What do you imagine when you think about your retirement? Do you picture yourself in a relaxing seaside town on the Sunshine Coast? Or maybe you’re drawn to the food and wine meccas of Mornington Peninsula or the Adelaide Hills?
Perhaps you have always dreamt of retiring overseas, returning to a favourite holiday destination, but now you have the time and money to enjoy it. You’re not alone. While most of us retire closer to home to be near family, friends and our local community, a growing number are making the move overseas. From South-east Asia to Europe, the benefits include stretching your Aussie dollar further, experiencing a different way of life and making friends in both local and expat communities.
What matters when choosing a retirement destination
There are many financial and non-financial considerations that come into play while making the decision to relocate. It's particularly important to consider the complex rules around Age Pension payments. While you can normally keep receiving the Age Pension while outside Australia, payments are impacted by how long you’re away, changes to income and assets, and whether your pension is through a social security agreement with another country.
Here are some things to consider while planning your sea change:
- cost of living
- family and friends
- health facilities
- local amenities
- access to Age Pension
- social opportunities
- proximity to capital city
Whether you choose to move overseas or interstate, or just downsize close to home, take the time to discuss your options with your FMD adviser. Understanding the systems and processes around your big move can make this a financially and emotionally smooth journey.
Sources: www.canstar.com.au/account-based-pensions/10-retirement-havens-in-australia/; ABS, Overseas arrivals and departures; Australia's best spots to retire, Herald Sun
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