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Boardgame’s or Rent?

Today I went to a Boardgame Cafe in Saigon. Those of you who know me, know what a massive geek I am. Wherever I’ve travelled in the world I’ve tried to find fellow board gamers and nerds to hang out with. (Playing werewolf in Ecuador was a blast.)I tried to find my tribe of fellow nerds in Saigon, and was not disappointed.The Boardroom is a peaceful local place ran by a fellow Boardgame enthusiast in Saigon, Vietnam. The cost to play is actually, just “buy something like a drink or food”!No hourly costs. WHAT?! How is that possible? I don’t know. Needless to say, I bought way too many drinks, and dinner because I really wanted to support the place.If you’re looking for the best place to play Boardgame’s in HCM, you’ve found it!If you’re looking at playing boardgames, this is the place to go. Quiet, and a good selection of games, it’s a great place to get your geek on.During my night there, I played 7wonders duel, Love letters, Battlelines and Chinatown. Even though it’s just a little cafe in Vietnam their selection of games (considering they are only one month old) is pretty good!If you’d rather just buy boardgames, one thing to know is that they are the SAME PRICE as in Canada to buy! That’s right. Even though they are imports, they aren’t more expensive. (In fact, if you’re willing to buy the Chinese knockoffs they can be significantly cheaper).One thing I’d say though, is that even though it’s the SAME price, it’s significantly more expensive relatively to buy boardgames here. For example my rent for a shared place, with wifi, maid and aircon is 3.5 million dong ($198 CDN). The cost of a normal Boardgame is $50 in Canada. My rent in Canada at my place was $1400. The percentage difference between the two is huge.$50 out of $1500 vs $50 out of $200 makes a big difference.When you’re traveling to find BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com then all of a sudden things that don’t seem like a luxury at home, become crazy expensive here.Would you rather pay rent or own 4 boardgames?That’s one of the things that this minimalist travelling nomad lifestyle has really reinforced.There’s no such thing as cheap, or expensive. It’s all relative.Buy what you want, but remember if you want to travel the world looking for a cheap place to live? Save your money today, because, every $1 you save will be worth much much more in your new forever home.Want more articles? LINK TO HOME PAGEf

Boardgame’s or Rent?2018-07-06T08:30:42+00:00

How do you beat the blues travelling the world?

Today, I realized that I had gotten sneakily gotten lonely while travelling. How did this happen? I’ve met so many people since I started this year’s tour of the best countries to retire cheap. Some great ones, some boring ones and some that’ll I’ve never forget.


But since I haven’t been home since April 4, 2017 (Edmonton, Alberta)…it does sometimes start sneaking up on you. Maybe it’s when I’m eating a menu del dias in Ecuador ($3 for a protein, a soup, a drink and beans), and thinking….I loved eating this day one…but now….I would love some sushi.

It’s like whattttt?!! How does this even happen? I’m not complaining. I’m super duper lucky to be able to travel the world, write about it for you to read How I make money

One moment I’m watching this crazy sunset, with a beer in my hand….and boom I’m missing home. I’m wishing I could share this magnificent moment with my magnificent friends. Then I shrug it off, and finish my beer. (I’m no girly man with emotions. Said in my best Schwarzenegger voice).


I find when I’m travelling for long times, even though I have Facebook, it’s not quite the same as actually being home.  And even though I’m an emotionless cyborg, I think those little moments of missing home build up. Just having a little break from constant travelling is nice. I wasn’t planning on being home for at least a year (plane tickets to Edmonton, Alberta aren’t cheap from Ecuador…on average $1000 return). But I think 6 months a year of being not at home, is my happy spot.


Why did I write this article? Just to let you know, one fact. 

If you’re going to look for the best country in the world to retire, (like I’m doing) you might also be hit with the odd case  of the lonelies. (Even though you’re surrounded by awesome new friends).
Other digital nomads I’ve talked to, or messaged has told me it has happened to them too. Some of their strategies of dealing with it?

  • Make new friends
  • Take the time to write (even if it’s just a journal for yourself)
  • Call your friends

I do all that but I also find myself sometimes spiralling into destructive behaviours

  • Drinking way too much $7 booze
  • Partying until 6am in the morning
  • Skipping the gym, and language training because I’m way too hung over

One thing, that I find helps? 

