Living in Bali

Stop throwing away money on rent!

Stop throwing away money on rent!

You have found your ideal retirement location. You have spent several months vacationing there over the last couple of years. Now you have decided to spend six months per year living your dream. One big question still looms on the horizon: buy or rent?

Is this really too good to be true?

Is this really too good to be true?

There seem to be endless claims that tout nearly free retirement living in this or that location.  Many are unbelievably inexpensive, but what are the "hidden costs"?  Making true apples to apples comparisons requires digging down a bit below the surface.  Some of the hidden costs involve taxes, visa costs, travel costs and housing costs.

How to get an Indonesia Limited Stay Visa (ITAS/KITAS) for Retirees

How to get an Indonesia Limited Stay Visa (ITAS/KITAS) for Retirees

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.

 

Banking in Indonesia for Retirees

Banking in Indonesia for Retirees

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.

The Best Retirement Hack Ever: How to Retire in Paradise… for Free

The Best Retirement Hack Ever: How to Retire in Paradise… for Free

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.

Indonesian Currency

Indonesian Currency

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.  

Bali: The Best Place to Retire in the World

Bali: The Best Place to Retire in the World

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.