In the early Fall, my husband and I started seriously discussing a few destinations that we would consider moving to next year. As adventurous as it sounds, sometimes it’s not easy to identify the best places to live overseas with your family.
As a family of four with extenuating circumstances, there’s more on the table to consider than just me and the hub’s personal desires. We have to consider more complicated medical care, therapy resources, schools and a host of other factors before we’re wooed by good weather, beaches, and stable political leaders. Last week I received an email from a PR agency with an article attached from the editor of Live and Invest Overseas, the self-proclaimed “leading resource on investment, real estate, retirement, and living overseas.”
The author, Kathleen Peddicord, came up with this 2017 list of best places after asking, “where are the best places in the world to live better, reinvent one’s life, and have a grand adventure in 2017?” The list includes locales in traditional places like Portugal, France, and Spain, as well as places you wouldn’t expect, including the Dominican Republic, Malaysian Borneo, Nicaragua, and Colombia.
My husband and I have traveled to a few of these countries, for example Barcelona, a city whose surrounding region I also loved. Others, like Portugal and Colombia are on our short list. Following is an explanation of why the locales were identified and made the list. Do take a look and let me know in the comments what you think.
Portugal is the best-kept secret of Old World Europe. For three years running, we have named its Algarve coast as the world’s best place to retire overseas. Coastal Carvoeiro, in particular, qualifies as perhaps the most appealing place on earth to call home if you want to live on the water in a real-world (as opposed to a developing-world) setting.
The take-your-breath-away views from Carvoeiro’s rocky coast, the constant sunshine, the near-perfect weather year-round, the food, the wine, the history… it all adds up to top-shelf of living yours for a very bargain price. Thanks to the current down value of the euro, the enviable coastal Continental lifestyle on offer in Carvoeiro is further reduced… and the cost of a very rentable home or condo is irresistibly discounted.
Las Terrenas is quintessential Caribbean with a French twist. The big and established community of French expats living in this white-sand beach town means fresh baguette, great restaurants, and kisses on both cheeks in greeting. Infrastructure is improving, establishing residency is easy, and the cost of living is one of the great bargains of today’s Caribbean… making Las Terrenas our #1 pick for a new life with a Caribbean Sea view. If you want to leave the troubles and the worries of our age behind, little Santa Familia village in Cayo, Belize, is calling your name. Life in Cayo is back to basics, simple, and sweet. You know your neighbors, they know you, and you all look out for each other.
Belize’s Cayo is a region of wide-open spaces, fresh air, warm sun and fertile land, making it our pick for the world’s best place to disconnect and unplug.