Many readers have recently been asking for more content about the Philippines. Once a little-known place way off of the radar of most expats-to-be, the Philippines have since evolved into a a huge expat hot spot. What makes this destination so desirable for retirees? Here is the lowdown on just a few basic reasons.
1. Affordable cost of living — The cost of housing, food, transportation and even labor costs anywhere in the Philippines are incredibly reasonable and allow most retired folk to stretch their savings or pension much more than they could in many other places around the world. Foreign retirees enjoy not only the low cost of living, but also a favorable currency exchange rate. For example, one could live incredibly well in a fully furnished home with household helpers for under $2000US monthly.
2. The People — Filipinos are among the most hospitable people on the planet.Filipinos’ warmth and cheerfulness will make retiring in the Philippines feel like one has really integrated into their second home. Filipinos have consistently rankedin the top in most every happiness index conducted.
3. Conveniences — The Philippines provides retirees with all conveniences of modern living. From large malls to modern transportation, to an impressive Internet and other high-tech telecommunications network, to Hollywood movies to cable TV channels that include programs from around the world, modern life is at your fingertips. If you are visualizing the Philippines as offering only mud huts, think again…some parts of the Philippines have more Starbucksper square area than Seattle.
4. Medical services —The Philippines’ medical and healthcare facilities are comparable and sometimes even better by comparison to that of the retirees’ place of residence overseas. Filipino doctors are commonly trained abroad and affiliated with international medical associations. The Filipino nurses’ natural friendliness and competence are sought all over the world and would be comforting to every retiree who needs compassionate care. Medical costs are much less than services in the US. Pharmacies are easily accessible and most medications can be easily bought. Those who prefer more natural paths of healing and wellness will appreciate the next point:
5. Wellness choices — Wellness centers and spas abound for those who like to keep healthy through massage therapy, acupuncture and other natural treatments designed to restore vitality and promote relaxation and good health. Many of these facilities are run by doctors who are experts in Western medicine. Other wellness centers offer treatments based in Oriental medicine techniques.
6. The Food — The Philippines offers incredibly diverse gastromony. The food has mainly Spanish and Chinese overtures but over the centuries has also adaptedto the flavors of the cultures that have come in contact with Filipinos, including American, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Arabic and Southeast Asia. One thing that many people who have lived in the Philippines and then moved away constantly say is how much they miss the food.
7. The Weather — The Philippines is a tropical country with both a rainy and a dry season. The temperature is generally fair throughout the year. So for retired folk who do not want to, or cannot, tolerate cold temperatures any more, the weather is great.
8. Abundant Outdoor Activities — The Philippines is an archipelago full of beaches, diving spots and gorgeous views. From the white sand of famous Boracay Island to the stunning hills of Tagaytay, the Philippines has thousands of islands for one to explore this tropical paradise. For those less adventurous, even just strolling on the beach daily is worth moving to the Philippines for.
9. Language— English is one of the official languages in the Philippines, the second being Filipino. Many Filipinos are practically fluent in English, making the transition to this country and getting around very easy.
Do you have experience living in or traveling through the Philippines? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts! What did you love/hate? Would you go back?