Knowing that even though, I’m far far away, adventures my friends will always be there! 

Bonus tip?

  • Eating Pizza Hut. I go to a Pizza Hut, with my kindle and it’s kinda like being home just a little bit. Or I go looking for a a giant buffet

Seriously….my poor abs! See you soon friends!

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How do you beat the blues travelling the world?2017-09-10T06:28:13+00:00

How to take a cab in…Quito, Ecuador

Zipping around the world looking for the best countries to retire cheap, teaches you that cabs are different all around. How are cabs in Quito, Ecuador?

First there are a lot of them. Not as many as in Bangkok, but more than most cities in Canada. Quito is split into three very distinct areas. The downtown (partying/bars), Northside (malls,high rises, modern) & Old town (churches, architecture)these are all very different. If you’re scouting out Quito to see if it’s the best place to retire in, you need to see all three areas.

Here’s the best way to do it. 

Start by downloading Cabify


Once you have the app downloaded, go to promotions and enter my code SAMSONC1. Now you get $6 in cab rides (and so do I….which would super useful if I was in Quito, lol).

Now you can use Cabify to go anywhere in the city without having to speak Spanish. (Also Uber is coming soon.)

Returning from your trips can be always tricky, because you might not always have WIFI. To get back, you’re going to want to flag down a normal cab. (Don’t worry it’s safe.) And like I said before, there are a lot of them

Now here’s where it gets interesting. 

After flagging down a cab, negotiate a price. DO NOT USE THE METER. I know this might go against every instinct you have. And I still don’t believe this is the better deal in Quito, but it is.

Going from Old Town to downtown costs rougly $4 by Cabify, and that’s the same price you can negotiate a cab for. It really isn’t a problem. If you totally disregard my advice, you’ll pay $6 minimum. That’s 50% more.  (How do you know how much to negotiate for? Well, I’m assuming you’re going to use Cabify ahead of time to get a good estimate.)

Also by negotiating a price the cab drive actually takes you to the address. (Whatttt?!) That’s right. TWICE I’ve had cab drivers get “Close enough” and want to drop me off when using the meter. When you have a negotiated price, you don’t even have to worry. You just tell them, this isn’t where we negotiated for.  And they keep driving till they get you to the right spot.

I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Cabs are great, but sometimes a pain! 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!)

How to take a cab in…Quito, Ecuador2017-07-12T23:48:26+00:00

How EMOJIS ??? change their meaning in South America!

I’m learning Spanish because you really need it here in South America. And since I’m considering whether this is the best place to retire cheap, it’s my new goal. Learn Spanish. One neat thing? Emojis can have different meanings! Here’s a conversation I had with my friend.


So! Use Emojis with care. Lol ? 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!) 

How EMOJIS ??? change their meaning in South America!2017-07-12T15:57:24+00:00

Retiring Cheap? Becoming a Digital Nomad? 10 Tip Checklist

Retiring cheap and living your life in a foreign country was my goal a year ago. I sold all my stuff, said goodbye to my friends and family and started my journey. Was it scary? Yes. Was it amazing. Yes. I began my quest to find the best countries to retire cheap over 365 days ago, and while I haven’t found the best place yet, I’ve definitely narrowed it down. Are you ready to retire cheap? What about not retiring but giving up your life in Canada, and become a digital nomad? Here’s the checklist I wish I had before I had left.

