Why the South of France Should Be On Your Retirement List
Recent research suggests that people are least happy in their early 50s before retirement and then get happier quickly when they stop working. Once financial independence, access to healthcare and lifestyles are defined, retirees start to be contented (BAML, Nielsen). Retiring to another country also contributes to this satisfaction. A survey of 389 expatriates by ‘Best Places to Retire in the World’ revealed that 81% were happier in their new country than in their former residence. Lower costs of living, good healthcare, favourable climate and relaxed lifestyles attract pensioners to relocate. The South of France is one the most popular places in the world that continues to lure mature adults to spend their golden years. Read on to find out why.
What the South of France Offers
France is not the first place you would think of when retiring considering that its capital is the second most expensive city in the world. However, regions outside of Paris offer much more than just charming vineyards, delectable restaurants and gorgeous countryside. The South of France for one has a mild climate making it a great place to live for older people whose bodies are less tolerant of extreme weather. There are beaches, mountains, picturesque villages and much more. Real estate is not as exorbitant as major urban centers such as Paris, Cannes or St. Tropez. For example, it is possible to buy a 2-bedroom house in Garde, Languedoc Roussillon for 100,000 euros. The cost of living is reasonable and you can go out in a restaurant on a budget of 15 euros. As it is France, known for its cuisine, you are unlikely to get bad food.
Saving Up for Retirement in Another Country
Retirees plan for their future by downsizing, saving for healthcare and investing. All other things equal, having healthcare insurance with minimum co-pay is an advantage when in the retirement phase. The universal healthcare system is another reason why the South of France is attractive to potential pensioners. If you are coming from a country where healthcare is not adequately covered, this is a plus point to retire in the area. Moreover, if you are in good health, there are plenty of things to do in the region. You can visit museums and explore historic sites & medieval attractions. Exposing yourself to another culture is also another advantage and you will find that learning a new language is beneficial when interacting with your local community.
All in all, living costs are reasonable in the south of France, making a pensioner’s income stretch in different ways. The quality of life is good contributing to your overall health and wellbeing, a major key to happiness. A better climate, universal healthcare, lots of things to do, opportunities to travel in the country & within Europe and friendly locals, what more can you ask for when you are retired?