I recently retired and am now working another job to survive in Atlanta.
My pension includes insurance and is about $1600 a month after USA taxes.
I would love to move and live on my pension. Suggestions would be great.
Sherman in Atlanta
By the way, I am in my early 50s. I want to enjoy life now without the daily grind.
I am a ballroom dance teacher so a place that has dance clubs would be a plus.
Welcome to Travellerspoint! Not too sure about great places to retire, but I know that travelling around Southeast Asia is a great way to stretch your funds. Have you travelled much before?
Yes, I have been to Ukraine, Cancun, Cozumel, Paris, Warsaw and the Bahamas. I love to travel but mostly just want to find a place to hang my hat for a few years. I am tired of the fast lane and just want to kick back for a while. I hear Costa Rica and Bangkok are cheap and nice.
Look to escape artist.com for some ideas, all kinds of info and all kinds of things to think about.
puerto rico - don't even have to mess with visas
auckland is very relaxed, especially some of the suburbs
brisbane and sydney also come to mind
maybe southern spain or italy
Nowhere on the planet (overall) cheaper than Bulgaria.... At the moment, that is.
I think you'd find Bangkok too congested and hectic, but Hanoi is just perfect (I'm serious). Many expats have now adopted the town, and I would too if I didn't have obligations here in the USA. Have a look at Hanoi's Expat website here:
Why don't you try Thailand for example. Quite a few nice places there.
The problem might be your pension, which is below the required amount - if I am not mistaken it is 80,000 BHT, and 1 USD is today 33 BHT, so you are a way below it.
You might want to check out Malaysia's "My Second Home Programme" supported by the government tourist board.
Link : http://www.mm2h.gov.my/
Foreigners choose to have a second home in Malaysia because :
1) English is widely spoken.
2) Security is not too bad.
3) Cost of living is not too high.
4) Lifestyle quality is good.
5) Stable political situations.
Hope this helps.