Never want to shovel snow again? I don’t blame you. Personally, I think snow looks lovely on top of a mountain, in the distance, far away from where I am. Apart from a couple of ski trips in my youth, I’ve never actively sought out the stuff. These days, I’m happier in the warmth of a southern European beach resort or on a palm fringed island in southeast Asia.
But, you know, there’s a lovely temperate zone between the extremes which suits a lot of people. Indeed, when I meet IL readers, or read your letters, lots mention that you’d love to move abroad, but feel that you’d miss the changing of the seasons—that gentle rhythm of color and contrast that marks the passing of the years.
Then again, maybe you’re one of the people who does love the heat. Year-round heat, with palm trees, white sand, laidback living, and truly affordable living. Again, I say, “No problem!” Ao Nang, on the Andaman coast of Thailand is my new favorite beach resort for expats. It’s jaw-droppingly scenic, warm as toast, and it’s right at that stage of development where it has everything you need, but hasn’t become overpriced or overrun. It’s a true gem.
You’ll find more such secrets throughout this issue…and next.
We’ve been all-hands-on-deck for the last six months putting together our Annual Global Retirement Index—and it’s nearly ready…. Inside we compare, contrast, rank, and rate the 25 countries in the world where you’ll find the best options for the fulfilled, fun, and affordable retirement of your dreams. Places where it’s easy for expats to fit in, feel comfortable, live well…and spend less than you would back home. We’ll bring you all the details, and give you access to download the most detailed report we’ve ever put together—FREE—in your January issue. Keep your eyes on that mailbox…