Moving to the Philippines? Here’s What You Should Know!
If you’re looking to move to the Philippines, whether to work, live or to retire, you will find the information given here very useful. We know how hard the decision to move to another country can be. But moving to the Philippines offers a wonderful opportunity to experience firsthand a culture different from your own, and live an exciting, fun and luxurious life, affordably, without having to use too much of your savings.
The Philippines is a very warm and friendly place, with all the amenities you would require, and where the cost of living is really quite low. So is moving to the Philippines the right decision for you? Let’s find out!
What to Look Forward to in the Philippines
There are very few places in the world that have the natural beauty of the Philippines. There are, for instance, over 7,107 islands in the Philippines, each with some of the most gorgeous tropical beaches you will get anywhere in the world. There is something here for everyone. The beaches are safe, very family friendly, with low or negligible instances of crime. They are great for seniors as well as for families with young children. If you’re looking for paradise on earth, you’ll find it on the beaches of the Philippines.
There’s much for nature lovers in the Philippines. The islands have one of the richest collections of flora and fauna in the world. You will find the most beautiful corals here. If you have kids with you, they will love the monkeys of the Philippines, called the Tarsier – they are incredibly cute. You can do so many amazing things here; there is so much to explore– caves, lakes, waterfalls and dead volcanoes. You can spend days at a stretch hiking and trekking in the Philippines.
As said earlier, the cost of living in the Philippines is very low – you can live very comfortably on just $1,000 a month. Renting a modern apartment in nice neighborhood costs $250 a month or less. This is far less than what you get in the West, or even in many other countries in Asia.
Easy to Move
The Philippines government makes it incredibly easy for people to get a visa to their country. The entire Philippines administration encourages people to move to their country, especially those who’re looking to retire there. The only requirement to move to The Philippines is to have $20,000 in a Philippines bank and be at least 35 years old.
How Fast is the Internet in the Philippines?
Well, the Philippines, despite all the advances made in the recent decades is still an emerging country, so the internet is not as fast and reliable as you would get in the West. But it is not all that bad, and it is certainly possible to get a reasonably fast internet broadband connection if you’re looking to stay for at least 6 months. This is a better option than portable Wi-Fi, which is not all that great in the Philippines. If you haven’t got internet set up already, you can get free Wi-Fi from the coffee shops and malls in the country. Also, you cannot access all websites in the Philippines, such as the BBC iPlayer or Netflix. In that case, you need to use a VPN service, using which you can access any website of your choice.
The people of the Philippines are the nicest, gentlest, friendliest souls you’ll ever meet. They are naturally friendly and helpful to foreign tourists or settlers, and make you feel right at home. You will be surprised at just how helpful they can be.
The Filipino food is delightfully delicious and affordable. Certainly, eating out at Filipino restaurants is way cheaper than eating out in the US or Europe. You can have a most amazing dinner for two people for less than $15 here. But you will have to make certain adjustments, such as eating with the spoon and fork – you won’t find any knives here.
If you’re a shopaholic, the Philippines have a lot to offer to you – some of the biggest malls in Asia are to be found here. You can shop for hours at these malls without getting bored. You may also want to shop in the more traditional local markets, which are especially busy on evenings.
If you would like to know more about moving, working or retiring to the Philippines, do send us your questions at abc@abc or just leave a comment here. We will be sure to get back to you ASAP!