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Great retirement destinations around the world

17
Feb

With the developments in travel and technology, moving abroad is cheaper and less stressful than ever before.  As you near retirement age, have you considered spending your work-free years overseas? With the freedom that comes with retirement, why not spend your time exploring new surroundings and soaking up the sun.

With this question in mind, Lamudi, the global real estate marketplace, has explored the top countries to retire abroad. Here are a couple of great retirement destinations around the world:

1. Aqaba, Jordan

Spend your retirement in this stunning coastal city, and enjoy the city’s beach resorts, eye-catching architecture, local baths and relaxed vibe. Transport to nearby Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, leave regularly and cost very little, giving you the opportunity to explore the Rose City. Jordan has a strong healthcare system, with physicians proficient in English for those unable to converse in Arabic. The affordable property prices in Aqaba make this an increasingly desirable retirement spot.

 

2. Karachi, Pakistan

As Pakistan’s largest and most populated metropolitan city, Karachi may not have previously been on your list of places to consider for retirement. However, taking into account the city’s desirable location on the Arabian Sea coastline, retirees can make the most of both the city life and the beautiful, relaxing beaches, including Hawke’s Bay Beach, and Paradise Point. Additionally, spend your days exploring the many parks, museums and historical buildings that Karachi has to offer. The stunning Hub Lake, a mere 56 kilometers north of the city, is home to incredible wildlife, and offers the opportunity to fish, picnic and swim away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Source: Flickr, Damien Entwistle

3. Bunaken Island, Indonesia

Located at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, Bunaken is only 8㎢ and is part of Bunaken National Marine Park, which covers an expanse of 890.65㎢. The National Park is renowned for its clear waters, coral, and an amazing range of fish, whilst Bunaken itself is home to an abundance of flora and fauna, boasting over 70 types of coral. Whilst the island is famous for its diving and snorkeling, you can also spend your time fishing, exploring the secluded coves, and enjoying the stunning beaches.

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Source: Flickr, Joe

4. Medellín, Colombia

If you want to spend your retirement in a city, Colombia’s Medellín is the place for you. The Wall Street Journal’s Innovative City of the Year 2013 has a lot to offer as a retirement choice. There are an abundance of landmarks to visit, including the stunning Metropolitan Cathedral, and Los Alumbrados, the famous christmas lights that light up the city between December and January. Surrounded by eight smaller towns and with frequent international and domestic flights available, there is plenty of opportunity for weekend trips and longer vacations to explore the surrounding areas. The solid infrastructure and economy, together with reliable Internet to communicate with your family and friends in other locations, makes Colombia a great place to settle down.

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Source: Flickr, Iván Erre Jota
  1. Nakuru County, Kenya

If you’re looking to spend your retirement in one of the world’s most beautiful locations, choose Nakuru County, in the Southern Rift Valley of Kenya. In the capital, and largest town of Nakuru, you can find the Lake Nakuru National Park, home to thousands of pink flamingos, as well as various other birds and wildlife. Other sites include an extinct volcano, boasting stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Nakuru also has numerous healthcare facilities on offer for its residents, and is well connected to explore the rest of Kenya.

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Source: Flickr, Balathasan Sayanthan

Well, these are just 5 out of 10 great destinations for retirement around the world. We will bring you the rest next week!

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