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Best places to retire cheap in 2018

Where’s the best place to retire cheap in 2018? Here’s my definite list for the year!

Here you go, in order:

#8 Cebu, Philipines: Beautiful forts, old architecture, mountains and beaches…..what’s not to love about Cebu? Also Cebu speaks English. They have great food, a mix of traditional and western can be found here no problems. The biggest problem with Cebu and why it only ranked #8 on this years list? Heat. It’s hottttttt, hot, hot here. Also spotty wifi, and roosters. Why are roosters a big con? They still have cock fighting here. So you are going to hear roosters all the time. One of the best things about Cebu though? The beaches, this will rank high for you if you love beaches!

Cebu Summary

#7 Bali, Indonesia: Tranquil beaches, and a very diverse culture is why it’s #7 on this years list. You’ll find everything from Australian backpackers, to yoga pant wearing hippies residing here. I’ve been all around the world and this is one of the most diverse places I have found in the way of culture. The people of Bali, are all great though. Regardless if you like yoga or all you can drink night clubs, there’s a place in the city for you. You’ll be able to get fresh fruit shakes for $1 CDN and big beers are $3. The biggest problem with Bali, is that it’s full of bugs. I don’t think I saw one traveller that was not covered in bug bites. I’d vacation here, but I don’t think I’d like to retire here. But I love the banana pancakes on the beach…..so good and definitely worth going for!

LINK: One Month Bali Review

#6 Quito, Ecuador: Quito is one of the cities you’ll definitely visit in Ecuador. The reason you’ll visit is that it’s an airport hub and it’s close to the Amazon. Would I retire there? Yes, but it’s not as good as it’s sister city Cuenca. While Quito has several things going for it like Uber and more buses going to different parts of the country, it’s not quite perfect. Giant hills make walking around difficult, and while I’d recommend coming here, (It’s still in the top 10 in the world.) It’s neighbor Cuenca is just better for retirees. Another problem with Quito is like most of South America, people don’t really speak English. Great healthcare in Ecuador though keeps Quito in the mix! Also as a bonus if you’re staying in Quito, go check out the Blue Door Housing…fantastic place to stay.

LINK: One month in Quito

#5 Chiang Mai, Thailand: Founded in 1296, this northern town in Thailand is a quiet place compared to Bangkok. The old town here is amazing, picturesque with temples and a feeling of peace. It doesn’t feel like a big tourist trap like Bangkok does. Saying that there are some reasons it’s ranked #5. No transit. The city has no good bus/transit/taxi. You’ll be taking Jeepneys everywhere. Recently it got GRAB, but cars are still relatively rare.

LINK: Great things about retiring in Chiang Mai

#4 Saigon, Vietnam: Saigon is a great place to retire cheap, because of the combination of great food and culture. LINK In detail review of Saigon

FOOD! Banh Mi is my go to food in Vietnam. Even if I never retire in Saigon, I’ll need to fly back at least once a year to eat some Banh Mi.

The costs here are great:

  • Coffee 17,600 Dong ($1 CDN
  • I’ve tried to give up smoking, but it’s been hard so I’ll usually have a smoke with my morning coffee. Cigarettes are 25,500 Dong ($1.50 CDN) a pack.
  • Gym 260,000 Dong ($15 CDN) a month.
  • Vietnamese Sub, AKA Banh Mi, AKA delicious 15,000 Dong ($1 CDN). The funny thing about Banh Mi’s is that there are several stands all around my apartment. All of the Banh Mi’s are slightly different but they are all uniformly 15,000 Dong!
  • My apartment was 4.4 million Dong ($250 CDN ) a month. This included high speed internet (43 Mbps), a maid once a week, power, water etc. (Shared with 2 other people).
  • A bowl of Pho 40,000 Dong ($2 CDN)

Why did it not rate higher on my best countries to retire cheap list? Heat mainly, and the fact that GRAB is really bad there. Also the visa situation kind of sucks. You have to do paperwork ahead of time to get your Visa, and Visa runs are necessary every 3 months.

#3 Medellin, Colombia: Ranked #3 this is my #1 to place to visit. Especially if I were just to judge it by it’s vibrancy and culture. I loved Medellin as soon as I stepped off the plane. The sounds, the sights (the women are beautiful) and the fact that everyone seems pretty darn nice. Medellin is somewhere you definitely want to visit at least once in your life. Saying that it only ranked #3 for a reason. It’s lively culture also includes, drugs, thieves and assaults. Every person I knew had either been mugged, robbed or pickpocketed (or personally knew somebody who had been). I personally had somebody try to pickpocket me, and my roommate was robbed at knife point. The safety factor drops this amazing city in Colombia to #3.

