I would like to consider retiring in the Philippines. This country has changed for the better in that it is now socio-economically progressive and competitive, with a cost of living that is quite affordable compared to the US. Medical care is on par with the US in the big cities of the Philippines (Makati, Quezon City, Cebu, Davao, etc.). The Filipino people are innately super friendly and caring, hospitable, plus food is just divine. It also has 2 of the best beaches in the world. There are over 7,000 islands in the Philippines and many of them are a tropical paradise. There are, unfortunately, negative perceptions about the Philippines particularly from the U.S. and maybe Europe. They view the Philippines as unsafe. The Philippines is a pretty decent, God-fearing country. There are NOT as many atrocities such as the countless mass-shootings that have happened in the U.S., e.g., Newtown massacre (of over 20 children and teachers), Virginia Tech slaughter (of over 30 students), Boston marathon tragedy, Columbine shootings and countless more. One has to actually visit the Philippines to experience the 'peace' there is in every Filipino regardless of poverty or hardship . There are also many expatriates (Europeans and Americans) who now live and retire there and for good reason.