Singles Report

Singles Report

Discover the Advantages to Being Single Overseas…in the World’s Most Romantic, Affordable, and Friendly Havens

Dear Reader,

If you could travel anywhere, with nothing to hold you back...where have you always wanted to go?

You could enjoy the quiet, turquoise waters of the Caribbean…a mountain retreat with views of lush cloud forests…or an elegant pied-à-terre in an historic World Heritage destination…

How about a part-time escape to Belize and the 200 Caribbean islands scattered off its coast...where the attractions include the friendly English-speaking people, the natural beauty, and the air of freedom and opportunity. Others who have settled on these beaches and islands include divers, sailors, and anyone looking for an affordable way to enjoy Belize’s laissez faire “live and let live” approach.

Maybe safe and stable Costa Rica, where you’ll find the happiest people in the world…and a land of stunning beaches and rushing rivers, with communities where neighbors watch out for and help one another…

Or perhaps the beaches, mountains, fabulous cities, and colorful festivals of a sunny Spanish town—with one of the lowest costs of living in Europe…

You see, not only is it more affordable than you think to spend time in these places...but as a solo traveler you have the freedom to get more out of these destinations.

In fact, there’s a special new resource you should have at your  fingertips if you’re planning to take full advantage of being single overseas.

It's called Single and Ready to Move Overseas: Your Guide to Joining Happier, Healthier Expats Abroad, and with it you can learn all about the best ways to enjoy a fun-filled life in the romantic, affordable, and friendly havens of Europe, Latin America and even exotic Southeast Asia.

With in-depth and frank contributions from dozens of solo American and Canadian retirees who live overseas (or who were happily single when they first moved overseas), this unique resource shows you International Living's top-ranked countries packed with great destinations, including:

Mexico: Fun and Filled with Single Expats

Mexico has more North American expats than any other country in the world. And no wonder. It’s close and convenient, it’s largely First World, and it offers a cost of living as low as half that of the U.S. or Canada.

Mexico’s popular expat destinations have established communities that can make building a new social network much easier. Mexico has expat communities all over the country, so be as picky as you like in your requirements—you’ll find someplace in Mexico to suit your single lifestyle.

Right now, some of the best destinations for new expats and singles include the Mexican highlands—home to San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato—and the Riviera Maya, on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Panama: Well-Established Expat Communities Across the City, Highlands, and Pacific Coast

Author of Single and Ready to Move Overseas Jessica Ramesch, who lives in Panama City, says "Panama truly is special. In large part, I feel safe here because it is very international and welcoming. I have wonderful friends in Panama and a wonderful life. Being single hasn’t hindered me. On the contrary—here, more than anywhere else, I feel like I can truly be myself.”

Panama boasts cool mountain havens and country hamlets…miles and miles of beaches along the Pacific and Caribbean…and, of course, a modern capital famous for its sparkling skyline. Many locals speak English—among them doctors and white-collar execs. There are well-established expat communities across the country, and they boast high-speed internet, cable television, reliable power, and potable water.

Belize: The Small Caribbean Nation Welcoming North American Retirees

Belize, the little Central American nation, casts a spell—especially on those with a spirit of adventure. Very popular thanks to its friendly, English-speaking people (who greet you with a smile and a cheerful "Good Day"), the natural beauty, and the air of freedom and opportunity. For many years, the country has drawn people from all over the world who want to live in the sun while taking advantage of the country’s real estate bargains and reasonable cost-of-living options.

Although the island of Ambergris Caye and mainland Cayo are considered good places for singles, you will find single expats all over… in Caye Caulker, Punta Gorda, and the increasingly popular Placencia.

Costa Rica: The Easiest and Most Proven Retirement Destination

This country of just over five million may truly have it all: a year-round tropical climate, quiet rural areas, hillside villages, Caribbean beaches, Pacific coastline, rainforests, lush valleys, and mountains.

There’s a climate and location to suit every taste. Cool Central Valley towns, surrounded by coffee farms and lush green mountainsides…Pacific Coast beach towns where you can doze in a hammock in the afternoon sun, with clear waters lapping the shore nearby…and the dramatic volcano backdrop of Lake Arenal, home to a close-knit community of expats.

In Single and Ready to Move Overseas, we’ll show you where to find plenty of other communities full of fellow expats where friendships come fast.

Portugal: Europe’s Top Retirement Destination

All the romance and culture of Europe, plus modern services, efficient transport, and excellent healthcare. You'll also find a lively, outgoing lifestyle and some of the best food and wine around. Portugal is a magical place. And the fact that it’s Western Europe’s most affordable destination is a happy bonus.

Portugal’s got a little bit of everything: myriad beaches, great golf, history and culture, amazing food, stunning mountains...and low costs. It's the top retirement haven in Europe and is the third safest country on earth, according to the 2020 Global Peace Index.

As you lunch seaside sipping a chilled glass of vinho verde, it’s not unusual to overhear conversations in Danish, French, Russian, or, of course, English. In fact, Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and others are starting to look to Portugal.

Thailand: Low-Budget Luxury

North American expats aren’t as huge a presence in Southeast Asia as Europeans and Australians, but the low costs, excellent, affordable healthcare, and beautiful beaches make it increasingly attractive. You can also get by with English in these countries—another big plus.

Making friends is easy. Expats are genuinely welcoming to newcomers, share what they have learnt, are highly social, and demonstrate an adventurous nature. Life is always busy, or as busy as you want it to be.

