A surprising statistic about men and women retiring to Asia

Andrew Leeson


Retire to Asia

Retire to Asia is fast approaching its first full year of operation, and over this time we have had the pleasure of speaking to many people from all walks of life. It truly has been an amazing experience to discuss the dreams of such a broad range of people looking to retire to an overseas destination. Initially (and perhaps foolishly) our expectations were that men would represent the majority of our clients, but this was very quickly dispelled. The surprising statistic about men and women retiring to Asia is that women, whether they are single or in a relationship, constitute 70% of the enquiries we receive to move to Asia in retirement.

When we met Catherine earlier this year in Chiang Mai, it was easy to see why women have embraced overseas retirement in such a big way. 

Catherine – An English Rose firmly established in the Thai countryside

When we spoke to Catherine, she was full of praise “The level of care for residents of the Village is exceptional, and the staff are so friendly. Thai people truly respect the elderly, and even those that reside in one of the dementia wards are always treated with the utmost dignity. Its very reassuring”

In its two years of operation, and with no advertising, the Retirement Village has received over 2,000 international enquiries from all corners of the world. And surprise, surprise, 70% of those enquiries are from women!

Catherine chuckled when we mentioned this to her “Look around you, we have a lovely sense of community here, and yes women dominate. Maybe its because we tend live longer than men, but I don’t want to take anything for granted, I just want to enjoy every minute of my life”

She continued “I can’t speak for everyone, but the women I talk too have a wonderful sense of adventure, they want to enrich their lives, and breathe new life into their souls”.

We couldn’t agree more. 

Our Financial Services Experience

Those of you who follow our blogs will know that in addition to assisting people relocate to Asia, we also have a Financial Services business, which of course forms an incredibly important part of any successful move overseas. Since its formation, we again have found a similar pattern of interest from clients and prospects, in that approximately 70% of interest has been from women.

So what are the main reasons for moving to Asia?

We’ve touched upon this broadly in previous blogs, but its certainly worth reinforcing some key themes that we are told by clients (both men and women);

As an advice business that specialises in helping people retire to Asia, our best resource is people that are already ‘living the dream’. People just like Catherine.

As she told us:

“I have a great fondness for England, but I wanted and needed a new experience. My kids had grown up and my husband had passed on. I saw a future of monotony and growing loneliness. Coming to Thailand has filled me with a sense of joy and fulfilment. I look forward to every day with a sense of wonder. I love it.”

If you’d like more information or have any questions, please feel free to call 1800-961-377 or email in**@re**********.au and let the team at Retire to Asia help make your dream lifestyle a reality.

Andrew Leeson

Andrew Leeson

Over 20 years of experience helping people live a better life in SE Asia. Having worked in financial services in Asia I understand the challenges when moving to and living in a new country. I have travelled extensively throughout the region and experienced what SE Asia has to offer to retirees.

Cookie Settings

‘Retire to Asia values your privacy. Our website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Please refer to our privacy policy and terms and conditions for more information’.