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Expat Living: It’s Not Just for Retirees

Working on the weekdays and scuba-diving in beautiful oceans on the weekend: It sounds like an idyllic way to spend one’s golden years. But as Kathleen Peddicord writes in the HuffPo, many of these overseas “retirement” communities are actually filled with Americans of all ages:

In most cases around the world, you’ll find nothing like traditional retirement communities…. Instead, overseas retirement communities are mobile, young and vital…. Expat communities tend to include all expats, not just retirees. Expat communities form in places around the world based on common ties such as language and culture, not age. In communities overseas, younger executives, teachers, writers and the self-employed mix with retirees.

Nearby Mexico is one of the most popular spots for expats. According to the US Embassy, more than a million Americans live in Mexico. They often self-organize into communities, like in the city of San Carlos, where 6,000 American and Canadian expats live. The attractions of Mexico and places like it are easy to understand: cheap but luxurious living in beautiful settings.

This sounds like a great deal to us, and as we’ve said before, there are even a few ways expat living can make some of our national problems (like pensions and health care, for starters) a tad easier to manage.

[Image of Mexican Beach from Shutterstock] 

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