Retire to Asia – We’re Back in the Saddle

Andrew Leeson


Retire to Asia

What’s been happening the last few years?

Well! Hasn’t the last two-and-a-half years been abominably awful across the board and with respect to international travel and cross-border activities in general?

Retire to Asia had big plans for 2020. In February and March 2020, we spent 5 weeks travelling to the Philippines, Bali, Malaysia and Thailand, visiting and discussing with our Asian partners our plans for 2020 and beyond.

Our aim back then was to start marketing our little venture to the masses on our return: 

Retire to Asia

Didn’t we time it perfectly!

On our 2020 trip it was interesting to see SE Asia as Covid was spreading at the very start. I have never gone through so many immigrations and customs areas with so much ease.

I also managed a trip up to Thailand this last February to see what it was like first coming out of Covid restrictions. About the same. 

Covid Restrictions Lifted

But thankfully this has all changed. My contacts in many Asian countries tell me it’s about back to full swing. And Covid restrictions have been substantially lifted.

I’ll be seeing for myself in October, when I’ll be meeting our Asian partners and discussing our plans for 2023 and beyond. Again. 

New Beginnings – We’re Back in the Saddle

Which is where we find ourselves now. Yes! Finally! Retire to Asia is back in the saddle and we will be ramping up the information that we provide and the services that we offer to make living in SE Asia not only seem possible but also highly achievable. And fun.

‘Yes, living the tropical lifestyle is easier than you think, and we can assist you in making it happen.’

New tools and information

Retire to Asia has an updated web site. We will also be sending out our first newsletter in September so please subscribe HERE.

We will have a free and interactive calculator for you to play with in September. It’s looking great if I say so myself. It will answer three questions by allowing you to compare Australian and SE Asian destinations: 

  1. How much cheaper can it be to live in SE Asia
  2. What your total cost of living savings could be over time
  3. What is your equivalent cost of living lifestyle budget in Asia

The third question may sound confusing, but basically it answers something like this: If you plan to retire in Sydney on $50,000 pa, after imputing your own unique details, and comparing this to, say, living in Bali, then your equivalent lifestyle budget in Bali could be (for example) $78,000 pa. That is to say spending $50,000 pa in Bali is similar to spending $78,000 pa in Sydney for your own unique set of circumstances.

What could you do with this extra lifestyle? Live larger? Save? Both?

How will I know when the retire to Asia calculator is ready?

You can check in on our website, the calculator tab is on the top right of the page. Or you can sign up to our newsletter here to receive our updates and SE Asian news.

Join our Facebook Community Group

If you would like to be informed of the calculator sooner, please follow us on Facebook and join our Facebook community group. We will be providing the information there first.

Follow our blog

We will also restart posting regularly and we hope that you enjoy the content. Living in SE Asia is all about fun and lifestyle at great value. We will also be posting (at least) weekly blogs on a variety of topics to our web site. If you have any suggestions on articles that you would like to see, please feel free to contact us

Welcome to a new beginning…

So let’s start afresh. We welcome you all to the Retire to Asia Community and we hope you find what we provide informative, interesting and entertaining.

Here’s to the future
Andrew & Jeff 

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.

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