At one time I considered Cuenca, Ecuador for a retirement spot. It is close to the equator, gets all four seasons in one day, friendly to expats, and cheap. Then my daughter had a baby. Now another daughter is having a baby. I don't think I want to go anyplace for a year where I can't take the babies. Well, the parents too cuz I'm done with full time baby stuff. But I want to be nearby to see the babies grow up.
If I had a choice and the financial security to do it, I wouldn't live anywhere.
I would spend the year touring - either by public transport or motorcycle. I would make my way around the world.stopping off in places as it suited me and living as the locals do, not using posh hotels, but b&b or camping.
I rarely go to the same place twice for holidays, no matter how much I like a place (short breaks in Scotland excepted) as there is so much of the world out there to see. And contrary to popular belief, most of it friendly and welcoming.