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12/28/2009 08:19    
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Hello,
I don't know if you would want to live in Ecuador,Costa Rica,Panama,or Uruguay.
You can live a very good life for only $600 per.month.
I mean very well.
My Best;
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12/28/2009 10:53    
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where in Costa Rica can you live on for 600 dollars, i'm looking at Costa Rica to move to in 2011.
Thanks for your help

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12/29/2009 09:09    
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Hi Lindy, I live for now in Scotland and you can live with
£650 a month if you handle your budget carefully.
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12/29/2009 11:05    
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Hi Alex,

Thanks a lot for your very encouraging response to my post!

Actually, I was in Edinburgh in '04 and LOVED the people, the culture, the EVERYTHING about Scotland and have no problem at all living there EXCEPT for my "Senior" (i.e. Pensioner) status and the £££ which I feel sure the Scottish Immigration department would require due to my age before I could "settle there permanently!"

Online, the British Immigrations stated "Retirees to UK must prove a £37,000. a year income" which I definitely do not have.

My only daughter lives in Rugby and even though I could use her residence address, the UK WANTS THAT MONEY UP FRONT regardless of who I live with or where I live in the country! Bummer! :-(

I'm signed with www.housecarers.com and do a lot of House-Sitting assignments so actually, I just need a place to store my clothing, as I use public transport while in the UK (or wherever I'm House-Sitting) and pay cash for occasional things like seeing a GP for a Cold or having a tooth filled.

I tried to move to Australia in 2008 but THAT government requires a $250,000. "Medical Insurance Bond" to be paid by all Retirees before they (or I) can live in that country on a permanent basis! Not having access to that much money, I was forced to return to the US but have been "searching ever since for a place I can call "home!"

I lived and worked in Kenya 14 years and have LOTS of experience including half-a-million airmiles on my Passport, abilities, knowledge in many areas, including TEFL, Music, Computer-literate, etc, etc, etc!

I'm desperate to leave the US, having absolutely, NO DESIRE to live there anymore so if you can provide any other details about "living in Scotland," I'll be very grateful!

Thanks and bless you.

Lindy :-)

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12/29/2009 11:30    
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Hi 1World,

Thanks for your encouraging reply; I appreciate you taking the time to provide that information.

I've "heard" that Costa Rica is a paradise and I saw a little of it in '06 when my Mother took me on a Panama Canal cruise.

Do you know what C.R.'s Immigration Laws are concerning people over 60 living there on a Retirement basis?

I'm originally from southern California so Spanish is "very familiar" to me and I'm interested in languages, so I know I could "fit in" to most of the Central American countries if their Spanish dialect wasn't "way off" from the Castillian version.

Any other information you might have about the "possibility" of 60+ people living in CR or the other Central American countries would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again and bless you.

Lindy

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12/29/2009 11:51    
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Hi Lindy,

We are building retirement and wellness communities in the Philippines. You can qualify to retire in the Philippines without marrying a local. We are from California and moving in to the Philippines as well with my parents in law who are Americans. Let me know if you are interested and I will send you more information.

Sincerely,

Pinay mentor

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12/30/2009 11:35    
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Hi
If you are paying this amount monthly ,you can live India as you are my guest in very good atmosphere.Let me know
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12/30/2009 11:35    
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Hi
If you are paying this amount monthly ,you can live India as you are my guest in very good atmosphere.Let me know
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12/30/2009 15:09    
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For me, it would have to be the Scottish Highlands - It would be a good place to stay after retirement .

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12/30/2009 17:07    
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Hi Lindy,

Check out internationalliving.com for all kinds of info on retirement in many parts of the world.

Also TESOL teaching is in enormous demand in South America, Eastern Europe and South Asia.

Eastern Europe may have slacker laws regarding foreign retirees. The newer members of the EU may not mind some foreigners to help build their new infra structure.

Cheers, Koko.

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12/31/2009 21:50    
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Lindy, I have been gathering info for a place to retire for some time now - C or S America only.

You could live on $600.00/mo in most of these countries, depending upon what you call "living" - seems that one can live well in some on a little more than that, however.

Costa Rica was "the" place to retire during the 1990's and Panama has been #1 for most of the 2000's. Prices in both have gone up markedly because of this.

Right now it seems that Ecuador is right at the top and one can live there with under $1000.00.

A problem is that most of the C/S American countries require more that a $1000.00/mo income but appears in most one can continue to renew a visa and remain there.

I started with Mexico - which is more expensive than most of the others - and worked my way south. Belize and several others are having serious drug and other problems which leads to crime - although most crime in these countries is not of the violent type but property.

As Panama is much more expensive - but certainly more "US" like - I passed on it.

When one drops into S America it seems the whole landscape of the countries there changes - whereas there are a lot of expats and tourist in Mexico and C America there are far less in S. American countries. These countries seem to have a far more settled and aged society with beautiful cities, outstanding several hundred year old European style building with new, modern ones mixed in and far less poverty.

I have settled on either Mexico or Ecuador. So far, Ecuador is leading - a country about twice the size of Florida but with beautiful US west coast style beaches, rain forest, cloud forest and 17,000ft mountains in that small area. One can pick the climate they want to live in.

As there are few expats or tourist, one does need to speak Spanish, it seems.

