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Where do you prefer to live in retirement? Hawaii, Florida, Spain, Tahiti, or Finland

Where do you prefer to live in retirement? Hawaii, Florida, Spain, Tahiti, or Finland

Old Jul 26, 12, 11:55 am
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Where do you prefer to live in retirement? Hawaii, Florida, Spain, Tahiti, or Finland

Where do you prefer to live in retirement, if the only choices are:

Hawaii(Kaui)
Florida(FLL)
Spain(somewhere between Marbella and Girbraltar)
Tahiti(Papara)
Finland(on the coast, across the ocean from Stockholm)

I've traveled to those places frequently and have friends and family in all of
those places. It doesn't make sense to move to places where you don't know
anybody, right?
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Old Jul 26, 12, 1:07 pm
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If those are my only choices, I'd go with Hawaii.

If I'm retiring, I'd feel like I'm too old/lazy to learn a new language. Florida never appealed to me at all. And I suspect Hawaii (where I've been) has many of the positive aspects of Tahiti (where I haven't), but keeps me both in the US and somewhere that I can travel to the rest of the world more easily.

Probably Maui, though perhaps Kauai.


But I have no problem moving where I don't know people. Santa Fe, NM and Sedona, AZ are at the top of my current list, and I know no one there. I can meet people.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 1:12 pm
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Of the choices offered:

Spain.

No hurricane issues (which Florida would have).

No tsunami issues (which Hawaii, and I assume, Tahiti, would have).

Relatively inexpensive (compared to Finland, at least).

Plus, you are within Europe, which provides you with easy access to other places (and, by extension, diversity, whether within Europe or not) at not too much cost (which Hawaii seldom, and I assume, Tahiti, offers), and Spain's weather is reasonably decent.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 1:24 pm
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[QUOTE=MissyH;19006754]

Florida - Yawn
Spain - language issues
Tahiti - too remote if i want to get anywhere else
Finland - too cold in the winter, too long a winter

So.... that leaves Hawaii.. still a bit remote.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 1:37 pm
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Hawaii(Maui)

In fact, i should consider moving there.
Drawback is really expensive homes.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 1:46 pm
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I would not be afraid of learning a new language-- would be open to retiring in Japan for example

My choice would be Spain for the access, diversity, and of course SIESTAS!
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Old Jul 26, 12, 1:50 pm
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Originally Posted by MissyH View Post
Where do you prefer to live in retirement, if the only choices are:

Hawaii(Kaui)
Florida(FLL)
Spain(somewhere between Marbella and Girbraltar)
Tahiti(Papara)
Finland(on the coast, across the ocean from Stockholm)

I've traveled to those places frequently and have friends and family in all of
those places. It doesn't make sense to move to places where you don't know
anybody, right?
Spain...retirements costs are very very good, as evidenced by my Canadian inlaws who retired there. And the climate is perfect..not too hot or cold.

As for the rest:

Hawaii(Kaui)--Too expensive
Florida(FLL)--Too much hurricane risk and crime
Tahiti(Papara)--Tropics are not for me, but I am sure this would be my second choice after Spain
Finland(on the coast, across the ocean from Stockholm)--Too cold, too dark most of the year.
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Good lord, anywhere that is not in the US.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 2:36 pm
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Spain. I lived there before for 3 years. I loved it. No language issues. Good weather, good healthcare, great food, good transport.
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Like others Spain would be my choice.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 4:52 pm
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If those are my only choices, then Spain for the climate, affordability and proximity to other European countries.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 4:55 pm
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If language is not an issue, then Spain hands down..
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Old Jul 26, 12, 5:02 pm
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Originally Posted by vmsea View Post
If language is not an issue, then Spain hands down..
Spain - I am a European (UK) passport holder and all the above reasons. I love Hawaii with a passion but it is on the expensive side and then there would be healtcare costs which would not be the case in Europe.
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Old Jul 26, 12, 5:30 pm
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Half the year in Spain and half in Hawaii Would love to try living in Spain....tho love Hawaii too ^
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Spain.
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