1. There are many places in the USA where you can retire for $1000 per month if you live a simple, minimalist lifestyle similar to what the average Filipino or Tico might do. I also love to travel to SEA and Central America but cost of living is not a factor. I think that it is not really fair to compare the “average” American lifestyle with the places listed because the average American has very wasteful spending habits.

  2. Thanks Dan for laying out squarely some of the risk factors. Slow travel is very enticing, adventurous and lots of fun. However if to be sustained long term, you mentioned those elements to consider. Living on a constant $1,000 monthly retirement budget requires a high degree of frugality, stoicism, sacrifices and adjustment. If done well like you have, it makes living overseas so worth it!

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