Whether it be for weather, a lower cost of living, or simply a change of pace, many retirees from North America are increasingly looking abroad to purchase real estate.  This year, the top 5 destinations internationally (not including the US and Canada) are Ecuador, Panama, Mexico, Malaysia, and Costa Rica.  All have lower cost of living and excellent climates.  Malaysia and Costa Rica have excellent public health care systems, while Mexico and Ecuador have beautiful colonial cities.  Panama has an excellent transportation system. 

Also popular are Spain, Portugal and Malta in Europe and, of course, not inexpensive but perrenially sought after Southern France and Central Italy.