O.k, o.k, ...jeez guys didn't mean to offend anyone.
Here's the story (cut and pasted just as Salty got it):
I decided to try and retire a bit early (age 56) to get out of the rat race
. I wasn't rich but not poor either so I figured I needed to live somewhere where the cost of living was low and I knew I wanted something tropical. Well, cheap
and tropical rule
out the US so I started to look at places like the DR, Belize
, Costa Rica
, St. Vincent, Honduras
, etc. We were leaning toward Panama
then discovered that the Big Island of Hawaii
(Hilo side only ... very wet) was actually affordable. The rest of Hawaii
was not. We spent 2 weeks checking the area out and were all set to go house hunting once we put ours on the market. Then an old tennis buddy got wind
of our plans and suggested we move to Thailand with him and his wife. They were both Thai although he had lived in the US since his teens and she for the last 20 years. They had land, about 6 acres in Krabi, which is across Panga Nga Bay from Phuket on the mainland. We wouldn't be able to own our lot, we just rent it from them, but we could own the house. The price
was about a third of what we had planned on spending in Hawaii so we said what the hell! It's been a challenge, but we wanted that ... to keep us "young." I couldn't see moving to Florida
and becoming just another baby boomer retiree becoming more conservative by the day. We are still in our first year (2nd 6 month stay) and can't speak any Thai really but we are managing.
The last of our parents (my Dad) died Jan 1 and we had been keeping the boat on the CB mostly as a condo for when we came back to the States to visit. Now, we are free to go cruising and plan to get started this fall. No firm plans yet and I don't know if I'll try and bring the boat to Krabi eventually or sell it back in NA and buy something here. We want to spend most of our time cruising and this is a great area for it. The house is just a place to retreat to form time to time.