Top 10 Places to Retire in Asia. Offering everything from lush, tropical rain forests to bustling mega-cities, Asia is one of the world’s most varied and interesting places to retire. With an increasing number of Western retirees seeking an ‘escape’ from the fast-paced life that they are used to, and Asia offering a cultural experience that’s second-to-none, the number of retirees seeking peace, comfort, and financial security in Asia has continued to increase. But it’s not just peace and quiet that retirees are searching for in Asia – it’s a fun and interesting life. While Western cities offer a great deal of economic opportunity, they can often feel somewhat stale and lacking in culture. In contrast, many of Asia’s top cities feel full of life and interesting opportunities to be found. Likewise, Asia’s beach destinations, small towns, and rural settings can offer the perfect picturesque setting for a retiree. From beautiful scenery to truly stunning natural surroundings, many of Asia’s best locations are undiscovered secrets when compared to their counterparts back home. These ten locations offer a great mix of modern conveniences, creature comforts, an affordable cost of living, and a unique look on life. From mega-cities to small towns, these top ten places to retire in Asia should be at the top of your list when you’re on the look for a great place to retire. 1. Phuket, Thailand. Known as Thailand’s capital of adventure, beach life, and summer sports fun, Phuket is a large island off the coast of Thailand’s Andaman Peninsula area. Connected with the mainland via a large road bridge and a bustling international airport, the island is easy to reach and well connected to the rest of the world. While Phuket may be best known for the party hotspot of Patong, the rest of the island is warm, quiet, and remarkably peaceful. With a year-round tropical climate and some of the world’s most stunning beaches on its shores, this tropical island is a hotspot for retirees in Asia. 2. Penang, Malaysia. Malaysia’s northern cultural capital and foodie paradise, Penang is an interesting island for those seeking a more cosmopolitan beach experience. Home to some of the world’s best street food – including famous Laksa and Char KuayTeow – this bustling island is renowned as one of the world’s best places to eat out. With some picturesque beaches of its own, Penang is no stranger to tourism and foreign retirement. Large condos line many of the island’s top beaches, while new shopping malls and commercial developments make this island a convenient place to live. 3. Singapore. Singapore is one of Asia’s most livable large cities – an international community on a small island south of Malaysia. Home to a robust and powerful economy, a financial sector that’s ranks amongst the world’s biggest, and a variety of parks, natural areas, and gorgeous nature, this city of five-million is highly livable for retirees. Despite its high cost of living, Singapore offers a great deal for those on a pension or fixed
The worst-kept secret about DC is that there’s an endless amount of exciting things to do for free. Here’s how you can take advantage of it all during springtime, one of the best seasons for getting in on the fun. And if you're looking for even more discounted fun this summer, get up to 40% off on popular paid attractions with the Go Washington, DC Explorer Pass. Pick up either a three- or five-choice pass and experience everything from tickets to Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., Bike and Roll rentals, a Big Bus hop on-hop off bus tour, Boating in DC, the Newseum, National Geographic Museum and International Spy Museum, among others. #travel #travelgram #instatravel #traveling #travelling #travelphotography #traveler #travelingram #igtravel #mytravelgram #travelblogger #discover As found on Youtube Wanna Go?
Hobart is a compact city, located on the island of Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state. It sits on the banks of the Derwent River between Mt Wellington and picturesque Port Hobart Founded in 1804, Hobart was originally an infamous penal colony. To the convicts who endured the gruelling 8-month journey from Britain, it was the bottom of the earth but today the city has well and truly cast off the shackles of the past. Hobart is a place where the old and new meet, right at the edge a pristine wilderness. It’s a city where cutting-edge art lives amongst historic sandstone warehouses, and modern performances take place in a theatre built by convicts. A city of historic parks and gardens, surrounded by picturesque vineyards, in a landscape that has remained unchanged for generations. The waterfront is where early settlers first stepped ashore, and today the docks makes a perfect place to start your adventures. Stroll past historic buildings, enjoy a meal at a waterfront restaurant or pick up some of the day’s catch from the local fishermen. The Georgian sandstone warehouses here were once used to store wool, grain and whale oil but are now converted into businesses, galleries and restaurants. Visit Australia’s oldest brewery, which is still in business today.Take a tour, enjoy a beer and imagine living in this city in the 1830’s when there was a pub for every 200 people! Just behind Constitution Dock is the Maritime Museum a great place to gain an insight into just how important the ocean has always been to this remote place. Breathe in the sea air