  1. Do you have the money? It costs me $1000 a month to live. That’s a pretty spartan lifestyle. My life consists of working out, playing on the internet, and going out for fun once in a while. I’m not living like a king, but it’s comfortable. My daily budget is $5 a day for foood $10 a day for fun and putting away $250 a month for emergencies/sundries (all my prices are in Canadian dollars because this is a Canadian blog). You can read my monthly summaries for exact costs per month per country. For example buying a chicken drumstick/thigh in Medellin, Colombia is $1. Massages are $6 an hour in Bangkok, and sun tanning on a beach in Bali is free.
  2. Do you have the mindset? It can get very lonely if you’re by yourself. If you like uproot yourself away from your community you’ll miss your friends and family. Facebook messenger and Whatsapp are super handy to have. But you’ll still be super far away. And going to the local Boston Pizza for a beer and Perogy pizza just doesn’t happe
  3. Are you ok with change? You’re not going on a vacation. You’re going to be dealing with horrible internet, bad customer service and strange cultural customs. For example 5 minutes in Colombia, is anywhere between 5 minutes and 30 minutes. Most of your friends and family will think you live on a beach sipping fruity drinks. That’s not the reality of it. You’re not buying thirst and souvenirs. You’re spending you’re life in this very foreign country.
  4. Can you shake it off? You’re going to make mistakes. Can you cope if you lose your passport? My friend lost his passport in Hong Kong, and it was a whole separate story. If your world explodes right now when Netflix doesn’t have as much content as in the United States, you are not ready.
  5. Can you work overseas? You might think it’s no problem, but payment, time zones and internet are the 3 headed hydra that you’ll have to slay. I’m lucky in that my clients understand that sometimes I’ll be in an internet dead zone for 2 days because all of the internet has gone down for the city. Seriously. It just goes Kablooey…..
  6. Love. Will you be retiring with your partner? Or is it just you? Yes those girls in Cebu will tell you they love you, but chances are they really just love your huge bank account.
  7. How are your language skills? English is the international travellers language, but depending where you go, you might need to learn a whole new language. South America speaks Spanish, and I’m struggling daily. Duolingo is my best friend, but I have to take Spanish classes. Will you want to do that? 
  8. Are you a strange size? If you’re large or obese in Canada, you’ll be gigantic in the rest of the world. Think “Biggest Loser” gigantic. Clothes won’t fit, and you will hate the tiny little jeep things which are the local transport in Thailand.
  9. Safety. Unless you live in the ghetto right now, like East Hastings in Vancouver, or Millwoods in Edmonton you may not be ready to watch out for your safety. In Colombia, every 5th traveller I have met has been mugged, or pickpocketed.
  10. Do you only eat Canadian food? A can of Campbell’s mushroom soup is $5 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Are you going to be ok eating what the locals eat? Food is delicious around the world. It just might not be your cup of tea (like literally my ex-gf went nuts because she couldn’t get her favorite cut of tea in China.)

Don’t despair though! Finding the best country to retire cheap is amazing. You’ll lose weight, spend less time stressed and open up parts of your mind that you never thought possible. I don’t regret my choices at all!  I miss my friends, but I fly back to Canada once a year. 

I miss my memory foam pillows and 5.1 Surround sound movie theater, but I can deal with it. I sometimes have a huge craving for fully loaded nachos and a Moosehead beer, but Arepa todos “garbage burgers”, are something you can only get in Colombia. I hope you follow your desires too. Travel the world as a digital nomad or retire early, don’t those 10 things stop you. 

Retiring in the best countries to live cheap can be pretty great, but just make sure you are ready (that’s why I wrote the guide). If you have any questions feel free to message me! I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. I spend a year religiously looking for information before I made the big plunge, and I hope BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com helps your goals!

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Retiring Cheap? Becoming a Digital Nomad? 10 Tip Checklist2017-06-26T21:32:47+00:00

How did this 21yr old girl almost get raped and kidnapped in Cali?

I love Colombia, but it’s not super safe. Every day I hear a new story. Yesterday these two girls are telling me about how they had their 80 litre packs stolen from the bus cargo hold. All they had left was their valuables bag and the clothes on their backs. Later on that day, I was told about this guy from my hostel who had been been trying to buy some cocaine, and was robbed at gunpoint, and taken to an ATM for more money. They even took his shoes! Another Canadian I met, I called him Toronto was held up at knife point on a bus! Unlike Asia, South America seems to be prone to armed robberies. 

Which is what leads me to this story.

It’s 3am in the morning and my new hostel friends and I  are at a sketchy nightclub on a rooftop in Cali. The rain is slightly falling and the sky is smoggy with pollution.

Why do I call it sketchy? It’s not a good situation. It’s almost all Colombians (while generally very friendly, you can definitely spot the ones that aren’t so safe). The group of white 20 something year old hostel kids stick out like a sore thumb and this part of town is definitely not the safest.

