As Mrs ASE and I move inexorably toward retirement - I'm 58 and she's 54, and neither of us particularly relishes the idea of working to 70 or beyond as many people I/we know believe they must in order to survive in this area - we find ourselves increasingly intrigued with the idea of retiring somewhere else other than Victoria, the island, or even Canada.
In an ideal world I'd like to quit the career rat race while still relatively young and healthy enough to enjoy at least a few years before finally being shipped off permanently to a retirement home.
Those folks who I know personally and went to school with here in this city and that have recently or are in process of retiring - I see their joyous FB posts increasingly it seems, trumpeting their last day on the job, lol - all have one thing in common: they all have had long careers in the public sector (RCMP, military, teaching etc.,) and thus have those pensions to look forward to. Even then I note with interest that few of them opt (or are financially able?) to retire in Victoria; those who do remain 'local' relocate up island typically north of Parksville. Others have retired as far away in this country as Newfoundland.
This week I was perusing the Forbes 2018 list of most desirable (country) retirement options, some of which I have firsthand experience with including Mexico and Costa Rica, however there are several on this list I do not:
Looking at the list as neither of us are big fans of Asia particularly, Malaysia for example is not an option we would consider; Columbia (yeah surprised me too it made the list!), does not appeal at all.
Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America (Panama and Costa Rica) OTOH all definitely interest us for a variety of reasons, including weather, culture, the fact time-wise they are a reasonable flight back to Canada to visit friends or family, and because our conversational Spanish is passable and as languages go its a relatively easy one to learn given the time and effort put forth. Ditto in terms of interest in Spain or Portugal, and because I have friends who have lived in both of those countries and can't say enough good things about each of them generally.
I'm wondering for other VV's who are roughly in our age bracket though what your thoughts are re: retirement - on balance do you expect to retire in Victoria, or at least on the island? For those with firsthand travelling or ideally living experience in say Panama, Spain or Portugal are those places you would consider retiring to, or not? Why or why not?