The availability of health care, quality of infrastructure (transportation, internet, roads and sidewalks, etc.), and cost of living are practical considerations you should have in mind when comparing different retire-overseas destinations.
But another important factor, one that can affect your day-to-day enjoyment and comfort level in your new life overseas, is whether your destination of choice has an expat community.
Would you prefer to live among fellow expats, importing your lifestyle with you? Or would you enjoy living among the locals, adopting their habits for eating, shopping, and filling your leisure time?
That’s the choice you’re making. There’s no right or wrong answer. It’s a matter of priorities and preferences.
Some countries are more popular among retirees than others, and Europe is no exception. Here’s our list of European havens with established expat communities…