Bali, Indonesia, is a beautiful island to visit, a popular overseas trip, particularly for Australians – but would you want to retire there? Now I know for a fact that the author of this guide: How to Retire in Bali – isn’t retired – but he does live and own a business in Bali – so he’s better placed than many to give the real information for anyone planning on retiring to Bali.
And real is where he starts. I love the fact that the first thing Mike does in this book is to try to talk you out of it – by pointing out some of the other countries in the region that people retire to, and then continues to point out the downsides of Bali – yes this is a real book written by a real person, who is NOT contracted to Bali’s tourism department to put a positive spin on the ugly side of Bali (lack of decent roads and sewerage infrastructure and corruption being some of the biggies).
Many expats seem to only want to hang-out with other expats – you do wonder why they bothered moving. Mike points out that the Balinese are very welcoming to foreigners who are staying long-term- and if you make an effort it may well be easier to be accepted by the locals than in many other countries.
Mike’s 100-point moving list – is a must-read – even if you are not moving to Bali – if you are moving anywhere overseas – you need to have it!
- Why Bali?
- Preparation and Planning
- Adapting to the Culture
- Banking and Finance
- Health and Health Insurance
- Driving and Buying a Car
- Housing and Buying Property
- Employing Staff
- Where to Live in Bali
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