LINK: Medellin is dangerous!

#2 Siem Reap, Cambodia: The city of temples! It’s got all the charm of Vietnam, and it has 50 cent beers! Food will cost more than Vietnam, but it balances itself out with cheaper beer/cigarettes. In Siem Reap you’ll find a great combination of international food, and $3 lunches. This is the only place where I found imported liquor cheaper than it is back home in Canada! That’s right if you’ve travelled around you know the price of international booze is always more expensive. In Siem Reap, Jack Daniels is actually 40% cheaper than it is at home in Canada. The only caveat to this is wine. Wine is double the price for no known reason.

Siem Reap is small enough to walk around, but if you get sick of walking there’s an abundance of Tuk Tuks. Safe, and with great English, this is a great place to retire cheap. Visa on arrival is no problem, and it’s super easy to get 6 month extensions. The only reason it didn’t make the top spot on my list? Hot! It’s hot, hot hot! If you like hot weather this place should actually move itself up to number one.

LINK TO SIEM REAP MONTHLY REVIEW

#1 Cuenca, Ecuador: Oh Cuenca, I love you. Cuenca contains all the beautiful architecture you would find in Quito, but not filled with giant hills. I’ve found this is a sleepy town, but it is big enough to have malls, movie theaters and gyms.

I love the fact that you can pretty much walk everywhere here. A lot of expats lose weight just because of the constant walking.

You’ll wake up go for a walk to the market, get some fresh eggs and vegetables all for a $1 CDN. Big beers are $1.75 CDN, and meals out are roughy $2.50.

There is a wide assortment of culture to be found here, but it’s not really a party place. Cuenca isn’t a place you want to go for a vacation. There’s really not much to do here. It’s a place you’ll want to go to retire. A strong expat community also makes it an easy place to make friends.

Why is it rated so highly then? Just the fact that while it’s a sleepy town it is also peaceful and easy to get to know.

The only thing about Cuenca that I’d love to see change? It needs a better cab system. In Quito there was Cabify and Uber. Nothing like that exists in Cuenca. But when you can get a cab they are friendly and cheap.

Cuenca wins 2018 with its perfect spring like weather though out the year, great people and good sized population. Cuenca was #1 in 2017, and I am keeping it here for 2018.

LINK: One month in Cuenca

I hope this list has been useful to you. It was a lot of fun to make! It’s been a big year for me in 2018 and I love travel blogging. Thank you so much for your support! If you have any questions about which countries to retire cheap in, just message me!

Best places to retire cheap in 20182019-01-24T22:53:55+00:00

Can you retire in Cambodia for $1000 a month

Cambodia is amazing. It reminds me a lot of Bali really. Let me rephrase that. Siem Reap is amazing. Phomn Penh sucks. LINK TO ARTICLE ABOUT WHY SIEM REAP IS BETTER

Siem Reap is a tourist town, that reminds me a lot of Sanur in Bali. It’s divided into two sections, a Cambodian section and the English/Tourist section.

If you’re going to coming here, chances are you’ll live in the tourist section.

I can honestly tell you, I never once went to the Cambodian side.

Not because I didn’t want to, but more because I didn’t feel like I needed to.

My gym is $25 USD a month and it’s a 14 minute walk away from the hostel I’m staying at $180 USD a month

Here’s the cost of living in Siem Reap (All prices in USD because it’s the unofficial currency of Cambodia)

  • Rent $180 private room/shared apartment
  • Gym $25
  • Breakfast $1 (like an omelette with a baguette)
  • Breakfast $3 (American style, with eggs, bacon, ham, toast, coffee, juice and fresh fruit)
  • Lunch $3 (medium pizza. Think Little Caesar Medium)
  • Lunch $1 (fried rice)
  • Lunch $2 (Khmer Curry beef)
  • Dinner $1.50 (BBQ Chicken drumstick)
  • Dinner $6 (Indian meal)
  • Beer 50 cent for a pint of a draft
  • Rum $3 a bottle (Cambodian)
  • Imported booze $12 (26oz of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum)
  • Cigarettes 50 cents a pack (Cambodian)
  • Cigarettes $1.50 (Marlboro/Mevius)
  • Massage $6 (1 hour)
  • Tuk Tuks $1.25(30 minute trip)
  • Movies $2.50 (cheap day Mon-Thurs)
  • Movies $3.50 (weekends)
  • Hard liquor at bars $2

Total Monthly Expenses

  • Rent $180
  • Cambodian Visa $56
  • Beer/food/cigarettes $10 a day ($300)
  • Entertainment $5 ($150)
  • Gym $25
  • Cell phone card $5

Total $716 USD = $1000 CDN

Besides the prices, how is living in Siem Reap? Well, like I said it is a tourist town.

