Where you plan to retire can answer many questions about how you’ll spend those years, such as how much money you’ll need, or what will you do to remain active. A growing number of Americans are retiring abroad rather than at home. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages.Retirees who stay in the U.S. benefit from established professional connections that can help them secure work in retirement, if they want it. They also enjoy established social networks, nearness of family, familiarity of culture and trusted providers for everything from healthcare to car maintenance. Stability and the chance to maintain a regular routine are further benefits. But retiring at home can be expensive – the cost of living in the U.S. is higher than many other places. Healthcare costs are rising, and staying in a familiar safety zone may deprive you of new experiences. Retiring abroad is an adventure with new experiences that can help you realize dreams. Many foreign countries offer lower costs of living, better access to affordable healthcare, and nicer weather. On the other hand, living overseas places quite a distance between you and your loved ones. You could end up paying taxes on income in the U.S. and abroad. You’ll have to overcome language and cultural differences. You could end up in an unstable land, or one that’s better to visit than to live in. And if something goes wrong, your support is far away.