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Retire early, vacation, relax, live better on less in many Asian countries: the same money will often buy you 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 and beyond.
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 – as well as different ways to earn extra income. Shouldn't you be able to retire young and healthy enough to enjoy the things that YOU still want to do – yet still generate new income?
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; of the many popular retirement locations available around the world there are many in Asia – possibly because there are over 40 Asian countries and territories to choose from! And there are plenty of good deals if you want to just take a look first.
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, Malaysia, Indonesia & Bali, Singapore, Philippines, 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.
As a visitor thinking of a future move to Asia, you can get the feel for life as an expat by going on holiday, but rather than book a hotel or resort, stay in a vacation rental; this would be an apartment, villa or house where you would be able to source and prepare your own food. Self-catering is much cheaper than eating exclusively in restaurants, especially if you are travelling with family or friends, and you are also likely to meet other foreign residents living nearby.
Beaches! If you're a seaside, island or coast lover,
check out the
beach vacation rentals in Southeast Asia,
including Ao Nang, Krabi,
Thailand, one of the many
holiday rentals in Bali, Indonesia or stay at the stunning White
Boracay, Philippines seen below.
Apart from the warmth and hospitality of most Asian people, 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 mostly better (certainly the food is more authentic) than that served at many foreign-located Asian food restaurants. Living in Asia, you will get the real thing!
Check out the best deals and make bookings for flights and/or hotels and beach resorts in Asia – or anywhere else – right here:
If you cannot live well on what you earn, then live where you spend less! You could move to a country where your money buys more and you can live cheaper and better in 2014!
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. including how to make local contacts and perhaps begin an Asian friendship before you visit in person.
you satisfied with the way things are?
Do you have or are you making enough money...
How about the climate?
Are you suffering or expecting 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
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!
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!
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.
Does this all seem like a
This can be your life too, and with plenty of extra time on your hands, if you need to, instead of using your laptop or tablet only to browse the web, see photos or read and send emails, you could also 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.
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