Travel: The Top 5 Places To Retire Abroad

I’ve always thought about moving abroad. As a kid, I dreamed of moving to America to begin an acting career (lol); more recently, I’ve been dreaming about moving to Paris and spending my days reading philosophy in a little cafe.

For the moment, I’m quite happy living in Doncaster (never thought I’d say that) and instead I’m dreaming about living somewhere sunny when I retire. And, it turns out, I’m not the only one, as it has recently been revealed that 57% of people in the UK would like to relax overseas.

According to research carried out by Schofields, more people than ever are planning to move abroad once they reach retirement age. It makes sense; what could be better than to spend your days relaxing in the sunshine, eating well and exploring a new way of life?

Some of the main reasons for wanting to move abroad are for better weather, to embrace a new culture, and for a better pace of life. I have to admit these reasons are basically the same as mine, along with the want to try new food and drink, and to spend my days exploring beaches, mountains and scenery.

So, where should we go when we retire? There are so many wonderful places to choose from that I have discussed many times in my travel section, but where are the most popular destinations to retire?

New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most popular destinations when retiring, and it’s clear to see why. Stunning scenery, a relaxed way of life and possibly the best country for trying new experiences, New Zealand has it all. Some of my friends have recently moved to New Zealand and I’m sold; it’s definitely high up on my list of places to visit.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands has been ranked highly for its quality of life, its education and job security. It is of course also home to the beautiful and free Amsterdam, a place full of culture, health and happiness: imagine spending your days riding around on a bike by the canal, bliss!

The Canary Islands

This is probably the least surprising destination on the list; the Canary Islands are pure escapism. Whether you go for Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria or Fuerteventura you are promised sandy beaches, warm to hot weather, cocktails, and beautiful surroundings. For a quiet and peaceful retirement, spending your days in the Canary Islands almost sounds too good to be true.


My friends and family know how much of a France fan-girl I am. I love Paris and Lille, and I’m hoping to visit the south of France soon. I think it’s probably the south of France that most people are imagining when they retire, as it’s been voted due to its warm weather, exquisite food and wine, and beautiful locations.


Canada has been rated by the UN as the world’s best country to live in, which is quite a statement! It’s stunning views, friendly locals and incredible outdoor sights make it a very popular retirement destination. It’s another place to add to my list!

Would you like to retire abroad and would any of these places be in your top choices? Where would you retire if you had the option?

*Information provided from a press release by Schofields. You can read a copy of the full press release here.*