After the hurricanes: What to know before retiring abroad

When John King decided to retire abroad, he took two exploratory trips and spent 18 months researching online before choosing Lake Chapala, Mexico. He had a list of criteria: climate, cost of living and community. They also took into consideration any potential natural disasters.

As the Caribbean and other retirement dream destinations outside of the United States get hit with storm after storm, near-retirees must surely wonder: Just how much do they want to risk for a piece of paradise? King isn’t risking much, considering he lives in the central highlands of Mexico at an elevation of 5,000 feet.

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