And the good part is that one can live on $800.00 or so a month fairly well.

Hope this helps. - jb

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Hi,
I've lived in Costa Rica for the past 5 years- my husband is retired and SS pays him $1100 per month. If you watch what you consume, e.g eat a lot of fresh veggies and fruit, buying at the local market vs the supermarket and stick to non-imported, local items (groceries are out of sight!!!, more expensive than Whole Foods in the US!), use public transportation and pinch pennies you can make it work. Prices are going up here for everything. As an example, rent for a modest 2-3 BR place near SJO is about 500-1200. Our car ins (on an old 1998 toyota) is $1100 per year (with theft protection), house insurance against natural disasters $400 per year. Telephone is about $12.00 per month for home and cell, cable and internet about $50 per month. Electricity is the killer at about $130 per month and we don't have a/c. line dry clothes. We bake our own bread so that's probably why the electric is high, from using the oven a lot. Household goods are expensive like tv's, toasters, microwaves, cookware and usually of poor quality. Gas is running about $4.00 per gallon. It's a beautiful country, nice people, great climate but not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.

To be a legal "retired" resident, you need to show at least $1200 per month in income from social security, pension, etc.The laws for other categories of residency vary (deposit $100,000 into a bank, etc.) but if you're retired then the pensionado status is the way to go. They just passed a new immigration law that takes effect in March the limits used to be $600. Now they are $1200. They also created a new category for anyone who purchases a home valued at more than $180,000 - an investor status of sorts, the only caveat with that is the new luxury tax on homes over $180k~ so you'd be looking at paying high property taxes if you went that route.

Good luck in your search for a new home!

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1/14/2010 12:39    
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Excellent post, so few travel to their target country, do their research, network, homework etc.

And those who fall victim to online cons, scams, 'real estate tours' etc. it's only their fault.

about 19 years ago a NY Times reporter ( stringer, really) visited the Colonial Town of Antigua Guatemala where I was working, on return to NY she wrote in her article that huge colonial style hones, furnished WITH maid rentd for around $150 month and up, was an error, misprint, the real figure then was $1,500+ month, today $3,500 month + minimum!

However hundreds came to Antigua after the article was published, 1991, almost all left disappointed, a few stayed and lived well in smaller quarters, we had no Internet here then, just one small expensive ($3 hour) cyber place starting up, travelers and ex pats then were fewer an friendlier. Boy has Central America changed!!!!!

CR is often touted online as on of the cheapest countries in the world, crime free paradise, easy residency and lots of job opportunities for foreigners, "eveyone speaks English"
Well always visit first, neighboring Nicaragua is half the price of CR, if you don't mind some rough edges, The Nicas are very friendly outgoing people.

Anyone requiring info on settling in Central America (except CR and Panama), message me. oh, no 'Thank You', no second response. New Rule). Ciao Saludos Salut

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Hi,
I had worked in the Philippines for seven years, I returned to Italy in the late 2002 and now I'm trying to return to Manila definitely (if I can find a job). I have lived very well there, life is not expensive, I spent about $ 900 a month in rent a house (where I lived with my wife and our 2 children), electricity, telephone, water / gas, food and private school for children.
Certainly since 2002 up to now the cost of living has risen but not so much.
I have many retired Italian friends who live there for the low cost of living and the beauty of the place. My only recommendation try to stay away from the southern Philippines, especially from the regions of Zamboanga and Mindanao in general. In the south, unfortunately, there are big problems with Abu Sayaf (Al Qaeda Filippines). I had to return to Italy just because of them and with me many others expatriate. If you want I can put you in contact with a Italian priest (not missionary) who live and works in the Philippines. Take care

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2/18/2010 00:22    
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Also thre Dominican Republic . Especialy idf you are a teacher or missionary

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Lindy

You can live comfortably with this amount in any place in India. I suggest a place called in India called Auroville. Its a universal city where men and women from any country live in peace & harmoney. Check out more at http://www.auroville.org/

I used to stay very close to Auroville.

Do let me know if this was helpful. Best Regards

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Hello !

I've been investigating Ecuador as a place to live and been in touch with an attorney who can handle the pensioner visa. Ecuador only requires that an individual have an income of at least $800. monthly......no required investment, etc.

Many report that they can live comfortably in EC on $600. monthly. In the Andes, there is no heating or cooling required, no property tax and like Panama, there are huge discounts for seniors on everything from airfare, theater, cabs, utility bills, etc. There is a strong infrastructure in EC so High Speed and English cable TV is the rule not the exception.

In addition, vegetables and fruit are cheap, the currency is the US dollar, gasoline costs $1.50 per gallon, restaurant meals are very inexpensive, the people are very friendly, the government although currently leftish is stable and the country is beautiful offering the Andes, also beaches, also the Amazon rainforests. IL has named Cuenca, a city in EC the #2 best retirement location in the world. After gaining your permanent residency for 2 years, you are eligible to acquire citizenship.

