Retirement should be a time to kick back and forget the stress of the daily grind. While some people plan their post-work days down to the smallest detail, others may need a little help deciding where to spend their golden years.
Magazine recently released its latest (2019) Annual Global Retirement Index, which lists the top 10 destinations for wouldbe retirees who want to get away from it all. The survey looks at a number of factors affecting quality of life in each place including climate, local lifestyle, cost of living, healthcare, visa and residency requirements and how easy it is for newcomers to fit in once they arrive.
Making its first appearance in the top 10, this how the index describes the Thailand retirement scene: “Thailand draws many retirees to its sunny beaches, bustling cities and cooler highland villages. Expatriate communities, with English as the common language, are springing up in many tourist hot-spots and further afield. With a tropical climate Thailand can be hot and humid, but it comes with a very low cost of living and a wealth of culture and cuisine, plus easy access to other places iInternational Livingn Asia.” Old favourites like Mexico and Costa Rica remained popular due to their accessibility, warm climate, easy-to-navigate bureaucracies and established expatriate communities, but the 2019 list also includes newcomers, such as Thailand.