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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

SAFETY: B

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!

WHY YOU SHOULD RETIRE IN VALPARAÍSO ARTICLE

Siem Reap, Cambodia

COST OF LIVING: A

WIFI: C

FOOD: C

GYMS: A

SAFETY: B

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

BIGGEST CON: Small. It’s tiny!

CLICK HERE FOR A WHY RETIRE IN SIEM REAP ARTICLE

Cuenca, Ecuador

COST OF LIVING: B

WIFI: A

FOOD: C

GYMS: B

SAFETY: A

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

WIFI: A

FOOD: C

GYMS: C

SAFETY: C

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

WIFI: B

GYMS: C

SAFETY:D

FOOD: A

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

WIFI: D

GYMS: D

SAFETY:B

FOOD:A

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!

CLICK HERE FOR A MORE IN DEPTH ARTICLE ON WHY YOU SHOULD RETIRE IN CEBU

Bali, Indonesia

WIFI: D

GYMS: B

SAFETY:C

FOOD: B

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

WIFI: D

GYMS:A

SAFETY:B

FOOD:A

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

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

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT WHY YOU MIGHT WANT TO RETIRE IN AREQUIPA

Medellin, Colombia

WIFI: B

GYMS: A

SAFETY: D

FOOD: B

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.

What’s the best places to retire cheap in 2020?2020-01-09T02:33:10+00:00

Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Ollytantambo: 5 quick tipsk

The big three towns on your way to see Machu Picchu!

How do they stack up? Could you retire there?

First of all, out of the three towns I personally liked Aguas Calientes the best.

It’s surprisingly cheaper that’s Cusco.

I liked the very touristy feel of it. Cusco has just as many tourists, or even more, but it was more spread out, and less walkable.

Ollytantambo is the most expensive of the 3, and has the least to do. It’s literally just a central square.

Main tips for the region.

1. Using Cabify is easy, and Uber, but there are tons of illegal street taxis. A street taxi was always cheaper. You don’t really even have to negotiate that much.A Cabify was 3 bucks versus 2 bucks for a street taxi.

2. There weren’t really gyms at any of these cities. Some scattered here and there, but not many

3. Don’t expect quick wifi in this region. Digital nomads, and people who need quick wifi may not be able to survive here.

4. This region was about 30% more expensive than Arequipa.

5.Money. Make sure you bring Peruvian, not Canadian or American because the exchange rate is brutal.

All in all, if you’re looking for the best countries to retire cheap, Peru is still right up there.

I’d say, head to Arequipa if you are looking for retirement though, not these 3 towns.

These towns are a great place for a visit, but not to retire cheap

https://www.bestcountriestoretirecheap.com/travel-blog/

Cusco, Aguas Calientes and Ollytantambo: 5 quick tipsk2019-07-29T13:45:56+00:00

Machu Picchu tips 2019

Machu Piccu is one of those must see’s in the world, and while you might never retire cheap there, here is a guide on one of the world wonders.

1. Getting there can be tricky. You have to get to Aguas Calientes and take a bus from there. To get to Aguas Calientes you have to take a train from a different city. To get to that city you have to get to Cusco. It’s multi step, and I recommend doing it over several days not one day. It’s possible to do it in one day, but that’s 7 hours of travel.

2. When you get to Machu Picchu, bring a ton of water. My friends got super dehydrated. The official online site says, that you can’t bring a water bottle. That is a lie.

Bring a couple big 1 liter bottles.

3. Don’t buy food at Machu Picchu, It’s super expensive, buy it all in Aguas Caliente.

And bring it in with you.

The views are beautiful, and there are no time limits.

4. You can buy a ticket to Machu Picchu anytime, but there are several mountains in the area that you can’t get into without pre buying. They limit the visitors to 400 a day.

5. You don’t need a guide. Again the site says, a guide is mandatory. This is a lie.

Also the guide says, no selfie sticks. Not true.

6. Total cost of a trip to Machu Picchu will cost about $300 not including housing Canadian.

7. Food in Aguas Calientes is actually not too bad. A tourist menu is about $10 a day, and beers are $3 each. To get this price you have to get out of the main square though.

8. Machu Picchu is definitely worth seeing! If you get altitude sickness grab some coca leaves, they have them everywhere. And if you are prone to motion sickness pack Dramamine, the roads there are bumpy.

Machu Picchu tips 20192019-06-27T21:09:03+00:00

Why you should retire cheap in Arequipa, Peru! One month review.

My search for the best countries to retire cheap has led me to Arequipa, Peru.

Known as the white city, or the city of eternal spring, Arequipa is also a paradise for volcano lovers.

With about 800,000 people it’s not huge. It’s also not tiny.

I came here because of the promise of beautiful climates. And was not disappointed. After the sweltering heat of Asia, I was like….must get cooled down.

Temperature in Arequipa

Arequipa is cheapah than Lima (Like my rhyme?).

It’s also much friendlier.

I lived in the Yanahuara district.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS LIKE?

