But it’s not as easy to figure out where in the world you should pursue it.
Most people, faced with this tough question, make comparisons to help narrow things down. One of the most commonly asked questions we get at Live and Invest Overseas is “Which place is better?” Is it Panama or Costa Rica?… The south coast of Spain or the south coast of Portugal?… Does Thailand have the best opportunities forlow-cost beach living… or does Vietnam?
No place is inherently better or worse than the other. Which place is “better” depends entirely on you and your preferences, circumstances, and agendas. And although we can’t define those things for you, we can help you consider your options for reinventing your life in one destination relative to another.
In a recent issue of Overseas Living Letter, Editorial Director Sophia Titley pitted the world’s favorite retire-overseas havens against each other, examining the pros and cons at the country level. To give a more realistic view of what life is like in each place, in the issue she takes the time to zoom in on one town in each country and compare it to its counterpart in the other.
No place is perfect, everywhere has its pluses and minuses… but by going through the comparisons, you’ll come away with a stronger se nse of which haven is the best choice for you.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the general country comparisons…
Kat Kalashian has grown up around the world, living in the United States, Ireland, France, and Panama, and has traveled extensively in her few years. Growing up as a young expat she is familiar with the trials and tribulations of an overseas move and the adjustments that must be made in every new destination. Living and learning through experience, she now considers no one place home and feels more comfortable in new environs than in familiar ones. After living in Panama for seven years, where she enjoyed living for a stint in the tropics, she and her husband relocated back to Paris, France, in 2018 where they now live full-time with their American-born cat, Panamanian-born dog, and French-born daughter. Her post as Special Projects Manager of Live and Invest Overseas keeps her busy… whether it’s spearheading a big new product, MCing Live and Invest conferences, or scouting out new locations for coverage, she’s always on the move and eager to discover new things.