flare-Ups
Health2 months ago

What Triggers Eczema | Tips to Reduce Eczema Flare-Ups

Eczema is a skin condition that can induce redness, itchiness, and skin inflammation. Its root cause is not fully understood,...

Women's Fashion Trends To Expect In 2022 Women's Fashion Trends To Expect In 2022
Lifestyle3 months ago

Women’s Fashion Trends To Expect In 2022

A new year means new fashion trends. We cannot wait for what is in store in 2022. It seems that...

Home Makeover Trends: Insights from The Pros Home Makeover Trends: Insights from The Pros
Home Improvement3 months ago

Home Makeover Trends: Insights from The Pros

Are you considering a home makeover but don’t know where to start? You’re in luck! In this article, we will...

Interior Design Trends 2022 Interior Design Trends 2022
Home Improvement3 months ago

Interior Design Trends 2022

We all spend time pining over other people’s interior’s on Pinterest or Instagram, but with these trends, it’s easy to...

Top Commonly Overlooked Car Maintenance and Repairs Top Commonly Overlooked Car Maintenance and Repairs
General3 months ago

Top Commonly Overlooked Car Maintenance and Repairs

Maintaining a car is a huge responsibility. There’s a lot that goes into that given how complicated a machine it...

What Is The Difference Between Strata and Property Manager What Is The Difference Between Strata and Property Manager
General4 months ago

What Is The Difference Between Strata and Property Manager

Real estate is a diverse market, and as such, it can be hard to determine the differences between various types...

Categories

Archives

Trending