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How I made $3000 USD this month playing video games


Hi friendly readers, it’s been a while since I’ve written a new post. I blame Covid. It’s hard being a travel blogger writing about retirement spots, if I can’t travel.


Earth2, launched in November as a brand new up and coming game. They are a tiny little start up with a lot of big names on their team. Game link

The goal of the game is to create, a sim city style game, with users building up a brand new Earth to play on. Imagine, megacities, pirate islands, nightclubs etc.

BUT HOW DO I MAKE MONEY? There are a lot of ways.

  • Land income taxes
  • Sale of property
  • And eventually resources
  • And eventually micro transactions from new players

This month, playing Earth 2, I made $3000 USD and $32000 in earth2 tiles.

FOR REAL? Yes, some people including me were really sceptical. But this game has paid me $3000 and it’s happily sitting in my TD bank account in Canada (I used it for a lump payment on my mortgage, knocking 5 months off the amortization).

WAIT YOU SAID YOU MADE $3000 AND $32000 IN TILES. WHAT IS A TILE? Earth2 works like this, there are phases in which the game is being built. The first phase, players buy a tile. A 10×10 tile when I started in the game was .10 cents USD. You can fund this payment with PayPal.

I started with an initial buy of $20. After watching the price of those tiles increase, I bought another $1000. At this point, I was a little nervous. $1000 is a whole months budget for me. (Remember our mutual goal is to find the best countries to retire cheap for $1000 a month.)

So…..a week passes, and these $1000 worth of tiles that I’ve bought has grown in value to $4000. Soooo, I’m like….sell sell selll! I’ve got to see if this whole thing is a giant scam.

To cash out, you HAVE to sell your tiles to another player. To make it easy the game has a market place. You list your tiles for sale, and wait till someone buys it. I listed my tiles for 30% off what they were worth and sold $1600 worth! I was all like “Muhahhaaha, off to the bank I go.”

The withdrawal process isn’t as easy as hitting withdraw from PayPal. You have to provide a lot of banking info to the game via credits@earth2.

Your full legal name, current address, account name, email address (which should match your account email address), exact bank account name, account number, phone number, amount you wish to receive and any relevant information for international transfer to your bank account. Also confirm that your bank can received USD as all payments will be sent in USD. Please note to have these details correct before sending. All payments are processed via a filtration service with financial licenses and those services do run checks for us on all provided details as we do not want Earth 2 breaking any AML or financial compliance laws. If you provide incorrect information and the payment is rejected, there may be additional costs.

Aha! That’s where the trick is! Like every other project, there are jerks and jackasses who play a game who try to exploit glitches. The withdrawal process takes a while to process because they have to check that your withdrawal is legitimate.

It took me two weeks, and my withdrawal kept bouncing and not arriving in my TD bank account. (Let me point out this was 100% not Earth2 being jerk bags. It was me.) I have no idea, what my IBAN or Swift code is. In fact, the first time I think I even gave them the wrong bank account number (….you know how you have a short number and a long number for your account.)

…..so after 2 weeks I was like, screw this. There has to be an easier way. That’s when I learned about Transferwise. Transferwise is the easiest way to wire money internationally. And it’s what Earth2 uses. So…..I got the free Transferwise (It’s like PayPal).

So, I wrote Earth2 and said….hey here’s my Transferwise. Boom! Money in my account in 4 days. START HERE FOR YOUR FREE TRANSFERWISE. YOU GET $500 FREE TRANSFER. So, yes, if you plan to withdraw, get that Transferwise, or you also might get stuck in bank limbo.

So now that I’ve explained what Earth2 is, and how to get the money out, lets talk about some of the most crucial parts of the game.



BUYING TILES: There are 2 ways of buying tiles, on the marketplace and directly from the map. If you buy from the map you’ll pay what the price of a new tile is. Each country is a different price. For example you might get a tile in Canada for $6.76 or East Timor for .41 cents.

WAIT WHAT?! WHY WOULD I WANT TO BUY IN EAST TIMOR? CANADA IS THE BEST! Well the reason for this is that, it’s up to you. Remember at this point the whole city building part of the game hasn’t been released yet. You are speculating at this point. Will people build a whole mega city in East Timor? If they do, then you’re going to make serious coin. Or will people stick to what they know and build in Canada/USA/Italy/Japan?

