Introduction to Asia and Retire-Asia.com
Asia covers a vast area of the globe with different geographical
regions and peoples with diverse cultures and traditions.
does not yet provide full coverage for all 40 countries, but on the right (or the interactive
map below), whether you are thinking of retiring in Asia or just going on
vacation, you can click on any name
or area to get comprehensive information for visitors and travellers
to every Asian country and region.
A DIFFERENT LOCATION AND
The Retire-Asia.com website and
associated RetireAsia.com/Blog have straightforward objectives: to make
people aware of opportunities for living a better life 'beyond borders'. We try
illustrate the more important differences of living in another country,
(especially in SE Asia) or
society in informative and interesting ways. It's a place where
readers can get information about some recommended destinations and read
stories and reviews from people who have 'been' and 'done'.
NEW OR ADDITIONAL SOURCES
Secondly, people who want
to start a new life, but don't have sufficient financial resources to retire
learn about new opportunities of earning
extra income. Most are leaning to use the internet for business
Retire-Asia is a site not only about
retirement in the exotic tropical locations of Southeast Asia, but also ways of increasing
the important issue of income that usually goes with retirement, no
matter which country you live or retire in. The majority of site traffic
is from the USA, followed by United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.
Since its launch in August 2005, Retire-Asia.com
had over one million visitors by 2010 and two million by early
2012. Many of them find it of
interest as they return time and time again!
Why do so many people want to move from the
place they grew up in and know best, and risk starting a new life in a
foreign country? Life in the West is not necessarily the best.
Debt is increasing, so much so it is
becoming evident that more and more people are struggling to cope. People
are not only learning how to move money offshore to avoid
taxes, they want to live in a better place with lower cost of living. There are companies that specialise in
offshore banking, foreign business address etc. Retire-Asia attempts to give you
useful information about the realities of living abroad, especially in a
Southeast Asian country.
We suggest you start on our
Home Page or you can choose a topic from the menu
bar on the
left, which appears on all main topic pages.
Many people from their mid-thirties and
upwards experience what is popularly called a
mid-life crisis. The
word 'crisis' is misunderstood to mean pressure that has built up to
breaking point. It is usually associated with a career, but it can also be
aggravated by a relationship. Basically it's the feeling that things must be
changed in one's life. 'Crisis' literally means a turning point or
'crossroads'. Learn more and find
This feeling can also contribute to the onset
of depression which makes it more difficult for someone to move in a
different direction because of a feeling of hopelessness or belief that
things cannot be changed for various reasons, very often involving finances.
Some will leave so-called 'civilised'
environments with good, secure jobs, for places they believe offer a better
quality of life. And it happens, but probably not
without a learning curve and some 'culture shock' (a much used expression,
especially in Asia, but nevertheless true). There are different laws,
traditions, social behaviour, religions, life
styles, and a host of other issues that will affect the daily lives of
most noticeably the cultural differences between East and West.
Thousands are searching
the internet every day, looking for the 'best' or 'cheapest' places to live
or retire in Asia (and elsewhere). We know this, as we are interested in
what people are actually looking for when they find our site through Google,
Yahoo, MSN and a host of others, and while there's no way of knowing who
they are, we can see what words and phrases they use for their searches.
ones whose primary concern is enough income are possibly in for a rude
awakening. There are alternatives to the USA; in fact many Americans won't
find a suitable retirement location if they don't start searching for it
'Best' or 'cheapest' are
relative terms. Compared to what or where and judged by what criteria? It's an entirely personal concept. What
would make a place best for you? It depends on your own concerns and the
priority you place on them. The only way you will ever find out is by
While some basic issues
are important to almost everyone (cost of living, accommodation, shopping,
food, infrastructure, utilities, internet access, public transport, medical
facilities, transport, legal system, security and personal safety, crime
rate, banking, taxes etc.), there are other, more 'people-related' issues
like hospitality, friendliness towards foreigners, entertainment, culture,
traditions, social behaviour to consider.
Quite obviously, there is
no single location where all foreigners would be happy and therefore call it
the best. If it existed, it wouldn't stay that way for long as hordes of
foreigners moved there and made it 'just like home'. Can you imagine how
awful that would be – especially for the local inhabitants?
Some locations people choose are
described in travel brochures appear to be almost 'Paradise
on Earth'. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, but in reality Paradise simply does not exist – on this earth, anyway!
Nowhere is perfect. People on vacation simply want to enjoy themselves and forget
about the drudgery of work and paying the bills back home.
understandably tend to see only the more positive aspects of a holiday
destination, such as lazy days spent relaxing in a warm sunny climate, near
beaches or beautiful rural scenery, and all the trimmings of holiday hotel
accommodation – swimming pools, cocktails, exotic food and even more exotic
but friendly people who seem to welcome foreigners with smiles and open
That first visit can be a
powerfully motivating factor for wanting to sell up back home and move, but
there is a big difference between an enjoyable but relatively brief holiday and the
realities of long-term residence in a foreign country – in Asia or
anywhere else, for that matter.
Many find themselves alone for one reason or another, but not
usually by choice. Starting a new life in a new country
new partner might also be the
beginning of an exciting new adventure,
whatever your age or inclinations! If you're looking for a mature type of
relationship, try here – free:
we hope you find useful by being different in its approach to life as well
as earning extra income abroad,
you will return to, so please bookmark it!
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