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BANGKOK 19 July 2019 02:22

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11 minutes ago, simon43 said:

Mike, happy to contribute to this thread.  I recently considered moving to Laos or Cambodia, but finally decided that if I have to make a move (which I do!), then it will be back to Europe.  I'm planning to relocate back to the tiny country of Andorra, between France and Spain, where I briefly lived in the 1990's.

 

As mentioned in my thread running in the Pub sub-forum, Andorra is not just for the 'rich'.  It welcomes those with a modest income/savings as well.  I've done a spreadsheet of my monthly costs to rent an apartment, pay utility bills, eat food, pay for private health care etc and the total is only about $1,000 USD per month!

Thanks for the post...

 

I once spent 2.5 days in Andorra (fractured my right elbow 1st day snowboarding & couldn't fly back for 2 days)... so would really appreciate it if you could share a link to your thread, I for 1 would love to read more...

 

Despite the stupid injury (caused by me being "Goofy" (Lefty) & making a mistake with the bindings), I really loved the place.

 

Very pleasantly surprised (Shocked) that you can live there on $1K USD pm, obviously I was there on a short winter sport trip & it would have been very expensive (IIRC £500 for 5 days my mates mum got us a deal, I actually got almost £700 back from his insurance) so have never looked at the cost of living there   

 

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I have heard Rumania may be a good option.

Planning myself to stay in Thailand, so only hearsay.

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Me and the wife are considering Spain as I already own a small house there, with the £/B heading towards 27 within the next 3 years it could even work out cheaper.

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On 6/7/2019 at 6:44 PM, simon43 said:

Relocating will be a logistical nightmare, since I'm teaching online most days.  I need to find a door-to-door shipping agent to send about 10 boxes of teaching materials to Andorra.

pay a local copy shop to scan all your books. Surprisingly cheap to do here in Thailand.

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30 minutes ago, simon43 said:

Although I very much want to return to live in Andorra, there is one 'fly in the ointment'.  My online teaching starts each weekday at 8.00 am Beijing time, which equates to 2.00 am in Andorra.......  

 

As far as Brexit is concerned, I'm fortunate in that I can automatically get Irish (EU) citizenship - my grandfather and father were Irish.  I haven't formally applied because the easiest route is to use an agent to collate all the required documents (birth/marriage/death certificates etc), and to walk my application through.  The total admin cost is about $1,000.  I'll go down that route if needed.

I would be using that money to visit Ireland and get my own passport. All you need is your original birth certificate to get a passport. Your fathers ancestry should be on there. Good luck in what you decide. 🙂

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11 hours ago, stevenl said:

I have heard Rumania may be a good option.

Planning myself to stay in Thailand, so only hearsay.

and Bulgaria

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15 hours ago, seasia said:

Hi Mike

 

There is a European alternatives thread but it is somewhat buried.

I started it, mostly because I am having thoughts of heading to Europe and also because on JT s excellent LATAM thread, a few posters  gave European options, interesting but JT wanted the thread to be about LATAM.

Colombia  sounds very interesting and viable.

 

Fair enough as he is the topic starter.

 

Portugal is certainly a popular choice amongst Brits, as well as Spain and France.

 

Next Sunday I head to Italy for a 4 month break from Thailand, longest ever stay away from Thailand in the last 10 years.

 

I will perhaps try to revive my thread with thoughts.

 

Some excellent replies on there, very pleasantly surprised at the high quality of responses.

 

Portugal gets a fair few mentions.

 

 

 

If you have not read it, could be of interest to you

Thanks for the update... 

 

Hi Mods: I only started this thread as I couldn't find a similar one, @seasia has highlighted one above, could you please post a link to it and close this one so we don't dilute the conversation.

 

Thanks

 

 

MTV

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2 hours ago, simon43 said:

Although I very much want to return to live in Andorra, there is one 'fly in the ointment'.  My online teaching starts each weekday at 8.00 am Beijing time, which equates to 2.00 am in Andorra.......  

 

As far as Brexit is concerned, I'm fortunate in that I can automatically get Irish (EU) citizenship - my grandfather and father were Irish.  I haven't formally applied because the easiest route is to use an agent to collate all the required documents (birth/marriage/death certificates etc), and to walk my application through.  The total admin cost is about $1,000.  I'll go down that route if needed.

The American bank I work for has it's main EMEA headquarters in Belfast and every one of the guys I work with on a day-2-day basis has gotten an Republic of Ireland passport to go along with their UK one.

 

To sum up their word... "I'm feeked if I'm going to have to stand in a queue with foreigners every time I want to travel"

 

 

 

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