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Challenges and Ideas for an Expat in Opening a Small Business in Thailand

Alluring landscapes, charming people and rich Asian culture—Thailand is a paradise in many ways. But, like anywhere else, if you don’t have money in your pocket it can be a rough and tough experience.

Even if you’re collecting a steady pension check, social security payment, or trust fund payout, there’s always the fear that the US dollar or another home currency can lose value against the Thai Baht…so it’s important Read the rest “Challenges and Ideas for an Expat in Opening a Small Business in Thailand”

Challenges for Americans thinking about Retirement Outside of the US

Retirement moneyIt ain’t like it used to be. Today’s retirees look at the 401K savings they worked so hard on over the years nearly disappear and suffered gigantic equity drops on the home they spent 25+ years paying for each month.  We’re part of the Baby Boomers generation that had so many opportunities in the last part of the last century, only to see it pretty much crumble over the last Read the rest “Challenges for Americans thinking about Retirement Outside of the US”

What Westerners should know before they decide to Relocate to an Asian Paradise

Fund your retirementUltimately retiring in a tropical island in Asia seems is a dream many Westerners see when they are prepared to take life easy and to leave behind the bone-chilling winters for a place in the sun. Additionally, most of the Asian destinations because of their relatively cheap tag attract a lot of Western expats looking for a good life at a dirt-cheap price (or is it?)!!

Whatever are your reasons, Read the rest “What Westerners should know before they decide to Relocate to an Asian Paradise”

Are you Really cut out to Retire or Relocate Abroad?

Retiring abroadOn an average, thousands leave their countries each year to go in search of a new life abroad with most leaving their countries being retirees looking for a golden retirement in the sun. So are you planning to be one of them in the near future and thinking about whether you should look elsewhere for your retirement home?

The reality which most people underestimate is that this big step can Read the rest “Are you Really cut out to Retire or Relocate Abroad?”

Tax Friendly Asian Countries for Expats to Relocate or Retire

Long-term visas, relatively easier property buying laws offered by several Asian countries are luring expats to buy property and retire here in thousands.

Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand have rolled out the red carpet for foreigners wanting to settle in the region, other countries like Indonesia, Cambodia and Sri Lanka are other tax friendly countries where one can settle with ease. This is in stark contrast to countries like Singapore Read the rest “Tax Friendly Asian Countries for Expats to Relocate or Retire”

Making money overseas – Jobs that can fund your retirement in Asia

In this article we will discuss how you can take control of your life and take the decision of moving to an overseas location without having to think how you are going to fund your retirement, because that’s what we’re going to tell you today!

With the right knowledge of the destination you have decided to relocate and some connections there, you can instantly spot opportunities on the ground and Read the rest “Making money overseas – Jobs that can fund your retirement in Asia”

Top 5 Asian Destinations to Retire on a Budget

Saving money till you reach a certain age and retiring then is just old news now! Today, you can retire at any point of your life and retiring means that you could slow down the tempo of your life and more importantly cut down on your costs which ideally you would be incurring if you were to work in a city. With this trend as people seek cheaper places to Read the rest “Top 5 Asian Destinations to Retire on a Budget”

Investing in Overseas Real Estate – Should you Stay on Rent for a While or Buy Outright?

Overseas real estateWith people looking to continue with (or better!) their current lifestyle once they are retired, this trend has seen a surge in demand from expats to relocate, buy a property and lead a dream lifestyle in various tropical destinations in Asia – it’s no secret that Asia being a relatively cheaper destination than the West, will always remain top favorite amongst Westerners. Add to it the year-long suitable climate and Read the rest “Investing in Overseas Real Estate – Should you Stay on Rent for a While or Buy Outright?”

Freedom, Culture and Iced Coffee: Kevin Miller on Living in Vietnam

Kevin MillerVietnam has been a popular destination for expats for many years, with its tropical climate and welcoming culture, but what is it really like to live there? We spoke to Kevin Miller, an American who first visited Vietnam 9 year ago to do some volunteer work and never left. He lives in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City and works as a consultant and teacher.

