The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is all in your attitude.
While planning for a retirement overseas, we would wager that most people occupy themselves with practical concerns: language barriers, resident visas, banking, renting or buying property, medical care and the like. From our experience, these issues are the easiest part of making a lifestyle change.
It’s the emotional and psychological aspects that are the hidden challenges in adapting to a foreign lifestyle. If not met with flexibility and compromise, it can destroy your dream of retiring abroad, and in some instances it even destroy relationships.
Many people trip themselves up by believing that they are going to live just like they did at home, only cheaper. We want to tell you that no place overseas is just like home. Customs, foods, weather cycles, housing codes, the treatment of pets, laws—if you don’t embrace them you’re bound to be unhappy.