Live and Invest Overseas has published its annual Retire Overseas Index, rating the world’s top retirement havens for 2014. Here are 10 retirement spots worth considering:
1. Algarve, Portugal.
2. Cuenca, Ecuador.
3. George Town, Malaysia.
4. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
5. Dumaguete, Philippines.
6. Pau, France.
7. Medellin, Colombia.
8. Abruzzo, Italy. It’s hard to think of a lovelier corner of Italy than the Abruzzo. The beaches are golden, and the sea rolls out like a giant bolt of turquoise silk. There are mountains, too, which means that, living here, you would have both skiing and beach-combing on your doorstep, depending on the season.
This region is one of Italy’s secret treasures. There’s no over-crowding or heavy industry, only castles, vineyards and villages made of stone. Life in the Abruzzo hasn’t changed much over the years, and exploring here is like wandering into a gentler, kinder yesterday.
This region of Italy is also one of Europe’s best bargains. A couple could retire here on as little as $2,000 per month or less, including rent.
9. Panama City Beaches, Panama.
10. Istanbul, Turkey.