All in all, an attractive package. Hope this helps,

Jo Ana

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Ecuador ,is far from Europe, Lindy, you expressed a preference for Europe?Brazil is attracting a large European ex pat group and is similar to Ecuador but more European in style. Personally,if I did not want to be close to USA,I would prefer to live in Morocco,in Fez,where I lived happily for a few years when I was in my prime..Now I have made the choice ,am sticking with that and am feeling quite fortunate to be almost part of Ecuador.
I was in Scotland for a month a couple of years ago and found there to be soooo cold (the weather)and horribly expensive.I like your sense of humor Lindy,so it's a pity you can't join the Ecuadorean ex pats.
BEST WISHES.THE ALMIGHTY WILL SORT IT ALL OUT FOR YOU.
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Lindy, I know this is an old thread, but I too am planning to leave the USA for a country with a lower cost of living. I am a 57 yo female. Interested in being part of a caravan of sorts, no matter what country. I you or anyone else reading this is interested in keeping in corresponding about the "caravan", feel free to reply. Sherry

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In most expat posts, there is nothing about medical care. Maybe because most people expating are younger people and not concerned much about doctors and dentists. For me. it's as important as anything else, at least for emergencies. Sherry

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I agree, you would be very suprised how many expats I speak to who didn't consider quality and availability of health care until after an emergency arises as well as the cost of quality of medical care.

Happy Travels,

Adam Bates
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I DON'T THINK SO! COSTA RICA has gotten VERY VERY EXPENSIVE.Try $1500 a month.Rural or coastal Ecuador $ 1000 a month.Uruquay definetely NOT! PANAMA, UP THERE WITH COSTA RICA.

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pounds versus dollars?

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International living are totally deceptive .You can NOT trust anything they have to say!They enjoy the DUPE GAME.

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So true! IL is for very wealthy people where cost of living is no factor. Also, their real estate ads are ridiculous!

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I lived in Southern Italy and it was cheap (Bari) but now I'm planning on living in Saigon, Vietnam on $1,000/month. I can have a house and eat good.

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Definitely yes! I am Hoan, I am living in Saigon now. When you come to Saigon, Please contact me. I can help you from A-z. My phone No. is 0989798468. Nice to help you. Welcome to Vietnam!

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Hi Sherry,

Please explain what you're referring to when you say: "Caravan."

That word can apply to numerous subjects/topics. You'll need to be more specific in what you're referring to.

I'm still "on hold," sitting here in Louisville, KY just waiting for the "direction" I can go in to retire.

I'm almost 69 years old but very healthy and mentally sharp-as-a-whip!

I also drive on "both" sides of a highway, having lived and driven cars/trucks, etc. in Kenya (14 years), England (4.5 months in '09) and Australia (13 weeks in '08.)

Let me know your thoughts and thanks for the reply.

Lindy :-)

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Lindy Loo,
There will always be conflicting opinions, but if you speak with people living in the country of your choice, especially ones with legal support and family, you will find your answers easily. If you would like to speak with someone personally, please contact Jake at www.panamacoastproperty.com
He is knowledgeable, patient and has been living here for over 4 years.
Also, there is a great growing community in most parts of the country. There are large numbers of expats and international people living in Panama currently.
Thanks for your times, best in your search!

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hello young lady. 64 YO gentleman wanting to move to Guatemala soon. Have a friend that is helping me. Can live very well on $800 to $1000 a month. Middle class neighborhood. Nice area. I will drive thru Mexico and go to Guatemala City/Mixco

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I think the point of the original question was lost. The question, as I took it, was not if a person could survive on 1000 a month--it was what countries LET you enter the country and live on 1000 a month.
For instance, Brazil requires a pension/retirement of 2000 US dollars monthly to live there legally. That was the question - what countries will LET you live there on 1000 of retirement income....

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Hello Elkfarmer:

For your safety, please look on this site for a lengthy (URGENT) message from a gal on this site named: anitaorodriguez about the SERIOUS THREATS and DANGERS of "driving anywhere in Mexico!"
FOR YOUR SAKE, please do a lot more investigating before you "drive through Mexico to Guatemala City," OK? . . . just a "word to the wise" so you don't get hurt, kidnapped or killed by thousands currently involved in the Mexican Narcotic Wars!

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Come to Africa (Kenya or South Africa) I would prefer Kenya due to their preferential treatment for people from Europe. It doesn't matter whether you have enough money, the fact is that you will enjoy the life and fun in a country that has borrowed a lot of culture from Europe and especially America.

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Elkfarmer, I once lived in Mixco, outside Guatemala City, be advised that if your vehicle is older than 2003-2009 you will be unable to sell in Guatemala as double import taxes on older vehicles, if getting your residency then you can get Guatemala plates pay only sales tax on Blue Book value, you will need a lawyer/tramitador. When I first moved to Guatemala in teh 1980s my pension was $450 Month, lived well, however more expensive now, $700-900USD month if one lives frugally, avoid living in Antigua, Lake Atitlan and "upscale" Guate City!!!!!
These hysterical posts about driving through Mexico make me laugh. Drug cartels could care less about a couple gringos in a van...you may get "bit" mordida once or twice on the way by a corrupt cop at worse, 99% of the people natives are great.
C'mon down. Turn off the fearmongers. I now live in El Salvador, drove 800,000 km. in Central America.

Need updated on line info. on driving down?..message me. I AM STILL ALIVE.

Pato23 Survivor. Har Har LOL.