Nobody knows at this point. But one thing that is VITAL for new players to know is that ALL man made structures on EARTH will be wiped out before the game starts. So if you buy a giant stadium, you are not buying the stadium. You are buying the land the stadium is on.

DOES THAT MEAN I SHOULDN’T BUY STADIUMS AND MONUMENTS? According to the developers “ We are not sure what will happen when building starts in Earth 2 and we are very excited to see how things pan out, essentially people could build a city in the middle of the desert (like Las Vegas) which could be very interesting we feel! Having said that, we do have future plans which will “bridge” a link between corresponding places in the real world and Earth2, these links will, in our opinion, offer more revenue opportunities for popular locations visited by people in the real world.”

WAIT. SO. THE ANSWER IS MAYBE? Kinda, maybe yeah. Remember this is all speculation.

There are only 2 certainties.

1. Your land tile you buy will go up in price as people buy. In the month I’ve been playing I haven’t seen any price drops. If the price does drop it lasts at most a day.

2.You need to buy smart.

WHAT IS BUYING SMART? If I were you starting the game I’d buy the following combination.

SO I SHOULD JUST LOTS OF RESOURCE LAND? Yes….but with 1 caveat. Remember to always buy Class 1 or 2. Do not buy Class 3 or Class 4. Another way you can make money in this game is Land income tax (LIT). At the time of writing this most places in new tile are class 2.

WHERE ELSE SHALL I BUY? I’d also recommend buying in megacity areas. A megacity is an area where a lot of users have bought in a certain area, versus all over the place. The reason for this is during phase 2, it might be easier to mine resources from areas where there are a lot of properties near by. Also having people nearby means they will also buy and develop properties near you. Having a tourist attraction in the middle of nowhere might not be that useful. Again this is all speculation as nobody knows for sure.

ANY MORE ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT RULES? Yes use a referral code. Mine is EYD2O9KDM4

The reason for using a referral code is that it gets you 5% off ALL new tile buys. (I get a 5% bonus too!)

WAIT! I JUST TRIED TO BUY IN DUBAI BUT IT SAYS NOT AVAILABLE. Yeah for religious religions some areas are locked down.

Last important rule. WATCH out for Scammers. There are some real scumbags, who try to trick newbies. I’ve already told you to ALWAYS IGNORE MARKET PRICE AND LOOK AT NEW TILE PRICE. The other common scam is they will change their name to “JerkyMcgee is bidding $5900” so you might get a bid notification on your property. And you’ll think, whoa someone is bidding $5900 on my property worth $200. They aren’t, the real bid is $0.01, you can see that if you read carefully. But because they’ve changed their name, you might be tricked into thinking they are bidding $5900. My advice is NOT to accept any bids until you are comfortable in the game.

Hopefully you all have success in the game. Remember not to put in more than you can afford. And if you have any questions feel free to message me! My current properties are there for you to look at so you can have a good idea of what a portfolio looks like.

Good luck and remember if you want tips on the best countries to retire cheap HEAD HERE

How I made $3000 USD this month playing video games2021-01-30T12:09:14+00:00

3 Great Restaurants under $5 in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Finding great food is 50% of the reason that I travel around looking the best countries to retire cheap. As you know, I love Siem Reap, Cambodia. Last year, it was #2, on my best countries to retire cheap list. LINK TO CURRENT PLACES TO RETIRE CHEAP and it might make #1 this year.

One reason, Siem Reap appears constantly on the best countries to retire list is the abundance of GREAT food. As an international hub, you’ll find quite a bit of variety for food. Chinese, Mexican, English, Thai, Malay, Indian….they’ve got enough great affordable restaurants to make this a place to come just to eat.

The fried dumplings at Old Beijing Dumpling House are delicious!