There’s 12 of us out and about. Usually there’s safety in numbers, so I’m not too concerned. But here’s when this gets interesting. This one little 21 year old blonde girl leaves our group and starts dancing with a Colombian guy. He’s got those Latin American good looks, so I can see why she said yes to dancing.

They start salsa dancing, no biggie, this is Cali, salsa capital of the world.  After a few songs, salsa turns into grinding and then just making out. He starts leading her further and further away from the group. For privacy…

I think I’m the only one paying attention, and to be honest I’m conflicted. 

I feel super creepy watching, but this girl is barely 21 and in a foreign country. All I’m imagining in my old man head is a Taken type of situation.

Dancing and doing shots from a bottle being passed around, the other 12 people from the hostel are in the middle of the dance floor. Nobody else is paying attention as she is moving closer and closer to the dark corners by the exit,

My years and years of security training are kicking into high gear now. My Spidey senses are really going off and I imagine this girl being abducted, taken somewhere and sexually assaulted.

Besides me nobody else is paying attention. (This also drives me nuts).

Even though I’m prepared to prevent the girl and her “boyfriend” from leaving the club together, I’m not happy. This is not going to end well for Samson. If they start leaving, and I stop them, best case is I’m an overprotective jerk. Worst case? I’m a creepy jealous perv. 

If I don’t stop them from going, the worst case really could THE worst case. I could wind up reading about this girl in the newspaper the next day. There is no real best case in my mind.

I want to be super duper clear here, even if a smoking hot girl wanted to take me home, I wouldn’t leave by myself. Not here. It’s way too rife for a setup and ambush. If you’ve been in Bangkok, or anywhere where the girls act as baits for traps, you know what I’m talking about. Rule #12 NEVER leave a space with your friends to wander out by yourself with an attractive stranger….

So there I am, stuck…. and even though I really want to say”it’s not my problem”. I really can’t. This girl has done nothing but been guilty of being young and dumb, in a strange country and drunk. 

I’m really unsure what to do. Do I let them walk out of the club? She is 21..and it’s not like she hasn’t been making out with her “new boyfriend” for a while. 

What would you do dear readers? Would you intervene? There is no upside for me at all in stopping her from leaving with him. It’s not like she will thank me or even notice how dangerous the situation is. Really at the best? I’m going to told to “F…off”.

How did it turn out? The girl actually wasn’t as dumb as I was worried about. The club closed at 4am and this girl unentangled her lips from his and left with us and not him (leaving him with a case of serious blue balls I’m sure). 

But today is the day I really had one thought burned into my brain. I’m no longer a member of the herd. I cannot go out with sheep, I really can’t. Nobody asked me to  watch out for them, but I can’t go to a nightclub, or walk down a dark street without all my security training kicking in. Remember all those people I told you about that were robbed? I’m sure some of them could have easily prevented it.

I just cannot turn it just turn it off. 

For example you know how very basic street smarts tell you don’t take opened drinks from strangers?

These girls (and guys) are drinking from a communal bottle from a random stranger.

I’m thinking there is no real danger because the people in Colombia seem universally friendly, 

But, who knows?

Are you going to risk it? What are your pros/cons of  drinking from a random strangers bottle? In my head…the pros are free drinks and it feels like more of a party. 

The cons? You might get ruthied, kidnapped and raped/ransomed,

If you’re looking for the best country to retire cheap, you’re going to wind up in some sketchy places. And some dangerous situations. It’s going to be up to you how dangerous your explorations will be.  (Read my articles on safety for female travellers as well as street smarts for safe travels, for more tips. )

Personally? As of today….I’m going to do my best to avoid being in situations where I have to be a shepherd. It’s no fun. And at the end of the day it can be dangerous world, and you’ve got to to watch out for yourself. 

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!) 

How did this 21yr old girl almost get raped and kidnapped in Cali?2017-05-17T20:15:34+00:00

There are NO Asians in Medellin, Colombia

One question I get asked every once in a while is, are there any Asian people in Medellin?  The answer? There are no Asians in Medellin, Colombia. Colombians are super friendly, and I’ve learned to answer their question “De dondes eres?” (Where are you from?) with “Soy de Canada pero mi en familia es Chino” (I’m from Canada, my family are Chinese).