What does that mean?

You’ll feel like you’re on a vacation all the time. It can get really easy to lose track of time. A month here just blew by. (I have found my favorite hammock and I live in it!)

The English is perfect. Even at the local mom and pop shops. I’d say 10/10. Better than anywhere else I’ve been to so far in South East Asia. It’s really nice, and definitely something I didn’t expect!

Healthcare? Pharmacies everywhere, and hospital care is cheap much like the rest of South East Asia

Transportation: Tuk Tuks and private cars. Use the Grab App or Passapp to book them. Incredibly fast. I waited 5 minutes maximum. Using Google Maps is still strange to some of the drivers, so be ready to show them how to read a map. They aren’t trying to cheat you, they just don’t understand how maps work.

Sidewalks and Traffic: After coming here from Vietnam, I was in love. Sure they don’t really use traffic lights but the traffic isn’t insane. They also have sidewalks. I know it seems crazy to say they have sidewalks, but after being in a lot of South East Asia, you quickly learn that in most countries, sidewalks are a luxury.

Gyms: One of the best in the world for value/price. The one I go to is a very serious one with tons of equipment

LINK TO GYM REVIEW

Wifi: Fast. But sometimes, the whole grid goes down because of shoddy electricity.

Food: Cambodian food, really seems to be a mix of foods from all over. I ate a lot of pizza, bbq chicken and fried rice. They have Amok, a type of protein dish that isn’t bad, but nothing I am dying for (unlike Hong Kong, which I have to go to for sweet and sour pork).

Sin: Beer is cheap cheap cheap. At 50 cents a pint, and smokes at 75 cents, you can literally pay for your whole vacation here if you compare the price to drinking/smoking/partying at home for a weekend.

Visa: As a Canadian, I got a visa on arrival for 30 days for free. I extended it for $50 for a month. (It’s possible to extend it for 3 months for $75.) That means you can stay here for 4 months before you have to do a border run

Crime: It felt relatively crime free, unlike Colombia, or Vietnam. Safe.

BIGGEST PROBLEMS

  • Bugs: Those little ants you see in tropical climates
  • Mosquitos that sting you
  • Streets with potholes
  • Hot! If you can’t stand the heat, do not come here. South America has a much better climate. It’s 30 degrees here everyday.

Siem Reap, Cambodia is definitely worth checking out and will make my top ten places to retire in 2018 LINK TO 2017 BEST COUNTRIES TO RETIRE

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Can you retire in Cambodia for $1000 a month2018-08-31T06:26:50+00:00

Top 9 Best Places to Retire Cheap in 2017

What’s the top 9 places to retire in $2017?

After sleeping in jungles, party hostels, haunted houses and in airplane terminals around the world, I’ve come up with TOP NINE list of where to retire cheap.

Here you go, in order:

#9 Cali, Colombia: Ranked ninth, Cali is a city in Colombia which I never want to go back to. While safer than Medellin, it’s also boring as hell. Seriously, unless you want to learn how to Salsa dance there is NO reason to go to this city. Give it a skip. It’s not a bad city. It’s just not good. It does have Uber though, which is a nice little bonus when you’re sick of fighting with local taxi bandits. Biggest con besides being boringest place in South America? They don’t speak English here. Great food though!

LINK TO Cali One Month Summary

#8 Cebu, Philipines: Beautiful forts, old architecture, mountains and beaches…..what’s not to love about Cebu? Also Cebu speaks English. They have great food, a mix of traditional and western can be found here no problems. The biggest problem with Cebu and why it only ranked #8 on this years list? Heat. It’s hottttttt, hot, hot here. Also spotty wifi, and roosters. Why are roosters a big con? They still have cock fighting here. So you are going to hear roosters all the time. One of the best things about Cebu though? The beaches, this will rank high for you if you love beaches!

