They are cheap, easy to recharge credits, and you can get connected in virtually a couple minutes.
Just make sure that your phone is already unlocked, and you will have no trouble using a new SIM.
Several said that back in Australian they felt they were “waiting to die.” Ian said, “I was living in Wagga, on the Murrumbidgee River. I just sat there, getting older and older and older and doing nothing.” After several trips to Vietnam where he’d served during the war, he settled in Vung Tau, a magnet town for old Aussie Vietnam veterans.
“I live very well on my (war) pension here,” Ian said.
So really, we had to find a place to live that offered a reasonable life…and Bali looked like a possibility.” On a Veteran Affairs pension they now live a life of relative luxury.
For ,000 they bought a 20-year lease with a ten-year option on a block of land and built a beautiful Javanese-style house in lush grounds with a pool.
It covers nearly 90% of the population, so chances are you will be covered wherever you are.
Some have started businesses, cafes or a consultancy or teach English. In the expat communities there’s a range from 20s to 70s, different professions, and everyone is reaching out to one another. They have book clubs and wine clubs and travel clubs….it’s much more social.” There’s a questionable side to aspects of the expat life: older Aussie men partnering up with local women 30 and 40 years younger, the slide to early morning drinking….. Quality health care can be particularly problematic. (Sell Up, Pack Up &Take Off is in bookstores on August 27) Does this retirement life appeal to you?
They have three staff; and groceries, restaurants, electricity and communications are a fraction of Australian prices.
While finance is the big driver, it’s striking how often boredom is a factor in people’s decision to try a more interesting life overseas. They knew what I drank at the bar of the Wagga RSL. I knew which topics you could talk about and which topics you couldn’t.
I thought, ‘What an amazing thing to do.’ But apparently lots of Australian retirees are doing versions of the expat life though generally not in India.
Take Geoffrey 62 and Michael 56 who have built a new life in the tropical paradise of Ubud in Bali.