Old Beijing Dumpling House: This is a MUST GO if you like dumplings. While they have other Chinese food on their menu, I highly recommend the steamed or fried dumplings. Seriously, with the word “Dumpling” in the title, you’d be a fool to get something else. When a friend of mine suggested it, I was like, “Dumplings? I love dumplings…. but I’m also super fussy about dumplings as I’ve eaten them in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Richmond.” It’s not a fancy place, but some of the best street food I’ve had often comes from unassuming places. These were some of the BEST dumplings I’ve ever had in the world. Every batch is hand made, and the price is $3 for 13 dumplings. That’s right…..under 30 cents a dumpling! They are a mom/pop shop, and make them fresh, so EXPECT at least a 20 minute wait after you order your dumplings…… (HINT:If you’re going to eat multiple orders of dumplings, order the second plate when the first one appears….so you never run out).

Bread and Bubble:This little gem of a store is a cozy sandwich shop. It made the list, because of it’s authentic Vietnamese Banh Mi. I’ve spent months in Vietnam, and one of the main reasons to go is for Banh Mi. Until I tried Bread and Bubble in Siem Reap, I’ve never found another restaurant that makes a decent Banh Mi outside of Vietnam. (Don’t even get me started about the crappy ones I’ve had in Ecuador.) This place is also crazy cheap, averaging $2 for a delicious banh mi, made with fresh baguette.

Banh mi at Bread and Bubble

Temple Design Restaurant: This is part of the Temple group, and if you’re in Siem Reap, I swear you are going to see something from Temple Group every few blocks. From restaurants, to nightclubs, to hotels they have an imprint everywhere. What that means, is it has impeccable standards. Ive been to several of the Temple restaurants and they always have great service, beautifully presented food and 50 cent draft. If you want to try Khmer food this is where I’d go. The presentation and the food will truly impress. Most places in Siem Reap if you’re going for Khmer food will just just serve it slapped on a dish. Here they actually work just as hard on the plating and presentation as the food itself. It’s Instagram heaven for food photography. Bonus tip: They take credit card here!

Try Khmer food at Temple

There is a lot of food to go try in Siem Reap, and I’m going to endeavor to go eat at ALL the great places. If you know a fantastic place, that didn’t make this list, let me know in the comments! And as always have a great time looking for the best food in the world!

3 Great Restaurants under $5 in Siem Reap, Cambodia2020-06-15T09:44:14+00:00

Fostering Animals in Cambodia

If you’re looking for the best countries to retire cheap, you might want to have some furry companionship. When I left Canada, my ex girlfriend took our cats, and I’ve been a solitary wanderer ever since.

In Siem Reap, Cambodia there are a ton of stray animals. If you’re going to be in a city for a while (like I normally am), I’d recommend getting a hold of a foster society to adopt some animals while you’re in town.

I reached out on Facebook to a wonderful society called, Animals of Our World. They are strictly non profit, volunteer run group that helps take care of animals in Siem Reap FACEBOOK LINK TO THEIR PAGE

They brought 2 kitties for me, which I promptly named Goblin and Scout. We had them cleaned and vaccinated and now I have 2 new guests in my hotel room! (A lot of places will allow you to have a pet if you ask).

I donated some cat food to their organization, and paid for the first round of vaccines, but it’s strictly a voluntary donation. Frankly, I love being able to help!

Now the two little fuzz balls are crawling all over the place, and this article is taking way longer to write, because they insist in helping!

Scout, is watching vigilantly!

So, why not foster an animal while you look for the best countries to retire cheap? Do it! Do it!

Fostering Animals in Cambodia2020-04-15T02:34:58+00:00

I’m in Cambodia during the Coronavirus

Being a travel blogger is amazing, but at times it can be kinda crazy. I was tear gassed in Chile, and now I’m dealing with the Coronavirus here in Cambodia.

How’s it affecting everything? Mostly it hasn’t changed the country. I flew in and they had an extra form to fill in about if I had been to any dodgy or banned countries. That’s about it. To be honest the movie theater had tighter security with temperature scanning.

Life in Cambodia, is water buffaloes, massages and cheap hotels.

The government here has just shut down (as of today), the bars and cinemas. With that being a huge source of income for the locals, it can be brutal. Imagine making $200 a month, and then getting laid off for 2 weeks with no pay. The bills, don’t stop coming, do they? My hotel has a private pool, so I’ll probably spend my time swimming.

