Top Retirement Havens for 2013
Last week’s post kept us aghast about the shake-up in the rankings for the top tourist destinations. This time, I am sharing you another very interesting information that would interest senior citizens from anywhere in the world who are in the hunt for a truly enticing location to relax and retire as well as those who have no idea what to do after retirement but could be lured into this retirement havens following the end of their long career.
Thinking of where to go but can’t decide? To give you an idea of where to go in retirement there’s a place waiting for you! To ever dream of twilighting in an ideal perfect place deseves much consideration and planning. I guess we all just have to give saving a second thought. Start saving while you are young.The earlier you start saving the better.Money is time value. If you are making preps for retirement by saving, keep going. The financial expert will supply us with enough advice in this subject. I believe that we can all have a rewarding life later on. So where do you want to go?
Here we focus on the top 22 retirement destinations in the world released by International Living of Ireland, considering them across eight crucial categories : real estate, special retirement benefits, cost of living, ease of integration, entertainment and amenities, health care, retirement infrastructure and climate.
Ecuador considered the world’s best haven tops the field with the highest rating on all 8 criterion accumulating a score of 91.9 points.” Ecuador’s major cities have top notch hospitals, clinics and well-trained physicians,” the website said.”All residents are eligible to participate in the country’s Social Security health care system for incredibly low monthly premiums,” it added. Ecuador was followed by Panama (89 points), Malaysia, (87.6 points), Mexico (85.1 points), Costa Rica (84.4 points).
Panama with its pensioner visa and tropical rainforest placed second, while Malaysia, for its jungles and tropical climate and it’s famous street foods in the region comes out 3rd. Mexico, for its rich cultural traditions occupies 4th place and rounding out the top 5 is Costa Rica with testimonies of expats about its outstanding healthcare.
Here comes another interesting development for the Philippines.The country has been ranked 15th and has joined Malaysia and Thailand as the top 3 in the Asian region. All indications points to the positioning of the Philippines as not only a venue known for young tourists seeking for more fun but also for foreign retirees seeking refuge at old age. The ranking grew from only 19 countries in the previous list, which did not include the Philippines.
Pls take a look at the rankings from 6th to 22nd.
6.Uruguay 7. Colombia 8. Spain 9. Thailand 10. Malta 11. Portugal 12. Nicaragua 13. Ireland 14.France 15. Philippines.16.New Zealand 17.Italy 18. Brazil 19.Chile 20.Hondura 21. Belize 22. Dominican Republic.
The Philippines got a score of 79.5 point in the Retirement Index, based on the eight categories crucial for retirees. The Philippines’ highest performance was in terms of cost of living (100 points). It ranked highest among the 22 countries in this criterion.It scored lowest in the special benefits area, getting the lowest score in the list (57 points). Spain and Thailand got the same score. To come up with a better retirement package, the Philippine
government is working on developing retirement package that would include health care and retirement villages. The country is counting on the support of the private sector, particularly real estate developers, hospitals, and leisure area owners, plans to set up retirement villages in Baguio City, Tagaytay City, Subic, Clark, Cebu, Iloilo, Boracay, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.Once this is in place, the this will result in the upsurge of retirees coming into the Philippines.
“Among the top retirement spots in the world this year, you’ll find great variety in the cultural offerings, climates and lifestyles.Each destination is desirable in its own way, but they all offer something increasingly hard to come by at home: A good quality of life for a reasonable price. It noted, however, that “no ‘formula’ can spit out the name of the place that’s just right for you.”Retirees should consider what’s most important to them, “maybe climate, maybe language, maybe cost, maybe distance from home.”-International Living
Note: My reference material in this blog comes from International Living of Ireland whch has a long record of 30 years in surveying the best places in the world to retire.