Cebu Summary

#7 Bali, Indonesia: Beautiful beaches, and a very diverse culture. From Australian backpackers, to yoga pant wearing hippies reside here. I’ve been all around the world and this is one of the most diverse places I have found in the way of culture. The people of Bali, are also quite of mix. You’ll be able to get fresh fruit shakes for $1 CDN and big beers are $3. The biggest problem with Bali, is that it’s full of bugs. I don’t think I saw one traveller that was not covered in bug bites. I’d vacation here, but I don’t think I’d like to retire here. But I love the banana pancakes on the beach…..so good and definitely worth going for!

LINK: One Month Bali Review

#6 Quito, Ecuador: Quito is one of the cities you’ll visit in Ecuador. The reason you’ll visit is airports, and it’s close to the Amazon. Would I retire there? Yes, but it’s not as good as it’s sister city Cuenca. While Quito has several things going for it like Uber and more buses going to different parts of the country , it’s not quite perfect. Giant hills make walking around difficult, and while I’d recommend coming here, (It’s still in the top 10 in the world.) It’s neighbor Cuenca is just better for retirees. Another problem with Quito is that it doesn’t speak English like most of South America. Great healthcare in Ecuador though keeps Quito in the mix! Also as a bonus if you’re staying in Quito, go check out the Blue Door Housing…fantastic place to stay.

LINK: One month in Quito

#5 Chiang Mai, Thailand: Founded in 1296, this northern town in Thailand is a quiet place compared to Bangkok. The old town here is amazing, picturesque with temples and a feeling of peace. It doesn’t feel like a big tourist trap like Bangkok does. Saying that there are some reasons it’s ranked #5. No transit. The city has no good bus/transit/taxi. You’ll be taking Jeepneys everywhere.

LINK: Great things about retiring in Chiang Mai

#4 Bangkok, Thailand: The land of smiles, lives up to it’s name. I love the transit here, as long as your near the train line, you can get almost everywhere. And there are tons of cabs if you want them. Great medical, a hustler culture and fantastic food are some reasons I keep going back to Bangkok. Why isn’t it #1? It used to be my #1. But there are some reasons that it isn’t. Safety. It definitely isn’t the safest on my list. Heat is also something to consider. It’s 30 something here all the time. I do not miss having to take a shower every time I stepped outside. Still I love Bangkok, and will definitely be back. If only for the custom suits!

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Link to Bangkok vs Medellin Side by Side Review

#3 Medellin, Colombia: Ranked #3 this is my #1 to place if I were just to judge it by it’s vibrancy and culture. I loved Medellin as soon as I stepped off the plane. The sounds, the sights (the women are beautiful) and the fact that everyone seems pretty darn nice is why I fell in love with Medellin. Medellin is somewhere you definitely want to visit at least once in your life. Saying that it only ranked #3 for a a few reasons. It’s lively culture also includes, drugs, thieves and assaults. Every person I knew had either been mugged, robbed or pickpocketed (or personally knew somebody who had been). I personally had somebody try to pickpocket me, and my roommate was robbed at knife point. The safety factor drops this amazing city in Colombia to #3.

LINK: Medellin is dangerous!

#2 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Ranked as my #1 most boring place in the world last year, I still love the city. It’s sleepy but there’s a lot going for it. If you love developed cities, with malls this is the place for you. The problem with it being a heavily Muslim country is that sin is expensive here. Beer, smokes and anything non Muslim is more expensive. A beer is $3 CDN in store. Which compared to the $1 in Thailand is kind of crazy. Why I love this boring place though, is that has a great Chinatown. The Chinatown balances out the bland genericness of the malls. I also love the transit. You can zip around anywhere by train, no problem. The signs are all in English, and everybody speaks it. Gym are a bit expensive, compared to other cities I’ve been to. One big bonus, no extreme poverty. Most of the cities in South East Asia, have rampant poverty and homeless people. Not in KL.

LINK: Retire in Kuala Lumpur

#1 Cuenca, Ecuador: Oh Cuenca, I love you. The beautiful architecture you would find in Quito, but not filled with giant hills. The safety of Kuala Lumpur but with more culture, and the best gyms I’ve found anywhere while traveling, are all big reasons why Cuenca.

Big beers are $1.25 CDN, food is $2.50 a meal, and there is a wide assortment of culture to be found here. Like my #2 city Kuala Lumpur, Cuenca isn’t the city you want to visit for a vacation. It’s a place you’ll want to go to retire. A strong expat community also makes the fact that most people don’t speak English here, a bit better.

