Retire To Asia - And Why
By Brian Bees
In reading this article you may realize that the best part of your life could be in Asia, and the best time is now.
The theme of most retirement articles is the best place to retire in the USA. However, according to the AARP about 80 percent of Americans do not plan to move when they retire. Work a lifetime, and with the door open to have a fresh start in retirement, one just stays in the same town, the same house, the same routine. There must be a better quality of life in retirement, and there is! Nowadays, more retirees are not only moving from their house to another city or state, but are moving out of the United States.
Over recent years I have had an increasing number of friends write to me about my life in Asia. The motives behind the questions have varied from political discontentment to financial. Many of the concerns are related to the high cost of living, including heating and A/C bills, taxes, grocery bills, the cost of gasoline, medical bills, dental bills, home repair bills, and list goes on. There is no doubt about it, the cost of living in the USA goes higher each day. Many of those who write to me are not really enjoying their Golden Years but are just getting by. If you are in the stage of retirement planning or are now retired that should concern you, as each day is precious and we should be enjoying life to its fullest. The best is yet to come.
Travel with me down a different road of thought. I have lived in retirement for the past 7 years in Asia, in the beach resort city of Pattaya, Thailand. Being a tourist destination, you immediately picture an area with a beautiful bay view, fine restaurants, and entertainment galore. It is more than just that. It is so easy to get around the city using public transportation that my car sits in the driveway. We have modern shopping centers, movie complexes, health spa's, fitness centers, golf courses, and even an IT center with 5 floors of computers, mobile phones,
Pattaya has not one, but two International Standard hospitals. Health
care is affordable. Being a tourist city, the Thai staff in most stores
and restaurants speak English, German, Russian, and other languages.
Language is not a problem, but learning a little basic Thai is both
fun and useful. A Hollywood movie with English sound track, shown in
a high tech theater costs around $2.50. The air-conditioned city bus
is 50 cents, private buses around 25 cents. A Thai food-bar meal runs
around 75 cents. We have clubs that meet weekly where the foreign community
can get together. They have Open Forums where newcomers to the community
can ask questions. The glimpse just given is representative of life
for foreigners in most Asian countries. A stress free, quality lifestyle
on your retirement pension.
Why Asia? Because Asia is the most exciting, the most
user friendly continent on earth. Luxury living for pennies - not just "getting
by" on your retirement pension. The United States and Europe are becoming almost impossibly
expensive to live and retire in. Learn more about the Asian countries, which
ones to consider for retirement, and why. If funds permit, plan a holiday visit
to some of the countries of interest. Alternatively, the Internet is a great
source of information. Also, one can join an Internet blog or group and gain
information and tips from persons already living overseas. As I said in my opening,
the best part of your life could be in Asia, and the best time is now.