Travel itself is dodgy. The border to Cambodia closes for all US, Germany, France, Iran, Italy and Spain as of today. The next stop on my travels is Thailand, and while it’s currently accepting people flying from Cambodia, who know’s if it’s still going to continue?

As the world lives gripped in fear, I’m wondering what the travel situation will look like 2 weeks or 2 months from now. As it is though, I’m going to keep enjoying life and retiring in cheap countries. Stay safe everyone, and keep living life.

I’m in Cambodia during the Coronavirus2020-03-18T01:11:23+00:00

3 Reasons Why You Should Use Las Vegas as a Flight Hub.

My home city of Edmonton, Alberta is a great city, but it’s not a great flight hub.

Most of the flights I use to explore the best countries to retire cheap require a stop in a different city along the way. Edmonton, isn’t a flight hub like Toronto’s. There are very few direct/economical flights.

Here’s 3 reasons why you should choose Las Vegas for a flight hub.

1. It’s a great airport, especially compared to LAX or Vancouver.

2. It’s a pretty great place to stay for cheap/free for a few days.

3. It usually costs you nothing in extra plane fare. My flight to Asia from Edmonton was $600. A flight to Vegas from Edmonton, and then Vegas to Asia, $610. So instead of doing the 17 hour flight with a few gross layovers, I fly into Las Vegas, stay a few days (I like the buffets), and then direct to Asia.

Here’s the best way to stay on the cheap in Vegas.

1. Grab some free apps.

These apps are all free, and provide actual comps in Vegas.

Hotel rooms, shows and food are all on there.

I’ve done this trip a whole bunch of times, and it’s not a scam.

Is it totally free? Yes.

How does it work?

And why isn’t everybody doing it?

1. It’s completely free, but you have to click the apps at least one time a day to get the free stuff.

2. It’s not instant. It takes me about 1 year to collect enough loyalty points to get my free trip.

3. A lot of people don’t really want to spend the time getting the free loot. I’ve told hundreds of people, and most think it’s a great idea. But 3 months later? They’ve stopped clicking the free money button.

4. They think Las Vegas is all about gambling, strippers or partying. Not me, for me it’s going to be 3 days of lying by the pool, free bud lights and buffets. (I might also hit the gyms.)

5. They have serious gambling problems. I get it, some people cannot be in that environment without blowing a lot of money. If you are that way, do not use Las Vegas as a flight hub, they even have slot machines at the airport.

Total cost for 3 days in Vegas with my plan?

1. Hotel: Staying at the Wynn with the Wynn App (Free: No Resort fees either!)

2. Food (Eating on Freemont with 4 Queens and Binions app) Free. Between the two apps, I have about $70, for my upcoming trip

3. Entertainment: MyVEGAS apps (there are 4 of them) for Cirque Du Soleil, Shark Reef and Wax Museum. Again Free.

4. Groupon & YELP: Want to do more? Go grab some Groupons ahead if you like, or YELP has a bunch of check in offers too.

So, book that trip! Go to Vegas. And have a great time, looking for the best countries to retire cheap.

3 Reasons Why You Should Use Las Vegas as a Flight Hub.2020-03-18T00:47:32+00:00

Getting to Cambodia: Step by Step guide

Siem Reap, Cambodia is one of my most favorite places in the world to retire cheap.

How do you get there? And what steps do you need to take?

Are there tips?

You bet.

1. Book your flight. When booking your flight try to avoid flying into America. Or if you’re American, try to avoid any stops in a different American city.

The main reason for this is because, each time you stop in America, even when transiting, you have to go through their security again.

Yup. You wind up going back out with the people who haven’t already been screened. And screened again.

This is going to take up a lot of extra time and hassle.

2. Pack light. I know you might be retiring forever and bringing everything with you. Remember you’re going to Asia, they make a lot of stuff here. And have pretty much everything you’re going to need.

Right now I travel with a carry on, and a small backpack for gear.

3.Choice of airlines is up to you. But I really like Singapore Air. During the flight, it’s unlimited booze, snacks and meals. Also the flight attendants are really nice. Believe me, I’m cheap as balls but, if I have a flight that’s similar in cost, or even more expensive I’ll choose Singapore Air vs Air Canada or any American company. This trip I voluntarily chose a 13 hour stopover in Singapore, because it’s airport is one of the nicest in the world

Sunflower Garden in Changi Airpor

After getting onto the plane, you’ll want to have a pen. They’ll give you several customs forms to fill out.