Thailand is incredibly popular with single expats of both sexes. Bangkok attracts a great many, as does Chiang Mai, with a very active singles social scene for both men and women. Also popular are beach destinations like Phuket, Pattaya, and Hua Hin.

There are expat destinations in countries around the world to suit just about every taste. It can be difficult to decide what you need. What kind of climate do you like best? Do you want a small town or a large city? Mountains or beach? How social are you? And are you willing to learn a new language?

Once you get your hands on this brand-new Single and Ready to Move Overseas…you'll have all the information at your fingertips that will help you to decide. There are a lot of organizations that take masses of facts and figures and crunch them for publication.

We take a more personalized approach, talking to our far-flung team of experts and editors about every aspect of their lives as expats. They aren’t sitting in cubicles doing online research; they’ve got boots on the ground and are eminently qualified to make judgment calls.

And in Single and Ready to Move Overseas, we’ve gathered their favorites. In it, we share all the details about where you can embrace this good life for less… And I guarantee it will help you determine which country is right for you.

What Happens When You're Single Overseas?
(We Asked People Like You Who Contributed to This New Guide)

"There's so much to do, I could be out every night!"
— Linda (Cuenca, Ecuador)

"I've never had a network of support like I have here, and I've traveled all over."
— Tari G (Salinas, Ecuador)

“Without a doubt, moving to Spain was one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made. Today, my social life is on fire. My health is fantastic. I’m learning a new language. I’m seeing the world. I have more friends than I can count. My late-life adventure is in full swing.”
— Marhsa S (Madrid, Spain)

"I like going to our local pizzeria, where the waiters know my name, attending yoga classes at the Atenas Yoga Center, and having lots of local expat community groups to join if I want."
— Shannon F (who met her now-husband in Atenas, Costa Rica)

"In general I find people here just have more time for each other—it's much easier to get together with friends than it is in New York."
— Kathy B (Guanacaste, Costa Rica)

"The laidback atmosphere on this charming little island immediately brought me back to my childhood in rural New Hampshire. Small children frolicked in the quiet, unpaved streets…everyone knew everyone. People greeted each other with smiles and banter. And photography and fly fishing, my two passions, are world class here."
— Dennis G (Caye Caulker, Belize)

The Easiest Way to Take the Next Step

Once you identify the friendly haven that's right for you, you'll be amazed at how much your cost of living could change for the better. In this one-of-a-kind resource, we’ve also included sample budgets. For example…

  • By far the most popular place with expats in Costa Rica is the Central Valley. It offers a nearly perfect climate. The best hospitals and top doctors in the country are a short ride away. And in Costa Rica, your monthly budget could be as little as $1,615.
  • Lagos is in the western Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region, where the beautiful rock formations of Ponta da Piedade and inviting sands lure beach lovers with the promise of perfect weather. Summer temperatures range from around 68 to 82 and drop by 20 in winter on average. And it'll cost you less to live in Portugal than you probably imagine: from $2,020 a month (including a maid to call twice a month).

In 2005, author of Single and Ready to Move Overseas: Your Guide to Joining Happier, Healthier Expats Abroad, Jessica Ramesch, began writing about life in Panama for International Living.

"It turned out to be the perfect way to get out there, meet new people, learn about activities and more," says Jessica. "Everywhere I went, I asked questions, in the hopes of gleaning some new, interesting detail for my articles. At a new restaurant I would ask who the chef was, and if I heard someone was planning a trip to a little-known beach, I'd ask if I could join. But I soon realized I wasn't the only person doing this. After a while, it seemed as if every new single expat I met—every happy single expat—put herself out there in the same way."

International or expat communities—like the ones covered in this guide—lend themselves to networking. There's no call to feel embarrassed. "Veteran" expats expect to be approached by newbies, and many of them are happy to share tips, recommendations, and more.

Today, Jessica has wonderful friends in Panama and a wonderful life. "We've all come from such different backgrounds, but we all came here in search of a better life. People in my new 'international' family are generous with their time and happy to help me whenever I need it. And, of course, I'm always ready to reciprocate."

And in the newly-updated Single and Ready to Move Overseas: Your Guide to Joining Happier, Healthier Expats Abroad, Jessica and her friends and contributors document everything they know about retiring solo in the world's top singles-friendly retirement havens.

Interactive Online Community for Solo Travelers

PLUS, we’re including FREE access to a private online forum for solo travelers who would like to interact with other singles overseas when you take us up on this special offer. This group is hosted by Jessica Ramesch, and is an ideal way to network, ask questions, and learn from others who are already happily living single overseas or plan to do so soon.

It’s a forum where you can get your questions answered and gain the confidence you need to take the leap…

You’ll get feedback and help from fellow members who can bring their advice and experience to the table and share useful insights you won’t get anyplace else.

The Best Move You'll Make…

You know, when Marsha S moved to Madrid in Spain when she was 70 and single, her friends thought she was extremely daring. Of her life in Madrid, she says: "Spain ticked a lot of boxes on my list: warm weather, affordable cost of living, great food, wonderful wine, fascinating culture, dependable infrastructure, and most important: warm, welcoming people. I found it easy to make friends, and by the end of my first trip, I already had about a dozen friends in Madrid.”

Marsha is riding a trend, one of thousands of singles from the U.S. and Canada who are moving abroad to enjoy a more affordable lifestyle…and discovering that being single isn't holding anyone back.

And now you can too.

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Publisher, International Living

December 2020

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