Trumpland escapees head south for retirement

Published:  13 Dec at 6 PM
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Once retirement sets in, the wanderlust which turns citizens into expats is hard to resist, especially when shocks such as the Trump victory change established views of the home country.

The recent US presidential election will go down in history as the most polarising and contentious ever, and has left Americans worried as to its long-term effect on their lives. Similarly to reactions in the UK after Brexit, US-based online searches for information on expat life surged by 160 per cent after the result was announced.

The American trend towards retiring overseas was already under way, with some 660,000 US citizens receiving their social security cheques in foreign climes. Most would-be expat retirees had taken the decision based on a lower cost of living, better weather, affordable healthcare and friendly communities, and are likely to be followed by many more as the unpredictable situation in the USA worsens.

Most US retirees seem to prefer heading south rather than landing in totally unfamiliar countries in Europe or Asia, with Mexico a long-term favourite with expatriates. Real estate, food, getting around and entertainment are far cheaper than in the USA, and there’s a great choice of destinations from the beachside resorts to the cooler climes of the Colonial Highlands. New arrivals can be certain of a welcome from already established US expat communities, and the locals are happy to join in.

Another favourite with American expatriates is Costa Rica, boasting a choice of climates varying between sunny beachside towns to rainforests and soaring mountains. Again, the cost of living is low in comparison with the USA and healthcare is professional and modern. Fine dining is easily had, and modern telecommunications networks make getting in touch with friends and family in the home country a straightforward task. Over 50,000 refugees from America’s political chaos provide an extensive, friendly network in long-established communities.

For those seeking a developed, modern retirement home, Panama is the best choice for its city-based amenities available at unbelievable prices. Panama City is a great destination for retirees looking for a comfortable, sophisticated lifestyle including fine dining and first-world services.
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