Eating organic, gluten free & vegan in Asia
One of the most interesting problems I’ve found when travelling the world looking for the best places to retire cheap is eating. Eating itself is easy. There’s food every where, street food, restaurants and markets are all plentiful. I love food and I’ll eat just about anything. I’ve had balut in the Philippines, BBQ toad in Bangkok and roast goat in Kuala Lumpur (I’ll never eat this again!)
Food here is tasty, plentiful and cheap. As long as you are eating what the locals eat you’ll have no problems. Bowls of pad Thai in Thailand are $1! The biggest problem occurs when you have any sort of dietary restrictions or concerns. I was traveling briefly with a vegetarian yoga instructor in Malaysia and we often had to go 3 or 4 restaurants to find a vegetarian dish. Some countries are definitely better than this than others. The language barrier also makes it tough to determine if what you’re eating is vegetarian or vegan. You will quickly learn all the local words for chicken, pork, beef. The hard part is asking if it’s “meat free”.
A vegan friend of mine in the Philippines has just adopted a “sigh you got me this time” attitude. She’ll be out having noodles, and after checking that it has no meat, will discover the broth is pork based. Being vegan for her is a moral choice not a dietary allergy luckily.
If you have any severe allergies, you already know how difficult it can be to eat out in restaurants. Take those difficulties and multiply it by a hundred. You’d literally be taking your life into your own hands eating random street food in Asia.
Retiring cheap with dietary concerns is doable though, there are lots of local markets where you can buy your own food. It definitely changes your experience though. After traveling with that vegetarian yoga instructor for a few days, I knew I’d never want to do that again. The pain in the ass factor of scouring for vegetarian dishes was super high.
Myself, my main dietary restriction is low carb and high protein. It’s not hard, but this makes food and eating more expensive. Bowls of $1 noodles now become occasionally eaten items. I also have to have supplies of protein powder with me. Can you retire cheap if you have these concerns? Yes, but it will definitely be harder. I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Eating great things while traveling is a huge pleasure for me. So I hope this helped you out. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)