It’s surprising that Arequipa is still such a well-kept secret as a place to spend your retirement years. After all, there are over 300 days of sunshine per year, the Pacific coast is only a couple of hours away by bus and the spectacular hiking trails of the Colca Canyon are only three hours away in the other direction.
My wife, Nancy, and I visited Thailand for the first time almost 10 years ago. We spent many great holidays in various parts of the country over the next few years and were continually impressed by the stunning beauty of the landscape, the white-sand beaches overlooking turquoise seas and the friendly people...
White-sand beaches, glistening gilded temples, forested mountains and copious amounts of sunshine…this is what Thailand has always been about. In 2013, after several visits, my wife Nancy and I knew we wanted to make our home in this tropical paradise and decided the 800-year-old northern city of Chiang Mai was to be our playground...
It was 2013 and I was already two years past the mandatory retirement age. I was finishing the last six years of my career in China and my wife—Nancy—and I had to make a decision on our next move. We had grown to love the climate, the people and the food of Southeast Asia...
With year-round sunshine, a dazzling array of gorgeous beaches and lots of modern amenities, Koh Samui makes a great destination for anyone looking for a dream retirement by the sea.
“The last time I went exploring by motorbike through the jungle, I saw an elephant just walking down the road. An elephant!” says Michael Brown, 53, who lives in the Thai resort city of Hua Hin.
Living in the tropics is a dream for many and Chiang Mai, Thailand, is still a popular destination for those seeking a year-round hot climate, along with a low cost of living. Although far from any white sandy beaches, Chiang Mai still has plenty of activities to keep you busy, both in the city and the surrounding countryside.
Thailand really is the land of festivals. There seems to be a different major holiday every month. And Chiang Mai is the place to celebrate most of them. For some reason, tourists gravitate to this part of the country by the thousands to partake in everything from Songkran to the Lantern Festival.
Retiring overseas could be the best thing you ever do…but it’s a big step. So if you’re not quite ready to make the move abroad on a permanent basis, the next best thing might be to go for a trial run and test the waters in one of your dream destinations.
Dozens of white sandy beaches, spectacular smooth granite rock formations, thick jungles and coconut groves line the 51-kilometre highway that rings the bulk of Koh Samui. On my recent trip here from my home in Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, I rented a scooter and spent a couple of days driving around the countryside.