on your own tall ships experience with a trip on the Lady Nelson. Help set the rigging, trim the sails, and take a turn at the helm. Back on dry land and just a short stroll from the waterfront is Salamanca Market, a local institution for over 30 years. See the work of artists and craftspeople and enjoy the year-round festival of events. Stock up on provisions, or pick up a woolly scarf for when those icy winds blow in from Antarctica. Learn more about that great southern wilderness and the people who have tried to conquer it at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. There is also an interesting collection of art here ranging from traditional to contemporary. For artwork of a more controversial nature take the half-hour ride upriver to the vast and varied art collection of Mona - The museum of old and new art. This is a recent addition to Hobart’s creative scene. It is one of the largest privately owned museums in Australia and amongst the most talked about in the world. Thanks to fertile soils and ideal weather conditions, Hobart produces plenty of world class wine as well as acclaimed organic food. To enjoy some of this famous produce, head south toward the Huon Trail. Visit any of the boutique wineries along they way, many of which have restaurants that use locally grown ingredients and offer stunning views. An hour and a half
What's up everyone, we're the Vagabrothers and this week we're talking about the Top 10 Things to do in Cancun in the Riviera Maya. If you've heard of Cancun, it's probably from MTV Spring Break – beaches, booze, and bodies that make us feel like we gotta go to the gym more. Now, if that's what you're looking for, you'll find it, but there's plenty more to do in the Riviera Maya. So let's get into it. Numero uno – beaches. First and foremost, Cancun is about sun and sand. There are 30 miles of tropical, white sand beaches with beautiful blue water that's gonna make you want to dive right in. Number two – nightlife. Now if there's one thing Cancun is famous for apart from the beaches, it's the parties. It's definitely a lot of fun - BUT there are lots of cover charges and it's full of foreigners. Number three - Playa del Carmen. Another option is Playa del Carmen, it's like the little sister of Cancun. It used to be a sleepy port but lately it's grown into a more mellow alternative to the high rises of Cancun – that's great, for those on a budget. Number four – Tulum. Next, it's time to get into Mayan culture, starting with the beachfront ruins of Tulum. Now, from an archeological perspective, this is late-period Mayan city that lacks the sublime architecture that the Maya are famous for - but it's gorgeous, and you can even go swimming on the beach. Number five – the ruins of Coba. By contrast, Coba is a larger city than Tulum and it's covered in jungle, kinda like a Mexican version of Angkor Wat. Best of all, you can climb up to the top of the highest Mayan pyramid in Mexico and - let's be honest - the selfie alone is worth the trip. Number six - Chitzen Itza. Ok, it's not technically in the Riviera Maya - it's 3 hours inland and in the Yucatan provence - but it's one of the 7 new wonders of the world and it's one of the best preserved ruins in Mexico. Number seven - diving in Cenotes, the limestone sinkholes the Maya believed were portals to the underworld. There are 1000 of them across the Yucatan peninsula and their cool, clear waters are the best way to beat the heat – especially if you are SCUBA certified because cenotes offer some of the best cave diving in all the world. Number eight - swimming with a whale shark. If SCUBA diving in a cenote sounds too claustrophobic, why not go swimming in middle of the open ocean with a whale shark. Did you hear me correctly? A friggin' whale shark! But make sure you don't swim in front of it's open mouth or you might get swallowed. Number nine – Xcaret. We almost NEVER recommend touristic shows like Xcaret, but this one was really, really well done. It tells the whole story of Mexico, from the Maya
The island nation of Fiji is situated in the shimmering South Pacific, between Hawaii and Australia. Two thirds of Fiji's 330 islands are uninhabited, making it one of the most unspoiled places on the planet. Fiji's jagged reefs and warrior culture kept European explorers and traders at bay for centuries. The result is a society that's preserved it's communal traditions and deep connections to the land and sea. Today, Fiji is one of the friendliest places on earth. The Fijian greeting 'Bulla' means 'life' and 'good health'. You'll hear it within minutes of arriving, and before long, you'll be calling it out with equal gusto. The main island is Vitu Levu. This is home to 85 percent of Fiji's population, which consists mostly of Melanesian and Indian peoples. A two and half hour drive from Nadi International Airport is Fiji's capital, Suva. Wander the streets filled with colonial architecture, browse the markets, or simply hang out with locals by the sleepy harbor. From Suva, head west along the fabulous Coral Coast. This 50-mile of stretch of beaches and bays is fringed by a coral reef that literally touches the shoreline. No need for dive-boats here. Just pull on a face mask, step from your resort into the water, and discover why Fiji is known as one of the world's great snorkeling and diving destinations. Fiji's main island offers plenty of inland adventures too. Take in the scents of the