If you don’t answer the question that way, they think you don’t understand and will ask again. If you’re Asian, you’ve been asked that question by people in North America every once in a while, you know what I’m talking about. “Where are you reallllyyyyy frommmm?” they’ll ask. I always think “Dude, I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I love country music, F-150s and steaks!” But then reluctantly answer “My ethnicity is Chinese.”

Colombians though, I think just really haven’t known many Asian people at all. I asked them in my completely garbage Spanish, what they think of people from Asia

  1. Stern
  2. Good at math
  3. Knows Karate
  4. They didn’t mention they probably think I have a small penis too.

(Only one of those things are true on that list, but really, that’s a Samson thing not a Chinese thing!)

They do have Chinese restaurants, so it’s not like Chinese people don’t exist here. They just are very very very rare. (And yes it’s usually 99% Colombians working at the Chinese Restaurant.)

One thing here that’s funny. Is that on the menus at the Chinese restaurants they’ll have all these different stir fried rice dishes. Yet one of them will be called “Arroz de Chino”, or Chinese Rice. When I see that, I always think….wait…aren’t they always Chinese stir fried rice? Sure the other one’s have odd ingredients like pork rinds, but hey it’s stir fried rice…
So, if you get to Medellin, and you’re Asian? Be prepared to be the ambassador for all Asian people, and also be prepared to be called Jackie Chan a lot.

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There are NO Asians in Medellin, Colombia2017-12-20T00:56:18+00:00

Mosquitos, Extreme heat & Motorcycle Muggings: 3 reasons to SKIP Bali

So you’re thinking of retiring cheap in Bali, what’s the upsides and downsides? After one month in Bali I can tell you there are some great upsides. You can read my other articles on the full feel of Bali (under Bali in my travel blog), but it’s not all beaches and cheap food.

There’s 3 really good reasons why you might not want to retire in Bali. 

  1. Mosquitos and bug bites. Every day I’d wake up with new bites. Even with mosquito spray you’re a moving buffet there. If you’re allergic or just hate bug bites this place sucks.
  2. Extreme heat. I was in Bali in September, and it’s hot hot hot. Most days the weather was 30 degrees Celsius but felt like 40. This might be too hot. During the days you’ll find me in the pool, at the beach or hiding inside in my air conditioning.
  3. Motorcycle muggings. If you’re worried about safety you might not want to retire in Bali. One girl I met was on her scooter and another motorcycle literally slammed into her. They knocked her down, stole her purse and wound up dragging her by the purse strap for a half block. Scary, I know right? It’s a poor country and poverty is one of those economic drivers of crime. This mugging happened in a busy area during the day! 

Bali is a beautiful place with lots to offer, but these 3 reasons might be a good reason not to come retire here. I loved Bali but you definitely have some problems in paradise. 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!) 

Mosquitos, Extreme heat & Motorcycle Muggings: 3 reasons to SKIP Bali2017-02-28T21:14:15+00:00

I lived in a hostel for 30 days and survived: Part 1


If you’re looking for the best place in the world to retire cheap, I can make 3 general assumptions about you.

  1. You’re smart with your money.
  2. You have money but aren’t super rich.
  3. You are old.

I assume this about you because all those things all apply to me. I also assume you don’t ever want to live in a hostel.  Shared rooms? Stinky backpackers? No thanks. Living for 30 days in a hostel away from my private rooms and apartments was something I dreaded. Could I survive or even enjoy this experience? Would these world travelling backpackers notice me in their midst? Would I be able to stand being around all these 20 something girls “finding themselves “? Would I find love? Or like an unwanted member of a lion pack would I be ostracized and cast out?

Why am I staying in a hostel? Price. Pure and simple. If I’m going to be looking for the best place to live in the world to retire, I need a local hub when I land, BEFORE I rent an apartment for a long term. The cheaper the hub the better. At $10 (100,000 idr) a night, a hostel was my best bet in Bali. (In other countries I’ve had no problems finding $10 private rooms on Airbnb.)