The only thing about Cuenca that I’d love to see? It needs a better cab system. In Quito there was Cabify and Uber. Nothing exists like that in Cuenca. Maybe better plumbing too. Ecuador is a country where you have to throw used toilet paper in the garbage not the toilet.

LINK: One month in Cuenca

It’s been a big year for me in 2017 and I love this travel blogging, thank you so much for your support of it! If you have any questions about which countries to retire cheap the best way is to message me on facebook. Happy 2017 everybody!

And if you want more? Head to LINK: Best Countries to Retire Cheap

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Top 9 Best Places to Retire Cheap in 20172018-01-21T21:00:23+00:00

Bangkok vs Medellin: Head to Head SHOOTOUT

Bangkok vs Medellin: Head to Head SHOOTOUT

Bangkok the land of smiles vs Medellin the city of eternal spring. Both of these are very similar. Both are “unsafe”, “dangerous” & “legendary”.

When I tell my friends back home in Canada, about Bangkok, all they think about is Ladyboys, and ping pong shows. If I say Medellin? Coke.

Rating 1: Partying & Drugs

Bangkok is much more of a place to grab a beer, and watch crazy stuff, then Medellin. Medellin is Salsa dancing plus 80’s partying. Cocaine vs beer. Obviously Bangkok has tons of drugs, but it’s not near as prevalent as Medellin. In Medellin, you can buy coke for $10 a gram, and it’s as easy to get as Chiclets. Also the cops don’t care. Bangkok is a no drug city. Just don’t do it. You will be busted, and thrown in a Thai prison. There you’ll meet ladyboys.

How do I score this?

Winner: Medellin. You can go to an after hours bar, a salsa club, an 80’s metal club all in one night. Bangkok, is much more of a stripclub/disco feel. Bangkok I always felt like a spectactor and part of the audience, in Medellin you’re doing shots of aguardiente and dancing to a-Ha’s “take me on”.


Rating 2: Danger

Bangkok you might get pickpocketed, but it is nothing compared to Medellin. Even in the safest parts of Medellin, you have a chance of being violently mugged. Every person I’ve talked to has been either robbed, pick pocketed or known somebody who has. Sad but true.

Winner: Hands down Bangkok wins for safety. If you keep to the good parts of town, you’ll be fine. If you go deep into the underbelly? Still safer than Medellin

Rating 3: English

Bangkok beats Medellin here. South East Asia, has given into the idea that, while there are a million Asian languages, English is the international tourist language. In Medellin, the South American idea that Spanish is universally spoken is the dominant thought.

Winner: Bangkok. You might only be able to order food or squabble with a taxi in Bangkok, but in Medellin, they do not speak English, even in the super touristy areas.

 

Rating 4: Weather

Bangkok is hot, humid and when it rains torrential. Medellin is about 20 degrees. They call it the city of eternal spring for a reason. It actually reminds me of Vancouver, Canada in terms of weather. (But with less hipsters).

Winner: Medellin. You can wear long pants and shirts  here, without feeling like you’re going to die of heatstroke.

 

Rating 5: Food

Ok. I love food. Love it. If you love pad Thai, and love getting it fresh from a cart for a $1 you’re going to love Bangkok. However did you know there are tons of styles of Empanadas? And Medelllin has them all. Colombian food vs Thai food can be a matter of palate, but all in all Bangkok has less variety of International cuisine than Medellin. In Thailand you’ll find more forms of Asian food though.

Winner: Medellin. Even though Thailand has more Asian cuisine, sometimes I want a burger. And in Medellin you’ll be able to get a taco, pizza or empanada’s all in a 3 block radius.

 

Rating 6: Cost

Bangkok has Sukumvhit, while Medellin has Poblado. Both are the expat heavy areas. If you live in the tourist/expat areas, you’ll find Bangkok cheaper. If you get out into the regular parts of town you’ll find Medellin is cheaper. Also there isn’t much haggling in Medellin. Maybe 20% vs the 600% you might have to haggle down in Bangkok

Winner: Tie

 

Rating 7: Shopping

For a place with so many people, Medellin has inferior shopping. Seriously, they don’t really understand the shopping/haggling mindset. Bangkok will suck every dollar out of your pocket with fake Beats by Dre and Chang tank tops.

Winner: Bangkok.  Millions of Indian tailors. Chatuchak. Terminal 21. So much to buy, from Ferrarris to fake converse.

