How does retiring in Bali—named the “World's Best Destination”—sound to you? If you are someone who’s hoping to retire in a warm and affordable paradise, then you should seriously consider Bali for your retirement.
You may wonder if it’s possible to have a bank account in the country you want to retire in other than your home country. If Indonesia is the country you are thinking of, the answer is yes. There are so many choices of banks in Indonesia that you may choose from. For this article, I am going to focus on banking at CIMB Niaga.
You have all seen the ads touting retirement in an exotic south seas location, but is this really a viable option for you?
Getting your money moved overseas can be a challenge. Luckily I have four tried and true methods to share to help you get your money into Bali. Some methods may work better for you than others, or you may find a combination of methods work.
Melaspas is an Indonesian ritual cleansing and purification of buildings recently completed or newly reoccupied, including a rumah (home), kantor (office), and others. Melaspas are carried out by Hindus in Bali, Indonesia.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, a retiree in the United States spends an average of $40,938 USD per year for living expenses. Note that all amounts in this article are in US currency. If retiring in a more expensive part of the country—which is rapidly becoming a sizable chunk of the United States—this number could be at least twice as high.
What is a rupiah you might ask. Rupiah is the national currency of Indonesia, aka IDR (Indonesian Rupiah). $1 USD = 13.295 IDR (at the time of this writing). To check the rate, open Google and type USD to IDR and you will have the current exchange rate. When I first moved to Bali in 2012, the exchange rate was $1 USD = 9.800 IDR. That is better than 35% increase in buying power. Some might want to call that inflation, but if you use a bottle of beer as the standard, there has been no change.
Where is Bali? That’s the first question most people have after hearing about The Bali Retirement Villages. To answer the question; Bali is in the Indonesian Archipelago, nearly touching the island of Java, not so far from Komodo—land of real live dragons—and a short flight from Australia. Indonesia is a land that seems almost alien to most of the western world, it breathes as much diversity as it boasts islands (which are near innumerable). Bali is the island within Indonesia known for being a relaxed, tropical paradise. Indonesians, Australians, Chinese, and westerners alike come here for vacation. Most return, because in addition to its beauty, it’s also affordable.
Rice is the life-blood of Bali. It permeates every aspect of Balinese culture, and has for at least two thousand years. The current system of Subak Irrigation has been in use for at least 1000 years. This system is much more than a simple agriculture tradition, it is a tradition that is simultaneously spiritual and communal; deeply ingrained with Balinese culture. The very social structure within Bali is infused by this ancient tradition. You could even say that rice is Bali.
You've worked hard your whole life. You've put up with hectic schedules, the hustle and bustle of every-day life, and you are looking forward to spending retirement in comfort, and peace. You certainly deserve it.
As water scarcity becomes a global concern, sustainable irrigation is a topic not just for farmers, experts, and pedants; it’s a topic for the mainstream. In the United States, major aquifers are being drained at alarming rates, and there hasn’t been enough snow and rainfall to replenish used supply. Solutions to our current water crisis may be found in a Balinese practice going back to the 9th-century. Subak, a crossroads of culture, religion, and irrigation.
The cost of medical coverage in Bali is much lower than it is in a country like the United States, where 643,000 people per year declare bankruptcy because of unpaid medical expenses they will never afford to be able to pay, many of these retirees. Your retirement shouldn’t be spent worrying about running out of money, and having to declare bankruptcy. It should be spent enjoying the best years of your life. Maybe someplace tropical. Maybe somewhere like Bali.