Fiji Spice Gardens, zip-line through the forest canopy, or climb aboard a four wheel drive for a highlands adventure tour. A trip into Fiji's rugged interior provides a great window into the lives of the Fijian people, who open their classrooms, homes, and hearts to visitors. When you're ready to explore Fiji's smaller islands, head to Denarau, just a 15 minute drive from Nadi Airport. Denarau's marina is the gateway to two of Fiji's most popular getaways, the Mamanuca and Yasawa island groups. Getting to the islands is easy, but requires just a little forward planning to ensure you make your transfers. The only hard part is deciding which islands to visit! In Fiji they have a saying, "each bay, it's own wind", and this is certainly true of its islands. While some islands cater to all tastes, others are tailored to specific types of travelers. Situated in the Mamanuca Marine Park is tiny Beachcomber Island, known 'the party island'. Also in the Mamanucas, float away into a world of total relaxation at Malolo Island's award-winning resorts. For those traveling without children, Malolo offers luxurious sanctuaries perfect for connecting with that someone special. Nearby, Castaway Island is the perfect place to spend quality time with family and to watch your children rediscover the natural world. Just to the north of the Mamanucas, lay the Yasawa group, a chain of twenty island jewels. The twice-daily catamarans from Denarau take between 3 to 4 hours to reach the Yasawas, but the journey from island to island is half the fun. Life here is about
Wanna Go! It's something different for everybody... I love the fact that there is water absolutely everywhere... I fell in love with it for the beauty of the city... The Gold Coast is young, it's vibrant, it's making its own waves... A lot of people say that the lifestyle is best, but I say it's the people the friendliness and that have a go spirit... The Gold Coast is a place that has been created more or less out of nothing... At the 1954 census the Gold Coast was a collection of villages... Within sixty years it had evolved into a single urban mass of 600,000 people. It's a city that has been created by the Australian need for lifestyle. The key industries on the Gold Coast traditionally have been tourism and construction but we are seeing the rise of education and the medical areas being so important to widen the base on the Gold Coast. We are a major city, we have the facilities of a major city, yet we have the natural beauty... The Gold Coast is a great entrepreneurial city, always has been and I think will continue to be... Brings together a lot of people who have capacity to innovate and an interest in innovation... We are now reaching the stage where we are starting to create our own high-technology high skilled workforce... The ground swell is starting now we're attracting renowned researchers here already to conduct their research... We're a growing economy a growing population and that all goes well for anyone who does want to invest I think it is now time for us to invest in our future... The future Gold Coast project looks at what the Gold Coast might look like by the middle of the 21st century. We looked back over the last 50 years to see where the Gold Coast has come from... We look forward in terms of population projections social change, economic change, cultural change... and put that all together in a view of what we think will be important on the Gold Coast by 2050 This project would deliver great outcomes for our city... With one mind we're all working towards the future and the future is looking very bright as a consequence of that.. The Gold Coast is a young city and like all young cities it's still developing its character... The lovely thing for us is that we get to influence the shape of that character... The people here have a positive view, a can-do view It's that aspirationalism, I think, that is intrinsic to the character of the Gold Coast and it will propel it forward to this quite extraordinary City by the middle of the 21st century... As found on Youtube Wanna Go!
Today I'm at Kapalua Zipline on the West side of Maui where I'm about to embark on an all day zip-lining adventure. A rugged ride through miles of pineapple fields takes you to the top of the course where seven zip lines and a suspension bridge with a 180 ft. drop await. When you think zip-lining you may envision jungle and rainforest. Not here. Kapalua Zipline is synonymous with sweeping Maui views and some serious speed. We go relatively fast, upwards of 55 - 60 miles per hour. It's go time! Why are you checking my pulse? I just wanna make sure you're not going to pass out halfway down. A little adrenaline pumping, but it's all good. Hey, that's part of the game. Kick back, relax and enjoy the ride. One, two three..go for it. Two of the lines are over 2,000 feet long. It's like you're flying. On to the next! Bombs away! Wohooo! A dream? Yes. But for the team at Kapalua it's just another day at the office. Not too bad huh? Now the only way to get to our next launching point is by crossing this, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the country. Zip away line five enjoy the ride! Wahoo! If you keep your eyes peeled, whales can sometimes be spotted off in the distance. That last zip line was crazy, almost a half mile from the top to the bottom. To book your Hawaii vacation go to Travelocity.com.As found on YoutubeWanna Go!