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Hello. I live in Patzcuaro, Mexico, am 58 and retired. I flew to Mazatlan last summer, lived there until November and realized I;m not a beach person. Caught a plane with my adopted Sinaloa cat and flew to Morelia, Michoacan..beautiful city. My income is about the same as yours.. I took a taxi to Patzcuaro and it was very easy to get an FM3 in Morelis. I rent a charming room and bath for the equivalent of 92 USD oer month. I sold my car in the states and have no use for one here. Mexico has great transportation and people here walk all over town.

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Re: Mirto's post...."
Date Posted: 3/30/2010 9:09 PM

Hello. I live in Patzcuaro, Mexico, am 58 and retired. I flew to Mazatlan last summer, lived there until November and realized I;m not a beach person. Caught a plane with my adopted Sinaloa cat and flew to Morelia, Michoacan..beautiful city. My income is about the same as yours.. I took a taxi to Patzcuaro and it was very easy to get an FM3 in Morelis. I rent a charming room and bath for the equivalent of 92 USD oer month. I sold my car in the states and have no use for one here. Mexico has great transportation and people here walk all over town. "

I visited my family in US a few years ago..aside from an occasional jogger, I was the only person walking on the street til I got "downtown" where people HAVE to park and walk 3 or 4 blocks!!!!! Tough, huh?

Gracias, Mirto....
There you go!!! Keep it simple. A used car with US or CAN plates can become a liability. All through Mexico and Central America public transportation is excellent, Mexico boasts one of the best bus systems from Luxury down to second class, in the world.
Those that need IL, Real Estate on the Beach, "Seminars and Coaching", moving personal effects, shipping vehicles, lawyers and more lawyers, high speed DSL, Satellite TV, well if you have deep pockets, just pay to have everything done for you. Gonna cost though. Through the nose!!!!! Buena suerte.

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I see you tried for Europe, but US$1,000 will not make it for you unless you have some additional income. Some of the problem is the low dollar and the high euro on the exchange rates. I am originally from Brussels, and I know the problem.
xxx
In 1984, the dollar was worth over twice as much against the European currencies, as it is now. Sorry... How about you think about Argentina, Uruguay, South Brazil (State of Rio Grande do Sul) or even Chile. That area of South America is quite similar in social and cultural values of Europe. I live in Buenos Aires since 1993, and go to operas or symphonic concerts, and enjoy tasty red wines with dinners. You could almost make it with $1,000 there and with that retirement you can qualify for a permanent visa.
xxx
As if not, how about you consider Philippines or Thailand. You definitely could live very well in these country, the big advantage, in the Philippines, they speak English. There $750 could even be enough to survive.
xxx
Good luck, all the best...

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Lindyloo you can live very well in Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador on $1000 a month.My wife and I have lived here a year on $800 comfortably but frugally. Great weather, healthy natural food, good public transportation, friendly helpful people. Join us on the Ecuador group.
Dr Don w4bws at yahoo.com

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Lindy,
Do you know about Romania or Kosovo. These are very nice countries. $1000 is a lot of money in both countries. Average salary in both countries is about 100-200 Euro.

Life standard in both countries are nice and both in middle/eastern Europe
Read about them. I coud help you more.
Good luck

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I know this is an old thread, but it seems to have some "legs" so I'll add my $.02. One country often overlooked when discussions like this are going on, is Paraguay.

On the plus side, the cost of living is one of the lowest of any of it's more well marketed neighbors while sharing the laid back, relaxed lifestyle they all share throughout the region. It has a simiilar support infrastructure (or lack of it!) that you'll find throughout the region, not counting Argentina or Chile. The requirements for legal residence are still quite lax as compared to neighboring countries.

On the down side you don't have exotic jungles, beaches, mountains or resorts. In lieu of this you have basically forested plains, semi-jungle and vast stretches of undeveloped savanah. There also isn't a heavy colonial/historic feel in most urban areas like you may have in other places, although they have got pockets of that kind of thing throughout the contry. The government, while more or less stable, has high rates of corruption and the economy has always been fairly unsteady, so if you have to work and make a living it is extremely difficult if not impossible. And lastly there are not many expats living there, so you won't find a ready made organized community of expats to rely on for support, which may or may not be a negative depending on how self sufficient you are.

From what I've seen in my numerous trips down there (my wife is Paraguayan), living on $1000/mo is very doable for a single expat that can blend in and live to more or less local standards. In fact, since it mostly hasn't been "discovered" yet by hordes of tourists, expats, international realtors/land speculators, etc... I think it's one of the last places you have an opportunity to visit or live in Central/S. America without all the hype and added cost that this type of attention brings. But I'm sure that will eventually come it that's what your looking for.

Cheers and happy home hunting!

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I beg to differ on Romania. US 1,000 will not mean little in terms of Romanian currency, but it will definitely not mean a decent living style. US 1,000 means currently about 3,100 ROL (ROmanian Lei). Under current living costs it will not provide you with much; take under consideration that 1 bedroom apartment's rent/month in bigger cities is around 300-500 US/month, to which you have to add the utilities (gas, electricity, water, sewage, garbage, internet access, tv-radio tax) approximately US 150-200 minimum, local taxes (once a year) around 60-100 US, tax on car (if you plan to use one) depending on its engine power and fuel ranging from 200 to 500 US, and without going into details add fuel, car and health insurance, food, clothing, miscellaneous, and when you will make the total you will discover that 1,000 US/month is not enough and will not cover it at all. In smaller towns, in the provinces, you might have a chance to fit everything into this budget, but barely.

