Every once in a while an MSM outlet will carry a story about the growing number of Americans retiring abroad. We are big fans of this trend, not least because a retire abroad movement could help develop poorer economies and save US crucial health care dollars all while improving quality of life for retirees. But the latest story on this phenomenon was especially important for how it hinted at the wider possibilities that could come from this trend. Yahoo:
While stories about Americans retiring to Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico have been around for awhile, there are a few places…not getting a lot of play. [Kathleen Peddicord] identifies Colombia (“a really good choice nobody is talking about yet”) and Uruguay (“especially if you want a relaxed, peaceful lifestyle in Latin America” but with a “very European feel”) as the next “new Sun Belt” hot spots.And while we’re on hot spots, the ability to communicate with family and friends via Skype and Apple’s FaceTime have made far-flung, adventurous retirement destinations all feel a little bit closer to home.
Skype doesn’t just let you communicate with family and friends: it also allows you to communicate with co-workers. One of the things that the “retire abroad” movement hasn’t yet picked up on is that you don’t need to be retired to take advantage of the very real benefits of living in Panama or Ecuador. We now have the technology that would allow many American companies to send employees of any age to the “new sun belt” to code or research or crunch numbers during the weekdays and scuba-dive on the weekends. It’s time we take advantage of it.