Professional IT Analyst [Retired] - Antigua, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Spain

Mark DOIGI retired early on a company pension [at age 56] after nearly 35 years in the IT industry to the holiday island of Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Spain.

I did so for a very good reason. It was one of only two places in the world I could afford to retire to [I’m not rich] and enjoy a reasonable standard of living; the other refused me a long-term retirement visa on medical grounds, their loss was Spain’s gain.

I have never been a materialistic person, preferring to save money rather than spend it, but to have been able to retire early in my own country [UK} would have been impossible; the cost of housing and living was simply too much.

I’m very happy with where I now live; it is outside of the tourist-trap areas but I can visit them anytime the mood takes me. Antigua [the municipal capital] is centrally located on the island and halfway to wherever I may wish to go.

OK, so it can be a culture-shock sometimes and often lonely living in another Country; all the more reason to immerse one’s self into the language, culture, customs and local community of the adopted country. No one is ever too old to learn.