Like so many other great ideas, Best Places in the World to Retire was started by people who were not able to find what they wanted.
What we wanted was credible on-line information about retiring overseas. What we found instead was a jumble of dispersed information; some credible, some definitely not, and a good amount of marketing and “advertorials.” The more we looked, the more it became clear to us that it would be very difficult for anyone considering retiring overseas to separate the “true” information from information that was “suspect” because the information available at the time was so often part of a sales pitch.
After checking with very reliable sources, we found that literally hundreds of thousands of baby boomers were trying to do the same research that we were, which meant that a huge quantity of them would be as frustrated and “turned off” as us, and as a result, just give up altogether on the idea of retiring overseas. What a shame this was, not only for those who decided not to pursue a retirement overseas because they couldn’t decide who to believe, but also for that portion of vendors who were knowledgeable and trustworthy who otherwise would have had an opportunity to gain a new customer, if only there were a forum for them to display their value and earn their new customers’ trust. Fortunately, some of us had significant experience starting and running successful companies, including companies that were Internet-based, so we had the ability to provide what was needed to both visitors and vendors. BestPlacesintheWorldtoRetire.com was born.
As its first, most important and unalterable mission, BestPlacesintheWorldtoRetire.com is committed to be our visitors’ source for credible information, whether that information leads them to believe that retiring overseas is good for them, or if it leads them to believe that they should not retire overseas. The way we do this is to present our visitors with a site like one we would have liked to have found when we originally tried to do our research: well-organized, unbiased, credible, and where anyone who complies with a reasonable standard of conduct can provide answers to potential overseas retirees’ questions, regardless of if the answers are positive or negative. We hope you will agree that we’ve accomplished our mission and that you find what you’re looking for.
You can trust that Best Places does not manipulate content to sell you anything. All opinions in the Community Q & A and Expat Stories are those of its authors, not Best Places.