 

Rating 8:  Health

Bangkok, you can buy medicine directly from the pharmacy. Medellin, you can have a motorbike courier bring it to you! Medical tourism is huge in Bangkok , and Medellin is the king of plastic surgery. I got my teeth cleaned and whitened for $150 CDN in Medellin.

Winner: Tie

 

Rating 9: Gyms

Bangkok has gyms, but Medellin seems to have a gym every other block. From crossfit, to iron gyms, to free outdoor gyms, Medellin has it all.

Winner: Medellin. Latin culture values physical fitness and looks much more than Asian cultures.

 

Rating 10: Internet

This is super important. Both have strong internet. Neither is horrible. Either way you’ll be in a place where you have internet. Till you don’t. Natural disasters, weather and such make it hard to rely on it sometimes.

Winner: Tie.

The Total out of 10? Medellin 5 , Bangkok 3 , with 2 ties. Is Medellin the best place in world to retire cheap? I still love Bangkok, but I’ll definitely be back to explore Medellin more. I hope this article helped you with your 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!)

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Eating Organic, Gluten Free & Vegan in Asia

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!)

Eating Organic, Gluten Free & Vegan in Asia2017-02-24T22:51:56+00:00

Hot pussy & Cold beer….

old white guy, best countries to retire cheap, best places to retire cheap, best cheap places to retire “Hot pussy & cold beer.” was the answer I was given when I asked my neighbor why he had retired in the Philippines. That surprised me. The Philippines has made it onto my shortlist because of its English speaking skills and friendly nature. Harold was a 63 year old English guy who I met living next to me in Cebu. Right off the bat, he seemed kind of odd to me. You know how you feel when you meet someone that lacks social skills? That was him. He told me he had worked for 20 years for the government in England, and now had enough to retire. He spent his days on the patio, beer in hand while his  wife worked inside.

Naturally our conversation turned to living in the Philippines and retiring there. As you know this whole blog is about finding the best countries to retire cheap. For Harold “best” meant finding those two essential items. Hot pussy and cold beer.

In stark contrast to Harold is my new roommate in Kuala Lumpur. Jimmy had moved to Kuala Lumpur to find a better school for his son. Jimmy spends every Tuesday and Friday playing badminton with a group of new friends he’s made here. He’s also going scuba diving in two weeks.


Harold related to me how his first few dates with his new wife was spent talking over Google translate while they were in bed together. He had met her on a dating site and flown to Asia to meet her.

Speaking from personal experience, I know several guys who have been horribly burned by these mail order bride situations. Both of these guys, unlike Harold were good sensitive guys who just had gotten sick of the dating scene. Thinking to shortcut the process, they brought the girls home. Fast forward to thousands of dollars spent in immigration fees, and having kids a few years later. Fast forward a few more years to finding their wives cheating on them and divorce.

Both times it was acrimonious and nasty, the women claimed physical abuse and other horrible slanderous things to try to get as much spousal support as possible. They dragged the kids in threatening 100% custody battles if they didn’t get the cash they wanted. One of them wanted over $100, 000 a year. Considering she had made $10, 000 a year back home as a shop girl, this would be a quite a nice tidy sum for a few years “work” being married.

If you’re thinking, “Those guys are stupid suckers. That could never happen to me.” I wish you luck. With marriages being successful 60% of the time normally, what do you think chances of a marriage between two people with different socioeconomic status and language problems will be?

Another thing I talk about in this blog is finding a great place to live while retired. In the Philippines and in Thailand you cannot buy a house if you’re a foreigner. One way people get around this is by putting the house in the wife or girlfriends name. Obviously there’s no possible problems with this (I roll my eyes here).

Jimmy relates to me he gets lonely at times, but is that not what anybody could say? We all get lonely at times, but shortcutting the system just doesn’t work. It will cost you. Whenever I see a 60 year old white man, “married” to a 30 year Asian lady I feel like I’m watching a horror movie. You know the ones where you are saying “don’t go in that room”?

It doesn’t have to be a horrible thing though dating someone from a foreign country. My friend Dylan from Australia  s dating a cool chick he met in the Philippines. All I’m saying is, if you’re looking for the best countries to retire cheap, “best” is always up to you. If it’s hot pussy, and cold beer you’ll definitely find it in Asia. I myself will be staying single and bringing get you more stories from abroad.

Hot pussy & Cold beer….2016-12-12T00:11:30+00:00

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