The Philippines

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Why the Philippines?

The Philippines beckons expats with its perpetual warm weather, gorgeous beaches, delicious cuisine, and deep cultural roots. This archipelago offers endless natural beauty to explore, from thousands of beaches and lush mountain areas to picturesque cliffsides and an abundance of flora and fauna. There is also a range of delicious native food, from fried lumpia to stewed adobo and grilled sisig, served in restaurants throughout the region. The country’s lower cost of living makes it an ideal place to retire or work as a digital nomad. However, internet access can be dodgy in less populous areas, while familiar comforts like 24-hour grocery stores may be rare. Transitioning from Western culture to Southeast Asia involves its own challenges, in spite of widespread English speakers. Overall, the Philippines presents a wealth of new adventures on the far side of the Pacific Ocean.

Should you move to the Philippines?

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The Philippines at a Glance

Top 50%

Healthcare Ranking:
Bottom 50%

Government Style:
Flawed Democracy

Ranks Highly For:
Studying Abroad

Infrastructure Ranking:
Top 50%

Ranks Highly For:
Digital Nomads

Ranks Highly For:
Raising Kids

Mostly Legal:
Handguns, Gambling

Online Guides

Our fave resources for making your move.

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International Living magazine has been helping their readers retire, move and invest overseas for over 40 years. See their reports on the Philippines.

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Their Living in the Philippines Guide is an introduction to everything about the basics for moving to the Philippines: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, and more.

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