Signs you couldn’t see in North America.

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Signs you couldn’t see in North America.

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As a world traveler looking for the best countries to retire cheap you’re going to see things that make you think about how equal and democratic things are back home. There are so many things that we already take for granted. The sign above I took a picture of in the Philippines. This sign made me laugh out loud, because first of all it’s hot as balls in the Philippines, so anywhere that requires formal clothes in a night club is insane. Also notice it restricts guys clothing but not women? That contrasts with this sign I saw in Kuala Lumpur.

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Things like equal treatment for people of both sexes is something we’ve had for a long time. It’s not even an issue we think about anymore. This is a train I saw in Kuala Lumpur.

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This sign made me think “We’re not in Kansas anymore Toto”


As I see these signs, I’m thinking about how when you travelyou have to embrace the culture of the country you are going to be living in. I’m also thinking about how sensitive and weak some people are back home. When I think about things like “safe spaces”, or #blacklivesmatter it makes me wonder, have the proponents of these causes ever left their microcosm of a world view? Real blatant sexism and real hateful inequality exists in the world. Why focus on such small things?

We are all trying to live the life we want, but at what point are we too focused on our own utopian idea of a perfect world? Traveling sweeps out those ignorant corners of our minds. It makes you think about how small and petty the things we focus on are “first world problems”. “Oh no, my letter carrier isn’t directly delivering to my mailbox, I have to walk a block, my life is ruined”.

As you travel looking for the best countries to retire cheap you’ll notice how many small things that bugged you back home really are just small things. Small things are like little rocks that fill up that backpack in your brain. If you let that backpack fill up, all of a sudden you’re dragging these issues about everywhere. Airlines have a 20kg luggage limit, why use your luggage limit for things that won’t matter? Come travel, leave the luggage behind.

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About the Author:

Samson Chui is the chief travel blogger behind Best Countries to Retire Cheap. His goal is to find the best country to retire for $1000.

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