PS: Do not forget that Romania is EU Member State, so visa and/or residence requirements are at EU standards, which implies additional costs and mandatory prerequisites for non-EU citizens to enter and stay.

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Contact me at 499-9813

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Check out International Living's site: Now they're "pushing" Ecuador.

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All this chatter! We retired to Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico in the spring of 2001 and we're still here. We drive, walk and otherwise enjoy all that Mexico has to offer and do it all without fear.
If you aren't involved with drugs, aren't an authority or politician, and don't flash 'bling' or wads, you'll be just fine. Speaking some Spanish sure helps to enjoy this wonderful country. Just keep smiling and learn what 'mañana' really means.

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Think Ecuador!!! Best country to live / retire on Earth.

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Hi, When are you looking to move to Ecuador? Have you decided on a city yet? I also am looking at moving in probably a year.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and am waiting for an all clear before trying to tackle a new countries medical mix.

I'm 58 and a straight female. Would you possibly be interested in sharing a 2-3 bedroom apartment? I'm looking at Salinas (beach) or Quito the capital city.

I have seen a lot of information about health insurance. from what I have been able to gather approx. $50.00 a month for a good policy.


Drop me a line if there is some interest, thanks,

Chris
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Lindyloo,
We'll trust that God has a place for you outside the U.S.. Like others said, avoid the International Living suggestions because they are just selling real estate. Also, there is a guy with Panamarealestate (or something like that) who responded to your request. Again, just selling real estate.
I think that Paraguay may be too rugged for a single woman to tackle. I am not convinced that Mexico, like Lake Chapala, is cheap. We spent a month around these different western Mexico places in 2007 (including close to Lake Chapala) and found prices to be about the same as here. If you can live in $1100/month in the U.S., then maybe you can survive in these other countries on that little.
Another area popping up is Croatia. Small towns would be more affordable.
has anyone lived there in recent years? What is it like?

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You need to look into.
Hungary
Bosnia-Herzegovyna
Bulgaria
Turkey
Things are not cheap anymore. Or just go and update your stay in country, it probably would be much easier.
Good luck!!

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

You can have a 2 year tourist visa, and is supercheap. No air conditioning needed as it is very temperate, never gets over 72. Very cheap electric bills. You can also rent a new condo for US$250 a month. You cant search in English for real estate as they will only give you expensive overpriced rentals. You have to go there and search yourself with a guide to find good deals.

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We just saw your post. You don't say, but are you just looking for info, or likeminded people to travel with also, or both? You have received many replies and a lot of advice. We have experienced Mexico recently, & $1000.00 isn't enough. Then there problems such the language Have you thought about a South Pacific country like the Kingdom of Tonga? It's still is taking a lot of nerve for us to make such a move with so little money, but that's where our plans are going. Not that we're novices, we've traveled widely on a shoestring, but that was years ago. Tonga requires that a person with an assured income receive a total of 10,000.00 TOP (Tonga currency - the exchange hovers around 1.850 to a US dollar). You would qualify very well with your amount of income. It is possible to lease a lot for about $5,000.00 USD

There are a lot of advantages to moving to Tonga.
It's possible to retire there on an "Assured Income" visa, (& that is what we're doing). It is also possible to get a "Business" visa for about $35,000.00 USD. Recently there were several businesses for reasonable prices. If you're interested, go to

www.southpacificrealestate.com
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www.investintonga.com.

There are some very affordable properties and businesses.

It would be great to have some company on this adventure. We notice you give your birthdate - amazingly, all of our birthdates fall between June 27 & July 3.

It would be fun to exchange ideas anyhow,
Julia, El, Brenden & Alex

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I'm sorry I think that got sent and it wasn't completely edited yet. Anyway, if you are interested in Tonga we have a lot of info. Tonga is English speaking, it is known to be friendly to expats, especially the Va'Vau island group, the people are devout Christians, but absolute freedom is assured in their constitution. Please write & lets exchange ideas

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Hello Linda
I live in Poland.I dont know about immigration rules.I think is good idea for you to comes for example Poland or other european country to teach english.I know that we in Poland need s people to teach english.Than after some times you can eventually get polish ,what is shengen area papers
My best Pavel

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Hello Lindy Loo.

You can retire in the Philippines for as low as USD$400 a month and you are not also required to marry a local to purchase property here in the country.

The country boasts its tropical weather, beautiful beaches and friendly people. If you are interested in this information, you can contact me through email. Thank you

Sincerely yours,
Tracy dela Cruz
email: tracydlcruz@yahoo.com

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Hi Kaimal,
how did you manage to get a stay permit for India ? I am french and have been 15 times in India, but never visit Auroville.

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Research Dominican Republic, specifically terrenas in Samana, it's a big xpat community Also check out our site about moving to Dominican Republic
www.immigrationExpertsDR.com.

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You can retire in Ecuador for $1000 a month or less. We retired here 2 years ago. We put together a report on moving and Living in Ecuador
petrapresident@gmail.com

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i hear florida is pretty nice place to retire. bahamas is nice but not cheap.

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Florida? For $1,000.00/mo?

You have to be kidding.

Living under a bridge, maybe. Living in a 40+ year old single wide mobile home in the middle of nowhere will take much more.

