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Top 6 Expat-Friendly Countries

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Do you want to live among fellow expat retirees or do you want to go local when retiring overseas? Here are the top 6 expat-friendly nations.

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Retire Overseas: 6 Most Expat-Friendly Destinations

Retiring overseas may seem like a dream come true, but many people worry about making friends in foreign countries, far from loved ones. But they needn’t be concerned. Live and Invest Overseas, an online publication devoted to helping those interested in living abroad, has released a list of the six most expat-friendly destinations as part of its First Annual Retire Overseas Index. (They also published a list of the 21 best places to retire in 2013 earlier this year.)

Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, said an important question to ask yourself before retiring overseas is this: Do you want to live among fellow expat retirees or do you want to go local?

“There is no right or wrong answer; neither choice is better than the other,” she said. “However, these two paths lead to very different places, both in terms of your day-to-day lifestyle and your cost of living.”

Retiring to an established expat community where your neighbors are mostly fellow expats means your new life overseas could be very similar to the one you left behind. Going local means living, eating and shopping where the locals do.

Peddicord said Live and Invest Overseas awarded a failing grade in this category — to Istria, Croatia, which has virtually no expat community.

“Retiring here you have no choice but to live like a Croat,” she said. “I’d say that lifestyle could be comfortable and rewarding (very appealing, in fact), but you’d have to decide for yourself.”

Top Six
Georgetown, Malaysia
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Boquete, Panama
Cuenca, Ecuador
Hua Hin, Thailand
Panama City Beaches, Panama

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