Many people plan on retirement overseas because their lifelong dream has been to get away from the wet winter and summer seasons of the UK and live out their golden years in the some warmer climes. Assuming that retirement overseas is financially viable and that you have made all of the proper preparations to ensure that retirement overseas will work long term; there are still a few things that you need to consider.
These factors concern where you eventually choose to live when it comes to retirement overseas, because while you may already have a location in mind there are some variables that may make you want to choose a different location.
Before you choose the perfect location for your retirement overseas research is a must. You should spend at least a several months investigating separate locations that sound good to you as well as a month or more living in the potential retirement location.
After all, a month or two is long enough to find out if the location is suitable for you or not, and most retirement overseas locations have plenty of property options that can be rented out for long holiday use. Also, remember to keep your partner in mind while planning for retirement overseas because their needs need to be addressed just as much as yours do.
There are a very few important aspects of the location that you choose that you need to consider and research as well, such as how far is the retirement overseas location from the hospital, medical doctors, shopping centres, recreation centres, etc.
If you do not plan on complete isolation there are a few nice resort locations that may not be the best choice although it may seem that way, as resort locations often close down and shut off many amenities during the tourist off seasons. Thus, it is also important to visit during the off season so you get a true picture of how retirement overseas would be year round.
Finally, keep in mind that some summer and winter locations may not be fully equipped with heating or air conditioning if they are typically simple holiday homes that you are looking to purchase for your retirement overseas.
Also, if you stay in a European country your pension can usually be withdrawn at a local bank so you need to determine how valuable this would be if you want to consider counties that are not part of the union when choosing retirement overseas possibilities.