Florida has no income tax so all other taxes and services are out of sight and everything is expensive. With all the elderly that are forced to work, wages are very low. - jb

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You are correct Jeb, I live in Florida and I can tell you first hand it is not a low cost place.

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i would like that too. I see many entries, from expats, that have a much higher income. Any ideas for the 20,000 a year person. single senior? thank you Nora

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That's my situation and from my two trips plus reading a lot on blogs, you can live very well on $20k a year. Living in Cuenca is like New York, you don't need a car and if you are a senior citizen, the bus costs $.12 and taxis $2.00. If you stay away from gringo realtors, you can rent a nice condo or home for less than $400 with utilities about $50 or less.

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Honduras is a place to retire and easilyu live on $1,000.00 USD per month. You can even have a maid included !!

Warm weather and the beach !!

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Hurghada Egypt, I live there now and spend less than £5,000 per year. I have never heard of any income requirements, everyone I know just turned up and stayed. One year residents visa can be bought after one month and renewed yearly, even through the revolution which hasn't really affected Hurghada much. There is plenty of work for a TEFL teacher, I was asked only yesterday If I would teach at a language institute. Nice apartments can be rented for £160 pcm depending on exchange rate. Lots of retired ladies here, good social network for women, possibility in involvement in charity works, teaching sewing, trades, English or supporting a specific family (£20 pcm goes a long way here) we are even trying to put on professional Opera! It's relatively safe, there is fresh cheap food, it's great. Of course the weather is fantastic too and you could take up diving too, I did. Try it for a year, no commitment needed.

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I can help with any residency, or visa questions, doing business in Ecuador, shipping your house holds to Ecuador & Legal assistance.
You may contact me at maiteduran@yahoo.com. Cell 0923-44329 Skype # 507-401-2026.

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How are you qualified to provide the services you offer?

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Good question !

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Panama, I have posted a site in Elvalle Panama,
I live here on about the same amount, I have been here 1 year, I love it.
Good luck


For Rent:

The Golden Frog Inn is renting 2 units for long term, beginning May 1st. Prefer a 6 month rental.

Beautiful grounds, large pool, quiet, peaceful environment. Cute, newly remodeled.
One unit has a queen bed, one is a 2 bedroom with a queen and a double bed.

Both have full kitchens, terraces, cable/flat screen and Wi-Fi.
$450.00/month-$550.00/month

Photos and info can be seen at www.goldenfroginn.com.

Contact us at: 6565-8307/thegoldenfroginn@yahoo.com

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Hello, I check also Panama to live here. It 's a beautiful place, a little slow and chaotic, but the people are very kind. For lodging check different websites: Compra/Venta, Encuentra24, Anuncios, Aquileres Panama, etc.... there are many places for rent or to buy. I found a finca on the country side for $37000 asking price. Depend on your budget and what you like. For food, the prices are quite high. I bought some vegetables on El Valle market,quite expensive..I think that they charged me the gringo price, so be careful.

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When they realize you are living in El Valle,They will give you the cheaper price. That is the only way they can make a living.

I get discounts at the pharmacy, medical center,market and at restaurants.
My blood pressure meds are far less over the counter than in the states.

