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Wifi, English speaking, safe, good public hospitals, great food, a gym close by  and all within my $1000 a month budget is my essential best countries to retire cheap checklist. I’m adding one new item. A pool or access to the beach.

Asia is hot hot hot. When it’s 30 degrees plus all the time, you have your choice of hiding in a mall, turning on your fan or cranking the air conditioning. Electricity isn’t cheap. I’ve seen bills ranging from $100-$200 for a place.

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Air conditioning is the number one culprit for electricity costs. So instead of paying crazy AC bills I’m going to add a pool or being by the water into my travel retirement budget checklist.

I should let you know, I hate pools normally, I think they’re boring, a pain to maintain and not worth it. But nothing beats the heat like a quick jump in the pool. (I shower something like 4 times a day right now because I get so hot.)

Besides one more bonus to a pool is, you now have a great excuse to invite all your new friends to your house.

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