As we have stressed again and again in this blog, preparing for your retirement is a must. You can’t just make that leap of faith without first finding out where you’ll be hitting your head against when you land. Thus, you must be able to address several concerns about your retirement as early in your life as possible.
One of these concerns, of course, is where you’ll be retiring. Thailand has become a popular choice among Westerners, and for good reason. However, just because people are heading over to Thailand for their retirement, it doesn’t mean that you just fly to Thailand without finding out exactly where you’ll be basing yourself from the day of your retirement forward.
Should you base yourself on the capital, Bangkok? Or would you later spend the rest of your life in the tropical paradise of Phuket? Or should you just pick one of the less popular cities in the Kingdom? Well, to answer your question, you should be able to determine the cost of living in any of the choices that you’re looking at right now.
Just how important is determining cost of living when you’re trying to make a decision where to retire?
Since you’ll be living at that place for the rest of your life, being able to determine cost of living will let you lay out your monthly expenses. You’ll know just how much money you’ll be needing in order to live comfortably in that particular part of Thailand. Thus, you can then weigh this against your expected monthly stipend from whatever investments and savings you’ve managed to accumulate while you were still part of the corporate world.
You may have an idea already as to how much you’ll be receiving or making every month for your retirement. With this information in mind, you’ll know if you’re at the edge of your financial capabilities or beyond that. Remember, it’s dangerous to just go to a place without knowing what the landscape is in terms of expenses – you might end up bankrupting yourself, and you might find it difficult to extricate yourself from such a difficult position.
If you are able to find out information on costs of living in a specific area, you will be able to find several options for places that meet your ability to fend for yourself. With so many beautiful places in the Kingdom that are ideal for retirement, you’ll find it otherwise difficult to choose if you don’t have a cost of living bracket to narrow down your options with.
Fortunately for you, several websites in the Internet make it easy for you to scour for that information. The data may not be 100% accurate as some sites are aged, but they do give you an idea where to start looking.
Prepare for your retirement with adequate research and sufficient financial hedging, and your future will be as bright as the Sun.
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