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Old 07-13-2017, 06:56 AM   #41
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Larry M the friend you had was wrong about military retired pay. It is not only taxed in New Zealand but also taxed in the USA as regular income, the only non-taxable monies are monies payed into the survivors benefit plan.
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Old 07-13-2017, 09:10 AM   #42
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Larry M the friend you had was wrong about military retired pay. It is not only taxed in New Zealand but also taxed in the USA as regular income, the only non-taxable monies are monies payed into the survivors benefit plan.
Here is an excellent page on the subject which also discusses disability pay.

Taxes on Disability and Retirement Pensions | Military.com
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:04 AM   #43
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Roatan or the Bay Islands of Honduras. They speak english and has one of the better reefs. Keep your dinghy locked. The mainland is not to safe at all.
Rio Dulce, Guatemala is where a lot of the Caribbean cruisers go in the hurricane season. Fresh water and surrounded by mountains. Lots of marina's, boat works,restaurants etc.
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:43 PM   #44
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Where to retire? The US of course.

But the best place to live may not be the same.

Our parent residence is a bit like our bio parents .. a given not a choice.

And having grown up here and spent our lives here means it would be unlikely that living elsewhere would be better. Despite that I have the feeling there is somewhere I’d be better off.
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Old 03-26-2018, 07:13 PM   #45
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One of the biggest considerations for retirement is future medical needs and costs. Most countries are aware of this and it can therefore be difficult for older people to gain permanent residency or citizenship.

For the OP my suggestion would be to keep a home base somewhere in the USA that you return to regularly. Then have a couple of places reasonably close for commuting that you spend extended periods of time in.

A boat somewhere safe in Central America (and some great suggestions have been made for that), and perhaps a little place dirtside in Columbia given that you like it there. As well, you can always take extended travel to Europe or Asia at off-peak times to avoid the crowds and keep costs down. Retirement gives you lots of options!

Just budget as if you were still in the USA. Most times you will be a little ahead, in some places maybe not but then reduce time in those even if they are great. I wouldn't try to overthink it, or try to make long-term plans. Flexibility has lots of advantages.
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Old 03-27-2018, 07:31 AM   #46
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The OP has the possibility to stay in Europe but for most people the normal visa rules apply. A way to get a "permanent" visum for Europe is to invest Euro 250.000 in Greece. Google for "greece golden visa"
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The OP has the possibility to stay in Europe but for most people the normal visa rules apply. A way to get a "permanent" visum for Europe is to invest Euro 250.000 in Greece. Google for "greece golden visa"
Most countries worldwide have similar situations, including the US. If you can't otherwise quality for entry or a visa or residency, you can always buy your way in through an investment. In South Florida, businesses regularly sell, even if they've never made money, just to qualify the purchaser. Not surprisingly, one can buy their way into almost any country in the world. Many in South Florida own businesses that they couldn't even legally work in.
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Most countries worldwide have similar situations, including the US. If you can't otherwise quality for entry or a visa or residency, you can always buy your way in through an investment. In South Florida, businesses regularly sell, even if they've never made money, just to qualify the purchaser. Not surprisingly, one can buy their way into almost any country in the world. Many in South Florida own businesses that they couldn't even legally work in.
EB-5 VISAs are one way to do it. For as much as $1,000,000 or as little as $500,000 depending on the local economics, immigrant investors can become lawful permanent residents.
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Most countries worldwide have similar situations, including the US. If you can't otherwise quality for entry or a visa or residency, you can always buy your way in through an investment. In South Florida, businesses regularly sell, even if they've never made money, just to qualify the purchaser. Not surprisingly, one can buy their way into almost any country in the world. Many in South Florida own businesses that they couldn't even legally work in.
Nowhere in Europe you buy your self a way in for just 250.000..!!!!!!
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Did the OP ever identify a decision? Most of the thread is from last year. Anyone have any experience with Lake Chapala, MX?

Retirement & Cost of Living in Lake Chapala and Ajijic Mexico
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Old 03-27-2018, 12:56 PM   #51
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Lake Chapala

We spent September of last year in Ajijic (Lake Chapala) in a rented house. Nice weather (thunder storms every night, but wonderful days). A really large ex-pat community (US & Canadians), very friendly and engaged. Some wonderful food (latino & European). Many gringo housing enclaves with U.S. amenities. Easy air access to Guadalajara through many U.S. air ports.

However, most secondary roads and residential streets are not paved (more like river rock than gravel) and your vehicle's suspension will not be happy. Also, when you leave your gringo compound, you are in third-world surroundings. We thought twice about moving permanently, and voted no.
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Old 03-27-2018, 03:02 PM   #52
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Most people would not consider moving from their home country regardless of where the are living. They have become accustomed to the good aspects and have learned to accept all the faults of their mother country. For the majority, it would take a catastrophe to get them to move elsewhere.

I know several Iraqi people who had their American immigration visas approved, (they were interpreters for the US during the invasion) but the family decided it was too big of a change to move.

Personally, I like change and would consider living in a dozen different countries. Why choose one?
Its a small world these days. You can travel home in 24 hours from almost anywhere in the world.
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Be sure to check out Rio Dulce in Guatemala. Seems close to paradise from what I have read.
A sweatbox 8 months of the year
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I suggest Lake Victoria, Kenya---you can ship your boat there and cruise indefinitely There is always Acapulco or Loetto Mexico if you like streets running in blood and roadblocks full of burning trucks. Go to www.borderlandbeat.com for the news.
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I suggest Lake Victoria, Kenya---you can ship your boat there and cruise indefinitely There is always Acapulco or Loetto Mexico if you like streets running in blood and roadblocks full of burning trucks. Go to www.borderlandbeat.com for the news.
Plus its easy to drive down from the states if you have a M60 tank.
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Old 03-27-2018, 07:37 PM   #56
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South East Asia for us, sooner rather than later.

For ten years prior to buying this boat we used to pick a country and spend 3 mths checking out marinas, boatyards and general facilities, livability, medical, internet speed, security.
Initially hotels and a quick stay and onto the next spot but in later visits we'd revisit favourite spots and take a pool villa or serviced apartment , rent or buy a motorbike and immerse ourselves for the whole 3 months to see if we could live there.
Can be done incredibly cheap, compared to average Australia if you do your research and live a few miles outside the western/tourist centres.
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