Maui, is the second-largest island in Hawaii, but fewer than 150,000 people call it home and you can drive from one side of the island to the other in less than three hours. Many say that Maui is Hawaii's most beautiful island and when you tour around you soon see why. In this North Pacific island paradise Polynesian heritage and the modern American lifestyle go hand in hand. Book a helicopter ride to get a birds-eye view of this lush landscape that sprouted up from the fertile lava soil. People call this "the Valley Isle" because most of Maui sits in a bowl between the East and West Maui volcanoes that shaped the island. Thanks to the tropical climate, and more than 80 beaches, you can enjoy watersports all around the sunny island. When the trade winds pick up, there are plenty of bars, shops, galleries and museums to keep you entertained. Maui's capital city, Wailuku, combines history with soul. Rent a car to enjoy the famous drive to Hana, which can be a return trip or the start of a spectacular journey around the island. The winding road will take you past some of Maui's most striking natural wonders. Stretch your legs at a waterfall and pick up a Hawaiian treat along the way. Cast a line and see surfers compete to steal the show at the Ho'Okipa Beach Park. Spend an hour in the Garden of Eden Arboretum, a bamboo forest with great vistas. On the other side of Hana is the Haleakala National Park, with the highest peak of the island. It is a hotspot for hiking, so put on your all-weather gear and follow the trails past impressive cinder cones. To avoid the steep climb, drive straight to the lookout to enjoy the views. The dormant volcano slopes down to the sunny beaches on the west coast of Maui. Big Beach, in Makena Beach State Park, is the perfect spot to try wake boarding. At sunset, the Molokini Island Preserve is painted dark against the evening sky, and when the sun comes out the water surrounding it is amazingly clear. Book a boat tour and dive in to spot Hawaii's green turtles, feeding on the coral of Molokini Reef. You can also see these gentle marine creatures from Maui's shore at Turtle Town, as Maluaka Beach is often called, or find a spot in the shade to enjoy the afternoon. Enjoy a resort stay with the family at nearby Wailea Beach or continue north to Kihei to learn how to surf. The oceanfront town has affordable accommodation, shops and food, so it is an ideal place to stop for a few days. One of the prettiest towns in Maui is Lahaina in the northwest. This historic center is bustling year-round and attracts whale watchers in winter. Visit galleries and museums or shop for souvenirs under the shade of an ancient banyan tree. There is no better place to end your tour of Maui than Kaanpali Beach. This high-end beach
In the North Pacific Ocean lies the Island of Hawai'i, also known as the Big Island. This is the largest, and youngest, of the Hawaiian islands and its still-growing landmass has a range of climate zones. On this volcano-rich island, with subtropical coastline, nature's elements collide spectacularly. Enjoy the warm, blue water and the ocean breezes, see the red-hot lava flow and delve into a lush green jungle. On this remote American island, the unique Polynesian culture of the Hawaiians, and their special connection to nature, is ever present. This is the domain of Pele, the mythical goddess of fire, volcanoes and passion. Set out exploring to see the island's natural wonders. Take a few days to drive around the Big Island... Remember, nobody is in a hurry here, so take your time and expect some unusual road closures! The resort-rich westside of the Big Island offers black lava beaches, history and watersports. Pacific green sea turtles crawl ashore in Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. To greet the "Honu" underwater, dive in the sheltered Kahalu'u bay. This beach park is part of Kailua-Kona, the island's main resort hub. It is a relaxing place to enjoy the sunshine and try stand-up paddle boarding. When you are ready for a break, taste one of Kona's exclusive brews or treat the children to shave ice, another Hawaiian specialty. Shop for "Aloha" souvenirs or beachwear and admire Hulihe'e Palace. Relax a few days on Mauna Kea Beach, with Hawaii's highest point, the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano, in the backdrop. Set aside a day for nearby Captain Cook village. In 1779, the famous English explorer was killed right here in Kealakekua Bay. These days the the old jetty built in his honor is used for sunbathing and people watching. It is worth stopping by at this painted church when driving south to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park. Pu'uhonua was a place of refuge in ancient times. See primitive canoes, huts and board games and walk around the sacred burial temple for Hawaiian chiefs, guarded by carved Kii gods. Spend some time in the Big Island's interior and explore the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The steaming craters of the Kīlauea volcano bring in visitors from all over the world. This relatively young volcano has been steadily erupting for over 30 years now. You can even join a cruise to see the lava pour into the ocean. Hawai'i's mighty volcanoes did not scare off the brave Polynesian seafarers some thousand years ago when they first set foot on the Big Island. After all, fertile molten soil is perfect for new beginnings and on the Big Island's windward coast nature AND people flourish. Tropical Hilo is one of the wettest city in the US, but the many indoor attractions on this part of the east coast will keep you entertained when the heavens open. On the island's northern tip, in the Pololū Valley, overlook the sprawling forest reserves of Hawai'i''s lush northern region, the birthplace of Kamehameha the First. The