An Expat Talks about Retiring in
One retiree in Prilep, Macedonia hopes that more retirees discover Pirlep. With a lower cost of living, slower pace of life, low crime rates, ample public transportation, a hospital within walking distance and high speed internet access, it's a hidden gem!
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Why did you choose to retire abroad?
Financial reason. Money lasts longer. Slower pace of life and cultural opportunities.
Are you retired abroad all year or part of the year?
Why did you choose the country you retired to?
Friendly people and safe.
Did you ever live abroad before you retired abroad?
How long have you lived abroad since you retired abroad?
How many countries (other than your home country) have you lived in as a retiree?
What have been the most challenging aspects of being retired abroad?
I miss family.
What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad?
I am able to learn about a new culture and enjoy life at a slower pace and financially more comfortable.
What would you do differently if you were just starting the retire abroad process?
What is life like for a retiree in your city and its surroundings? (Is there an active expat community? Cultural Attractions? Recreation? Nightlife?)
Yes, there is an expat community. Yes, cultural, recreational and nightlife.
What residency documents or visas did you need to obtain to retire in your host country? How difficult was this process? (Please describe)
Did you buy a home or apartment, or rent one? Is this a difficult process? (Please describe)
purchase a condo, easy process
Financially, has living abroad in your host country met your expectations? Exceeded them?
What are the most important financial considerations for retiring to your host country?
I wanted our lifestyle to be maintained. With the exchange of currency, we are able to do this without sacrificing.
How much can a retiree live on comfortably in your host country?
800 - 1000 Canadian dollars per month
Do you have access to quality medical care? (Please describe - is it close? Expensive?)
Yes, hospital is within walking distance.
Is there a lot of crime where you live? (Please describe)
Describe available transportation where you live. Do you need a car? Is there access to safe public transportation?
There are taxis, buses and trains.
There is no need for a car. Access to safe public transportation is always available.
Is there high-speed internet access where you live?
Do you have any other thoughts you would like to share about retiring abroad?
More people should consider Prilep or FYROM. It's a hidden gem.
I am grateful for discovering this place.
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