I have written quite a few posts about various housing options we have to choose from for our satisfying retirement. A few weeks ago Another Retirement Option mentioned a new spiritually based community taking shape on the Big island of Hawaii. In Retirement Cohousing this relatively new choice was explored. How about spending your retirement living on a cruise ship or in an RV? See Unusual Retirement Options for more details. Of course, the debate between aging in place or moving to a planned retirement community is one we are all familiar with. I've written about those options many times, including What's Best: Aging In Place or A Retirement Community.
One option I have not really explored is the idea of becoming an expat...moving to another country full time. A few readers do live in Mexico and have commented before on the cost benefits and friendships they enjoy. Blogger Sonia Marsh spent in year in Belize and has expressed interest in retiring at least part time to Panama at some point. But, the subject of retirement overseas, or at least outside our borders, is worthy of a deeper look.
Because I have no experience or personal insight in this area, I thought it best to take a two-pronged approach. First, here is a list several web sites that seem to do an excellent job of looking at the pros and cons of retiring overseas. Not all are U.S. based but it seems their advice is universal enough to be worth the inclusion. Each has a slightly different approach, but are worth looking at if this subject interests you.
The last site listed ( expatexchange) is a tremendous place to go if you have a particular country, or even continent in mind. There are dozens of links to other sites that provide the specifics you may be looking for.
http://www.expatexchange.com/retire.cfm (tremendous # of links)
Secondly, I ask anyone who is living abroad, has thought about living abroad, or was an expat and has returned to the their home country, to share your expertise with all of us. Obviously, moving to another country is not a step to be taken lightly. Nor, should it be dismissed as completely unworkable. If the idea is at all interesting to you, do yourself a favor and spend some time at these web sites and come back to read the comments from readers.
Who knows, Satisfying Retirement may come from the South Pacific some day!