When you land, you’ll need to pass these forms to the customs agent, and then head to the Visa on Arrival area (for Canadians). The Visa on Arrival cost was $35 USD (have crisp bills, no crumpling, tears, or wear).

Then head to passport control. Be warned Cambodians are super nice, But customs are kinda rude.

After you get through that, (it should take about 30 minutes.) head outside for a taxi/tuk tuk. If you’re smart you’ve already downloaded the Pass App. Pass is the Cambodian Uber. If not, a tuk tuk into town should cost you abut $5 (USD). If you’ve made some friends on the airplane ride, you guys can always share one. As long as they live near pub street, you’re also going to be close. (I’m assuming you’ve also booked near Pub Street.

And that’s it! You’re in Cambodia! Enjoy

1 Hour after the plane lands, I’m in a pool with a 50 cent beer in hand

Getting to Cambodia: Step by Step guide2020-03-13T04:45:48+00:00

Are you TOO stupid to retire cheap in a different country?

Do you know people who are envious of your plans to retire cheap?

On one hand, they say things like “Wouldn’t it be great if I could retire?” And on the other hand they say “$500, pshaw who wants that….that’s like coffee for a month or two.” (I’m not even kidding, these people spend $300 a month at Starbucks….and don’t see why they can’t save enough to retire).

These people are idiots. They are complete wastes of brain cells: wandering around disguised as humans with brains.

Seems harsh? Yeah. I thought so too, until I ran into some real waste of skin, while I did a hiatus in North Carolina.

To be clear, there is NOTHING WRONG with a traditional North American retirement. (Also to be clear, I met some awesome people in North Carolina ….Go Tarheels!)

And one of my BEST friends in the world is from Raleigh (Home of the best biscuits.)

There is nothing wrong with TRADITIONAL retirement.

Seriously, do it, retire normally…….it won’t bug me.

But, you ARE NOT allowed to whine and complain all the time about how impossible it is.

Here’s the thing. A traditional retirement is pretty easy.

Save the money. Retire.

Now some of you, my dear readers, might say….”It’s not that easy.””


It’s like losing weight is easy.

“Don’t eat too much, and exercise

If you’re here, (unless somehow the search engines and cookies have tricked you), you are looking for the best countries to retire cheap. I’m glad to provide tips on how you can find a little place where you can retire cheap. Which country will you pick? I don’t know. But I’ve got a ton of articles for you to look at find out.


On your journey, you’ll find a ton of people who will be helpful and supportive of your goals. But, you’ll also run into EVEN more people who think your idea is crazy coocoo puffs. Ignore those jerks, and naysayers.

But how do you, my faithful readers of BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com, spot these air breathing waste of time type of humanoids?

Here’s what I’ve found!

1. They generally have never travelled outside of their own country.

2. If they have, it’s been to an “all inclusive” resort.

3. They have no idea about safety or watching themselves. Usually, they expect big brother to be protecting them somehow.

4. Do they say things like “OH IT’S SUPER DANGEROUS XYZ COUNTRY?” Yeah, every country is dangerous…and obviously some more than most (I’m looking at you Colombia). But if you practice common sense you will be fine.

Yeah those people are ignorant and shortsighted, but do not let them get you down..

You can do this!!!!!

There are a ton of people just like you who’ve already taken that step.

You’re reading blogs, getting info, and preparing…..so you’re already on your way to living in the best countries to retire cheap.

Remember life is short. Tick tick.

I hope you find the best countries to retire cheap in.

I hope you liked this article, and if you know somebody who also would like it? Share. It!

Are you TOO stupid to retire cheap in a different country?2020-02-17T18:16:16+00:00

I’ve been away from home for 4 years. Here’s what I’ve learned.

I’ve been on the road for 4 years now trying to find the best countries to retire cheap and here’s what I’ve learned.