  • My rent for a hotel for a month was 700 Soles ($300 CDN)
  • Cheap meal 6 Soles ($2.25 CDN)
  • Expensive meal with a beer 45 Sol ($20 CDN)
  • Gym 36 Soles ($15 CDN)
  • Cellphone w/3G data 30 Sol ($12 CDN)

After a month here, I can tell you Arequipa is now one of my favourite cities in the world to retire cheap.

WHY RETIRE CHEAP IN AREQUIPA, PERU

  • It’s small enough to walk around
  • Has lots of cabs
  • Takes credit cards at most places
  • Has Scotiabank
  • Peru has a 6 month Visa on Arrival for free for Canadians
  • Fantastic local food
  • Safe
  • Good availability of fast food and imports at cheap prices
  • Great spring like temperature all year
  • Fast wifi 7mbps is standard
  • Sidewalks (yes this is a thing, in Vietnam there are none. Just places called sidewalks, where people park their motorcycles)
  • Crosswalks (Again, if you go to Vietnam you’ll see what I’m talking about, when you realize just how great crosswalks are. And even though Vietnam has no sidewalks and killer crosswalks there are some great things about it. LINK TO RETIRING CHEAP IN VIETNAM
  • Close to volcanoes
  • Not too many tourists

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO if you’d like to see more

I hope this helps you with your decision to retire cheap in Arequipa, Peru! And remember if you like this blog to share it.

Why you should retire cheap in Arequipa, Peru! One month review.2019-02-28T21:29:28+00:00

Gyms in Arequipa, Peru! One Fitness Review

Hiya friends, as you know gyms are a big part of why I love or hate a city. And for me the best places to retire cheap will always have a good gym.

Here’s a link to my review of gyms in Medellin LINK TO GYM REVIEW IN MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

My second stop after I land is always to find the best place to get my workouts in.

(My first stop of course is to grab a couple of beers.)

I found One Fitness in Arequipa, Peru.

It’s kind of a weird gym.

Big, but cheap.

Good, but kinda crappy.

There’s a lot of machines here. Everything from a squat rack, to smith machines. Lots of free weights.

It has group classes included in the price as well.

1 month = 60 S ($25 CAN)

2 month = 90 S ($37.50 CAN)

3 month = 120 S ($50 CAN)

6 month = 210 S ($87.50 CAN)

12 month = 360 S ($150 CAN)

The oddest thing about this gym is while it has all this great equipment\

It doesn’t have toilet paper

It doesn’t have a scale

It doesn’t have a water fountain,

It’s like, they were like, what’s the cheapest way to run a big gym? And said, No need for toilet paper.

To be honest, I don’t think it’s that bad. It’s just odd.

If you want the full video review, plus pics of the gym go to this link.

LINK TO YOUTUBE VIDEO REVIEW

All in all, I love One Fitness, and would recommend this odd little gym in Arequipa, Peru!

Gyms in Arequipa, Peru! One Fitness Review2019-02-11T21:14:17+00:00

Can you retire cheap in Lima, Peru?

Lima, Peru rarely shows up on the retirement cheap websites. There’s a really good reason for it.

It’s not cheap.

After one month here, I can safely say that it’s not going to make my list for best countries to retire cheap.

What was my cost of living here for one month (all prices in CDN)?

  • Average cost of a meal at home with groceries $2.50
  • Average cost of a meal out in a restaurant $6
  • Movie theater $6
  • Cabs $4
  • Rent $300
  • Pisco Sour in fancy place $10
  • Anticucho $5
  • Alcohol $10 for a 26 of rum

It’s possible to survive in Lima for $1000 CDN a month, but it’s not a great life.

The city itself is really large.

It reminds me a lot of Toronto. One of my qualifications for a city is how it feels. I DIDN’T like Lima pretty much instantly.

It’s not it’s fault though. I just realized, I personally like small cities. This place is huge. And because of that it has some benefits. Lots of food choices.

But it also has detractors, lots of costs…..and really really bad Chinese food.

If you want to retire cheap? Stay away from Lima, Peru and check out these other cities.

LINK TO 2018 WINNERS FOR BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com

Can you retire cheap in Lima, Peru?2019-07-29T13:49:32+00:00

Street Food in Lima: Anticucho

One of the greatest things about travelling around the world looking for the best countries to retire cheap, is the food.

Here in Lima, I discovered Anticucho. Not just generic meat on a stick, it’s actually flame grilled cow hearts.

There are a lot of places that sell this, but look for the carts with the massive stands.

If you find a long line up of people, you know you’re in the right spot!

Anticucho is really filling, and one order is generally 2 skewers at $5 CAN per order.

The meat is salty, and has a nice chewy texture. It’s definitely something to be tried at least once.

….also make sure you get one of the giant corn on the cobs to take home! They’re around $1 CAN and totally worth it. It’s hard to see in the picture, but the corn kernels are all much much bigger than we get in Canada.

Hope you liked the article, the YouTube version of it is here

YOUTUBE LINK

Street Food in Lima: Anticucho2019-01-11T00:49:54+00:00

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