February 27, 2019 Retire Like a Millionaire for $30,000 a Year (or Less) in These 7 Places—Internationalliving.com “In the States today, it’s a tiny percentage of the population that can afford luxuries like a housekeeper, a gardener, or a country-club membership,” says Jennifer Stevens, Executive Editor, International Living. “A retirement with an ocean view? Most folks assume that sort of lifestyle is way above their pay grade. But that’s not necessarily the case. In the right spots abroad, a high-end lifestyle (with perks like a housekeeper or gardener) costs way, way less than it would at home. The truth is: In the right spots, you don’t have to be a millionaire to live well. You can do it in the Caribbean and in Europe, in fact." International Living’s new report looks at surprising spots overseas where expats can upgrade their retirement lifestyle—and enjoy a high-end quality of life—on $30,000 a year, or less. Placencia, Belize With 16 miles of beach along a palm-lined peninsula, Placencia on the Caribbean coast of Belize offers a tropical paradise feel at an affordable price. Placencia is a charming seaside town found at the tip of a long peninsula off the coast of mainland Belize. It’s fast becoming Belize’s most desirable location as it fronts the turquoise Caribbean Sea to the east and a resplendent freshwater lagoon, full of wildlife and with a view of the gorgeous Maya mountain chain, to the west. The region was once an “off-the-radar” destination but Placencia has come a long way. Remnants of this former fishing village are still apparent—keeping the authenticity and natural beauty of the area is important to residents and newcomers alike—but today there’s a selection of trendy, sophisticated restaurants, bars, and cafés as well. The combination of relaxation with adventure makes Placencia a perfect beach paradise. A couple can live a laidback lifestyle here on a budget of just $2,500 a month—$30,000 a year. The full report can be found here: Best Places to Retire on $30,000 a Year.