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Thanks

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I´m living in Ecuador, and depends where do you like to live in this country the weather is different, in cities in the coast or near the coast like: Guayaquil, Manta, Portoviejo, Montecristi, Machala or Esmeraldas, the temperature is between 71 to 87 fahrenheit in the dry season but in the wet season is between 77 to 94 fahrenheit. In the mountains the main cities are between 7500 to 9100 ft. and the weather is between 45 to 68 fahrenheit. In the Amazony and in the Galapagos Islands the weather is similar like coast but in the amazony you can feel humidity. In Ecuador there are two marked seasons the summer and winter, the summer starts in may to September mids October and the winter starts at mids October -November and ends in April, but normally in Ecuador u feel like a spring climate all year in the mornings and afternoons.
There are a lots of Malls and Supermarkets in the principals cities, good private health, bad public health. Depends where do u like to live the main cities are Quito ( Capital ), Guayaquil, Cuenca, Ambato, Loja, Ibarra, Machala, Portoviejo, Manta, nut if u prefer smallest towns there are many of them Alangasí, Valle de los Chillos, Banios de Agua Santa, Mindo, Puerto Quito, Atacames, Montanita, Puerto Bolivar, Cotacachi, Atuntaqui , these towns are near the main cities (almost 1hour or 1/2hour ).
With an income of $800 to $1500 u can have a comfortable style of living, I shown you some costs:
Three rooms appt, good located is around $400 to $600 a month in a newest building ( no more than 10 yrs ) A cheaper two rooms appt will cost you $250 to $400 a month, everything depends where is located the apartment and the city. There are luxury houses with pool, gardens, rooms service, laundry room, in the suburbs around $700 to $1500 a month.In fact I have two houses for rent. But if you want to buy a house or apartment I suggest first you meet some people and ask them about prices for your final buy, a new house costs $40000 to $200000, and a new apartment costs $50000 to $120000, like I said before depends where is located, the internal furniture and the construction area.
Private nurse: $300 to $500 per month
Maid: $220 to $400 per month
Meals: $3.50 in a normal restaurant to $20 in a 5 star restaurant. Buffet in a restaurant $6, in a hotel 4 or 5 star $20, all per person.
Fast Food: Burguer King, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell $0, 99cnts to $15
Normal Milk: $0, 65cnts to $1, 10 per liter.
Movie tickets: $3, 50 per adult person.
Fruit and vegetables: $0, 10cnts to $3, depends per unit, kilo or pound.
Taxi fare: $ 1 the minimum ride, in some cities uses meter, ask for it, the start is $0, 35cnts.
Small car: $8000 to $18000 (new car), used cars in good shape: $3500 to $12000, depends model, year, millage.
Luxury car new: $30000 and up. Suv’s and 4x4 r popular for safety and because in some roads there are small holes, the cost start at $8000 (used car).
Many people in Ecuador speak a basic English, so is preferable to learn a basic Spanish too.
You can find organic products in any supermarket where ever you go.
Tv cable, Univisa (starts at $13 to $45 complete service per month) or Direct TV (around $45 to $70 per month) depends cities and locations.
In a month you spent: electricity $10 to $25, water $5 to $15, phone: $8 to $25, high speed internet $25 to $50, depend the city and consumption, gas cylinder (15kg) $1, 50
Dental care is cheaper, for example: root c$50 to $160, doctor appointment $10 to $40, health insurance $30 to $130 a month (depends age, smoking non smoking).
You can get the visa with two options: 1st filling the papers by your own but you need the signature of any attorney or 2nd hiring an attorney and leaves him does all job and paying the attorneys fees, the process is not difficult, each visa costs $400 plus notary costs, copies of passport, pictures, etc. If you have a guaranteed pension of $800 per month, you can apply for a retirement resident visa.
Internal flights most expensive round trip: Quito - Guayaquil - Galapagos $250 per person only Ecuadorian and residents.
Men hair cut: $2 to $10
Women hair cut, brushed and tint: $20 to $45
There are active volcanos and some earthquakes, like you know Ecuador is in the pacific coast like Los Angeles.
The local language is the Spanish but the natives talks quechua or quichua , the entertainment consists in traditions like, soccer, dancing, parties, local folklore, concerts, etc , there are all the outdoor sports you could imagin.
The currency is US Dollars.
If you want more information or want to know about attorneys, cities, costs, general question or anything u need ask me with confidence, my email is: movinueza@yahoo.com

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What about kongo ?
no problem there I think, Can buy a lot of goats and wives for a thousand smackers
Another option is Zimbabwe, you can live like a king there for 1000 bucks

kind regards
Arnold

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If you don't mind could you send me some info. on retiring part time(4 - 5 mths./yr) Eg: various visas,cost of living, health care, weather.I would also be interested in your retirement & wellness community.I am 65 & planning this adventure in a year or two.I have been researching Central America but am now looking to research the Philippines & possibly Malaysia.Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Hello pato23.
Could you please send me some info. in regards to Nicaragua.Cost of living,residency requirements etc. etc.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Hello Sherry. Excuse my ignorance but what exactly do you mean when you say , interested in being part of a caravan.I may be interested.

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If you don't mind could you send me some info. in regards to Vietnam ,Nah Trang,Saigon etc.You can email me at tonybasciano@gmail.com. I am Canadian & am thinking of living in Vietnam for 3 - 5 mths/yr.

Thank you

Tony

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excellent info. thank you. if i wanted to live near towns where there are good western resturants and cafes, but in the middle of rainforest with views of mountains and valleys of rainfroest, where would you recommend?

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do you mean Congo Arnold, coz that is probabely the most dangerous country on the planet. but African is definitely an option. I have been to Uganda, where the country side and people are beautiful, and currently in Mt Kenya. i am living here on less than $100/week on food and occassionally going out, but not including accommodation. you can rent here for maybe $300-$500/month, so very comfortable on $1,000/month. People are friendly and weather is the best in the world. 25-28C degrees all year during the day and 10-15 degrees at night. safety is an issue, but like anywhere, pick where you live and have appropriate security. corruption in the govt is the same in every african country. around Mt Kenya there is a Brittish military base so you have western supermarket, resturants, cafes and bars.
Pete

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i have also researched Malaysia, Thailand, Philipinnes. my gf is from Phil. Malaysia you get a MM2H visa for 10 years, but you need about $20k left in a malay bank. Thailand also you need about $20k left in a thai bank. you can buy land in malay, but each state various with regards the rules. you cannot buy land in thai, unless it is a legit business. Phil visas i think are easier and cheaper but again you cannot buy land. all countries you will suffer high humidity and high temperatures with wet and dry seasons. Phil have typhoons, so you need to live south of Cebu to avoid this. crime is bad in Phil, although they say Davao is extremely safe. thailand natureally is very safe regardless of govt demonstrations. malaysia i have read various reports. i have looked here as well as panama and ecuador and kenya and uganda and still deciding. but i'm leaning towards kenya
Pete

