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Winter retirement options..not Fl, Mexico, South Amer or Asia

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Winter retirement options..not Fl, Mexico, South Amer or Asia

Looking for some discussion based upon personal experience for winter retirement options:
1) 2-4 mths /yr
2) does not have to be hot...winter daytime lows of 10-15c is fine
3) safe and worry-free...I am a conservative traveler with some anxiety issues
4) does not have to be fancy..we only want a modest retirement
5) budget uncertain- 3-4k/mth??
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Fjr2005 wrote:
Jun 7th, 2019 9:53 pm
Looking for some discussion based upon personal experience for winter retirement options:
1) 2-4 mths /yr
2) does not have to be hot...winter daytime lows of 10-15c is fine
3) safe and worry-free...I am a conservative traveler with some anxiety issues
4) does not have to be fancy..we only want a modest retirement
5) budget uncertain- 3-4k/mth??
What about Europe?
(decent flights, good weather, safe, easy transportation, within your budget, lots to do and see)

Algarve, Portugal

South of Spain (Costa Del Sol area?)

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

Malta
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Fjr2005 wrote:
Jun 7th, 2019 9:53 pm
Looking for some discussion based upon personal experience for winter retirement options:
1) 2-4 mths /yr
2) does not have to be hot...winter daytime lows of 10-15c is fine
3) safe and worry-free...I am a conservative traveler with some anxiety issues
4) does not have to be fancy..we only want a modest retirement
5) budget uncertain- 3-4k/mth??
Malaysia (Penang, Malacca)
Thailand (Chiang Mai)
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BrunetteGirl wrote:
Jun 7th, 2019 10:10 pm
What about Europe?
(decent flights, good weather, safe, easy transportation, within your budget, lots to do and see)

Algarve, Portugal

South of Spain (Costa Del Sol area?)

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

Malta
these do seem to be the most promising
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California, Texas, Europe, Canada’s west coast?
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What about medical? You're covered in Canada's west coast. Not Banff as it's too cold (to your requirement)

In other countries, you need to either have medical coverage or buy insurance which can be expensive. So US, and most European countries would be out. I'd love to retire in Hawaii, but it's a non-starter due to no medical coverage.

Many countries in central America and SE Asia are inexpensive to live, and inexpensive medical expenses. These will be the more realistic choices.
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StatsGuy wrote:
Jun 7th, 2019 10:26 pm
Malaysia (Penang, Malacca)
Thailand (Chiang Mai)
Last time I visited these places they were still in Asia which specifically excludes them from OP's search.
Winter retirement options..not Fl, Mexico. South Amer or Asia

I'll second @BrunetteGirl's suggestions of Portugal, Spain, & Malta. Haven't been to the other one she mentioned.
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Conquistador wrote:
Jun 8th, 2019 1:21 am
Last time I visited these places they were still in Asia which specifically excludes them from OP's search.
Actually according to OP's sentence structure I think it specifically includes Asia or south America.

He/she says

Not Florida, Mexico. South America or Asia
Notice the period. So NOT Florida or Mexico full stop. New sentence "South America or Asia" Which means preference is south america or Asia according to sentence structure as it's after the sentence that ended where they specifically excludes Florida or mexico
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StatsGuy wrote:
Jun 8th, 2019 7:56 am
Actually according to OP's sentence structure I think it specifically includes Asia or south America.

He/she says

Notice the period. So NOT Florida or Mexico full stop. New sentence "South America or Asia" Which means preference is south america or Asia according to sentence structure as it's after the sentence that ended where they specifically excludes Florida or mexico
Perhaps. To me it looks like a list with a punctuation mistake of using a period instead of a comma. I guess it's up to OP to provide clarity.

Poorly written thread title either way and based on the responses and the lack of options being suggested for either of South America or Asia it looks like the majority have interpreted it the same way I did.
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Conquistador wrote:
Jun 8th, 2019 1:41 pm
Perhaps. To me it looks like a list with a punctuation mistake of using a period instead of a comma. I guess it's up to OP to provide clarity.

Poorly written thread title either way and based on the responses and the lack of options being suggested for either of South America or Asia it looks like the majority have interpreted it the same way I did.
Agree- I read it as no Mexico, FL, South America and Asia
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Insurance not an issue...spouse's retirement out of country will cover us until we drop dead
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BrunetteGirl wrote:
Jun 8th, 2019 2:07 pm
Agree- I read it as no Mexico, FL, South America and Asia
corrected punctuation in title
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Fjr2005 wrote:
Jun 8th, 2019 2:30 pm
Insurance not an issue...spouse's retirement out of country will cover us until we drop dead
Oh, what kind of coverage is that, covering out of country medicals for life? Don't know any company or government agencies with that type of coverage.
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It is difficult to recommend any place specifically without knowing more about the things that are important to you.
What activities do you like to do on a daily basis? Big city or small town? Beach, City or Mountains?
Also, there is a big difference between visiting somewhere for a week or two and staying several months.
I would suggest picking a few locations and splitting your time. The next trip choose where you like the most.
For something fairly close, I would look at Panama. Very westernised and it really has everything; Mountains, Beaches, Islands, Great food and wine, etc.
Panama also has a great retirement visa program and could become a second home with no hassle.

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