A worldwide guide to retirement destinations

After writing several editions of Where to Retire in Australia, people often say to us that Where to Retire in the Worldwould make for an interesting book!

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Having a real retirement sea-change—on the sea

From Geraldton to Gerroa and from Bowen to Blackmans Bay, the idea of living on the coast is attractive for many retirees. But what about living on the water—on a ship?

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What about retiring to Norfolk Island?

Norfolk Island has been in the news recently—and not only as a great place to visit. More people are looking to Norfolk Island as a retirement destination.


Norfolk Island has been in the news recently—and not only as a great place to visit. More people are looking to Norfolk Island as a retirement destination.
 First settled in 1788, just weeks after the First Fleet arrived in Sydney, Norfolk offers much for those who enjoy pristine air and superb scenery.

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Australia in the top 10 world places to retire

Australia in 2019 was the 6th favourite retirement spot in the world for Brits, according to a recent survey. We were ahead of New Zealand by one place. In 2018 Australia placed 9th.

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Baby boomers to move up-country for retirement?

A recent forecast predicts that there’ll be a surge in the number of baby boomers heading for regional areas. The report went on to identify 30 likely places around Australia. Interestingly, only about half of them were by the sea. Could an inland tree-change be on the cards for many baby boomers?

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How Sherry made her retirement dream come true

Two years ago, at the age of 62, Sherry Goodloe decided it was time to retire and ‘to start really living’. Four years earlier she’d had breast cancer, which made her think hard about her future. To fulfil her travel dreams she says, ‘I got a world map and I started mapping out places I wanted to go.’

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Understanding the rules around granny flats and the aged pension

For Centrelink, a ‘granny flat agreement’ starts when an Age Pensioner transfers assets to another person in exchange for future accommodation. ‘Granny flat accommodation’ comes in various forms: from a self-contained building; an apartment in a larger building; or simply the spare bedroom of a family home with use of the family bathroom.  A formal, […]

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A moving story about retirement

Many people look forward to moving to an idyllic retirement spot, others to build or renovate their dream home. Much planning goes into their new home, but sometimes a few things are overlooked.

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Downsizing your home and its impact on the age pension

Downsizing into an apartment or independent living unit is an attractive option for many retirees. And it may mean having cash to spend on travel and lifestyle. Or to escape monthly mortgage payments.

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One way to manage a mortgage in retirement

‘We’ve got a mortgage, it’s small, but we don’t know how to pay it out.’ That’s what a recently-retired client couple told me, and asked, ‘What can we do?’

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