  • The world is a big place. Things that are so important and newsworthy in North America aren’t all REALLY that big a deal. (Things like gender politics, elections and crazy new tech gadgets still occupy my mind, but it doesn’t play such a big role in my psyche anymore.)
  • I love travelling. I also hate not having a home.
  • People are strange, both good and bad. I’ve made some great new friends like my hosts in Cebu, and a yoga teacher from Germany.
  • That it’s easy to lose weight just by eating less. I’ve lost 15lbs in 6 months, just by not snacking and drinking less. There wasn’t any calorie counting. I just ate the same portions at street stalls as the other patrons.
  • That there are a lot of travellers who are traveling just to “find themselves”. One guy I met had sold everything at 25 years of age and has been on the road for 5 years.
  • That I hate squat toilets. I can use them, but I hate them. I also learned to appreciate the fact that public toilets in North America always have toilet paper.
  • I don’t need a bunch of stuff to make me happy. I sold all my toys, from motorcycles to a Fallout pip boy and never have I missed them.
  • That you should always have a travel journal. Even though I share tips and articles here with you on BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com, I have lots of private (and usually boring) thoughts too.
  • Muslim countries aren’t all that repressive and horrible. The women seem happy and I wonder about how biased I got from western media. Shariah law exists but in Kuala Lumpur you have to be a Muslim for it to apply.
  • I miss red meat (especially steaks) but I don’t need it. Please go for steaks with me in Alberta!
  • That eggs in Asia are delicious and we are doing it wrong in North America.
  • That mass transit works. Coming from a city where mass transit is stuck in the dark ages and inefficient I never really grasped how great a city that has it is.
  • It’s important to speak multiple languages. English is still the predominant travel language in most of the world. My Cantonese is useful , and I’ve learned Spanish. I wish I spoke French, Thai and Russian. You really cannot connect with people as if you can’t speak a persons native language.
  • That hookers can have a heart of gold. Watching one working girl spending hours gently taking care of a passed out backpacker on Khao San road really opened my eyes.
  • That I need to keep travelling just to eat delicious food.
  • My blog is making money. I’m making about $1 a day. It’s not much but I’m still surprised it’s working.
  • I like hot days and don’t miss snow. Maybe a little snow would be nice, but not freezing my butt off while waiting for my car to warm up.
  • I don’t love the constant 30 degree heat, it would be great if it was 20 something degrees.
  • I started my blog and my trip trying to find the perfect place to retire cheap, but I still haven’t found it. I’ve started returning to places I love though.
  • That my friends who stay in contact with me while I’m out of country are the ones I I’m really appreciative of. (You know who you are, my lovely bunch of pals!)
  • I’ve had and passed a kidney stone. They suck. I never want to drink mineral water again. And that any country I retire in had better have good health care.
  • That I’m still me when I travel. I hate camping. I don’t care how nice the views are, I’ll take an air conditioned room versus any glorious nature view.
  • That cameras do not work in hot hot heat. My camera craps out if I expose it to the blistering sun too long, and all the batteries die.
  • Sunscreen. I never want to be as peeling and sunburnt ever again. Oceans are much hotter than cities. They may feel all nice and cool but secretly they are burning you into a red peeling itchy crisp.
  • That the world isn’t logical. It just is! Just deal with it.
  • That 20 something girls traveling from around the world act like 20 something girls in North America.
  • I started my trip, with so much stuff that I didn’t need. I’m down to 1 carryon worth of stuff.
  • I no longer hate Monday’s. Not having a schedule or work is indeed awesome.

I hope this article helped you with your introspective quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. 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!)

I’ve been away from home for 4 years. Here’s what I’ve learned.2020-01-28T02:11:12+00:00

The best way to spend a year in South America for cheap! With tips and locations….

One thing you imagine when you first start your traveling the world retiring cheap trip is that you’ll be seeing waterfalls, beaches and magnificent architecture everyday.

For digital nomads like myself who roam around, this isn’t always the case! In fact most of the time I live a pretty normal life.

It’s just HAPPENS to be in fun and exciting locales in the world.

I love being in new cultures and seeing new countries.

But here’s a secret.  I also like returning to my favorite places.

Retiring cheap or being a digital nomad, is ALL about NOT being a tourist. It’s incorporating yourself into the world around you.

My first trip to South America I did a month per city, in a whole whack of different countries.