Day 1

I arrive super pissed off. The hostel I’ve booked was supposed to pick me up at the airport for $13 (130,000 idr). After discovering the absence of my driver to my infinite annoyance, I jump into a bandit cab for $17 (170,000 idr). After driving around for an hour using both the directions from the hostel and Google maps this hostel is nowhere to be seen. We call the number on the listing and the person answering gives a different name of the place from what I booked. Super duper pissed off now, we drive around for another hour in the vicinity. Eventually I just go to the hostel with the different name. It is indeed the hostel I’ve booked! It’s called Sanur hostel in my booking in reality it’s called Cafe Locca. Screw your incompetent hostel!

It’s night when I arrive, so all the lights are already off in the room I’ll be in. I navigate the maze of 60 litre backpacks on the floor with my iPad light (tip: bring a flashlight) and drop off my suitcase. Determined not to let this ruin the beginning of my Bali trip I head to the Circle K and buy some beers $2.80 (28,000 idr).

Triumphant with beers I return to the hostel. Around the pool somebody is playing an acoustic guitar. I spot several man buns. Will my hostel stay be so littered with stereotypes? ……… To be continued 

I lived in a hostel for 30 days and survived: Part 12016-12-12T00:10:32+00:00

Bali first impressions

I’ve landed here in the land of temples, beaches and surfing searching the best country to retire cheap. Bali. Will this be my rew retirement home? I arrive from Kuala Lumpur airport a bit tired and grouchy from the flight, but ready to explore the city. My home base will be in the Sanur area as I explore Bali for the month. From my previous research I know Sanur with its honeymooners is much more my speed than Kuta with its hard partying Austalians.

After grabbing my checked luggage, I jump into a bandit taxi $17 (170 000 idr) and enjoy the blessed blessed air conditioning. Like other cities in Asia, bandit taxi operators will swarm you as soon as you get near the real taxi stand (read my previous articles on bandit taxis) 

I love air conditioning in Asia. Bali is blazing hot in September, a combination of 30 plus degree heat, high humidity and tropical rain. I love the humidity but again, you’ll want to try and find a place with a pool or you’ll be living with your own sweat drenched self between showers.

After my hour long taxi ride (with a stop to pick up a bottle of Asoka whiskey $2 (280000 idr) I arrive at the hostel. For the first time in a billion years I’ll be staying in a hostel. Normally I am all about booking private rooms on Airbnb (use my link    https://www.airbnb.ca/c/samsonc17 but I had a hard time finding a room for $10 (10000 idr) near the Sanur beach.

The rooms in Sanur are more expensive than I like, but Bali has so many places to live that I have a feeling I could get an apartment here for $300 (300000 idr) here (or at least share one )if I settle here long term.

For this first month though I wanted something close to a beach, so I sucked it up and joined the throng of 20 something backpackers in a 8 bed per room hostel (To be honest it’s much better than I thought it would be: full story to follow).

Is the beach worth it? After Phuket in Thailand and North Sandbar in Cebu I’m a bit of a beach snob now (totally kidding all beaches are great.) 


The Sanur beach is a little rocky versus pristine white sand but it’s not too crowded. It’s kilometres of beach separated  by an invisible line between the tourist area and the locals area. Restaurants and bars line the edges and food isn’t much more expensive than in town. Be warned there are the ever present tshirt vendors and these old ladies are more persistent and aggressive than I’ve seen anywhere in the world (including Bangkok!)

I recommend walking the entire length of the beach on day 1. A lot of the restaurants have weekly or monthly events. By checking this out on day 1 you won’t miss an event that might only happen every other Thursday. (I found a BBQ restaurant event that I made a reservation for immediately)


After a day at the beach, I settle in for the night in my new hostel listening to the wind rushing through the tropical flowers and trees. Occasionally a horned toad makes its presence known with its call interrupting the crickets. 
So far Bali has everything that ticked off many boxes on the BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com checklist. (Beach, cheap food and great wifi.) I’ll give all of you more tips as I explore Bali.


I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. I try not to  write too many  “dear diary” articles.  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!) 

Bali first impressions2016-12-12T00:10:36+00:00

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