This is a guest post by Anna from Anna Love Life. She is a travel and style blogger based in the Philippines.
There are advantages and disadvantages of living in the Philippines as an expat. Those who have settled here for a decade or more are enough proof that this country can become more of a home. It’s pretty much a matter of having a strong interest, adapting to change and embracing the little flaws.
Here are three important things you should know to understand what it’s like to be an expat in the Philippines:
1. You’ll Feel at Home.
“What I like is the kindness of the people,” an American friend of mine told me.
There’s no difficulty living with Filipinos. You won’t ever feel like a stranger or a total outsider when living in the Philippines. The local people are going to welcome you with hospitality, kindness, and politeness.
Since they are known to be very friendly, Filipinos are not that hard to deal with despite the cultural and traditional differences. It is also easy to interact with them because the majority can speak and understand English–it is one of the two national languages after all.
A lot of expats have learned to blend in, practice the local traditions, learn to love certain Filipino foods delicious, and speak Tagalog or other dialects. Kyle of Becoming Filipino for example has managed to do a bit of this and that throughout his stay here.
2. You’ll Enjoy the Weather.
A Swedish expat commented, “This is my ‘escape-to country’ during the cold months of Sweden, and it is worth staying here.”
Unlike the United States, Canada and Europe, this Southeast Asian country has two types of seasons: dry and wet season.
The most common reason why a lot of expats have considered living in the Philippines is because of the warm weather. It’s consistent most of the time. However, if it’s not sunny, it’s raining and when it does it literally pours. Due to its location in the sphere, this is a grub of several typhoons, and that can be considered a disadvantage to some.
3. You’ll Feel a Little Richer.
Goods and services in the Philippines are fairly reasonable. You can buy a meal for $2, book domestic plane tickets when visiting from one island to another for as low as $40, or rent a decent house for $200 a month.
As one testified, “the healthcare is good and not expensive for foreigners. If you have the money, I can assure you that a vacation in the Philippines is not disappointing. Not a lot of money is needed to live here in the Philippines, though it depends on your currency. But if you plan to live here, plan thoroughly in advance.”
I have lived here since I was born but I cannot speak for myself, only those expats who have tried and proven what’s it like to be a resident here.
When I asked a few of my non-Filipino friends living here, all of them agree that Philippines is definitely a great place to consider for a long-term stay. They have their own share of the horrible traffic, unstable government and slow economic development, which are all true anyway, but everything else seems ideal and perfect for them.
Remember Philippines is not only a beautiful country but also a safe and relaxing place to live in.