This time around, I’ve returned to the big winners. Why? Because, this way I could really explore the best cities. (I never will go to Cali, Colombia again. It’s a city for people who love Calinese style salsa. Aka not me).

Here’s my super duper trip guide of where to go YEAR 1 for you:


Why I say start here is that it’s one of the cheapest flights from North America.

There used to be a reciprocity fee for Canadians, which has recently been lifted! Now it’s free to enter. And you get a 3 month entry.

You’ll love Medellin!



Quito is your next stop after Medellin. It feels completely different.

It’s safer and quieter.

If you go to Quito, I recommend the Blue Door.

The owners speak perfect English, and will also help you with your Spanish.


(I don’t get paid for recommendations, I just love this place. It’s a great value, and it’s a good place to stay)


The reason you’re going to go here next, is that it’s fun! Arequipa, and Quito are similar in safety. Super safe. And now you get to check out Peruvian food.


A lot of blogs will recommend Lima. They are all liars and jerks.


This trip in total will be a great start to determine, if you like South America.

I’m still looking for my own personal best place to retire cheap, and I hope this helps you.

If you liked this article feel free to share it!

Much love, Samson

The best way to spend a year in South America for cheap! With tips and locations….2020-01-24T03:18:16+00:00

What’s the best places to retire cheap in 2020?

It’s 2020! Let’s look at the top places to retire cheap!

For me there are some definite must haves:

1. Cheap! It’s got to be under $1000 a month Canadian for a good life. Technically you can live for under $1000 almost anywhere, but can you get great meals and $5 massages?

2. Safe. Is it safe enough, or do I have to worry every time I go out?

3. Tasty food. Seriously, I love eating!

4. Good Wifi. Without Wifi, I can’t really exist. Seriously, I crumble into a bored little pile and die.

5. Good gyms. This definitely is on my list….but might not be on yours.

Instead of numbering it like a traditional#10 to #1, this list is going to have some great places to retire cheap and most importantly why.

Valparaíso, Chile: For people who like big/small places

This city is on my list even though it is expensive. It barely qualifies on the $1000 a month budget.

Cost of living: D

Gyms: C

Wifi: A

Food: A


BIGGEST PRO: Not too big, and not too small. Great place to start!

BIGGEST CON: You need to speak Spanish, and it’s the most expensive place on my top 10 list

For a complete one month summary click here!


Siem Reap, Cambodia






BIGGEST PRO: Great visa on arrival, easy extensions. Cheap massages!

BIGGEST CON: Small. It’s tiny!


Cuenca, Ecuador






BIGGEST PRO: Safe, and great mix of walkable and taxis

BIGGEST CON: Housing there isn’t the best. And you need to speak Spanish

Here’s an in-depth article about retiring in Cuenca

Quito, Ecuador





BIGGEST PRO: Bigger than Cuenca, so chances of seeing a movie in English!

BIGGEST CON: Need to speak Spanish. Not as safe as Cuenca.

Click here for a more in-depth article on why you want to retire in Quito

Bangkok, Thailand





BIGGEST PRO: LRT! Cheap massages! Great food!

BIGGEST CON: Safety is a concern. And only 1 month stay allowed without visa runs. Also hot!

Why retire in Bangkok? Click here for my article.

Cebu, Philippine





BIGGEST PRO: Safe, great beaches, great English skills. TASTY FOOD!

BIGGEST CON: Not a flight hub, so more expensive to get in and out. HOT!


Bali, Indonesia





BIGGEST PRO: So many beaches, lots of varieties of things to do

BIGGEST CON: Hot! Only allowed 1 month on arrival.

Click here for a one month Bali summary.

Arequipa, Peru





BIGGEST PRO: 6 month on arrival! Great food. Fantastic gyms.

BIGGEST CON: Need to speak Spanish. Not a main hub, so can cost more.


Medellin, Colombia





BIGGEST PRO: Gorgeous people. You will fall in love every 10 minutes. Great food. Fantastic gyms.

BIGGEST CON: The most dangerous place I’ve been in the world. And you need to speak Spanish. Also, surprisingly expensive.

An in-depth article on Medellin. Click here

Regardless of where you head! I hope you all have fun exploring the world. Time is short…..don’t let life pass you by.

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