When I think of it, I envision a slower pace of life, beautiful beaches, hammocks, good books, amazing sunsets, and tasty drinks in my hand. Well, that sounds wonderful but I’ve been reading a ton of posts from other expats and I’m starting to wonder if retiring abroad is truly for everyone.
I mean beautiful weather, gorgeous views, and all the time you could want aside, let’s face it: you are moving to a foreign country, with (most likely) a foreign language, different culture, different standard of living, and well, it’s simply a different world. It is not all kittens and butterflies, as some would have you believe.
So, how do you know if retiring abroad is for you?
I’ve found that the biggest incentive for most is the lower cost of living. Second biggest is cheap healthcare. Third biggest is warm climate – (and maybe not in that order for everyone).
OK, but what about things like availability of your favorite soft drink? or your adventure tolerance? oh and that oh, so scary foreign language?
Tim and I have many reasons for retiring abroad. See our post Why We Want to Escape Abroad. But for now, start by taking the fun, 11-question quiz below to see if retiring abroad is for you:
(we will tell you our results later)
You are an adventurer – start packing:
Your score reflects an ability to be happy abroad. You adapt easily to most situations, you will do fine experiencing new cultures, and you are not afraid to take chances. Retiring abroad seems to be for you. Start packing! OK, maybe not, start planning anyway.
You are still on the Fence:
You are smack-dab in the middle. You could go either way. Retiring abroad may still be for you but you should think it through carefully because some of your responses indicate that you may not like it. You will need to do a lot more research to figure out which side of the fence you fall on. Stick around, we’ll do some of that research for you.
Maybe retiring abroad is not for you – stay home:
Your score indicates that you are not ready for retirement abroad. If you’ve gotten this far, you are probably not happy about that. However, we strongly believe that it’s better to be honest with yourself now, then find out after you’ve moved abroad that you don’t like it. No judgement here, as this could be for any reason, but we suggest you think very hard about it.
Now as promised, we took the test ourselves. My score was: “You are an adventurer – start packing” and Tim’s score was “You are still on the Fence“. This is likely because I’ve dreamt of living abroad for much longer than my husband. My score does not indicate that I am all in, however. I know that there are things that will be a challenge. For example, I have chronic stomach issues and I am lactose intolerant. This of course is always a problem, not just abroad but here at home as well. But I’ve traveled often enough that I know how to deal with it most of the time.
And so for us, the planning process continues. We hope that this test was fun for you – if only a little – and that it has helped you determine if retiring abroad is for you.