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Retire early, vacation, relax, live better on less in many Asian countries: your money buys more. Find the best and cheapest places to live in the tropical warmth of much of Asia and learn how to increase your income in 2014.
Beaches, mountains, lakes, islands, warm seas, lush greenery, fine weather, friendly people, great food, shopping at low prices – and a host of new opportunities. What more could one ask for? This is what expats living in particular Asian locations can experience daily.
The best places to retire for most will be where it's cheaper to live as comfortably or better than as now, but spending less. Enjoy a happier, more relaxed life in SE Asia!
The definition of 'retirement' has changed; rather than leaving the regular 'day job' it is more about personal and financial freedom. It means being in a position of control in your life, having fulfilled most if not all of your obligations to others: employers, governments – and younger family members. 'Retiring' should mean the ability to focus more on YOURSELF. Shouldn't you be able to retire young and healthy enough to enjoy the things that YOU still want to do?
Knowing what money you have and what you are spending are more important today than ever. Taking control of your future may also require some significant changes. In order to achieve happiness and also preserve your wealth, some courage is required; it may not be easy doing this in your present environment or location. Therefore, be prepared to travel in search of a better place to live than the one you are just existing in now; consider the many popular retirement locations and you'll see that Asia (parts of it at least) wins hands down! But did you know there are over 40 Asian countries and territories?
ASIA FAST FACTS is our free Android app which puts the basic details of all Asian countries and territories literally in your palm using your smart phone or tablet touch screen – and laptop or PC for that matter. Country and capital maps (also integrates with Google Maps), airport and phone codes, visas, flight and hotel prices, tours, reviews, bookings and more. "Let your fingers do the walking", as they say! It's a mobile website too, so whether you're reading this on a phone, tablet or computer, just click the image and bookmark www.asiafastfacts.com right now, whether you're a retiree, tourist or student needing information for research – or get the Android App version. See more below.
Retirement abroad in a year-round warm climate with lower cost of living sounds attractive, doesn't it? An early, cheaper, more comfortable retirement – and not just 'survival' – can be yours in 2014, even with limited resources, if you live part or all of your time in Southeast Asia. Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia & Bali, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are not only exotic places to visit, they are suitable for long or regular holidays as well as possibly some of the best foreign retirement locations anywhere.
If you're a seaside or coast lover, you are spoilt for choice of the best beaches in Asia. The stunning Phra Nang near Krabi, Thailand shown here is just one example. Click below to see the type of accommodation and facilities on offer.
Get yourself an early booking for a cheap flight to Asia and surround yourself with the culture, traditions and charm of friendly, welcoming people. If you want to stay longer or even move permanently, you can earn extra income anywhere now online using a smartphone, tablet or laptop or even a desktop computer.
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If you cannot live well on what you earn, live where you spend less! You could stay in a country where your money buys more and you can live better in 2014!
Interactive Map of Asia.
The best places to retire early, retire younger, no matter whether you are young and single, middle-aged or retired already, are in the tropics of Southeast Asia. Get out of the rat race, save money or earn more. Do both! Enjoy a new lifestyle. We'll help you find a better life or even to live overseas tax-free more or less permanently, including how to make local contacts and perhaps begin an Asian friendship before you visit in person.
You Can Live or Retire Better in Asia
Are you satisfied with the way things are? Perhaps you are unhappy or just bored with your present existence that you call 'life'? Are you suffering from the loss of a long-time partner? Life for middle-aged or senior singles often isn't much fun. Maybe now is the right time to love again. Even if you're young it's so easy to fall into a financial trap, with all the worry, stress and increasing pressure of trying to keep up with payments of every description. However, to improve your quality of life, you may need to change the way you see yourself and life in general. For whatever is 'ailing' you, there is usually a solution. We hope you find it here.
Are you making enough money? Getting the things you need or want right now or for your future and retirement. Are you working two jobs or overtime to pay bills and taxes? Wouldn't you like to be able to retire richer – within 5 years?
How about the climate? Whether or not it's global warming or natural climate change, much of North America and Europe suffer unpleasantly long, cold, miserable winters. Most of Southeast Asia has no 'real' winter. Except in higher elevations where nighttime temperatures can drop to below freezing, all you can expect are some cool evenings and crisp early mornings around the end of the year in the north of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, but little or no cold weather in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.
