Re: Could living abroad be achieved financially?
The short answer is yes. It is quite easy.
The longer answer is: Where ? What kind of life-style do you need ?
I have done it and quite cheaply. Let's say you have a pension of $900 USD /month or 770 Euros then you can easily move abroad, permanently.
As to where is more difficult to answer. If you need to live on the French or Italian Riviera then you darn sure better be packing a fat wallet. But if you like the idea of living in Central America (Costa Rica for example) or in S.E Asia (Thailand or The Philippines) then you not only can afford it, you can live extremely well. I, personally, have lived in The Philippines for 7years and in Mexico for 6 years. Large apartments go for about $160 USD/mo in The Philippines and $200 USD/mo in Mexico. The cost of food in both places is quite cheap. Full cable with wifi also very, very cheap about another $20/mo. Water bills in both places is practically free. The wild card is the cost of electricity. In The Philippines, where will almost certainly need air conditioning monthly bills are about $100 USD. Mexico where you may or may not need A/C will run you about $15 USD/mo without A/C.
There are hundreds of thousands of expats living in The Philippines, mostly Brits, Aussies and Yanks, almost all of them over 65 yrs old.
If you are a single man, foot loose and fancy free, you will have to beat off beautiful women with a stick. Seriously. I know many old farts who have 25 year old GF's. Other expats prefer to "play the field". As a general rule, you provide her with: a nice place to live, food and oh, say $10-20/mo for clothes. And in return she will make your horny little fantasies come true, PROVIDED you treat her with kindness and respect. Caution if you are a jerk who gets his jollies by mistreating her then be aware, she WILL pay you back in spades and you will be lucky to escape with a plane ticket home and the clothes on your back. My STRONG
advice, be a gentleman.
Oh, I almost forgot. You will need about $3,000 USD seed money to set up your apt as furnished units are rare, plus expect to have a water heater installed (quite cheap) as that is considered a luxury in the P.I.