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Pato 23

I was reading your message about needing a retirement country and thought it to be quite interesting.
My wife and I, both almost 62, would like to retire to a country with a mild temperature and a “better” standard of living than we have now. We’re living in Belgium and I still work in Netherlands at the moment. Cost of living here is quite high, I think, and the weather sucks! It’s -15 degrees Celsius here at the moment.
What we’re looking for is:
-a nice climate: ideal temperature is around 24-28 degrees Celsius, some rain from time to time is no problem, no hurricanes thanks
-water: my wife loves the sea but I would be very happy to live around a lake or nice river
-a country with beautiful scenery and wildlife
-somewhere where it’s not too expensive
We’ve been to India in 2006 and 2007 and Panama in 2009. Both countries were beautiful, India would be too hot unless you can live somewhere nice at about 1000 meters above sea level.
I’m open to all suggestions
Thanks
Ben

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what are you talking about in Egypt? a minimum income? where are u from? im American and here on a visitors visa for 7 years and no one asked about income lol you could do well here with that income. my electric bill was like 10$ last month and rent is like $250. american

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if you are American you can just come here as long as you want. you don't have to go thru immigration. the red sea particularly Hurghada is a very nice beach town and very relaxing.

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Egypt? Right now they are in turmoil. Having ousted Hosni Mubarak without thinking who / what could replace him...well, let's just say that they are in the throes of civil unrest (Arab Spring), and I wouldn't live anywhere in the Middle East these days.
I have heard that Slovenia is pretty as well as cheap...Can anyone corroborate that?

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I have been living in Egypt pre-revolution up to now for 7 years and I have not been effected at all from the uprising. cairo would not be a good place but Hurghada or sharm el sheik is fine. there are protests and uprisings all over the world now not just the middle east. just fyi :-)

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hi there,

try spain. i visited madrid some years ago and found it to be quite affordadabl. plus it was warm and sunny and the people were very friendly. im from the bahamas so i appreciate friendly places.

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Dominican Immigration Regulation establishes for retirees that can prove an income source or to be economic solvent enough to have available for their survival at least US$1,500 per month can benefit from Dominican Permanent Residency without having to go through the whole process of Provisional Residency First, which saves you money, and a full year. Following the same line of thought, for every relative applying with the main applicant, you must only justify us$250 more per month. As the name implies, Permanent Residency grants indefinite leave to remain in Dominican Republic.There is no age limit, nor minimum.

For your Application we will need a certification from your home country’s government, or from the private company where you used to work with your name and general data, time you worked there, and the amount you receive as pension. This certification must be stamped with your country’s apostille, in case your country does not have apostille, the certification must be legalized in the nearest Dominican Consulate or Embassy.

Top Reasons to Retire in Dominican Republic:

1. Caribbean Weather! Forget about having to wear tons of clothes to keep warm and about high electricity bills due to heating.

2. Low Cost of Living. Dominican Republic has a very low cost of living. According to the Dominican Central Bank, a family of 5 needs 25,000 Dominican Pesos, or US$ 645 per month to cover all their living expenses. We are not advising you to take the Dominican Central Bank’s statistics literally because they tend to be very Conservative. We mentioned this data for you to compare what is the minimum you need to spend where you are. Dominican Republic will definitely give you more for your pension money, so you can spend in your best quality of life.

2. The air is clean! Because Dominican Republic is an island, we get a constant tropical breeze that washes the pollution away. At the same time the island vast vegetation serves as a natural air purifier.

4. Affordable to Hire Help! Dominican Republic Minimum Wage is US$ 154 per month, which means hiring all the private assistance and help you need is normally not a problem for retirees in Dominican Republic.

5. Social. Many Expat and Retirees Communities, and the locals are a charm.

6. Low Crime Rate. Crime Rate in the whole of Latin America

Our offices in Dominican Republic specialize in Immigration and Business Law.

Sincerely,
Ramon Alburquerque

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You can absolutely live on $1000 a month in Panama, especially in the highlands - Boquete/Volcan etc.
Check into it. Its beautiful , friendly and relatively easy.If you can prove your $1000 a month pension you can get a visa for Panama.
buena suerte,
The Boquete Handbook
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You can live on the Yucatan coast for about 41000 a month, frugally.

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Hi, you can live inNepal a beautiful country
if you need any assistance pls le tme kns

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ok - not sure if this is gonna help or not but , I have been doing some research on line trying to also find the lowest cost retirement , I found that Spain, although lovely and low cost is , to me, very expensive to get the paperwork required ! let see 762. per applicant, and 350 for dependant just for reciprocal fees. then getting all documents authenticated like birth cert. etc and 3 times at that . and 9.60 per document. yike ! all added up for us trying to retire on disability pension will be nearly 2000. and then there is no guarantee it will go through then the travel back and forth from my home country too at 2000 ea. my gosh (faint)

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I am afraid Europe is very expensive. I think, instead, you should settle down in developing, stable but peaceful country.

Bhutan could be perfect for you. It is very beautiful, green and low cost place. I think you must explore this option seriously.

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Linda, I've looked all over Europe, central & S. America and you cant beat Panama or Ecuador. Panama does have a slightly better 'pensionado' program than Ecuador but Ecuador (Cuenca particularly) has the best weather and cost of living, I think in the world. I did just get back from Thailand & the cost of living there is very low also.

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Hi again. I was re reading the posts and there was a post about needing $2000 a month income to retire in Italy. I was sure I saw somewhere that your income needed to be only $1000. Could someone please clarify for me?

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Portual is supposed to be the cheapest of all the western european countries to live. Check it out. Or go to the eastern blick. There are some cheap places there too.

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