My husband Michael and I were in our 50s when we made the decision to retire overseas. Before then I really hadn’t given retirement much serious thought. I suppose I had seen us as part of the grey nomad brigade, caravanning the well-worn roads of Australia, gathering at 5 p.m. for ‘sundowners’ then toddling off to camp for the night.
David Smith spent every holiday for 20 years in Thailand, revelling in the country’s culture and way of life. In 2002, at the age of 52, he found himself unemployed and decided the time was right to move there permanently.
I’ve been living on Koh Phangan for almost a year, happily settled in the rural hideaway of Hin Kong. Haad Rinn—home to the full moon parties that attract thousands of partygoers to the island annually—is half an hour away by car…but a world away in terms of lifestyle.
Each morning, I begin my day by opening the French window of my studio apartment in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I am greeted by views of towering mountains on the horizon and the golden peak of the famous Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple glittering against the lush green background.
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.
All we had to last us the next 30-plus years was our meagre life savings, accumulated superannuation and the proceeds of the sale of our assets in Australia. As we did not plan to be in Australia when we came of age to access our Australian Government Pension, it could not be part of our financial calculations. (We are not at retirement age as yet—Vivien’s 53 and I’m 58.)
When it comes to living life to the fullest, for Tony Robertson, old age is not a consideration. He’s only 69, and is spending his retirement enjoying the lifestyle in Thailand’s “Pearl of the Andaman Sea”. “Thailand was a no-brainer for me. It offers a high standard of living with access to everything I need Read more...
Twenty years ago, Jim Knight discovered an exotic tropical paradise in Southeast Asia. He fell in love with the sights and sounds of Thailand. During regular holidays, Jim continued to be charmed by the Thai culture and way of life; things like how politeness and respect are ingrained into every aspect of the Thai language and communication.
An inexpensive cost of living, tropical sunshine, white sandy beaches and friendly people…everyone has their reasons for moving to Thailand. For my wife Nancy and I, retiring here a couple of years ago was a no-brainer.
On the Gulf coast, just four hours from Bangkok, is where you'll find my favourite Thailand beach town…Hua Hin.