Making Waves In Vietnam Most expats end up in Da Nang, Vietnam, as a result of...Read more
By all accounts, cost of living in Vietnam is very likely much cheaper than you are used to back home. In the major cities prices will inevitably be a little higher but still very affordable. Go a little further out and it gets even more inexpensive. However, if you have a larger budget, Vietnam also has luxury accomodations and services. As expected, rent in the larger cities will take up a considerable portion of your budget but often includes maid and laundry service and is still cheaper than many other cities.
One of the best deals in Vietnam is the food. There are restaurants and cafes offering delicious dishes for a few dollars, some even offering free refills of Pho.
Transportation in Vietnam is also a bargain: taxis, buses and local flights are pretty affordable. If you are feeling adventurous you could rent a motorbike and try your luck at navigating the streets like a local.
Saigon, Vietnam, at sunrise. The streets are already bustling with vehicles—just as workers on a construction site next to my...Read more
Women ride sidesaddle on the backs of motorbikes, even when wearing pants or jeans, legs dangling over the side, chauffeured...Read more
We've all read axioms about travel... "It's not the destination, it's the journey... " Or this from J.R.R. Tolkien: "Not all those who wander are lost... " Or this gem from Caskie Stinnett, which rings so true to me: "I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine." Why, when choosing to retire abroad, must it be a matter of exchanging one home in one location for another in a new location? One daily routine for another?...Read more