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Pros and Cons of Living in Philippines

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Oct 02, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in the Philippines include its tropical climate, beautiful beaches, and friendly people. The country is also known for its low cost of living, making it an attractive destination for expats. Additionally, the Philippines is a culturally diverse country with a rich history and vibrant culture. On the other hand, the cons of living in the Philippines include the high levels of poverty, the prevalence of natural disasters, and the lack of infrastructure in some areas. Additionally, the country has a high crime rate, and the healthcare system is not as advanced as in other countries.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Philippines?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Philippines responded:

"NO regrets: been there except when I travel for 21 years. Hope to end it there but not in hurry: too much to look forward to each day: sea is warm, fresh food, cold beer. Life is great!," wrote one expat in Cebu.

" It's true, services are slow, all services. Most don't even know what they are talking about. Public services are very bad at not knowing anything. Not much is reliable except food! And the big car companies like Toyota have no parts!! Frustrating," explained one expat living in Philippines.

"Expats and digital nomads often appreciate the low cost of living in the Philippines, as well as the friendly and welcoming locals. They also enjoy the tropical climate, the beautiful beaches, and the abundance of outdoor activities. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the infrastructure and public transportation to be lacking, as well as the slow internet speeds. Additionally, the language barrier can be a challenge for some," said one in Philippines.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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