You have lived in Read the rest “Freedom, Culture and Iced Coffee: Kevin Miller on Living in Vietnam”

What Does it Cost to Live in Vietnam?

Ho Chi Minh City So you are thinking of moving to Vietnam, or spending at least a few months a year there, and want to know how much it costs to live in Vietnam. The answer to this can be “how long is a piece of string”, after all you can live like a king or a pauper in this diverse country.  Your budget will vary depending upon where you choose to live, for Read the rest “What Does it Cost to Live in Vietnam?”

An Interview with Erika Oktora on Living in the Developing Locations of Johor

Erika OktoraAfter staying in Singapore for about 12 years, Erika Oktora, decided to move to East Ledang in Malaysia’s Johor state which is about an hour’s drive from Singapore. Today she still works in Singapore and commutes daily from her home in Johor. She pens her experiences in her blog, Living in Johor, which is indeed a must-read for those who are planning to shift base here. We spoke to Read the rest “An Interview with Erika Oktora on Living in the Developing Locations of Johor”

Riding the Wave in Phuket: An Interview with Angus MacLachlan of Exotiq Holidays

Angus MacLachlan heads up Exotiq Holidays from one of the world’s most beautiful holiday destinations, Phuket in Thailand. Exotiq is a lifestyle brand for those who are discovering, investing and living a lifestyle in a tropical destination. Exotiq holidays is still in its early stages of development, but focuses on high quality and stylish holidays; from luxury villas to boutique hotels and cruises. We spoke to Angus MacLachlan about holidaying Read the rest “Riding the Wave in Phuket: An Interview with Angus MacLachlan of Exotiq Holidays”

What Does It Cost to Live in Cambodia?

Living in CambodiaLike most countries, the cost of living in Cambodia varies considerably between cities such as Phnom Penh and regions like the popular coastal town of Sihanoukville. Regardless of where you live in Cambodia, Cambodia is a reasonably priced place to live when compared to other popular tourist destinations in Asia such as Thailand and Bali. It is worth remembering, that costs aside, the quality of life in Cambodia is also Read the rest “What Does It Cost to Live in Cambodia?”

Life in an International Village: Living in Bali

Moving to Bali and setting up a home there is a dream for many who have visited this exotic and beautiful island. But is life in Bali actually how you imagine it to be?  We spoke to Dominique Gallmann who is CEO of Exotiq Property, originally from Switzerland, who has lived in Bali for the past 20 years to find out.

Why did you move to Bali?

I first Read the rest “Life in an International Village: Living in Bali”

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Bali?

There is no simple answer to the question on ‘how much does it cost to live in Bali?’ Cost of living in Bali depends on a variety of factors such as the type of accommodation you choose, whether you eat local or Western food and whether you drink alcohol. Regardless of your choices, there are some rules of thumb that you can use to give you an indication how much Read the rest “How Much Does It Cost to Live in Bali?”

Earning a Living as an Expat in Thailand

Thailand employment street sceneOnce you are in Thailand permanently you may want to find yourself a paying job to keep you occupied and earning a little income.  Here are tips and information on what is available for the Western Expat in Thailand.

Probably the most frequent question I get from people just thinking  about moving to Thailand is how does one earn a living here.  Thailand is paradise for many, including myself, but Read the rest “Earning a Living as an Expat in Thailand”

Retiring in New Zealand – Visas and other Legal Aspects

When looking for somewhere to retire to, New Zealand really does have it all.  With a relaxed lifestyle, so much natural beauty and great infrastructure, it is hard to go past this part of the world as somewhere to spend some time in your twilight years. For those who would like to either retire permanently in New Zealand, or spend a couple of years here, there are a few options Read the rest “Retiring in New Zealand – Visas and other Legal Aspects”

Moving to New Zealand as an Investor or Entrepreneur – Visas and Other Legal Aspects

New Zealand encourages business investment with a view to economic growth, expanding business expertise and attracting “smart” capital to the country.  New Zealand may be a small country, but it is growing fast thanks to its supportive and progressive migration program. For those who wish to set up an entrepreneurial venture or invest in New Zealand, there are several options available.

Investors:
For those with funds to invest in New
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