Are you suffering yet another awful winter in your home country? Get some hints for living comfortably in the tropics and compare the temperature and current weather in popular SE Asian locations compared to, say, London, New York or San Francisco!
What about your financial future? Are your plans still 'on track' in spite of the continuing indecisions in the markets? Will your pension or retirement plan provide enough? These are valid concerns for most of us. Will you have to sell your house to survive, or will it be taken from you? Start now and you will have not only more options but could retire with enough money in 5 years. The US and other stock markets can provide extra income for the savvy investor.
Beginning a new life in Southeast Asia is only one of those options, but it would allow you to experience a lifestyle that most people only dream about, and at probably far lower cost than where you live now. Many foreigners from the West are already living or retired in SE Asia. Thousands of American ex-military personnel have chosen to retire in the Philippines. Australians love Bali. Many different nationalities have settled in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and other Asian locations.
Your dollar, pound and euro will buy more in Asia! Cheaper places to live, cheaper food and drink means you can retire on less money or retire young enough to fully enjoy life. Depending on where you choose to live, your current resources and foreign income can often buy 5 to 10 times more than in the USA, Canada, most of Europe and Australasia. Property purchase, lease or rental, domestic services such as cooking, housekeeping and gardening (quite the norm in many locations) and high quality medical care in several countries of SE Asia can be incredibly cheap compared to what you're used to – not to mention the lower prices of food and drink in your home.
Don't forget eating out and both day and nighttime entertainment and activities – especially if you are single! In quantity, quality and variety, there are places in South East Asia that have it all in abundance – places you are welcome to enjoy all year.
So many great locations to live, work and retire in Asia! Being the world's largest continent (17 million square miles) and with the highest population of over 4 billion, there's still plenty of space in Asia! How much do you know about Asia and its forty countries and many popular locations?
To get your geographical 'bearings', click on the interactive map above to reach our Asia Destinations page, with its map of the whole region and its countries. Here you can get comprehensive visitor information for all the countries of Asia. See where Southeast Asia is; this is the tropical area where most Westerners feel comfortable and the main reason so many of us choose SE Asia as our retirement location. See right for our Android app and also visit our mobile Asia Fast Facts site.
Choosing the best places to retire in Asia or live in different parts of the world for part of the year, is a personal matter, and reasons are many and varied. However, there should be somewhere to suit everyone, in whatever financial situation or for personal preference. Popular Southeast Asia locations include the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia including Bali, Singapore, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar) and East Timor. They're all different and each contributes something to the magic of South East Asia. Visit our pages with useful information for visitors and potential retirees. See the menu on the left.
In many of these places, expatriates can find safe communities with friendly people and a much lower cost of living, yet with the most if not all of the necessities and comforts of home. With discount airlines offering cheap flights to Asia it's now possible to travel between these countries and beyond to India and the Middle East, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and even the west coast of North America.
How about Asian cuisine? Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay, Indonesian and Indian dishes as well as 'fusion' dishes are probably among your favorites already. There are so many different eating experiences available all over Asia and they're usually better than at your local Asian food restaurants. Living in Asia, you will get the real thing!
Does this all seem like a far-off dream? No way! Most countries of South East Asia have developed their facilities and communications, such as mobile phone and internet access. With constantly improving technology, maybe already better than what you're used to in your home country. However, Asian culture, traditions and a more serene approach to life still remain, especially once you're outside the major cities.
This can be your life too, and with plenty of extra time on your hands, if you need to, you can earn extra income while living in Asia – with less effort or stress than it takes now. Enjoy working or relaxing when you feel like it! Take back control of your time and your life. That's what 'retirement' is – or should be – all about.
Live the best part of your life in an exotic location in Asia. You could be retiring early and living in Asia in 2014; not only more cheaply but more happily too. Explore new places, play golf on beautiful courses, play tennis, swim, dive, surf, sail or just relax on a beach or by a pool – and yes, with that iconic image of an umbrella cocktail in your hand, as you see in many ads for exotic locations!
Visit our Before You Move page and also check out some of the other topics on the side bar menu on the left. Visit our Travel and Bookings page, get visas and travel insurance – whether you are flying from the USA, UK or other country or perhaps looking for decent, affordable accommodation in Bangkok.
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