When you think about retiring, you think about finally giving up work and relaxing after years of work and providing for your family. It is about giving yourself a break from the past-paced life of work and live a slow-paced, peaceful kind of life. If you are thinking where you should live when you retire, I say my country, The Philippines. Why? Let me give you a bucketful of reasons
- Basic needs are provided. One of the first things that you consider when you think of residing somewhere are your necessities. If you are worried about your basic necessities, living in the Philippines is not a problem. There is ample supply of water and power. There is internet connection that can be installed in your own home or found at public places, like malls, coffee shops, parks, and even in some public transportation. For your food, you will find a wet market in every town, as well as groceries in many places. You won’t find it hard to adjust with the taste of the food here, since the dishes are also very varied, ranging from western Asian food. Religious temples and churches for different religions can be found, too.
- Wide array of real estate choices. From mid-scale to upscale residential areas, from mountain view to sea view homes, and from rural to urban, you will have many choices to build your house. You can also choose to live in condominiums or subdivisions on top of the mountain, by the sea, or right in the middle of the city.
- People speak English. Despite the different dialects used by different regions here in the Philippines, the Filipino people generally know how to speak English, so communication is not a problem here. General guidelines, notices, and street laws, such as traffic rules, are written in English. Many newspapers are also written in English, so learning about local and international reports are easy. In fact, many Korean and Japanese nationals come to the Philippines to study the English language and eventually love to stay in the Philippines.
- Beautiful landscapes. If you are a nature-lover, nothing can beat the way Philippines can amaze you. If you retire in the Philippines, you can travel to nearby places and all around the country without the need to spend too much cash to see all the beautiful landscapes, like the Banaue Rice Terraces, Mayon Volcano, Taal Lake, Chocolate Hills, Pagsanjan Falls, and many other waterfalls and volcanoes that will let you truly appreciate nature.
- Amazing historical landmarks. Old churches, forts, and other ruins, you will find them all here in the Philippines. Being a Spanish colony during the 1600s, our country boasts of its old churches, buildings, and other structures that are very well-preserved to this very day.
- Relaxing beaches everywhere. Nothing beats the therapeutic and relaxing sight, sound, and touch of the beach. If the beach area is where you want live and retire, the Philippines has a lot of residential areas and condominiums by the sea to accommodate you. If you want to live in the city, but also love going to the beach often, remember that the Philippines is an archipelagic country, where almost every town has a beach where you can go and unwind.
- Slow-paced living. If you retire in the Philippines, you don’t need to stress yourself out with the fast-paced way of living. It’s not that Filipinos are slow, but instead, we know how to take things slowly and we always find time to relax. The working population do not have to work two jobs, thus giving us more quality time for family and friends.
- Leisure and entertainment. Whatever your hobbies and interests are, you’ll always have a place to go in the Philippines. There are malls almost everywhere for your shopping and entertainment needs. If you’re an adventurous type of person, there are famous places and nature parks in the Philippines, where you can do lots of activities, including hiking, mountain climbing, zip-lining, diving, snorkeling and more. If you love farming, you can buy farm lands in the Philippines where you can also grow different farm animals.
- Lower cost of living than many countries. The cost of living in the Philippines vary depending on what city or town you live in, but it is generally low compared to other countries. Retiring here gives you more value for the money you saved for your future. Manila, is the most expensive city in the Philippines to live in, while the rural areas are the cheapest.
- Tropical climate. The Philippines is near the equator, giving it its tropical climate. If you feel it sometimes gets too hot in some areas, there are colder towns and cities located in higher altitudes that you can live in, including Baguio City, Tagaytay, and in the mountainous areas of Davao, Cebu, and other provinces.
- Friendly people. The best and final reason why it’s great to retire in the Philippines, is because of the people. Proud to say, we, Filipinos are known for our hospitable and friendly traits. If you want to live in a happy and jolly environment, the Philippines is the place to be. Young and old, rich or poor, the Filipino people are generally friendly, kind, and helpful, ready to greet you with a smile. Even the less fortunate who can barely eat three meals a day can afford to give you smile anytime.
Whatever your priority is, whether the beaches, the climate, the scenery, the activities your can do, the food, the basic necessities, or the people you live with, you will always find a compelling reason to love retiring here in the Philippines. So what are you waiting for? Process your retiree’s visa now and start living the relaxing life you truly deserve here in the Philippines.