wooden jetty leading into the distant ocean

Retire to Asia?

We are an Aussie couple who wanted to take back control of our lives. It felt like our careers, mortgage, and many other aspects of life had taken control, and we wanted to change that. Our goal was simple – get off the treadmill and start enjoying and experiencing life while we still have the health and energy to do so.

In our mid to late 50’s we quickly realised we could not afford to retire this early in our home country, so we started investigating safe, stimulating and economical overseas retirement options. And by ‘retirement’, we are not talking about some sedentary existence – travel, and all the stimulation and new experiences that travel brings is what we desire.

Our decision to start this ‘new life’ was inspired in part by the book Sell Up, Pack Up and Take Off” written by two Australian journalists Stephen Wyatt and Colleen Ryan. They planted the seed, and a couple of other significant events added the impetus for us to make the move.

Importantly, to make our ‘new life’ overseas work, we needed to be sure our meager life savings, accumulated superannuation, and the proceeds from the sale of our assets in Australia would last for the next 30+ years.

In ‘Our Back Story’ page you can read more about that book, the other life events that prompted us to consider such a radical decision, and the investigative steps we took to be able to kick-start our ‘new life’.

Our first stop as “retired Aussies in Asia.”

Our first retire to Asia stop is a pretty coastal town 3 hours south of Bangkok – Hua Hin. This region is affectionately known as the Royal Coast thanks to the presence of the Thai Royal Family’s summer palaces.  Hua Hin is not an international tourism ‘hot spot’ like Phuket, Koh Samui, Pattaya or Chiang Mai yet is an attractive seaside city, has the necessary infrastructure we need, and is already home to several thousand other international expats.

Our Blog tells stories of what’s happening for us as we pursue this ‘new life’ as retirees in Asia. And importantly, will this overseas retirement allow us to achieve our goal – living a comfortable, happy and healthy life on our limited budget while travelling and exploring what Asia (and beyond) has to offer?

We hope you enjoy reading our continuing story. Do check out our most recent travels and experiences via the blog post links in the panel on the right side of this page.

Additionally, you may know someone who has their own dreams of ‘selling up, packing up and taking off’! If so, feel free to share our site with those friends or family members. Perhaps our story will be the inspiration they need?

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Do contact us with your questions, comments, and feedback. Or if you are already ‘living your dream’ as retirees in Asia, we would love to hear from you!

Michael & Vivien

Retired Aussies in Asia