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  1. Hey again….watching your vid….I really appreciate these various perspectives on living in other countries. I hate to beat the same drum, but it sounds like the cost of living there is similar to what I have here in Brazil. I think this guy and I followed a similar path. I am 70 and moved to Brazil 20 years ago…although I married a Brazilian. (divorced her too)… I have had three long relationships here…all with very professional women who earned more than I do. My ex wife was rich! (even by American standards). Now, I live alone and am renting a new apartment for (in USD) $350.00 a month including condo fee (water, building maintenance, garbage) taxes, and rent. I eat very well and spend about 2-300 a month. Internet (200 Mbps up and down) $20.00 HBO, Netflix, Prime ($20.00). Electric and gas…max $20.00. This city is small, but it has everything. Restaurants, pharmacies, markets…all within 10 minutes walk. Free bus since I am an old fart. Easy access to all professional services. I don’t have health insurance, but the public hospital is 5 minutes walk from here (free) and I also have a private doctor who charges $40 for a consultation. My Portuguese isn’t great, but I can get by with anything necessary. Portuguese is in the same language group as Spanish, Italian, and English…so there are a lot of words in common anyway. (I have a masters degree in education and teaching English, so I have some knowledge in language acquisition. My apartment did come unfurnished, so I did have to pay for what I have..(spent too much!), but the owners have discounted my rent for many of the upgrades I have done. While I know it is specific to each person…like Randy…you can spend a lot less (or more) than what some people say…the site numbeo shows all of the countries in Asia being much more expensive than Brazil…in fact, Brazil seems to be one of the cheapest places to live. I could easily cut 20-30% off of my monthly bill now by renting in a cheaper city and watching my diet. LoL. I have a friend who wants me to help her build a Yurt near Nova Friburgo where my col would go way down! Also…I have never had an experience with violence here in all my years.. Of course, I have friends who have been robbed. A lot of it is exactly what you said…how you handle yourself. By the way…last year I needed my gall bladder removed…It cost me $2,000.

  2. A little more. Obviously, I have a Brazilian bank account. I have no addresses or accounts in the USA. I have been receiving SSI for 8 years and a military pension. Both are deposited in my Direct Express card (account) and I use transfer wise to move the funds into my account here. I have lived completely off of SSI for the last 8 years. I never go to the bank here and I never have cash on me. I only use my Brazilian bank card for purchases. All my bills are paid automatically through my banks. Even the little venders on the beach carry card readers for payments.

  3. One of the best interview I have heard! I have watched 100’s of hours, of YouTube on the Philippines. Will be heading there as soon as the bands are lifted.

  4. Good stuff . “I felt I wasn’t living my own life”. How few people get to shake that off before they die (and have a hot 24 Yr old partner too). He’d better be happy!

  5. Hi Dan; really enjoying ur vids, please keep them coming. Enjoyed this one in particular – would u please consider doing an in-person video interview with this guy & his companion? (whenever u r next in his neck of the woods). Also, did i miss the photos, or, didn’t he send them to u?
    I’m planning to visit this area next yr, and look n2 the possibility of relocating, as i have grown weary of the u.s. lifestyle i’m currently living. Thanks again to u & your lovely companion πŸ™‚

  6. That is just interesting. I have never been out if the USA and I live quite cheaply but I dont know if I can go that way especially living in another country. When I retire in a couple years , will be the first time I leave the USA so thanks for all your video’s I am really learning and enjoying

  7. Like I said many times…easy to live well on $5/600pm.. My available funds is way higher’,I just don’t need it,I do travel about Asia a fair bit,sometimes away for 6mths or more,but Phil is where I always return and most content.

  8. Hi Dan. Love your channel. Some ideas: there is a “homesteading” movement in the States and I have found a small number of links to expats trying it in PH (going off-grid, growing their own food, etc.). That might make for some interesting interviews. Likewise, interviews with local farmers, nursery owners, or other experts on what will (and won’t) grow locally (or in the mountains vs. sea level). How about an interview with a solar installer there (there must be some)? Sustainable living in general suggests a wealth of different topics you could follow up on.

  9. This is the exact lifestyle I would like away from many expats but I would want a house that Has a pool, a maid and a cook. A driver is not needed and I like to walk a lot or use taxi when needed. I only drink occasionally and would like to find a smaller city with less tourists that’s safe near beach I was looking around Samar and some parts near Davao maybe cdo or other cities nearby. Any recommendations to avoid the big expat crowd. ?

  10. Awesome Dan, I want a similar lifestyle!! I mentioned to you that I might be starting my slow travel retirement in Mexico. I am going to your web page and reviewing your Mexico slow travel vids and reports. If you have any other recommended links for me I would appreciate it Dan. If all goes well I will be making my first move around September 1.

  11. This is the single BEST video I have ever seen!!
    Having just been laid off at the age of 58 from Covid budget cuts, my prospects of padding a pension have diminished..
    This interview gives guys like me HOPE..
    Hope that a good life is POSSIBLE on meager funds.
    Very Thorough interview breaking down the cost for everything.
    I wish i could go on “disability ” tomorrow, but I think it is much more difficult these days..
    No worry..
    I will survive a few more years til 62, and use this video as my INSPIRATION…

    Thanks for posting..

  12. Dan. The best bank to have is Charles Schwab. I have both a brokerage, Roth IRA and checking account with them. Schwab refund all ATM fees, no international fees. It’s the best and safest institution to have for expat and world travelers.

  13. This guy is brilliant he has learned how to live well on his little bit of income there and I’m just waiting for this covid virus to end so I can move there I should have went back in December now I Have to wait

  14. Find out more info on cheap places to live in the Philippines because a lot of people can not afford to live in America on retirement income anymore and also how long you can stay there

  15. I think you forgot to post his link, but I found his web page. 70 years old with a 24 year old GF? All on a little over $800 a month?
    Sheesh…
    I want to be where he is at that age.

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  17. Thanks for all the info. Love this stuff. My 70 years old ears don’t hear that well anymore. Sure wish the 3 of you guys were together and a few bears. πŸ™‚

  18. Randy is a Good Guy and I am sure he loved by the kids and adults alike in his neighbourhood and if you read this comment Randy I wish you the very best of health and happiness my friend.

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