There's a lot to consider when you retire. So, before you move to Istanbul or Florida don't forget about your health. As people live longer, they visit hospitals more often and take more prescriptions. Check the proximity of hospitals, pharmacies, exercise facilities and anything else that will help keep you fit and healthy.
Once you have taken care of the basics -- health and taxes -- think about where your money will stretch the farthest. Interesting places to consider are college towns. These are usually tight-knit communities where the cost of living is lower, with a well-educated and diverse population. They pack the amenities of a big city into a smaller town. You'll have access to state-of-the-art university medical facilities, libraries, theater and even live sporting events. Another plus is transportation – college towns usually have great bus systems and are generally near transportation hubs like airports or train stations. With everything so close, you may not even need a car, so you can spend your gas and insurance money on something far more fun.