Feb. 13, 2014, Medellin, Colombia: Medellin, Colombia, is a pretty, pleasant, affordable, and safe retirement haven and a top property investment choice for 2014.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
The first place I ever recommended Americans think about retiring overseas was Costa Rica. That was nearly 30 years ago. A few years later I organized and promoted the first conference of my career, in San Jose.
Thinking back, I have to give it to the 40-odd souls who joined me in Costa Rica that year. What interrogations they must have endured from their family and friends. I mean, who retired overseas 30 years ago?
I continued to recommend Costa Rica as an appealing and affordable place to retire outside the box for maybe two decades. In that time, I also went on to recommend Ambergris Caye, Belize...Roatan, Honduras...Cuenca, Ecuador...and Boquete, Panama, among other places that, likewise, nobody at the time was talking about in this way.
I'm not over-stating things. When I began making these kinds of suggestions, I was ignored, questioned suspiciously, and sometimes attacked as part of the lunatic fringe.
Today the idea of retiring outside the country where you happened to be living up until that point is no longer considered crazy. Today The New York Times, the AARP, USA Today, cable news, and the rest of the mainstream media make these recommendations, too. Which is great. It's nice having company in these ideas.
I make the point to provide context for the recommendation I'd like to offer now, which may seem like the craziest one of all.